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CNN Opinion: When did moderate become a political dirty word?
Two of Mitt Romney's rivals in the presidential campaign have tarred him as "moderate." Bob Greene asks: Why is that so bad?
April 2nd, 2012
01:11 PM ET

CNN Opinion: When did moderate become a political dirty word?

By Bob Greene, CNN Contributor

(CNN) - For months now, platoons of politicians have been filling the air with words.

But today, if only for a few minutes, can we forget about the politicians and express our sympathy for one of the words?

It's such an amiable word: a word that is friendly and easygoing and nonconfrontational, a word that would never want to get dragged into a fight like this.

Yet it is there anyway, caught between practiced brawlers.

The word?

"Moderate."

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A power plant, illnesses, and a small town's fears
Robert Maddox of Juliette, Georgia, poses on his property. Maddox says Georgia Power expressed interest in buying his property after leveling the house next door and sealing the water well.
April 2nd, 2012
11:26 AM ET

A power plant, illnesses, and a small town's fears

By John Sepulvado, CNN

Juliette, Georgia (CNN) - "Y'know they're going to tear that house down, don't you?"

Robert Maddox has just opened his front door to let me in for the third time in three weeks. During each visit, Maddox talks about the house next door. It looks like the other houses in this rural middle Georgian town: two stories high, with a stone face and long rooftop arches, sitting on a few acres of wooded hills.

Maddox turns toward his dining room, walking by the oxygen tank he uses when he makes the 300-foot trek to the two-lane road where he picks up his mail, and shares the gossip he heard at the local market an hour earlier.
"Yeah, someone said Georgia Power will tear it down to the ground sometime this week."

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