SHORT TAKES: The candidates and contempt for civility

By Daily News • Last Updated 11:43 am on Monday, February 20, 2012

Can you believe the depths to which presidential aspirants are willing to sink in order to discredit opponents for the highest office in the land?

The negativity of the campaign would be comedic if the stakes weren’t so high. Television campaign ads are running together consecutively, alternating for and against a given candidate in the same string. The next-to-saddest thing about this travesty is that these “approved” messages demonstrate the obvious contempt the candidates have for the civility of the American public.

The saddest thing would be if our society continues to accept this trash in lieu of a candidate’s honest expression of what he or she stands for and why we should vote for them.

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Here’s an example of sound fiscal policy: The Education Foundation of Greenville’s Our3 campaign is adding its third leg. After raising more than $526,000 in endowment funds so far for academic and performing arts activities, the foundation is adding a fund for the support and maintenance of strong athletic opportunities in the Greenville school system.

If you’d like to make a shrewd investment in the future of Greenville’s kids, consider this one.

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Fifty years ago today, at 9:47 a.m. on Feb. 20, 1962, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth in his Friendship 7 space capsule.

At a recent gathering at the Kennedy Space Center, the 90-year-old Glenn commented that today’s cellphones have more computing capacity than anything they were flying back in those days. Lack of funding has stalled NASA’s space shuttle program, and it has been predicted that further space advances will probably be funded privately.

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