Hi Steve, welcome to gunks.com! While your blog and writings may not be "the" most left leaning in nature, they certainly do head that way. But, I'll certainly give you that your political interactions are somewhat centrist in nature. And, to be honest, I don't mind reading from centrist viewpoints, as long as they're not given while sitting on the fencepost. So, while I'm formulating a response to my climbing compadres from across the aisle on our other issues, I'll also keep an eye on your blogs now that it's been made a part of the fabric of gunks.com. However, I'd like to give you one piece of stern advice and a warning…whatever you do, do not allow yourself to become embroiled in ANY mountaineering debates and/or arguments. If you think disputes in Washington can cause battles, you have no idea what wars can start when squabbles arise over things from the world's rock and ice climbing arenas! (just joking).

Merry Christmas to you and yours…

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