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Shannon Fisk, a friend and fellow member of NDFA had a lettter to the editor published Saturday in the Chicago Tribune.
It was a great LTE, promoting a public option. It spoke from personal experience.
This is a fine example of what individuals can do to promote progressive causes.
Most LTEs sent to large-circulation papers are not published. When you send one, however, it makes it more likely that anotehr of a similar vein will be published. I see us as foot-soldiers of teh progressive cause; to say that you won't contribute a LTE unless it is going to be published is to insist on being a general.

Originally posted to Frank Palmer on Mon Aug 10, 2009 at 08:11 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (2+ / 0-)
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    mdgarcia, Dixie Liberal

    "I'm not opposed to all wars; I'm opposed to dumb wars." -- Obama in 2002

    by Frank Palmer on Mon Aug 10, 2009 at 08:11:48 AM PDT

  •  Local LTE says if you want HCR you hate America (1+ / 0-)
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    happy camper

    If you support health care reform, you hate your country.  Same guy was against "distribution of income," which I guess means he rejects his checks each pay day.

    •  Um, (0+ / 0-)

      Okay, a right-wing nut gets into your local LTE column.
      Did you?
      Did you even try?

      I think he meant "redistribution of income." That happens when government action increases the share of the country's income going to poor folks. Mysteriously, it doesn't happen when government action increases the share of the country's income going to rich folks.

      "I'm not opposed to all wars; I'm opposed to dumb wars." -- Obama in 2002

      by Frank Palmer on Mon Aug 10, 2009 at 09:33:33 AM PDT

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      •  I'm aware of what he meant. I'm not sure he did. (0+ / 0-)

        However, I am a civil servant and getting directly involved in politics can actually get me fired from my job. I'm not allowed to donate to candidates, am not allowed to display political signs in my yard or bumper stickers on my car. While, in theory, I can send letters regarding political ideas, I am loathe to do so lest "Booby" Jindal or his like misconstrue the missive as a C.S. violation.

        I have written LTEs at times in my life when doing so wouldn't be considered--even remotely--a violation.

        I do spend time working as an election commissioner, however.  Doing my part for democracy!

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