Letters to the Editor 06-16-14

Oooops! I will admit that Don Iliff (letter, June 13) was right regarding my comment about the “poor little” students. It certainly did not sound Christian.
I sometimes forget that my sense of humor can go over like a lead balloon. I apologize to Mr. Iliff and to college students everywhere.
As for making voting “harder” for various groups? I will quote the next to last paragraph of his June 10 letter: “With voter fraud exposed as a myth, why does the right wing and Ms. Rice prefer to make it harder for students, minorities and the less fortunate to vote when and where they wish?”
For the record, “voter fraud” has not been exposed as a myth. It happens too often in too many places. It has been proven.
I prefer to believe one side of the coin. Mr. Iliff apparently prefers the other.
Saying my letter sounded like fascism to him reminded me of an old Ann Landers column published Dec. 27, 2001, explaining the difference between all of the -ism’s. Quote:
Socialism: You have two cows. Give one to your neighbor.
Communism: You have two cows. Give both cows to the government, and they may give you some of the milk.
Fascism: You have two cows. You give all of the milk to the government, and the government sells it.
Nazism: You have two cows. The government shoots you and takes both cows.
Anarchism: You have two cows. Keep both of the cows, shoot the government agent and steal another one.
Capitalism: You have two cows. Sell one cow and buy a bull.
Surrealism: You have two giraffes. The government makes you take harmonica lessons. Unquote.
Which way do you think our country is headed under this administration?
I wonder if it could be headed for “broke-ism”?
Barbara J. Rice

When you live in a modern-day dark age, filled with pharmaceuticals being used that kill every 19 seconds, suicide, and abortion at record-breaking highs, you ask yourself, are we a doomed society with no hope?
The answer is yes to most people’s belief, but the answer is really no for many reasons.
The power of the sun, wind, downspout water, education, communication, and the truth are the ingredients that must be there to progress in a positive direction. Without those important commodities, we remain in our current dark age.
Here is a fact that must no longer be conveniently ignored. There is no progress in the way of life we should have went a long time ago unless we launch the hydrogen economy, hemp, and self-sufficient industry in 50 states.
An ounce of prevention is a ton’s worth of the cure to preventing our health care system and Superfund from going bankrupt.
The best part of this idea is to be able to phase out fossil fuel and poison chemicals. When any person smokes their first cigarette, they know they must give up that habit some day or it will take them to the grave. Even the people believing there is no hope for change in our lifetime, know we must quit the habit of carrying on like we have.
The problem is, with no plan comes no change or hope. The solution to conquering tyranny over the mind of man is here, and there is no excuse to give your children and grandchildren a trashed world with no hope.
Terry Cook



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