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She was one of the brightest stars in the heavens of Texas and is absolutely irreplaceable.

As a Texas woman from a long line of activists, I could always create a stong defense against comments about Bush being a Texan by citing Molly Ivins, Ann Richards, and Barbara Jordan as the true voices of the soul of our state.

She will never be forgotten.

Molly Hanchey

Chatfield, Texas

Feb 2 2007 - 2:59pm

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We have lost a journalistic giant. Molly Ivins is gone, but her work lives on in the hearts of those who benefitted from her commitment to honesty in American politics.

I started re-reading SHRUB last night, and this morning I got the news that Molly was gone. A very sad coincidence.

Dr. Louis S. Col

San Francisco, California

Feb 2 2007 - 2:55pm

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After the 2004 election, I just felt better knowing that Molly Ivins was around to shine some good old Texas sunlight on that shady little Commander in Chief, Decider and Texas wannabe George Bush.

Who'll step in to give us a good read over a cup of coffee and make us laugh about it all? I sure will miss her.

Teri Howatt

Kenmore, Washington

Feb 2 2007 - 2:52pm

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John Nichols' fine appreciation of Molly Ivins mentioned the book she co-wrote with Lou Dubose, Shrub: The Short But Happy Political Life of George W. Bush.

The first word of the title reflected, I've long felt, her generous nature. Instead of "Shrub" it could have been, after all, "Twig."

Morton Mintz

Washington, DC

Feb 2 2007 - 2:47pm

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Regarding “Remembering Molly Ivins”, by John Nichols, it is tough as nails losing this feisty, spirited lady of the press. I cannot count the number of times my friends and I turned to the simple clarity Molly Ivins issued--so many times, on so many matters--in plain-spoken language with a base-level elegance that was always equal to the task.

Molly Ivins framed the issues of the day better than anyone else. And she made us laugh, made us revel, in the exploration.

We'll miss her a lot. My appreciation to John Nichols for putting all of that into perspective.

James E. Berger

Champaign, Illinois

Feb 2 2007 - 2:45pm

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The death of Molly Ivins is like having a trusted friend and weekly visitor snatched out of your home in the night.

She appeared regularly in my mail box in several venues and I looked forward to her spunk and firecracker visits.

A stout voice for liberty and justice has been stilled but her legacy will live on in the multitude of people who have been affected by this pioneering idealist whose wit and wisdom we will long cherish.

William D. Cox

Marina, California

Feb 2 2007 - 2:43pm

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To John Nichols - Remembering Molly Ivins

I just finished reading your commentary in Truthout.org (and then, the original in The Nation) about Molly Ivins. What a beautiful tribute; thank you.

I cry as I write because I believe that Molly was our last--maybe our only--hope of jarring people into taking action to stop the madness that seems to be so prevalent in this country under the present administration.... and now she's gone. Now what?

Well--your commentary reiterating Molly's philosophy has encouraged me to continue to "fight city hall". As Molly might say, "It ain't easy."

Tamie Smith

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Feb 2 2007 - 2:37pm

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I was a fan of Molly Ivins. She, like The Nation is reassuring to people who live outside the US that there are rational well-meaning people in your country who stand for the same things we stand for.

When you are fed a diet of Bush and Cheney, sometimes your faith is shaken. In Australia we call someone like Molly Ivins a ratbag. It may not sound like it but it is a term of endearment. We should all aspire to be ratbags like Molly.

The world will miss her.

Alan Kennedy

Bondi Junction, Australia

Feb 2 2007 - 2:34pm

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