NBC continued The State of our Unions series. In contrast to our complaints Monday about Carl Quintanilla's lack of statistics to bolster anecdotal generalizations, Rehema Ellis, properly, produced some numbers for her report on so-called commuter marriages, the 3.6m people who do not live full-time with their spouses, a 40% increase in less than a decade. Ellis noted that many of these marriages are military ones. She did not add that, presumably, many others involve incarceration.
Instead, Ellis' example ignored both barracks and penitentiary. She chose a husband who lives with his wife weekends in Florida and then works weeks as a contractor in Philadelphia. Their routine to keep their love alive makes it a rule always to talk on the telephone last thing at night and first thing in the morning. Ellis, discreetly, did not spell out the unspoken implication underlying such a rule.
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