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R. Gregory Stein

Thanks guys for the online Blogtown meaningless diploma. I will cherish it along with the decoder ring I got from my breakfast cereal box many years ago. Just noticed that you awarded me this meaningless diploma because I was otherwise occupied during the recent political campaign. Out here in the boondocks of Sylvania, we did not have a vote in the heavyweight mayoral Bell vs. Collins contest. But we did vote on school board members and township trustees, both very important grass roots contests to our local community. Very disappointed that so few people voted in my community, less than 20% of registered voters. Shameful. Especially since so few people seem to appreciate the sacrifices that have been made by so many to ensure our right to elect our political leaders freely and peacefully. Our right to vote is taken for granted and not exercised by our apathetic citizenry. Very sad. Thanks again for the meaningless diploma. Even though it may be meaningless, it means a great deal to me, one of your biggest fans. Peace.

R. Gregory Stein

P.S. I forgot to mention how artistic Kirk's signature was on my meaningless diploma. Also, was impressed by his degree. BS to you too!!

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About Keith Burris

Keith C. Burris has been a journalist for 30 years and has written widely on politics, government, culture, and the arts for publications ranging from Commonweal to The New York Times. He worked previously for The Blade from 1986 to 1989. For 25 years he lived in Connecticut where, for 21 years, he was editorial page editor of the Journal Inquirer, in Manchester. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and has taught at a number of American colleges and universities. He and his wife Amy, an artist, have three grown children -- Alexander, Sophia, and William. Contact him at kburris@theblade.com.

About Kirk Walters

Kirk Walters has been the editorial cartoonist for The Blade since 1985. His work is distributed by King Features to over 350 newspapers. His cartoons have been used by NPR and PBS Newshour. One of his cartoons is among DVD bonus features of "The Smartest Guys in the Room"--an Academy Award nominated documentary on the Enron scandal. Kirk lives with his children and a mountain of bills in west Toledo. Contact him at kirk@theblade.com.