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posted: 3/5/2014 12:50 PM

Struck by Slusher's sparkling phrases

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Congratulations to Jim Slusher for his excellent column on Feb. 20, "What grows when zealousness and tolerance coexist." I was particularly struck by some of his sparkling phrases. For example:

• a gurgling caldron of the goals, passions and ideas competing for attention and action …

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the unanimity of thoughts …

• a vitriolic outburst …

• with plenty of experience with gutter language …

• this diatribe would call attention to itself in a Skid Row tavern …

• such individuals cower in their dark closets, dip their pens in vitriol and spew their poison from behind a shield that distorts and demeans the notion of free speech

• though they manage to pollute the commenting stream at online conversations so thoroughly.

Oh, one more comment. The Associated Press calls for an ellipsis to be "…", but I think " ..." looks much better. I'm wondering if your readers would agree.

Joe Schrantz

Villa Park

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