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The power of words showed up in two Gazette-Times headlines recently. Challengers to Sara Gelser's Oregon Senate seat are "upstarts" (G-T, Friday, Oct. 19, front page), while challengers to the Albany City Council (G-T, Saturday, Oct. 20, page A6) are "newcomers."

All of the individuals are new to political life.

The New World Dictionary defines an upstart as one who behaves in a presumptuous, aggressive manner, and a newcomer is, well, just a fresh face in an old game.

Janet Cornelius

Philomath (Oct. 20)

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