Life in the Trenches
“All the sound and fury, magnified through the television and the Internet, coarsens the public culture. It makes tempers flare, helps breed distrust. And whether we politicians like to admit it or not, the constant vitriol can wear on the spirit.”
—Barack Obama, author, The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, 2008.
• Editorial Comment: Volunteering to be president—that’s audacity all right, of hope, hubris or complete whackitude.
PeezPix by Ted Pease
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“Words are sacred. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones, in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.” —Tom Stoppard