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(Re: “Disaster of epic proportions,” EarthTalk, May 7.) This is no doubt a terrible tragedy, and a great article. Dumping heavy metals into the river, killing massive fish and poisoning water supplies — that could have been averted by responsible and competent management. The energy problem and a great majority of pollution could be avoided if the government subsidized alternative energy the way they subsidize oil and coal. YouTube search “MYT engine.” Yet, an even greater tragedy is people injecting mercury (thimerosal) directly into their body through a practice called vaccines.
Larry D. Anderson/Broomfield
Public schools fatten kids
(Re: “Conditioned hypereaters, Cuisine, May 7.) The whole article is a bunch of fiction. Our obesity problem is created in the government schools and will not end until we end this evil Prussian experiment in schools. The real bullies are the bureaucrats in the schools, and we hear all the time that stress causes overeating and there is a lot of stress in the schools, but no one ever puts two and two together and gets the right answer.
If you are at all interested in what government schools have created, you might look up “Poison Drops” on the Internet and read the 1885 report to the U.S. Senate about how the government school states had higher rates of crime, pauperism, mental illness and suicide than the private school states.
Marilyn Steffen/via Internet
Don’t pick on the dead
(Re: “An American heart of darkness,” Perspectives, May 7.) The Beer/Juhasz apologist manifesto for Ward Churchill’s work spends many proud words declaring Churchill a martyr on the block of “Freedom of Speech.” Yes, he used his constitutional rights — to urinate on the memory of 3,000 plus dead New Yorkers and sneer at the dead in the Pentagon. Yet, strangely, he doesn’t mention the dead in a lonely farm field. Why is that Beer/Juhasz? It (his essay) was not “professionally free,” “politically free,” “reputationally free” nor “financially free,” declare our proud explainers of what Churchill really said and meant. Well, “professors,” I read what you professed. He criticized U.S. policy using analogy and hopefully opened our eyes to the unseemly world where the financial machinations at the World Trade Center resulted in many deaths abroad, thereby functioning as a guilty arm of oppressive U.S. policy. Is that what he said, professors? Read what Churchill really said, please.
Those who care can hit Wikipedia and read the best of Churchill’s scholarship. The Pentagon dead are dismissed by definition. The World Trade Center dead are “civilians of a sort” [acting] “willingly and knowingly”... “busy braying, incessantly and self-importantly, into their cell phones... which translated... into the starved and rotting flesh of infants. If there was a better, more effective, or, in fact, any other way of visiting some penalty befitting their participation upon the little Eichmanns... I’d be interested in hearing about it.”
They were dead, Churchill — don’t pick on the dead.
The above is a fraction of what he said, and his words are not taken out of context or softened as our brave CU professors imply. I ask you Professors Beer and Juhasz, what differentiates these murdered New Yorkers from the dead at Wounded Knee? They were men and women at work — a tad early, actually — who had done no more than go to work. Easy pickings for nasty apologist manifestos for murderers — oops, sorry, terrorists. Ward Churchill makes a case for mass murder. Nice guy you have teaching the young minds at CU. What if they had hit lower on the buildings and a little later, killing 50,000 as intended?
Finally, Ward, if those murdered were not mostly majority-looking types (i.e. if there had been more dead minority fireman and civilians), would your insulting diatribe have been written? Maybe you had a point, Churchill. Maybe even the grossly hypocritical “perspectives” of Beer and Juhasz have points, but nothing will ever soften the way you defamed the dead who cannot turn and reply. Explain and spin away, professors, yet his actual hateful words will always stand for themselves as will your pathetic “interpretation” of his “spirit.” I thought “Good America” was where those intellects, such as found at CU, are engaged to bring our children hope for better human relations through factual unbiased discussion. Alas, hate speech, such as Ward Churchill’s, is embraced by those whom we trust to educate. Churchill’s hate speech is OK with the left. Homer this man is not. The left owes the dead an apology.
(Re: “Newspaper of the Future,” Stew’s Views, Jan. 1.) I just finished reading Newspaper of the Future, Parts I, II and III. You really hit the nail on the head. One request: next election cycle scrap the horse-race coverage that the BW did — just like the dailies — by giving more coverage to candidates not belonging to the Republican or Democratic parties. I think people will respond to the best candidate. Also, blog about the daily newspapers’ coverage and criticize the hell out of it and the candidates. Hold their feet to the fire before they get to office. This can help separate the wheat from the chaff. I personally like Ritter, but he, like dailies, isn’t doing his job. Make local politics relevant again. Thank you for a great series of articles.
Peter Bockenthien/via Internet
Ritter and bike laws
Gov. Bill Ritter has just signed a bill that will give bicyclists throughout Colorado a veritable carte blanche on the streets. Aside from other elements of the new law (which now elevates bicyclists to a higher protected class), the most relevant and dangerous is the 3-foot passing rule. Most drivers already cross a double-yellow line to give bicyclists an exaggerated berth. It is against the law to cross those lines, unless necessary to avoid an imminent collision (Doctrine of Competing Harms).
Those bike lanes were built at tremendous expense to provide a safe zone for bicyclists. For all intents and purposes, we were told by the two bicycle-biased politicians who authored the bill that the safety zones are apparently not adequate, thereby intimating a waste of millions of dollars to build them in the first place. It will now be acceptable for bicyclists to ride outside their given lanes into harm’s way. This new law will criminalize a driver if he does not cross a double-yellow line to give cyclists at least three feet of space. There is no way to give that much clearance without doing so, especially if there are two or more cyclists riding abreast. If a line of oncoming traffic prevents a vehicle from crossing the double-yellow lines, that vehicle must slow to the speed of the bicyclist(s). Driving too slow under the speed limit is also illegal and hazardous to vehicles behind, which may not expect a sudden drop in speed. Fundamentally, this is a law that compels drivers to break existing traffic laws in deference to a minority group of self-aggrandizing bicyclists.
We live in perverse times, when a prominent U.S. Senator feels comfortable justifying torture by claiming that it “worked” for the Catholic Church during the Spanish Inquisition. That’s what Sen. Lindsay Graham said by way of trying to excuse the Bush administration’s so-called enhanced interrogation techniques.
These astounding remarks, uttered by a leading Republican widely touted as moderate, provoked little if any indignation in media circles, or even among Democratic politicians.
Instead, torrents of rhetorical abuse rained down on the head of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who had the unmitigated temerity to suggest that, during secret intelligence briefings, the CIA had “misrepresented” to her the government’s use of illegal water torture. She said the spooks had, in effect, lied to Congress, a practice the agency has been proven to employ from time to time.
So, it seems we are to accept as appropriate the heinous practice of torturing helpless prisoners in the custody of our nation’s most powerful agencies, even as we are expected to believe that the CIA never, ever lies.
We have become a nation largely populated by credulous fools. At least, that’s what GOP torture apologists have concluded. As for most of the Democrats, foolish is too charitable a description.
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