As scattered as the week has been now that all of the major campaign milestones have come and gone, turning the tables on John McCarthy, erm, McCain's criticism of Barack Obama this week has been the one thread in our inbox.
A show called Little Mosque on the Prairie will soon appear on television in America. The show hopefully educates the public that to be Arab or Muslim does not equal being a terrorist, or being primitive or subversive. The recent events of the campaign reveal that we need such a series.
Obama's campaign ground game should remain intact and begin a new mission -- to communicate and bring people together, to begin a national dialog that heals wounds, promotes truth, and unifies us as one nation again.
In this small Italian town at the base of the Alps, I could watch the presidential debate in English on CNN, in English on the BBC and on no less than three other channels shown with a slight delay and translated instantly into Italian.
McCain could have been a real "maverick" and told his party that he opposes the Bush Tax Cuts just like he originally did. But no. That's because McCain is not a true leader when it comes to the economic crisis this country faces.
One blogger wrote: "Obama was unbelievably calm, collected and straight to the point. In fact he went out of his way to be nice while McCain was constantly attacking and putting on that fake, scary smile. Damn, that smile is scary."
As a practicing women's health nurse practitioner, I've worked for over 20 years to try and prevent accidental pregnancies because I've seen first hand the effects that this has on women. An accidental pregnancy may be a source of joy for some women, and a crisis for others.
Enough with the campaign promises. That's not what we need right now, especially since most of the promises probably won't happen anyway. What we need is a president who respects others. Especially the women-folk.
I lived in a country where abortion was illegal. On top of killing close to a million women during a 25-year span, that law intruded on the intimacy of couples and families. I have male friends who had to provoke unsafe abortions on their wives, risking their life and freedom.
John McCain's official website would make it seem as if corporate taxes are somehow crippling American business. But two-thirds of the corporations doing business in the U.S. paid no taxes from 1998-2005, while collectively reporting $2.5 trillion dollars in sales.
How did our "village" go so wrong that a seven-year old girl would think a respected American senator and presidential candidate is the equivalent of the Bogey Man under the bed? Where did she get the notion that people of the Muslim faith are to be feared rather than embraced?
If McCain wins this election, the Religious Right and Sarah Palin will take the credit. The Religious Right's hold on the Republican Party will be even stronger, and the party will be pulled deeper into an extremism that serves only a small minority of Americans.
When it comes to dismissive finger gestures, there is nothing quite like the two-handed "air quote." For pure sarcastic appeal, it beats the much more obvious middle finger every time. But beware what words you put inside those little air quotes.
My father said Jackie Robinson wasn't just a great ballplayer, he called him simply A Great Man. I watch Barack Obama handle this campaign and I'm struck by more than just his talent and intelligence and dedication to doing right. I'm struck with his dignity in the face of insult.