Column on Nader home page

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My column from yesterday’s edition of the Grand Junction Free Press made it to the home page of Ralph Nader’s official Web site. By the time you read this, it may have already been bumped off by more recent news, but just go to the News & Analysis link at the very top of the page and click on It’s a Democracy; Get Used To It. If it’s not listed on the home page anymore, just click on More and it’ll take you to their News page with lists of all the Nader articles from publications around the country.

So far I’ve received email from as far as the Netherlands about this column. Don’t tell my editor, but this one actually took me maybe a couple of hours to write, tops. Of course, I spent all week thinking about it, but the actual writing took relatively little time. Funny how the stories I agonize over are the ones that never get a reaction.

Also, I think it’s funny that the Nader people changed the title. The original title, of course, was It’s a Democracy, Stupid. They either thought a lot of their readers wouldn’t get the joke (1992 was a long time ago, after all), or they wanted to tone down what they thought was an aggressive headline. No matter. At least they directly link to the column itself, which does have the original title. Kudos to my fantastic editor for keeping it.

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