"Wing of the Democratic Party made up of workingmen and reformers, opposed to monopolies and financial policies that seemed to them antidemocratic and conducive to special privilege. The Locofocos received their name when party regulars turned off the gas lights to oust the radicals from a Tammany Hall nominating meeting. The radicals responded by lighting candles with new matches known as locofocos and nominated their own slate." (From: http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9048706 )

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I am husband and father in a family of four, wife Verna, son Thomas, and daughter Jennifer. We've lived in Springfield's 137th District for over ten years at 800 W Calhoun St, and love the Grant Beach area. I was born to a military family, my mother and father met at Ft Leonard Wood. I was born in Ft Hood Texas, and travelled throughout my childhood, with most of my time spent in any one place in the Rolla Mo area. When I completed my own four year hitch with the US Navy, I settled here in Missouri, living in Mt Vernon. I moved into Springfield in 1994 to attend (then) SMSU and stayed, finding our permanent home in the Grant Beach Park area.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Clouds Over Washington

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The criticism from the right continues to paint peace protesters as anti-troop. Nothing could be further from the truth. We are all Americans, it is our sons and daughters over there, too. We differ in the policy of our government as prosecuted by George Bush.

"Anti-war protesters claim that while they are against the war, they support the troops. This is unbelievable when these "peace" groups actively work against our military. Protesting against the war is one thing; actively working against our military during a time of war is quite another. The left has found a new way to spit on our brave fighting men and women, " said Kathy Gonzalez, Springfield, in a News-Leader Readers Letter.

Every time the Right makes this allegation, they spit on the Constitution.


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