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Letters 08-03-2015

Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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Still another turning point in Iraq

George Foster - June 22nd, 2006
Still another turning point in Iraq
It is about time.
For three years, thousands of Iraqi and U.S. military agents have chased the murderous terrorist, Abu Mousab al-Zaqawi, in a country not much larger than the state of Michigan. When the elusive leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq was recently killed in a farmhouse by two 500 pound bombs launched by F-16 fighter jets, many including President Bush tempered their response as to its significance.
Actually, there can be little doubt al-Zaqawi’s “termination” is a very important moment relating to the violence that has been spewing out of control in Iraq – for better or worse. While it may be true that al-Zaqawi’s band number only a few hundred of the 25,000 to 50,000 insurgents thought to be fighting in Iraq, his death is symbolic as the new government struggles to bring security to the country. The momentum gained from “terminating” the world’s most ruthless jihadist gives renewed hope to Iraqis struggling to bring their bickering factions together. Any major success also gives Americans encouragement that our soldiers might come home sometime soon.
On the other hand, heightened pressure has now been laid on the U.S. military and Iraqi security forces to bring the chaos under control. If there is no visible reduction in violence as a result of eliminating al-Zaqawi, the American public will grow even more impatient with the prospect of our troops standing in the crossfire of increased sectarian violence in the most populous areas of Iraq.
Which way will the conflict go? The next three or four months should give us the answer.

Speaking of terrorists, you may have heard that the conservative author and TV political attack-dog, Ann Coulter, angrily referred to certain 9/11 widows as witches and concluded that no one is allowed to debate their views because of their status as victims.
Coulter stated, “I’ve never seen people enjoying their husbands’ deaths so much.” She added, “And by the way, how do we know their husbands weren’t planning to divorce these harpies?” Whew - Coulter has given the word “cruel” new meaning.
Even beyond civility, Ann Coulter cannot comprehend family members of the deceased pressing to find out why the attacks occurred. If not for these widows and other relatives of the victims, there would have been no independent 9/11 commission. For months, the Bush administration refused to authorize such a review until family members pressured them into doing the obvious – setting up a group of experts to study the most deadly terrorist attacks in history.
By this act alone, these widows did a great service for all Americans. Though not expecting praise, who could have guessed these women could be ripped for doing what any caring, grieving spouse would do?
No one should be surprised, though, because this is the same compassionate Ann Coulter who once said, “There should be a poll tax and literacy test for people to vote.” She must long for the good old days of the Jim Crow South, if not a return to slavery.
She also referred to founding father Alexander Hamilton as a former President of the U.S. during a cable news debate. When attorney Alan Dershowitz gently corrected her that Hamilton had never been president, it was a precious moment in which Ann Coulter had nothing to say.
As Dershowitz knows, Ann Coulter can spout any absurd notion that supports her political point of view, while the rest of us struggle to respond without lowering ourselves to her undignified level.
 
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