Tom Cantlon is a local columnists for The Daily Courier in Prescott, Arizona.
We can’t allow those who create endless outrages in the news to own every part of our minds. For one, there’s also art. I got fascinated with artistic empathy recently. What’s that? It’s the term I use to describe when an artist has a special and deep understanding of other people and can share some insight into that with us.
This is a petition for all of us in the Prescott area to take a breath. With concern about violence in some big cities and talking heads saying it's a plot to destroy the country we could easily push ourselves needlessly into violence, or at the least break from constructive disagreement to thinking fellow locals are enemies intent on doing each other harm, physically or otherwise.
Friends around Prescott anticipate the election because we think things will suddenly change. Not as fast as we think. Following are reasons why it’s going to be a dangerous year. But since so much commentary, including my own, tends to be dark these days, I promise to try to find a lighter topic sometime before the election, news at all permitting.
There are a thousand things it would be profitable for Washington to spend money on right now if they cared and if they were smart. Things that would create jobs, stimulate the economy, help people without being a giveaway, and yield more-than-worthwhile returns.
A sad situation but a clear way to fix it. There’s a truly unfortunate phenomenon going on. It showed up recently right here on this page. It was a letter to the editor earlier this month. In it the writer was complaining about Gov. Ducey’s attempts to control the pandemic.