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Read the Indivisible Editorials reprinted from The Mesa Paper by our ace editorial writer, Rick Closson.

 

May 2021: Doubt

Reasonable doubt. That’s all Derek Chauvin’s defense team needed to create in one Minneapolis juror’s mind during the murder trial to avoid a guilty verdict. Just create a tiny reasonable doubt that the mountain of professional testimony, medical evidence, and eyewitness video was wrong to blame Chauvin for the death of George Floyd. It didn’t […]

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May 2021: Filibuster À La Carte

The filibuster remains unchanged from last month, as it has for a couple hundred years, so the Senate didn’t act to eliminate it. The expressed original intent of the legislative filibuster was to allow a sizeable minority to have a voice when only a slim majority favored a bill. It was a creative empowerment of […]

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Apr. 2021: fil-uh-buhs-tur

The mere mention of the word, filibuster, causes tingles to run down the spine of every American senator. Senators in the minority party love it for its literal showstopping authority. Those in the majority quake at the thought of even a single member aborting the will of their majority (although not a 60-vote super-majority).   […]

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Mar. 2021: 3 Dot Journalism

Recent history has offered some perspective on how important things are, or should be. The ex-President became “ex,” but refused to concede and his followers sacked the Capitol in a deadly insurrection. For many readers, politics is certainly a lesser thing in life. For this political writer, though, there are degrees of importance within the […]

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Feb. 2021: Blue and Gray

Now that the deposed and twice-impeached former president has gone into seclusion in that other “sunshine state,” Let the hypocrisy begin! I’m looking at you, republican members of Congress, particularly the shameful Californian Kevin McCarthy, Minority Leader. Last century, Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan said, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own […]

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Jan. 2021: They’re Not In Kansas Anymore

Congratulations to readers who recognize the title borrowed from the 1939 movie, “The Wizard of Oz” (not the 1900 book). Extra credit if you noticed the divergence from what Dorothy really said: “WE’RE not in Kansas anymore.” Originally the allusion to Kansas was a comfortable, normal, middle-America place. Perhaps America has moved on and Kansas […]

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Dec. 2020: Interregnum

[ in-ter-reg-nuhm ] Literally, “between reigns.” In American politics it means the time between the election and inauguration of a new president. Last month we didn’t know what would be happening by publication time. This month we are absolutely sure of the near future. Some of it is glum and some is downright dangerous. During […]

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Nov. 2020: Where Will We Go From Here?

Well, if it wasn’t enough of a challenge to write a column with some currency two weeks in advance, let’s throw in a national election that may – or may not – have been decided by the time you read this. Unhappily, some things will remain: (1) We will still be suffering the Covid pandemic […]

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Oct. 2020: Lordy, I Hope There Are Tapes

And now we know there are, courtesy of the trumpster (rhymes with dumpster) and journalist Bob Woodward. Voters who expected 2016 trump to mature and transform to be presidential, now know the truth. More years of trump will be more years of chaos, conflict, and confusion. He callously described the staggering Covid death toll of […]

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Sep. 2020: When the Shepherd Boy Cried Fake!

Aesop had it right in this fable attributed to the ancient Greek slave and storyteller. Subsequent versions are many, but the thread remains the same. For unclear reasons – maybe just hijinks – a shepherd boy calls villagers several times for help defending their town flock against a fictitious wolf. Initially the villagers respond, only […]

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