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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Where have all the issues gone?

Remember when presidential campaigns used to be about issues? I long for those days.

This year’s campaign seems to be about nothing but catching the other guy (or gal) in an embarrassment – the anti-American rants of Barack Obama’s former pastor; the anti-Catholic and anti-Semitic rants of a noted televangelist who endorsed John McCain; Hillary Clinton’s comment about the RFK assassination and her lie about landing in Bosnia under sniper fire; and so on.

I get the feeling that if you stopped the average American on the street and asked him or her to outline the positions of the three candidates on matters of national importance, you’d just get a blank stare.

How sad.



Blogger Johnny said...

I know you're a WNY native, so you must have heard about the passing of former Buffalo mayor Jimmy Griffin. Any thoughts on this colorful and often controversial figure?

May 27, 2008 at 8:36 PM 
Blogger Jeremy Schiffres, City Editor said...

I was saddened to hear about "Six Pack Jimmy" passing on.
The next beer I drink will be dedicated to his memory.

May 28, 2008 at 1:13 PM 

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