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JIM: So much 100 years ago is relevant today


It never ceases to amaze how much found in the pages of the Adair County News stands as relevant a century and more after publication. Case in point: the following excerpt from a half-page opinion piece reprinted in the April 21, 1909 News from the Lebanon Enterprise newspaper: At the time, the prohibition issue was quickly devolving into a political battleground with both inter- and intra-party strife rampant. Said the opinion piece, in part:

"When a local option election is held that should be the end of the matter, at least until the time for holding another election of the same kind rolls around. Then again the people have the right to express themselves on the question. But there should be no boycotting, no proscription, no marking of a man for example, by either side, or by any one on either side, because of his or their position on this subject. We are free American citizens, but if a man be boycotted, or proscribed, or marked for political assassination, for that reason, why not for his position on some other public question, or because of his religious tendencies? And if the latter, where has your great American institution of freedom of thought, action, and conscience gone?"

The questions posed give pause for thought, not only in regard to the upcoming wet / dry election but for the much deeper issues we now face. - JIM

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