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Letter to the editor: Eclipse didn't unite us for a single moment

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Thursday, September 07, 2017 12:01 am

Eclipse did not unite us even for a moment

I found Jeffrey Kluger's Time Magazine piece on “the deeper meaning of the Great American Eclipse” before the eclipse actually happened concluded that the 2017 eclipse “could be viewed as a fit to a riven nation,” and his Time piece after the eclipse about Mother Nature as the uniter that briefly eclipsed America's divisions (“The Great American Eclipse briefly unites a riven nation.”)

As I viewed the eclipse from my balcony and the TV I didn't see any evidence supporting Kluger's premise that the eclipse united Americans even for a brief period of time. The “talkers” were still talking past each other as the eclipse was actually happening.

The radio on our balcony was playing a “golden-oldie” by Three Dog Night titled “One,” a song written by Harry Nilsson and popularized by Three dog Nighters they sang, “One is the loneliest number that you'd ever do.”

The question is a single one. Is it I or Kluger who is actually sitting around singing, “Now I spend my time just making rhymes about yesterday” (another “One”-liner) — “a gift to a riven American,” using Kluger's pre-eclipse words?

Under the absence of moral leadership by President Trump, how can a random act by Mother Nature be a gift to a riven nation, when Trump doesn't see any divinity in “All men are created equal?”

To make matters worse, he said the Nazis who demonstrated in Charlottesville, were a “moral equivalent” of the anti-fascists. Horse feathers!

But what should anyone expect from a militant secularist?

B. J. Paschal



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