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Frank SchaefferBefore he'd served even one year President Obama lost the support of the easily distracted left and ngendered the white hot rage of the hate-filled right. But some of us, from all walks of life and ideological backgrounds -- including this white, straight, 57-year- old, former religious right wing agitator, now progressive writer and (given my background as the son of a famous evangelical leader) this unlikely Obama supporter -- are sticking with our President. Why?-- because he is succeeding.
By Richard Gwyn - ColumnistBarack Obama has to be one of the smartest, eloquent, calm and cool and psychologically well-balanced (think of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush or Richard Nixon) American presidents of modern times. He's also one of the toughest, although he neither sounds it nor looks it. Shrewdly, and surprisingly candidly, an aide has recently described him as "the most unsentimental man I've ever met." Ruthlessness comes easily to Obama, that's to say, which is what it took for him to beat a presidential nomination rival as tough as Hillary Clinton.
In an open letter released today, Dr. Maya Angelou, world-renowned poet, author and educator, has called on people everywhere to wear something sky blue on the third weekend of October to take a stand for “healing,” “psychological liberation” and “emotional freedom.” “We are asking everyone to Wear Sky Blue,” Dr. Angelou said, “to show our collective determination to turn the pain of the blues into the sky blue of unlimited possibilities.”
Bevan SpringerGrowing up in Barbados, my peers and I shared a passion for sports and a keen interest in local, regional and international politics.We would debate the issues of the day, the ideological differences between political groupings - which party supported the working class and which supported big business.
Many of us find Dagwood and Andy Capp comics funny, as we do Raymond, from “Everybody Loves Raymond on T.V. But, based on what I hear from husbands and wives in real life, this marriage thing is far from funny. Now I'm not knocking marriage at all, even though statistics show that well over 60 percent of marriages will end in divorce. But there is an upside, as recent reports showed that people who stay married have more money than single people.
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