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The rise and fall

It would be refreshing to have a political campaign devoid of contentious mudslinging between candidates for office.

Bill York

I recall when those running for political office did so with ethical intentions, debating issues with the opponent that was of concern to voters. They were elected to office because of their qualifications.

Men with whom I played tennis expressed disapproval at the way political campaigns are planned today. We’re bombarded with accusations about the ethics of opponents. The use of manipulated images to make the opponent look shopworn, tired and unfriendly, like someone you would not like living next door, is a reprehensible tactic.

Statesmen served the people. Many politicians now serve themselves; it’s the old cookie jar syn-drome carried over from their childhood; some politicians never get over the lure of cookies According to newspaper and TV expose Atlan-ta is an example of public servants raiding the cookie jar for personal entitlements

Some of the grand scams today are political campaigns. Voters provide donations to their choice for office expecting to be represented and then are forgotten while the candidate they helped to elect begins soliciting donations to finance their next campaign.

We can play taps over the way it was before greed began to negate integrity.

There has been an effort to dilute American culture with a foreign ideology. Most individuals prefer living among those with whom they have common interests. We see enclaves of cultures. That is understandable when you consider the whims of nature; bears do not associate with raccoons, grizzlies don’t hibernate with badgers, coyotes don’t cohabitate with moles, wolverines are incompatible with mink, geese don’t migrate with swans. Each species is entitled to its unique individuality. Harmony exists in non-conflicting ideologies.

The average lifespan of ancient countries was 200 years. Internal decay, greed, incivility, hatred, lawlessness, immorality, corruption and aggression spelled doom for many ancient cultures.

Our extremes are possibly too entrenched for treatment and healing. In that event, we will eventually go the way of other crippled cultures.

Bill is a 92-year old WW II Navy veteran and retired President of York Furs in Buckhead. You can contact him by email at