Op-Ed

By Mary Anna Towler on Sep. 3rd, 2008 – Rochester City News

One of the problems with picking a relatively unknown person to run for high office is that you don’t know what you’ll find when you start looking.

John McCain picked Sarah Palin as his running mate. And now the media have started doing their research. I’m not sure whether John McCain will be upset by what they find, but some voters may be.

News had already broken that Palin is being investigated over the firing of Alaska’s public safety commissioner. Apparently, he isn’t the only person to have paid with his job when he disagreed with Palin. Today’s New York Times reports that as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, Palin wanted certain books banned at the town library. The librarian resisted and was fired.

And a Times editorial today fleshes out another side of Palin. In a speech to a church in Wasilla,, the editorial said, Palin referred to the war in Iraq as “a task that is from God,” and “said it was ‘God’s Will’ that the federal government contribute to a $30 billion gas pipeline she wants built in Alaska.”

George Bush believes that God put him in the White House. Now we have a vice-presidential candidate who is confident that God is micromanaging pork barrel.

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3 thoughts on “Op-Ed”

  1. Ek! The Rochester City Newspaper is know for being bias taking on a conventional liberal position on issues. Unfortunately bias does show up in this article. Go back to reading the N.Y.Times! lol

    I didn’t look closely at the whole article, but one section in particular was obviously bias.
    Ms. Towler said, “Palin wanted certain books banned at the town library.” NO! That is not what Gov. Palin said. According to the N.Y. Times article, “Ms. Palin approached the town librarian about the possibility of banning some books, though she never followed through and it was unclear which books or passages were in question.” There was no list of books or certain books, nor did Palin say that she wanted books banned! The N.Y. Times further states- “Ms. Palin suggested to the local paper, The Frontiersman, that the conversations about banning books were “rhetorical.”” OK, the rhetorical thing sounds fishy to me. Personally I don’t buy it. But that is what her explanation was, and Ms. Towler left that out completely. Mr. Towler goes on to say, “The librarian resisted and was fired.” But the NYTimes says, “Ms. Palin fired Ms. Emmons shortly after taking office but changed course after residents made a strong show of support. Ms. Emmons, who left her job and Wasilla a couple of years later…”

    This article is a good example of slanting the truth, and leaving out important details, (spin). However, having said that, Gov. Palin does seem to have a history of being determined and strong minded/handed to the point of possibly being haughtily, stubborn; and a possible religious fanatic as far as war is concerned. Which is reminiscent of Pres. Bush, and concerns me.

  2. You see, that’s your problem — you scan, you judge, then you lecture.

    The article was HUMOROUS.

    Read the whole thing next time!

  3. Humor? When pigs (wearing lipstick) fly!

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