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By Kim Stafford

Bret and Kim Stafford, the oldest kids of the poet and pacifist William Stafford, have been associates. Bret was once the nice son, the obedient public servant, Kim the itinerant wanderer. during this kin of 2 father or mother academics, with its intermittent get together of “talking recklessly,” there has been a code of silence approximately difficult issues: “Why inform what hurts?” As formative years pleasures ebbed, this reticence took its toll on Bret, not able to bare his problems. opposed to a backdrop of the Nineteen Sixties — puritan in the summertime of affection, pacifist within the Vietnam period — Bret turned a casualty of his inside struggle and took his existence in 1988. a hundred methods each Boy Can Do casts spells looking for the misplaced brother: hiking the water tower to face bare less than the moon, cowboys and Indians with genuine bullets, breaking into church to play a serenade for God, suffering for romance, and making bail. during this ebook, via a brother’s devotions, the misplaced saint teaches us approximately melancholy, the gentle ancestry of violence, the hunt for harmonious relatives, and at last the trick of pleasure.

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But White House officials “decided that that would be too confrontational with the CIA. ” He lets this hang in the air. ” As Rick describes his growing sense of dread, his voice goes quieter and slower, and as I replay the tape of our conversation, certain words etch themselves in my mind: peace, human rights, fear, trying. By mid-March, he sums up, “Every fear I had and every argument I made checked out to be right, but nobody acted on them. There was this accumulation of information which had gone from a single report, unconfirmed, suggesting Jennifer’s husband had indeed been alive at some point to documentation that a CIA asset had been directly involved with Jennifer’s husband and in covering up the murder of an American citizen.

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Speech codes, cyberfilters, stamp-out-smut drives, curriculum restrictions, and other attempts to hobble expression are a direct response to that fear, as if all our talk about talk will keep the lid on an explosive situation. WHY FIGHT IT? I confess to a little envy here. Being able to speak without official sanction has always seemed such a basic and glorious need to me that I would like to be as certain as the speech blamers appear to be, but what I am, more often, is baffled. For instance, it seems clear that mean, ugly epithets are a form of racism that interferes with people’s freedom.

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