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The prospects for progress is misleading based on a cursory reading of political prose, especially that of those who see themselves as concerned citizens. Of these, most merely seize the party perspective without enhancing (or adequately questioning), whether liberal or conservative.

Every word, in fact, is derivative, faithful to its origin yet not to reason, which demands more than has been thus far given. Hence, the poverty of debates and impotence of policies that promotes progress, claims to at least. We settle instead for a change of hands every so often. Progress meanwhile has been in the coffin since the enlightenment and the civil rights movement.

Today, movements are rare because motions bewitch instead, stalling the possibility of real progress, politically and ethically. Citizens have greater rights but less wisdom in exercising these. Consider, for example, the character of our laws. How many of us are improved thus? Most in fact are made for criminals, not enlightened mammals such as ourselves. Our failure, however, lies in fields politically transcendent, and can only be reversed when each of us resolves to improve ourselves.

Society contributes but doesn’t control unless we deny our right and our role. We do this whenever we deny the validity of our actions or our power to make a difference. Such logic limits our range and defeats our intentions. We are given instead to lamenting because we deny our actions and their consequences. Even so, the change we desire must come from beings higher than we are presently.

Joel Bryant, Greensboro’­


Hello! I’m with D&D Sluggers, a Wilmington, NC duo that plays dance rock music with Nintendo DS and game-boy handhelds. We wanted to thank you guys for mentioning [YES! Weekly online events calendar] our New Year’s Eve show with Taradactyl. We are also playing in Greensboro after new years at CF- GBs with local band Mixed Signalzz. Thanks and have a great holiday!

Tim White, Wilmington