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Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 07:04 PM PST

Who Wants to Build a College?

by agramante

So I was in a facebook discussion with my tea partying father-in-law today (I love him dearly, even though we disagree on almost everything political). We go through our more civil and our less civil phases--we're in a more civil phase, and I'd like it to stay that way--and the conversation wandered to the Oxford Casino, a fairly recent and no-longer-so-controversial addition to the local economy in this part of the proud state of Maine.  My father-in-law wrote that downtown Rumford would've made a much better site, having superior value as a tourist attraction, and several hotels which could be rehabbed to accommodate the casino clientele.  And that got me to thinking...I dislike the proliferation of casinos in this country (or anywhere). They sell addictions and produce broken lives.  But what could be made of a dying paper town in one of the most beautiful valleys in eastern North America?  After a few moments' musing, I thought...of course! A college!

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Thu Jul 04, 2013 at 02:02 AM PDT

Snowden to Marry?

by agramante

Well, I must say.

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Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 05:16 AM PST

Guns Do Kill

by agramante

This diary is a bit of a trial balloon.  On a site with writers of such intimidating skill as Crashing Vor, DarkSyde and Meteor Blades--hell, even the Caesar-like brevity of Kos and the fucking incisiveness of Fishgrease--I'm in a community where the bar for wordsmithy is pretty high.  So I'm tossing this essay out--it's more in the spirit of a letter to the editor, since most of my points are agreed on, and not new to, the DKos clan.  I do plan to submit this to some local papers (yes, those quaint anachronisms) as a first step toward entering the fray.

Because these murders at Newtown have put me in mind to enter the fray.

So, please, comment away on how worthy, or worthless, you find this little blurb.  Don't be sparing.  My aim is to become a better writer, not go plumbing for compliments.

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Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 08:34 PM PDT

Makers and Takers

by agramante

The Republican vision of the world seems like a photo negative, when it's not a static message of hatred for anyone not like themselves.  Paul Ryan rephrasing and seconding Mitt Romney's 47% remark is just the latest and most insulting form of this, in a year full of increasingly vicious insults.

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Sun Aug 05, 2012 at 01:46 PM PDT

A Few Questions

by agramante

Some disconnected thoughts, some new, some which have been in my head for a while, below the squig.

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Tue Dec 27, 2011 at 02:30 PM PST

Adoption Fundraiser

by agramante

Hello, all,

I'm a (very!) infrequent poster to this site (but a newly-minted subscriber!).  According to my own account page, I've published three (bad) diaries and commented frequently.  Fair enough.  I'm posting now not on my own behalf but for someone else, for some people who could use some help.

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Tue May 25, 2010 at 04:38 AM PDT

Scratching At Reality: GOM

by agramante

For being a scientist myself, I've been positively amazed at the work done by diarists here and elsewhere in searching for the truth on what is happening in the water southeast of Venice, LA, and spreading throughout the Gulf.  

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Fri Mar 05, 2010 at 08:31 PM PST

Response to Brian Fischer

by agramante

I'm not sure if I'm more angry or wearied...

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Tue Sep 01, 2009 at 10:57 PM PDT

An Urgent Historical Wish

by agramante

A few comparisons from recent American history to keep in mind concerning health care reform.

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