Happy 25th Birthday, Loan Fund – And Some Post Election Commentary – Relive the Feelings!

First and foremost, it’s the 25th anniversary of the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund – an amazing organization that has had a huge impact on the lives of people in NH.  (It is also one of the few investments that hasn’t tanked in recent months … so you might want to think about investing your nest egg with the Loan Fund … where you can make money and feel good about it at the same time!)

Congratulations JPE and everyone on Wall Street (Wall Street in Concord, NH that is).  Sorry to miss the celebration!

I thought I’d post some links to wonderful op-ed stuff that was coming out just after Obama won.  (Since I’m not on-line for a bit, it seemed a good time to sharesome things that I probably I wouldn’t get to otherwise.)

First, if you missed it, here’s Maureen Dowd’s NY Times column titled “Bring on the Puppy and the Rookie.”  It’s  not vintage Dowd – but Dowd from the heart.  Nice (and with apologies to CB)!

There have been many awful mistakes made in this country. But now we have another chance.

As we start fresh with a constitutional law professor and senator from the Land of Lincoln, the Lincoln Memorial might be getting its gleam back.

I may have to celebrate by going over there and climbing up into Abe’s lap.

It’s a $50 fine. But it’d be worth it.

Then, there’s David Brooks … who has dreams!

The inimitable Gail Collins shares some good down to earth insights and advice about how to manage winning and losing.  She may even be succeeding in talking me down (just a bit) from my anti-Lieberman ire.  After all, as she says so well …

“… the most Lieberman accomplished with months and months of nonstop campaigning was to push McCain support in his home state of Connecticut to 38 percent. Treachery is bad, but inept treachery is easier to get over. Since Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, needs the vote, you could understand him telling Lieberman that he’s still welcome.”

And here’s Judith Warner in her piece, “Tears to Remember,” echoing the sentiment that struck everyone at our house, as we experienced Obama’s (and our) victory:

Sept. 11, the seismic event that we’d feared would forever form their political consciousness, shaping their world and constricting the boundaries of the possible, had actually been eclipsed, light blotting out darkness, the best of America at long last driving away the demons of fear. We wanted them to see that it was the end of an era.

Yes, indeed, the end of an era.  Whatever happens next … the people have spoken and have repudiated that hate and fear-mongering and narrow self interest that have marked so much of our recent history.  It’s a process, and this is just the beginning … but it’s a start!

Thanks, PB, for pointing me toward these!  πŸ™‚

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2 Responses to Happy 25th Birthday, Loan Fund – And Some Post Election Commentary – Relive the Feelings!

  1. CB says:

    Dowd from the cold-blooded heart…..Frank Rich had a great column last Sunday.
    It Still Felt Good the Morning After
    Almost every assumption about America that was taken as a given by our political culture on Tuesday morning was proved wrong by Tuesday night.
    November 9, 2008


  2. Alison says:

    Yes, I’d like to add my congratulations to JPE for her fine leadership, from the inception of the Community Loan Fund right up to now. My deepest admiration!

    So treat yourself to something special in these challenging times!



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