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Let’s Talk About Guns
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Let’s Talk About Guns

BY SHARON MARTIN It never occurred to me that a shotgun was anything but a necessary tool, on my grandfather’s ranch or on my small homestead. While I’m not prepared to give up my .410 when there are water moccasins that stray too far from the creek bank, I’ve begun to question my own beliefs. How…

Justice Kavanaugh
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Justice Kavanaugh

BY SUSAN ESTRICH He will be confirmed, barring some totally unexpected development. He has been vetted by the investigators. He has been vetted by the media. The Republicans have the votes. The Democrats’ best argument is against the invocation of executive privilege; the documents should have been disclosed, but getting the country to rally around…

We Need More Than ‘Thoughts And Prayers’
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We Need More Than ‘Thoughts And Prayers’

BY JOE CONASON Whenever someone commits a heinous gun crime like the massacre in Las Vegas, politicians swiftly assure us that the victims and their families are “in our thoughts and prayers.” What these mush-mouthed messages mean, in plain English, is that government, as embodied in those politicians, will do nothing to make the country…

What’s Next
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What’s Next

BY SHARON MARTIN Someone with whom I work posted on Election Day that she “voted against abortion.” Abortion wasn’t on the ballot. I’m pro-life, but I know that when abortions are illegal, they still happen. Back-alley abortions often take the lives of the mothers, too. I’m all for cutting the number of abortions with good…

Confrontation + Military Action = Extreme Danger
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Confrontation + Military Action = Extreme Danger

Editor’s Note: This is the second of two essays on the 2016 presidential election. The first part appeared in the October print edition of The Observer and can be read online here. BY HAROLD V. SARE Donald Trump initiated his campaign for president by arguing that President Obama was not eligible to be president because…

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