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Palin's potential pitfallPosted Tuesday, September 2, 2008, at 9:17 AM
Keep in mind the controversy involving Lt. Ronnie Shirley of the Tennessee Highway Patrol as you watch what will probably become a growing issue concerning Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin and her alleged treatment of an Alaska trooper.
Shirley fixed a ticket for a high-level state official and is accused of running unauthorized background checks on individuals.
Palin allegedly demanded the firing of her ex-brother-in-law, a trooper, then fired the state public service commissioner who refused to execute the firing.
As one of the T-G's main print page designers, I subscribe randomly to newspapers from around the nation and beyond. I've been getting an Alaska newspaper and noticing the Palin controversy. There's more to it than those of us in the "Lower 48" realize. Could she be getting revenge on the trooper?
Also: I agree Palin's pregnant daughter's private should generally be left alone. But is Sarah Palin becoming an extreme so-called "poster child" for the pro-life movement, since her family's chosen to keep two babies in the past year?
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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