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web posted May 24, 2004

Re: The curious case of Nick Berg Carol Devine-Moline (May 17, 2004)

I am writing in regards to Carol Devine-Molin's article and conclusion that "Ironically, the Nick Berg tragedy bolsters some pivotal contentions of the Bush administration regarding al-Qaida: 1) the Iraq/al-Qaida nexus during the Saddam Hussein era has now been firmly established, much to the consternation of the Left-leaning crowd."

Any such "bolstering" is wishful thinking. A number of plausible, utterly contradictory scenarios can be made that fit the few known details. As an example, it is as plausible to me that Berg was doing some sort of counterintelligence work. As another example, it is as plausible to millions of others that extremists within the private contractor world of Titan and CACI killed him in an effort to create a distraction, thereby preserving their (collective) $100 billion annual contracts! . Etc.I know it's difficult - but do try to set aside your bias and instead strive for truth and accuracy. America will thank you.

My best,


Re: The 17th Amendment and federalism by Robert S. Sargent, Jr. (May 17, 2004

Opposing the special interests that pervert our government and undermine the original intent of the Constitution, US Senator Zell Miller (D-GA) recently introduced a resolution to repeal the 17th Amendment, allowing state legislatures to once again select and powerfully influence US Senators.

"It is the system that stinks," said Miller. "And it's only going to get worse because that perfect balance our brilliant Founding Fathers put in place in 1787 no longer exists."  Never suspecting they could be bankrupted by Washington, the states ratified the 17th Amendment in 1913 and destroyed that critical balance of power.

Unfunded federal mandates have pushed state budgets into the red, and angry citizens nationwide speak of secession from the union or restoration of sovereignty to escape federal tyranny.  Senator Miller offers a solution, yet we hear that the Senate, perched on what Miller calls a "rotten and decaying foundation of what is no longer a republic," would not pass such a resolution.

But states can regain control of their Senators.  The people of any state can return power to their state government by electing Senators picked by their state legislature.  Thereafter unfunded federal mandates and other heavy-handedness would be unlikely, and talk of secession would subside.  Moreover, within six years the Senate would have enough votes to pass the resolution.

Mark Yannone
Phoenix, AZ

I agree with Robert Sargent.  The 17th Amendment should be repealed.  One reason I am active in the Constitution Party is that it is the only political party that advocates such in its platform. 
Joe Eldred

Re: Islam vs. the World

In regards to the "war on terror", I find it interesting that a certain percentage of people like to claim that the Islamic religion is one of "peace"; and yet, a number of people who allegedly practice this "peaceful" religion are so filled with hatred for Israel and the United States of America. Why?

I have no idea what life, the government, and morality are like in the Jewish nation; I only know that according to the Holy Bible, Israel and the Jewish people are the ones whom God loves and has protected as a people throughout the centuries; although today, Christians and Messianic Jews (those who believe in Jesus Christ as their Messiah and Savior) also lay claim to the promises of God, based on their belief that Christ is God's Son, and paid the price for mankind's sins once and for all when He died upon that terrible cross; and their faith is cemented in the fact of Jesus resurrection from the dead.

Where America is concerned, Islam is both correct, and incorrect, in their hatred for this nation. In America, certain of those among our leaders and peoples support the practice of abortion, and refuse to hold those who commit the most horrendous of crimes accountable. Murderers have their "rights" as well as their very lives championed by too many among our citizenry, those in the celebrity world, as well as those in political power; while victims and/or their survivors weep bitter tears of sorrow over the loss of their property, or loved ones, or their own sense of security.

America has never been perfect, but it used to be a shining example of how a free people live in some sense of righteous behavior, and punished those who do harm to the innocent. The nations which purport to practice the Islamic faith seem, in part, more intent to cause grievous harm to anyone outside of Islam, innocent or not; especially Israel and the few allies it has across the world.

America must decide what role it will play in God's plans, and part of that must be to help support and defend the Jewish state of Israel; while our own populace must do what it can to get back to it's roots in the faith of our fathers, that found in the name and blood of Jesus Christ.

William G. Smith
Lancaster, Pa.

web posted May 17, 2004

Re: John Kerry: Catholic warrior by Lisa Fabrizio (web posted May 10, 2004)

You should note that while many Catholics morally object to abortion, they may also object to legislation denying others the right to have an abortion. The legal system in America has become so accustomed to legislating morality that we have failed to consider whether or not morality should be legislated at all. There is a difference between what morality requires of us and the extent to which the law should reinforce this. God gave us free will for a reason-- so we can make the choice to follow Him. Legislating morality, denies us an oportunity to make our own moral judgements, thereby undermining His gift of free will. Senator Kerry meerly attempts to reaffirm this by arguing that "Church and state should remain seperate."

Organized religion is an institutionalized expression of faith. Similarly, faith is an institutionalized expression of the Divine. One can clearly see the potential for distortion (consider all of the factions of Christianity if you disagree). It is in this way that followers do not "pick and choose their beliefs," rather their beliefs pick and choose them. Not every aspect of Catholicism serves every Catholic's needs, but this shouldn't deny them the right to belong to a faith community where, on the whole, their ideologies align.

It must be easy to offer your conservative readers a conservative, sarcastically written ed-op about The Enemy. Anybody could do that. All the information you regurgitate is available to anyone with a newspaper. Next time, I challenge you to write using critical discussion and not tongue in cheek rhetoric to convince all of us, not only the already convinced, why, in fact, we shouldn't vote for the Senator.

Luke Renner
University of Southern California

web posted May 10, 2004

Re: Election 2004 and Iraq

The 2004 presidential campaign is turning into a mudslinging fest. While Americans continue to die in Afghanistan and Iraq both President Bush and Senator John Kerry are arguing over which one of them served their country best during the Vietnam era. Vietnam is over and one would hope these two gentlemen will eventually provide specifics on their positions and proposed policies for Iraq and for the current war on terror.

The troops and their families deserve to know what the "plan" is. They need to see a flicker of light at the end of the tunnel.

Currently twenty thousand troops have been involuntarily extended in Iraq and thousands more have been involuntarily held in service beyond their discharge dates. Soon units will be returning to Iraq for a one-year tour only months after they completed their initial tour. These actions have undoubtedly had a severe negative impact on the morale of many service members and their loved ones.

The Army is half the size it is was during the Persian Gulf War and it is having an extremely difficult time meeting current mission requirements. If the military is increased in size they will need more young Americans to sign up to fight the war on terror. If they can't get enough volunteers a draft, preferably without college deferments, may be necessary. That certainly would test the resolve of some who on the surface support the military as long as neither they nor their sons or daughters never have to serve in it.

How ironic it would be if thirty or so years from now presidential candidates are bickering over which one of them served their country best during the war on terror. Hopefully the war will be over by then. Hopefully that's not too big of a hope.

Sgt. Maj. (R) George S. Kulas



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