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Racism has only one side — hate

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Racism has only one side — hate

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com Nothing says “hate crime” like the chilling events of last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. Why else would a self-described white supremacist turn his vehicle into a deadly weapon and slam into a crowd of people protesting Nazis, the Klan and the other hate-mongers who congregated in that bucolic college town? One […]

Commentary: Whatever happened to shame?

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Commentary: Whatever happened to shame?

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com  Ever wonder what happened to that quaint old notion of shame? You know what shame is, don’t you? It’s the sensation of embarrassment and humiliation when you recognize that you have done something wrong, that you have offended the sensibilities of honorable people. I began wondering about that notion when former […]

Commentary: Immigration reform plan crushes the American dream

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Commentary: Immigration reform plan crushes the American dream

By Janet Williams The StatehouseFile.com I wonder what Stephen Miller and Donald Trump would have to say about my grandmother and her rag-tag immigrant family. Miller, a senior White House advisor, and Trump support a sweeping immigration reform plan that would slash the overall number of immigrants while welcoming those with money, skills and English-language […]

Commentary: John McCain: Hero, maverick, hypocrite?

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Commentary: John McCain: Hero, maverick, hypocrite?

By Janet Williams The StatehouseFile.com  John McCain is perhaps the most confounding politician of our day. Hero, crook, maverick, sycophant, straight-shooter, hypocrite — all apt descriptions of the Republican senator from Arizona who battles an aggressive form of brain cancer. What will the final legacy be? Will he go down as the maverick who called […]

Commentary: Comey testimony, a Rorschach Test for the nation

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Commentary: Comey testimony, a Rorschach Test for the nation

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com Remember when you were a kid and plotted with your friends or siblings to do something you know your mom or dad would never approve of? You didn’t want the grownups in the room as you hatched your scheme, whatever it was. That’s what I thought of listening to the former […]

Commentary: Congress’ approach to health care is reckless

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Commentary: Congress’ approach to health care is reckless

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com  “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy — they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.”  Congress and the president remind me of […]

Commentary: Stop the impeachment talk until there’s real evidence

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Commentary: Stop the impeachment talk until there’s real evidence

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com Please stop. Every time our president does something stupid or questionable — which has been daily lately — all of his critics start writing and posting about how it’s only a matter of time until he is impeached. My plea is stop. Just stop it. Even though each act seems more […]

Commentary: What’s the price of a soul?

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Commentary: What’s the price of a soul?

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com  You’ve got to be wondering what’s going through Mike Pence’s head these days.  BT — that’s Before Trump — Pence had a reputation as a decent, honest guy, at least as far as politicians go. Maybe you didn’t like his positions on abortion or LGBT issues, but you knew at his […]

Commentary: Living the First Amendment is hard work

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Commentary: Living the First Amendment is hard work

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com The Bill of Rights surely ranks as one of the most difficult documents for us, as Americans, to contend with. There’s enough in that list of 10 rights to make each of us a little uncomfortable, depending on your political persuasion. Me? I get hung up on the Second Amendment. I […]

Commentary: Bill O’Reilly might be gone, but equality for women is a long way off

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Commentary: Bill O’Reilly might be gone, but equality for women is a long way off

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com  I don’t know of any woman who hasn’t been subjected to some form of sexual harassment or discrimination. Maybe she was accosted by a gaggle of middle-aged men at a swimming pool, grabbed by the crotch in the kitchen where she had her first job, or propositioned at the police station […]

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