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Lessons from the John McCain funeral

September 15, 2018 GMT

When I first saw that the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., had planned events on four days for his funeral services, I thought he was doing it from ego. It was not ego. He wanted to show that people who differed could work together for a goal they shared. The eulogies by former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama showed us that.

A picture is worth a thousand words. Seeing those two sitting together, with their wives, and working together, speaking to honor McCain, was worth more than a thousand words of empty wind-bagging.

Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were there; former Vice President Joe Biden was there; and former Vice President Dick Cheney was there.

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But the one who touched me most was former Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., talking about his best friend and their good times together.

In November, I hope all of us vote for candidates who remind us of John McCain.

Sally Raisbeck

Santa Fe

Vote to ensure democracy

Some realities are more equal than others. Nonviolent First Amendment freedom of speech is curtailed into mere political correctness. Yet Second Amendment fanaticism allows nearly unregulated freedom to own weapons of mass destruction.

Likewise, corporations are more equal than humans. Profit singularity and non-biological existence defines corporations. CEOs rarely go to jail — unlike other people. Corporations, lacking souls, are never imprisoned or lose charters. Their fines are tax deductible.

Avaricious felons include Big Pharma, health insurance corporations, oil and environment polluters as well as mega banks.

Unregulated, unlimited money was ruled freedom of speech. Corporations and CEOs have effectively purchased our country via bribed lawmakers.

Mass misinformation is controlled by oligopoly media. Fascism is frequently disguised as patriotism. End Citizens United supremacy. Our only solution for true democratic equality is massive voter turnout this November.

Gary Reynolds

Santa Fe

Saved by the rains

Almost three months ago to the day, I wrote a letter to The New Mexican (“River lament — hoping and praying for rain,” June 10), about the heartbreak of seeing the Pecos River in terrible shape. The spring drought and lack of winter snowfall had caused the river to drop and drop until it stopped flowing. The stagnant water filled with algae. Many people reported that they’d never seen the Pecos River so low. And I felt more desolate than my words expressed.

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Fastforward three months later — after many rains, some torrential, the river is flowing again vigorously. It resembles dark chocolate milk — full of good New Mexico mud.

What a turnaround — how heartening!

The river’s fate has given me a little hope for our political future. Most people I know have been extremely bleak during the last year or two. The country seems to be experiencing a terrible and deadly season — a drought of many of the things we most cherish.

But things can change — rains can arrive. The drought may seem like a bad memory and a terrifying glimpse of how things could be.

Rosemary Zibart

Santa Fe

Words matter

There is audio of Brett Kavanaugh considering an abortion case as a judge.

He says, “Under current Supreme Court law, the government cannot block an abortion.” It is telling that he uses the white-supremacist, sovereign-citizen, sarcastic framing embodied by the phrase, “Supreme Court law.”

We live, of course, under United States law, which is manifested, interpreted and enforced by all three co-equal branches as established by the U.S. Constitution. Discontent with that fact imbues this presidency, its appointees, and its enablers in the House and Senate GOP leadership, with contempt for law and custom. I wish one of the senators on the Judiciary Committee had asked Judge Kavanaugh what he meant by using that pustulent phrase from the bench.

James McCarty Yeager

Santa Fe

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