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Bribery is not policy

Michael McLane Ledyard

Publication: The Day

Published 11/14/2013 12:00 AM
Updated 11/13/2013 04:46 PM

Concerning the recent letter suggesting, "Maybe it is time to restore earmarks," (Nov. 7), in Congress. Perhaps people thinking about this should read the following written in 1841: "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." (Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America 1841)

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. (George Santayana)

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As our children crash from Halloween candy overload, we look ahead to the next big holiday: Thanksgiving. What are you looking forward to seeing on your dining room table on the 4th Thursday of November?
Cranberry sauce: Whether it's the home made stuff containing actual cranberries or the reddish jelly shaped like the can it plopped out of, it reminds me of childhood.
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Turkey, of course: Turkey slathered in gravy. Turkey with cranberry sauce (see above). Turkey with mashed potatoes on it. Turkey in sandwiches the next day. All I care about is the golden bird.
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Latkes: For the first time in 125 years, Thanksgiving falls during Hanukkah so our table will be filled with the best food both holidays have to offer. Happy Thanksgivikkah!
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My Thanksgiving has been completely taken over by the ever-earlier Black Friday sales. My big meal will be looking more like a fast food burger in line outside of Best Buy than the traditional sit-down meals from days of ole.
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