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Bill Keller, executive editor for the New York Times for eight years, poses an interesting question in an Op-Ed piece he wrote about WikiLeaks and the U.S. soldier who provided the website classified documents, Pfc. Bradley E. Manning.
Keller analyzes what might have happened if Bradley gave the information to the paper first. The question is more than a hypothetical.
Bradley said this in a statement published March 1 from a military court hearing: “I then decided to contact the largest and most popular newspaper, The New York Times.
I'm tired of Americans disparaging our country. Addressing concerns about our government is critical to maintaining the republic, but I'm bombarded not by criticism, but over-the-top generalizations: "The government cannot agree on an appropriations bill, clear evidence that we've never been this dysfunctional before." "Politics has never been this polarized." "The government can't protect the borders and keep out immigrants who want to destroy our country." "Our president is a dictator." "The country has never been more violent." The litany goes on and on. No solutions: just complaints.
It becomes very easy to believe that as citizens we have little chance of making change in our communities and our country. But it happens, probably more than we know.
Back in 2010, I wrote about a community effort to keep the Environmental Protection Agency from classifying the Armargosa toad as “endangered.” And last year I wrote about the residents of Tombstone, Ariz., who wanted to help secure a water supply for the city without government help.