Carl Parker's archive

Perhaps second only to mass murderers, the most repugnant criminals in our society are offenders who have victimized children. All too often, we must read in the paper about a small child being kidnaped, abused and even murdered by a person with a long history of pedophilia. This type criminal is not only abhorred by people in polite society, but is even shunned and isolated by his fellow inmates — murderers, robbers, con-artists and just thieves. Sexual offenders should, and are generally, severely punished.

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One of the things I’ve learned over many years as a candidate for office and an observer of politics is that sometimes people choose how to vote for the weirdest reasons. I recall one of my colleagues in the House of Representative once telling me he was amazed at some of the reasons people gave him for their support. One, he said, voted for him because he had been her paperboy when he was 12 years old. Sounds a little weak, but I’ve found that it’s maybe a better reason than many people have given over the years.

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Imagine for a moment that parties engaged to be married were discussing their future. One party issued an ultimatum to the other: During our marriage, you will be required to do exactly as I say, without discussion or compromise. Given such a requirement for marriage, few couples would ever tie the knot. Unfortunately, this appears to be the attitude at the congressional level of our government, especially of members of the Tea Party.

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If you have a television set, you could not have missed the almost nonstop commercials attacking Mike “Tuffy” Hamilton. What happened to Tuffy is an example of intolerance and legislative bullying.

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Who in their right mind would really want to elect a convicted criminal who falsely claimed to have a college education, lied about his parents, and made up a resume which included hundreds of false claims such as excelling in sports and being an American hero? Even worse, if you could vote for such a person knowing the these bad traits, would you still consider voting for him when you learned he was in prison for threatening his fellow citizens?

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