Lighten up, candidates

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, August 05, 2004

"Lighten up," Sen. John Edwards advised Ralph Nader during their recent debate aired over KTOO. Good advice, of course. We could all profit from language that elevates and illuminates. In an often baffling and threatening world we need all the help we can get. Wit and imagination can play a part. After all, the funniest and also the most pointed comment on democracy was Mahatma Gandhi's, "I think it's a wonderful idea." And our greatest president, Abraham Lincoln, was renowned (and, yes, deplored) for his frequent humorous sallies.

The most memorable remark during the Edwards-Nader debate was made by Ralph Nader when he noted Sen. Edwards' transformation from an insurgent to a detergent. I hope Sen. Edwards will take his own advice and pass it on to his running mate, John Kerry. We certainly need better language than Bushese - that is, language that divides, deceives, and dumbs down.

William P. Dunn


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