By Harry Welty
Painting over our Differences
ďDid you hear what happened at Public School Stadium last night?Ē Thatís what I heard one Sunday school mother ask another mother on Saturday while I was painting a mural next to Tony for the new Sunday School Year.
I had just read about the stabbing in a short, sketchy story in the morning paper. In the old days, when I was on the School Board, I would have known all about it in advance because the Superintendent would have called to tell me about it before it hit the news. Now that Iím a civilian again I too have to rely on rumor and hearsay for some of my information.
Iíve been getting a lot of my news while painting for the
past couple weeks. My first project was a mural for the church. I kept my mind
occupied while painting by listening to Minnesota Public Radio. Thereís been a
lot of coverage about the bad blood leading up to our November elections. Some
of that bad blood has spilled over to
Another story in the Saturday Trib was about the ardent George Bush supporter whose oversized yard signs have drawn criticism. He woke up recently to find his signs painted over with swastikas and his carís back window smashed in. The Trib also showed the spray painted signs of some local Democrats to demonstrate that vandalism is bipartisan.
My sympathies are with the Bush supporter since I too am an
inveterate sign poster. I have put up oversized signs in my yard in defiance of
A few years ago a reader criticized one of my columns for incorrectly attributing a famous saying to the philosopher Voltaire. I had written that Voltaire had said: ďI disagree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it.Ē It turns out that Voltaire never said this. Of course, as far as Iím concerned he should have. Itís an idea that the vandals would do well to consider. Iím sure the swastikas they painted over the Bush lawn signs were meant to imply that Bush was a fascist. A fascist is the kind of person who would sneak up at night and put a burning cross in a personís yard or maybe paint a swastika on their property.
While I was painting at the church I had my kitchen floor ripped out and tiled over. Now I have to paint the roomís walls and trim. There is no escaping the paint so I will keep listening to news about the campaign.
The debate raging in
Welty is a small time
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