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A compilation of quotations on a variety of issues by national, state and regional writers, well-known personalities, just plain everyday people and from various publications collected by the editors of THE ADVANCE.

Quotes for our Times:

Byron York, chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner: For Jan. 6 Committee, time for transparency is running out.

Real life is never quite as clean as the narrative that the showrunners of the Jan. 6 Committee wanted to create. Which brings things back to the question: Will the public get to see the full picture of what the committee gathered? Chairman Thompson doesn't have to show Americans anything else. He doesn't have to reveal anything that would complicate the 'clean, uninterrupted narrative' that he and his colleagues created. Maybe he will, and maybe he won't.

But what about the public's right to know? Of course the public has a right to know. But that doesn't mean it will know.

Jazz Shaw, Weekend Editor and full time contributor at HotAir: In many states, welfare and benefits pay more than median income.

Those families have a choice of going back to their full-time jobs or staying home and playing Call of Duty while bringing in ten to twenty thousand dollars more per year. Obviously, a significant number of people have chosen option B.

When you find yourself in a position where you have to rely on welfare or any form of government benefits, the system is supposed to give you enough money to “get by” so you don’t fall through the cracks entirely. It’s not designed to provide you with more money than you would have earned by working. As these figures appear to demonstrate, there are plenty of people who will opt for “free money” over employment, particularly when not working is more lucrative.

Chloe Carmichael, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and author of 'Nervous Energy: Harness the Power of Your Anxiety': I'm a psychologist and the 'Twitter Files' are a perfect storm of psychology and society's rules.

Much of our sociopolitical discord may be attributable to the groupthink of Twitter that was readily facilitated by censorship, moral superiority, and a false sense of social consensus.

Open dialogue generally promotes self-awareness and pro-social behaviors, which are essential for a healthy society.

Twitter’s secretive and uneven application around its 'visibility filtering' tools compromised our social dynamics.

This was exacerbated by a governmental collaboration to suppress speech, especially when done in secret.

The good news is that 'The Twitter Files' have brought all of this to public awareness, which is the first step in returning to reality, open dialogue, and a healthier society.

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