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In Opinion pages on 24 Sep 2015 at 2:12 pm

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Occasionally in this life, public officials behave so egregiously that the only rational reaction is a bit of irrationality.

Take the case of Tea Party favorites and former Michigan state House members Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat. Their actual affair (and yes, I mean “affair” in both the literal and figurative sense) is too tortured to bother explaining. Suffice to say, the Michigan House has voted overwhelmingly to expel Gamrat. Courser saw the writing on the wall and resigned.

No matter: Gamrat is still running for election to her old seat. Not easily deterred is the fourth person ever expelled from the Michigan Legislature!

What you see above is the joint opinion issued by the Grand Rapids Press and the Kalamazoo Gazette. Emphatic enough for you? (Incidentally, one advantage of print over digital is the effect of “negative space” like this. Take a look at how it looks online. Not as effective, is it?)

Look, you can’t do that sort of thing very often. You can’t run front-page editorials all the time, either. But there comes a time when the local newspaper should speak loud and clear. “No” is pretty clear. …

Consider this your license to consider an extraordinary opinion piece now and again. Now is not the time in the history of American journalism for timidity. Use your full voice when you need to.

Clay

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