The Joyless Antidote

RECEIVED Fri., March 31, 2017

Dear Editor,
    Louis Black's article in the March 31 edition of your newsweekly ["Page Two: Frogs Were the Second Plague"] is a masterpiece; just plain brilliant from start to finish and I commend him. Rare it is that we see insight so well-presented. The English professor should hold it up as writing to be emulated. The political science professor should highlight it for analysis and observation. The philosopher should revere the presentation of the choices made so clear.
    Yes, it is the "time of the toad" and I was reminded of the admonition, "If the task is to eat a frog, don't look at it too long or think about it too much." It sure does seem that after only 70 days, eating the frogs and the toads is our daily fare. Like many, I already tire of it and am sure that another 1,390 days will be too much. Just as our incredulity at the shining object of dysfunction got it elected, so our blind opposition in its elected form will only feed it and make it grow. We must be smarter than that.
    For this joyless Washington full of frogs and toads, Mr. Black offers the antidote: song and dance. When we can discard the frogs and toads and pay them little mind, they will not stick in our throats or get under foot. That leaves us free, and able, to sing and dance. That's what we should do.
Cliff Mark
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