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June 12-18, 2008 firstname.lastname@example.org
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(Re: “Toxic landscape,” News, May 29.) This is an outrage! Who decided that we the Chiricahua are not allowed to have what we need to practice our religion? Why don’t the federal government ban the use of crosses too?! The Chiricahua have been persecuted and stepped on too long. Maybe we should go to war again — that way the BIA can finish the genocide that they started back in the 1800s.
Sergio Runningdeer/via Internet
(Re: “Strange wind rising,” Danish Plan, June 5.) Thanks to Paul Danish for his column on wind power and the environmentalist hassle with it. Back in the late ’30s, wind-powered generating sets were popular on the Midwestern farm. I forgot the name of it and the capacity, but it worked for lighting, pumps, etc. Then we got the REA (Rural Electrification Administration), part of the New Deal.
I have lost a good bit of my enthusiasm for the environmental movement. They seem to have forgotten that sometimes you have to make trade-offs. You can’t have wind power or water power without generators or dams cluttering the pristine landscape. In addition, they forget that the No. 1 cause for pollution is over-population. They seldom mention that population control is an absolute must to protect Mother Earth.
Frederick C. Sage/Boulder
The inner monologue
(Re: “Last call,” That’s Irrelevant, June 5.) I read the column That’s Irrelevant by Dale Bridges every week, sometimes against my will. Some dude I know forwards me the column each time a new edition is published and, for lack of anything better to do at the time, I read it. This week’s column was particularly enjoyable, but why does Dale’s inner monologue sound like Jeanine Garofalo auditioning for the role of a film noir private eye?
America burns while this neo-con-driven administration and its complicit enablers in Congress sit on their treasonous haunches, profiting from one war after the other and not giving a damn about the future of our country. Jefferson called for one revolution each generation, and it seems that our sold-out politicians are forcing Americans to either take back our nation or watch it implode from greed, incompetence and ignorance.
Beginning more than 30 years ago, the United States should have embarked on a national plan of energy independence, but we chose the short-term ease of living large without limits, based on a costly and dwindling natural resource. It is time for Americans to wake up and recognize that our country is being sold out from under us, and that we must take it upon ourselves to demand and chart a new course of enlightened sustainability.
A good start would be to strip the Pentagon of its control over our government and re-invest at least one-half of its $1-trillion-per-year budget into renewable-energy programs and our country’s physical infrastructure. Close down the more than 700 military bases that the United States operates worldwide and create a green conservation corps that would establish America as the leader in how to live sustainably on planet Earth. By taking this nation off the permanent war footing of empire, we might have a chance of restoring the Democratic Republic envisioned by our founders.
Doling out accountability
I was glad to hear that Robert Gates is doling out accountability. It makes the United States look bad, and it scares the daylights out of me to know that our nukes were traveling around our nation unknowingly or that we could make a gift of bomb triggers to Taiwan.
Let’s hope that none of those gifts wind up in the wrong hands. It makes one wonder though, if the Navy’s failings warrant the firing of a chief of staff, which I would whole heartedly agree was appropriate. How many chiefs of staff were fired or even reprimanded for the massive failure that allowed the three terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001? Zero.
Warren Wood/via Internet
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