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a contrary aim

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It is imperative for the smooth running of the ECP and for holding free and fair elections that the CEC and all ECP members stay on the same wavelength, for if they are at cross-purposes at this crucial juncture in the country's history then Justice Ebrahim's appointment would not make much of a difference.
Many external powers are deeply involved," the former UN chief wrote in an article for The Washington Post, noting "Despite formal unity behind the six-point plan, mutual mistrust has made them work at cross-purposes.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development, DOT and the Environmental Protection Agency already have combined efforts, working together on grants and seeking ways to minimize federal programs for local governments that work at cross-purposes.
YOUR correspondent Darren Murphy appears to be at cross-purposes concerning his condemnation of Ashley Blake for defending his property (letters, September 14).
The two leaders' debate on the matter was conducted at cross-purposes.
But these efforts are doomed to fail because they are working at cross-purposes with other activities supported by Gonzales and Villaraigosa--dismantling our southern border.
Welcome to an enchanted medieval world in which too many "readers" and "writers" make for unpredictable twists and turns, and visitors struggle to set things right, sometimes at cross-purposes.