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Mar 10, 2018 15:52:29   #
Otisimo
 
Hello all 😎
About a year ago I became aware of OPP and started following it on a daily basis. I had been reading Daily Kos for a while but wondered what the other side of the story was. I want to start by saying that I am not a Democrat nor a Republican, I am an American! I believe that the political divide in this country is counterproductive to our nation and the world and we must put aside derisive rhetoric and come together as the one people we truly are, Americans!
The issues that separate us are not nearly as important as the ones that bind us together and make us one people and nation

I was raised by loving parents on a small farm in S.W. Michigan and learned from my father and mother a work ethic that has served me well my entire life. I have tried to instill that same work ethic in my children to a lessor or greater degree. All you can do as they grow is try to teach by example and simply be there for them. I can truly say that I am proud of all of them! πŸ‘. A blessing to be sure. πŸ™

I worked as a salesman and sales manager for most of my life and enjoyed a decent income and life until an injury forced me to retire at the age of 50. I currently live in western New York State with my wife and her mother and our golden-doodle. (Who is the real boss of the family. Lol ). I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1976 for 4 years active and 2 years reserve. Took basic training at Great Mistakes Illinois in February of that year and have been cold ever since. Lol
Most of my time these days is spent on music and reading and the ever present honey- list. I look forward to having positive discourse with you all here on OPP as we come together as the true Americans that we are whether conservatives or liberal.

Thank you for your time.
Otis

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Mar 10, 2018 16:05:34   #
okie don
 
welcome Otis

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Mar 10, 2018 16:10:56   #
Carol Kelly (a regular here)
 
Otisimo wrote:
Hello all 😎
About a year ago I became aware of OPP and started following it on a daily basis. I had been reading Daily Kos for a while but wondered what the other side of the story was. I want to start by saying that I am not a Democrat nor a Republican, I am an American! I believe that the political divide in this country is counterproductive to our nation and the world and we must put aside derisive rhetoric and come together as the one people we truly are, Americans!
The issues that separate us are not nearly as important as the ones that bind us together and make us one people and nation

I was raised by loving parents on a small farm in S.W. Michigan and learned from my father and mother a work ethic that has served me well my entire life. I have tried to instill that same work ethic in my children to a lessor or greater degree. All you can do as they grow is try to teach by example and simply be there for them. I can truly say that I am proud of all of them! πŸ‘. A blessing to be sure. πŸ™

I worked as a salesman and sales manager for most of my life and enjoyed a decent income and life until an injury forced me to retire at the age of 50. I currently live in western New York State with my wife and her mother and our golden-doodle. (Who is the real boss of the family. Lol ). I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1976 for 4 years active and 2 years reserve. Took basic training at Great Mistakes Illinois in February of that year and have been cold ever since. Lol
Most of my time these days is spent on music and reading and the ever present honey- list. I look forward to having positive discourse with you all here on OPP as we come together as the true Americans that we are whether conservatives or liberal.

Thank you for your time.
Otis
Hello all 😎 br About a year ago I became aware of... (show quote)


Welcome aboard, matey. You make sense and I look forward to more from you.

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Mar 10, 2018 16:14:34   #
Hemiman
 
Otisimo wrote:
Hello all 😎
About a year ago I became aware of OPP and started following it on a daily basis. I had been reading Daily Kos for a while but wondered what the other side of the story was. I want to start by saying that I am not a Democrat nor a Republican, I am an American! I believe that the political divide in this country is counterproductive to our nation and the world and we must put aside derisive rhetoric and come together as the one people we truly are, Americans!
The issues that separate us are not nearly as important as the ones that bind us together and make us one people and nation

I was raised by loving parents on a small farm in S.W. Michigan and learned from my father and mother a work ethic that has served me well my entire life. I have tried to instill that same work ethic in my children to a lessor or greater degree. All you can do as they grow is try to teach by example and simply be there for them. I can truly say that I am proud of all of them! πŸ‘. A blessing to be sure. πŸ™

I worked as a salesman and sales manager for most of my life and enjoyed a decent income and life until an injury forced me to retire at the age of 50. I currently live in western New York State with my wife and her mother and our golden-doodle. (Who is the real boss of the family. Lol ). I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1976 for 4 years active and 2 years reserve. Took basic training at Great Mistakes Illinois in February of that year and have been cold ever since. Lol
Most of my time these days is spent on music and reading and the ever present honey- list. I look forward to having positive discourse with you all here on OPP as we come together as the true Americans that we are whether conservatives or liberal.

Thank you for your time.
Otis
Hello all 😎 br About a year ago I became aware of... (show quote)


Hi Otis and welcome.If you have been watching you know that the America you seek is long gone,a memory now of times gone by.We are now left with two America’s one that would destroy our culture and standard of living and everything else that was good in the old America .The other side is trying to preserve all that was good in America past.Any attempt to get the two America’s together are equivalent to fitting a square block into a round hole.I applaud your attempt to be neutral but it is not possible anymore,it’s one of the many things lost in the old America.

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Mar 10, 2018 16:22:45   #
bylm1-Bernie
 
Otisimo wrote:
Hello all 😎
About a year ago I became aware of OPP and started following it on a daily basis. I had been reading Daily Kos for a while but wondered what the other side of the story was. I want to start by saying that I am not a Democrat nor a Republican, I am an American! I believe that the political divide in this country is counterproductive to our nation and the world and we must put aside derisive rhetoric and come together as the one people we truly are, Americans!
The issues that separate us are not nearly as important as the ones that bind us together and make us one people and nation

I was raised by loving parents on a small farm in S.W. Michigan and learned from my father and mother a work ethic that has served me well my entire life. I have tried to instill that same work ethic in my children to a lessor or greater degree. All you can do as they grow is try to teach by example and simply be there for them. I can truly say that I am proud of all of them! πŸ‘. A blessing to be sure. πŸ™

I worked as a salesman and sales manager for most of my life and enjoyed a decent income and life until an injury forced me to retire at the age of 50. I currently live in western New York State with my wife and her mother and our golden-doodle. (Who is the real boss of the family. Lol ). I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1976 for 4 years active and 2 years reserve. Took basic training at Great Mistakes Illinois in February of that year and have been cold ever since. Lol
Most of my time these days is spent on music and reading and the ever present honey- list. I look forward to having positive discourse with you all here on OPP as we come together as the true Americans that we are whether conservatives or liberal.

Thank you for your time.
Otis
Hello all 😎 br About a year ago I became aware of... (show quote)



Welcome to OPP, Otis. I hope we hear more from you. I few of your comments I find interesting. One, that you were had been reading "Daily Kos" and decided to look around. Good for you. I also found it interesting because we have just relocated to SW Michigan from a lifetime in Indiana to which my grandparents moved from western New York. I also worked in sales. Sounds as if you might have some interesting perspectives. Blessings.
Bernie

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Mar 10, 2018 16:23:40   #
Otisimo
 
Hemiman wrote:
Hi Otis and welcome.If you have been watching you know that the America you seek is long gone,a memory now of times gone by.We are now left with two America’s one that would destroy our culture and standard of living and everything else that was good in the old America .The other side is trying to preserve all that was good in America past.Any attempt to get the two America’s together are equivalent to fitting a square block into a round hole.I applaud your attempt to be neutral but it is not possible anymore,it’s one of the many things lost in the old America.
Hi Otis and welcome.If you have been watching you ... (show quote)


I have to respectfully disagree. I think we all have much more in common than what separates us.

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Mar 10, 2018 16:31:15   #
Otisimo
 
bylm1 wrote:
Welcome to OPP, Otis. I hope we hear more from you. I few of your comments I find interesting. One, that you were had been reading "Daily Kos" and decided to look around. Good for you. I also found it interesting because we have just relocated to SW Michigan from a lifetime in Indiana to which my grandparents moved from western New York. I also worked in sales. Sounds as if you might have some interesting perspectives. Blessings.
Bernie


Where at in Michigan? I’m originally from a place called Watson Hills. (Which is basically just a 4 Corner’s)

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Mar 10, 2018 16:36:40   #
bylm1-Bernie
 
Otisimo wrote:
I have to respectfully disagree. I think we all have much more in common than what separates us.



If I might make another quick comment without giving it too much thought. Hemi does seem to put us under a rather dark cloud but, having lived in this Great Country for nearly 80 years, I feel that the extremes politically, morally, spiritually and about every other way are much further apart than they were even 50 or 60 years ago. I don't really know why that is so but I know it is true. Food for thought as they say.
Bernie

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Mar 10, 2018 16:36:44   #
acknowledgeurma
 
Otisimo wrote:
Hello all 😎
About a year ago I became aware of OPP and started following it on a daily basis. I had been reading Daily Kos for a while but wondered what the other side of the story was. I want to start by saying that I am not a Democrat nor a Republican, I am an American! I believe that the political divide in this country is counterproductive to our nation and the world and we must put aside derisive rhetoric and come together as the one people we truly are, Americans!
The issues that separate us are not nearly as important as the ones that bind us together and make us one people and nation

I was raised by loving parents on a small farm in S.W. Michigan and learned from my father and mother a work ethic that has served me well my entire life. I have tried to instill that same work ethic in my children to a lessor or greater degree. All you can do as they grow is try to teach by example and simply be there for them. I can truly say that I am proud of all of them! πŸ‘. A blessing to be sure. πŸ™

I worked as a salesman and sales manager for most of my life and enjoyed a decent income and life until an injury forced me to retire at the age of 50. I currently live in western New York State with my wife and her mother and our golden-doodle. (Who is the real boss of the family. Lol ). I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1976 for 4 years active and 2 years reserve. Took basic training at Great Mistakes Illinois in February of that year and have been cold ever since. Lol
Most of my time these days is spent on music and reading and the ever present honey- list. I look forward to having positive discourse with you all here on OPP as we come together as the true Americans that we are whether conservatives or liberal.

Thank you for your time.
Otis
Hello all 😎 br About a year ago I became aware of... (show quote)

If by "true American", you mean, a citizen of the United States of America, then I am one. However, because I have a habit of voting for Democratic Party candidates, many on OPP will call me a Traitor.

I hope you are able to find the "positive discourse" you are looking for here on OPP. My experience has found it mostly absent, but if you enjoy invective and ad hominem argument, you will find OPP rewarding.
(I seem to be abnormally pessimistic today. )

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Mar 10, 2018 16:41:13   #
slatten49 (a regular here)
 
Otisimo wrote:
I have to respectfully disagree. I think we all have much more in common than what separates us.

I happen to agree with your last statement, Otisimo.

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Mar 10, 2018 17:02:59   #
bylm1-Bernie
 
Otisimo wrote:
Where at in Michigan? I’m originally from a place called Watson Hills. (Which is basically just a 4 Corner’s)


Holland area. I'm pretty unfamiliar with Michigan geography to date.

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Mar 10, 2018 17:07:48   #
saltwind 78
 
Otismo, Welcome to the combat sight.
Otisimo wrote:
Hello all 😎
About a year ago I became aware of OPP and started following it on a daily basis. I had been reading Daily Kos for a while but wondered what the other side of the story was. I want to start by saying that I am not a Democrat nor a Republican, I am an American! I believe that the political divide in this country is counterproductive to our nation and the world and we must put aside derisive rhetoric and come together as the one people we truly are, Americans!
The issues that separate us are not nearly as important as the ones that bind us together and make us one people and nation

I was raised by loving parents on a small farm in S.W. Michigan and learned from my father and mother a work ethic that has served me well my entire life. I have tried to instill that same work ethic in my children to a lessor or greater degree. All you can do as they grow is try to teach by example and simply be there for them. I can truly say that I am proud of all of them! πŸ‘. A blessing to be sure. πŸ™

I worked as a salesman and sales manager for most of my life and enjoyed a decent income and life until an injury forced me to retire at the age of 50. I currently live in western New York State with my wife and her mother and our golden-doodle. (Who is the real boss of the family. Lol ). I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1976 for 4 years active and 2 years reserve. Took basic training at Great Mistakes Illinois in February of that year and have been cold ever since. Lol
Most of my time these days is spent on music and reading and the ever present honey- list. I look forward to having positive discourse with you all here on OPP as we come together as the true Americans that we are whether conservatives or liberal.

Thank you for your time.
Otis
Hello all 😎 br About a year ago I became aware of... (show quote)

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Mar 10, 2018 18:02:09   #
mongo
 
Otisimo wrote:
Hello all 😎
About a year ago I became aware of OPP and started following it on a daily basis. I had been reading Daily Kos for a while but wondered what the other side of the story was. I want to start by saying that I am not a Democrat nor a Republican, I am an American! I believe that the political divide in this country is counterproductive to our nation and the world and we must put aside derisive rhetoric and come together as the one people we truly are, Americans!
The issues that separate us are not nearly as important as the ones that bind us together and make us one people and nation

I was raised by loving parents on a small farm in S.W. Michigan and learned from my father and mother a work ethic that has served me well my entire life. I have tried to instill that same work ethic in my children to a lessor or greater degree. All you can do as they grow is try to teach by example and simply be there for them. I can truly say that I am proud of all of them! πŸ‘. A blessing to be sure. πŸ™

I worked as a salesman and sales manager for most of my life and enjoyed a decent income and life until an injury forced me to retire at the age of 50. I currently live in western New York State with my wife and her mother and our golden-doodle. (Who is the real boss of the family. Lol ). I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1976 for 4 years active and 2 years reserve. Took basic training at Great Mistakes Illinois in February of that year and have been cold ever since. Lol
Most of my time these days is spent on music and reading and the ever present honey- list. I look forward to having positive discourse with you all here on OPP as we come together as the true Americans that we are whether conservatives or liberal.

Thank you for your time.
Otis
Hello all 😎 br About a year ago I became aware of... (show quote)



Welcome Otisimo, I hope you enjoy the site.

SEMPER FI

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Mar 10, 2018 18:09:13   #
Radiance3 (a regular here)
 
Otisimo wrote:
Hello all 😎
About a year ago I became aware of OPP and started following it on a daily basis. I had been reading Daily Kos for a while but wondered what the other side of the story was. I want to start by saying that I am not a Democrat nor a Republican, I am an American! I believe that the political divide in this country is counterproductive to our nation and the world and we must put aside derisive rhetoric and come together as the one people we truly are, Americans!
The issues that separate us are not nearly as important as the ones that bind us together and make us one people and nation

I was raised by loving parents on a small farm in S.W. Michigan and learned from my father and mother a work ethic that has served me well my entire life. I have tried to instill that same work ethic in my children to a lessor or greater degree. All you can do as they grow is try to teach by example and simply be there for them. I can truly say that I am proud of all of them! πŸ‘. A blessing to be sure. πŸ™

I worked as a salesman and sales manager for most of my life and enjoyed a decent income and life until an injury forced me to retire at the age of 50. I currently live in western New York State with my wife and her mother and our golden-doodle. (Who is the real boss of the family. Lol ). I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1976 for 4 years active and 2 years reserve. Took basic training at Great Mistakes Illinois in February of that year and have been cold ever since. Lol
Most of my time these days is spent on music and reading and the ever present honey- list. I look forward to having positive discourse with you all here on OPP as we come together as the true Americans that we are whether conservatives or liberal.

Thank you for your time.
Otis
Hello all 😎 br About a year ago I became aware of... (show quote)

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Welcome Otisimo! Nice to have you.
Thanks for your service.

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Mar 10, 2018 18:15:55   #
PoppaGringo
 
Otisimo wrote:
Hello all 😎
About a year ago I became aware of OPP and started following it on a daily basis. I had been reading Daily Kos for a while but wondered what the other side of the story was. I want to start by saying that I am not a Democrat nor a Republican, I am an American! I believe that the political divide in this country is counterproductive to our nation and the world and we must put aside derisive rhetoric and come together as the one people we truly are, Americans!
The issues that separate us are not nearly as important as the ones that bind us together and make us one people and nation

I was raised by loving parents on a small farm in S.W. Michigan and learned from my father and mother a work ethic that has served me well my entire life. I have tried to instill that same work ethic in my children to a lessor or greater degree. All you can do as they grow is try to teach by example and simply be there for them. I can truly say that I am proud of all of them! πŸ‘. A blessing to be sure. πŸ™

I worked as a salesman and sales manager for most of my life and enjoyed a decent income and life until an injury forced me to retire at the age of 50. I currently live in western New York State with my wife and her mother and our golden-doodle. (Who is the real boss of the family. Lol ). I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1976 for 4 years active and 2 years reserve. Took basic training at Great Mistakes Illinois in February of that year and have been cold ever since. Lol
Most of my time these days is spent on music and reading and the ever present honey- list. I look forward to having positive discourse with you all here on OPP as we come together as the true Americans that we are whether conservatives or liberal.

Thank you for your time.
Otis
Hello all 😎 br About a year ago I became aware of... (show quote)


Welcome. I am sure you will find some here to be compatible with your beliefs, aside from the noticable trolls you will encounter.

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