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Jan 4Liked by Jessica Craven

I sent the comment about election coverage to all of the links you provided. Received a personal response from Aidan Gardiner of the NYTimes, including an inquiry as to how I found that feedback channel.

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Jan 4Liked by Jessica Craven

We needed that poem too, Jessica. Thank you.

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Appreciate all comments. love the poem. Great focus to explain Jessica's stance on discussion of Palestine/Israel. my comment previously posted.

Today I snail mailed a hand written letter to Secretary Blinken with the RUM plan for ending Putin;s War. Details in "Every War Is An UnCivil War" with similar approach to 2 state solution in Palestine.

Love, Doc will let you know if a response from Dept of State.

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Jan 4Liked by Jessica Craven

Thanks very much for your suggestions---I did a bunch of them!

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Jan 5Liked by Jessica Craven

Another great newsletter and thank you so much for the wonderful poem! I was very glad to see your information about available postcard campaigns. I usually write letters with Vote Forward, but I recently volunteered to send postcards for Tom Souzzi for the special election to replace Santos. I bought stamps and ordered some neat postcards from Etsy. But I found out from a friend that that campaign with Postcards to Voters is closed. And I wasn't sure what campaign I could volunteer for because I didn't know how to get information about available campaigns. So I'm delighted to have that information. Thank you.

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Jan 5Liked by Jessica Craven

This is great. I’m a ceramic artist and I’m going to find a way to incorporate this sentence into some of my work this year. Thanks for the inspiration ❤️😊

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Jan 5Liked by Jessica Craven

This! Thank you so much, Jess. 🩵

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Jan 5Liked by Jessica Craven

This is what I submitted to the Washington Post (I also submitted similar comments to the other outlets named):

This presidential election is not a "horse race." It is a face between a horse and a Jeep with a mounted machine gun. Therefore, usual horserace coverage is an anachronism that must be abandoned.

I implore all WP journalists to keep this mind when reporting, for example, on the upcoming speech by President Biden on 1/6/2024. His remarks about democracy being in peril are not just cynical campaign rhetoric. The 1/6/2024 was as close to the destruction of democracy as the country has faced since the Civil War. If Mike Pence had been spirited away in the waiting SUV, or caved to Trump's intense pressure campaign, what would have happened?

Will your coverage truly let the readers know that their vote means? Do they know about Agenda 47, or Project 2025? Only then will they know what the country is facing if Trump has a second term.

Please do your best to re-consider with fresh and open eyes how best to meet the mission of journalism.

Gary M. Stewart, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Laguna Beach, CA

bertrandbartok@gmail.com

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Jan 5Liked by Jessica Craven

Here is Aaron Blake's pitch in WaPo.

"Americans are electing their next president. It’s a long road, but we’ve got just the guide to help you to navigate it.

The Campaign Moment is your occasional guide to the key, well, moments on the campaign. Publishing when news warrants, we’ll highlight the major developments that actually matter and then take you deeper, providing analysis, context and answers to the big questions. Sign up here.

I’m Aaron Blake, and I’ve been analyzing politics and campaigns for nearly 20 years – including a dozen at The Post. That experience helps me pick out when we’re truly having a moment, and my goal is to serve those moments up to you.

Click here to sign up

Here’s what you can expect:

The biggest news, broken down

Analysis of the polls that actually matter and tell us something significant

Historical context and anecdotes that inform and entertain

Links to the coverage that will make you smarter when you want to know even more

I want to hit the sweet spot between the political junkie and someone who’s more casually interested in where things stand in the 2024 race. But I think everyone with any level of interest in who our next president will be should find something for them in this newsletter."

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Jan 5Liked by Jessica Craven

you need to change the date on your post carding list. It refers to 2023

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Jan 4Liked by Jessica Craven

Beautiful poem, thank you for sharing. And thanks for the Margaret Sullivan cut and paste! That was easy and so very very important to do. Especially since it’s this Saturday. 🙏🏻 thank you!

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Jan 4Liked by Jessica Craven

I am deeply disappointed in your decision to exclude the war in the Middle East from your newsletter because of complaints from one point of view. It is possible to be both deeply outraged by the Hamas attack on Oct. 7 AND the ongoing war on civilians in Gaza which is being funded by our government. I understand that you want to be done with this. I wish it wasn't happening either. But it is, and we are fundamentally responsible.

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Jan 4Liked by Jessica Craven

Hi Jessica,

I missed the workshop today on how to write powerful letters to newspaper editors. Do you know if there is a video of it available anywhere? I couldn't find anything on youtube.

Thanks for all you do! Ruth R

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Jan 4Liked by Jessica Craven

I hope I'm not taking up too much space. I seem to have trouble sometimes cutting and pastig to Substack.

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Jan 4Liked by Jessica Craven

That poem’s beginning is from the Jewish prayer service. But changed

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Jan 4Liked by Jessica Craven

PostcardsToVoters.org volunteers are writing for Tom Suozzi and Escambia County Fl Vote By Mail.

Markers for Democracy is hosting Sunday postcarding Zooms for Tom Suozzi for NY03.

https://www.mobilize.us/suozziforcongress/event/596053/

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