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December 15, 2008

As part of my own personal "war on Christmas" (which a Utah state senator has offered legislation to outlaw), the WORD celebrates the season by going on hiatus until January. May all out days be merry and bright, and here’s to a safe, healthy and saner New Year. HoHoHo!

Empty Minds: "Of all the people expressing their mental vacuity, none has a better excuse for an empty head than the newspaperman: If he pauses to restock his brain, he invites onrushing deadlines to trample him flat. Broadcasting the contents of empty minds is what most of us do most of the time, and nobody more relentlessly than I."

--Russell Baker, Pulitzer-winning columnist

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Good luck, Obama -- an enormous task await

By Bethany Crane

November 21, 2008 | President-elect Barack Obama has been given a sow's ear and is expected to turn it into a silk purse. He is eloquent, pro-active, and eager to fix the problems that have been dealt to him.

He's a nice change from the last president who had enough misspeaks to fill an entire calendar. Eloquence counts for a lot in a world leader, and we need all the credibility we can get. He is already showing a lot of promise by beginning to appoint people to his future administration, surrounding himself with who he considers to be the best and the brightest. He sees the importance on finding the people who are experienced and have had success in the past, considering factors beyond simply what political party they are part of.

One of the best signs that we're headed in the right direction is that Bin-Laden's No. 2 man can see that he's not going to have many excuses for his organization's behavior because of this policy change, so he must encourage where he can the idea that this change isn't for the better.

By having a diverse background, Obama has gained perspective on issues that he will undoubtedly face later in his presidency. He's an optimist, seeing this as an opportunity for growth rather than a hopeless situation. He doesn't seem to be idly sitting on his hands waiting for his term to begin either, he's carefully planning and making preparations for what he's going to do the minute he actually gets into office.

I am filled with hope that this next administration being led by Obama will be able to reconcile differences and repair damages that have been created over the past few years. He seems capable, willing, and above all, well prepared. Considering what he's required to organize and try to remedy, he deserves a lot of support not only from his administration, but from the people.

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