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Memorial Day 2018 and other thoughts with Frank Burke, author

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May 27, 2018 at 11:00 pm

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May 1813: Remembering the first of the Jefferson-Adams letters

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Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were two of the key figures of the American revolution.  Jefferson composed The Declaration of Independence.  Adams was a special force in leading the colonies toward independence.
 
Adams was first VP and 2nd president.  Jefferson was the 2nd VP & 3rd president.  Jefferson defeated Adams in 1800 in a very nasty election that fractured their friendship.
 
After losing to Jefferson, Adams went home to Massachusetts and the two men never spoke again.  It was a very sad ending to a partnership that mattered so much from independence to the formation of the new nation.  
 
Jefferson left the presidency after two terms and retired in Virginia.  
 
Jefferson finally broke the ice and wrote Adams a letter in 1813:

“Following 12 years of bitter silence caused by their disagreement over the role of the new federal government, the two old friends managed to reestablish the discourse of their younger years spent in Philadelphia, where they both served in the Continental Congress, and Paris, where they served together as ambassadors to France. 
In 1812, Benjamin Rush, a Patriot and physician from Philadelphia, initiated a renewed correspondence and reconciliation between his two friends and ex-presidents. 
The correspondence continued until Adams and Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence that all three friends had signed in 1776.”

The letters are now a big part of our history.

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May 27, 2018 at 9:00 pm

Round 1 in Colombia

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The first round is over in Colombia and here is where we are:   

“With 98 percent of the votes counted, conservative 41-year-old Iván Duque nailed down 39 percent of the vote, according to Colombia’s national electoral agency. 
He was followed by the progressive 58-year-old economist and ex-mayor of Bogotá, Gustavo Petro, with 25 percent.”

Duque is in a strong position for round 2 but 36%, or the ones who did not vote for # 1 or # 2,  will now have to choose between the two finalists.   

I am not familiar with the other candidates and who they will endorse.  

Nevertheless, this is now down to Duque and Petro.  The big question is this:   Which one can persuade a majority of Colombians?

Stay tuned.

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May 27, 2018 at 7:15 pm

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Sunday’s video: We remember Memorial Day

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May 27, 2018 at 6:30 pm

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Texas’s aspiring Democrat governor has tax problems

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We had a historic election in Texas: the first Latina, the first lesbian, and the worst voter turnout since President Wilson.

On Tuesday, 415,000 Democrats showed up to vote for governor…”and the smallest number of ballots cast – in the 14 Democratic gubernatorial primary runoffs held since 1920.  That year, 449,000 Democrats voted, according to Texas Election Source’s analysis of Texas State Historical Association data.”

What happened? The easy answer is that the party was not excited about its choices.  Furthermore, Andrew White did not really campaign or put up much of an effort against a very flawed candidate like Lupe Valdez.

A few days after the election, we learned that Miss Valdez has a tax problem.

This is probably not a major scandal.  After all, many people fall behind on their taxes and settle with tax agencies. 

Nevertheless, this is not a good headline the first week of the campaign: “Lupe Valdez, the Democratic nominee for Texas governor, owes $12,000 in property taxes.”

Here are a couple of questions.  Why didn’t this come out during the primary or when Miss Valdez announced her candidacy?  Did she get any special treatment, given her position as Dallas County Sheriff?

Again, I don’t think the tax issue will cost her any votes.  However, it won’t help her, either, especially when she delivers a populist rant.

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May 27, 2018 at 6:50 am