Merry Christmas

It’s Christmas day, so let’s take a break from politics.

Let me just thank you for reading. It’s been a year since we started Yellow Stripes and readership has grown steadily. And each month we get more comments, both for publication and in emails, and they have been uniformly thoughtful and civil. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the discussion.

The massive tree here at YSDA Plaza.

I often find myself writing “we” as if writers and editors were scurrying around YSDA Tower, when in fact, it’s just me, one guy. I suppose I fall into thinking in terms of “we” because there has developed a small community of like-minded folks here. Politics and commentary about politics have moved to the extremes. Expressing views that don’t fit neatly into one orthodoxy or the other is out of fashion, and you can get pummeled for doing it.

So, it makes sense that people who don’t subscribe to one form of purity or another would feel comfortable in a virtual space that welcomes the apostate and the heretic.

Which, I suppose, is an odd point of view to express on Christmas morning, a time that is most definitely not about skepticism or deviance from the company line. This day is about belief. And, in fact, we here at YSDA do believe, fundamentally, that everybody has some good in them, some desire to be fair to others, to be rational and to change our minds in the face of good arguments.

We might even go so far as to say that when those things are born, salvation is just around the corner.

Enjoy the day.

Welcome to the 310th day of consecutive posts here at YSDA. Thanks for reading!


Published by dave cieslewicz

Madison/Upper Peninsula based writer. Mayor of Madison, WI from 2003 to 2011.

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