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Mike Clark - 4/25/2008
Conservatives across the country are naturally apprehensive about their values being properly represented in the White House come this time next year. Lots of things could get in the way between now and then, including the Republican nominee. When John McCain is the conservative standard bearer, there are holes in the traditional, small-government Republican platform that someone the size of Rush Limbaugh could fall through. So things are not all rosy in GOP-land.
But in spite of the nervousness, Republicans have been entertained by the spectacle of the two Democratic front-runners doing the Republicans’ heavy lifting for them. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are wearing each other down in that most public forum imaginable – an American presidential race.
Hillary has taken flack from Obama over having to admit to a huge fib, repeated endlessly, about landing in Tusla, Bosnia under sniper fire in 1996. Turns out it was a total fabrication, exposed by actual video of the landing in question. As a result, we are reminded of the Hillary who found her Rose Law Firm billing records in her bedroom after “misplacing” them for two years during the Whitewater investigation.
Obama has been tainted by his associations with a host of questionable characters, and by his condescending description of small-town Pennsylvanians as “clinging to guns and religion” because they are “bitter” that the government has failed to improve their lot. He also seemed a bit lost and stumbling under tough followup questions in last week’s Democratic debate. Consequently, as predicted in this space recently, he is starting to look less like the Second Coming and more like any other compromised Chicago pol.
The happy outcome for Republicans is that both Democrats look less electable than they once did. The air around the Democratic primary has become so supersaturated with vitriol that it fairly drips any time either camp talks about the other candidate. Hillary has been called a “monster”, and Obama characterized as both a “plagiarist” and “elitist”.
And the best news? This cage match will probably go right down to the Democratic convention. Obama is obviously winning, but Hillary is convinced, and not without some justification, that Obama will eventually implode over some rookie gaffe or undiscovered weakness that will be ferreted out by August.
Meanwhile, John McCain is trying to patch the gaping holes in his network of conservative supporters, but, given the bitterness of the Democratic race, the lapses in McCain’s conservative resume might actually attract more independent voters than the number of conservative voters he drives away. A quarter of both Hillary’s and Obama’s backers have vowed, if their candidate loses the nomination, to vote in the general election for the Republican rather than the other Democrat. What’s not to like about that?
My name is Makayla and I am a student at Bayfield Middle School. I feel the need to inform you about an issue that many people are not concerned about. I want to talk about how many endangered species there currently are in the world.
One of the commonly known endangered animals is the Grey Wolf that surrounds us in neighboring states. This wolf population has dropped from 2 million to 200,00 in barely any time.
These wolves were introduced in Yellowstone in 1995 and some there have been shot by ranchers on neighboring ranches. We (humans) are their biggest threat and need to understand that they are not the dangerous, evil animals that fairy takes make them out to be. Bad events could be avoided by using common sense, such as not taking pictures close to them and trying to get near them. We can help this species by having knowledge about them and understanding that they can be safe creatures but wild animals. If an unwanted wolf wanders onto your propert, do not shoot it. Call your local wildlife department and let them handle the situation. They are decreasing drastically and need to be helped and protected. Thanks for reading my letter.
My name is Shannon and Im a student at Bayfield Middle School. Im concerned about the conditions of many third world countries. Many of us here in the U.S. I believe have forgotten how privileged we are. We can turn on a faucet for water but in third world countries they sometimes have to walk for miles just to access water. Sometimes they have to bathe, drink from, and dispose of waste in the same water source.
We see the same commercials over and over again for sending money to these places and eventually they lose their affect on us. Its sad and we just change the channel. What people dont realize is just how much $1 can help. Especially when that is how much some of them make in a week!
A lot of people in these countries are suffering and dying from diseases we can cure and most of them have a lot of corruption in their government. Children are still to this day being kidnapped to become soldiers in some African countries and the list goes on.
Despite all the hardships, these people are often kind and good-spirited. They have nothing and give everything according to many stories. We should take a lesson from these people on how to enjoy life and be thankful. Lets face it living here is like a sanctuary compared to those places. Do what you can to help. If you woud like to learn more about some major issues visit
http://www.invisiblechildren.com. Thank you for reading my letter.
My name is Eli and I am a student at Bayfield Middle School. I think the city really coudl use some recycling bins for glass, paper, and plastic. A great place to put these would be by the skate parks in Bayfield and Durango so people could use them when throwing away trash.
Recycling bins help so that we are not quickly filling up the already full landfills. It would be helpful for these communites and the earth. It is good for tourists who visit to see that we are an environmentally friendly place.
Thank you for reading my letter.
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