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Compassion is a two-way street
To the Editors:
I am writing in response
to Ben McGill's letter in the Feb. 5 edition of the Telegraph. Mr.
McGill presents an impassioned argument for the continued diligence
of this city's animal control officers, based on the mauling of his
young toddler. While I commend him for presenting a heartfelt
description of his experience, it is important to remember that
there are always two sides of a given situation. It is true there
are aggressive dogs, often mistreated by humans, that can attack
and kill children and adults alike. It is true that there are
normally good natured dogs that, for reasons we do not understand,
turn violent and bite. However, it is also true that children and
adults can precipitate atttacks from unfamiliar animals by their
actions, body language and behavior.
Compassion is a two-way
street. We would all do well to remember this.
The plight of the inholder
You're not in Minnesota?
Access issues could happen where you live and very likely already
This is about access
in/to national forests.
If you're an inholder,
you're already aware of the intent regarding you and your private
property (you're viewed as a "threat to the ecosystem"), even
though you only became an inholder because of the ever-expanding
federal boundaries of forests, parks, reserves, monuments and
"protected" and/or "managed" (controlled) lands and
Multiply the following
quote by 155 other national forests; then consider that federal
land/resource holdings never retract. Then consider all the
state-owned lands and resources, and how private property shrinks
daily truly, private property (that not held by such
nongovernmental organizations as The Nature Conservancy, Trust For
Public Land, and others) and is, like freedom and responsible
resource providing, becoming really endangered.
"One of 155 national
forests, the Chippewa was the first national forest established
east of the Mississippi. The forest boundary encompasses 1.6
million acres, of which over 666,325 acres are managed by the USDA
Forest Service over 1,300 lakes, 923 miles of rivers and
streams, and 400,000 acres of wetlands."
The document is lengthy,
but an excellent example of language deception and how it is used
to create a "risk" that is not there but is created in the mind of
the public. Words like "could," "may," "might," etc., are triggers
to make the reader think that the areas need government
"protection" and/or "management."
Julie Kay Smithson,
End religious intolerance in France
The French Assembly is wrong to ban Muslim headscarves in public schools. France
claims to be a secular state. This is not true. The Christian
and Jewish Sabbaths are holidays in France, but not the Muslim
Sabbath, Friday. The religious holidays Easter Monday, Ascension
Day, Pentecost Friday, Whit-Monday, Assumption Day and Christmas
are all statutory holidays in France. France subsidises religious
schools. Crucifixes will still hang in schools in Alsace-Lorraine.What
is next? Will they forcibly shear Sikhs whose hair is "liberated"
from the tidy turbans they usually wear? Will they cut off circumcised
Muslim or Jewish penises that appear in school showers? Article
18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by
France and the UN in 1948 states: "Everyone has the right to
freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes
freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either
alone or in community with others and in public or private,
to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship
and observance."The ban on wearing religious garb and manifesting
one's faith we can expect from savage dictatorships like Saudi
Arabia, but not from France, the very cradle of equality, fraternity
and liberty!I urge the French Senate to abandon this act of
intolerance. In the short run, it encourages racism and bigotry.
In the long run, this law will segregate Muslims into madrassas
where fanatics are hatched or onto the streets uneducated where
they can learn a life of crime. This is a bad, intolerant law
that will only cause trouble and teach intolerance.France's
Senate must reject it.
Tom Trottier, via e-mail
Bush's efforts at damage control
It would appear now that, in fact, there were no WMD, and Bush's
regime is hard at damage control. The question would have to
be, now that Americans know they were fooled into support of
an invasion of Iraq, will they continue to let more soldiers
die to support a deceitful regime in order to keep the "other
party" out, or will Americans be adult enough to realize a mistake
and demand the return of our forces? This should not be political,
there are people dying out there for a real questionable reason
and with the rising rate of suicides among American soldiers,
the soldiers must know it. We need to bring our armies home
and take a new look at what's happening in the world.While we
talk about war, the country continues to slide economically.
Just like believing in WMD, we are asked to believe in the economic
recovery that is occurring. And yet, despite 13 rate reductions
by the Fed, all that has happened is a lot of Americans are
even deeper in debt, and with all this massive effort the only
effect seems to be a temporary stall of an economic adjustment
that must take place. There is a general feeling among traders
that until the election, no long-term positions can be taken.
Such is the power of government to manipulate economic numbers
to attain its end.And have you ever sat in your town and wondered
how in the world your problems can be heard when the power is
not in your state, but in Washington? Well, wait until the power
players move the country to globalization. Then, we will have
to ask the world governing body for permission to do things.
And then we will be like the serfs of England slaving for royalty.Bush
is not a conservative. He is a Republican, for sure, but not
a conservative. The party needs to look at its roots and get
back to them.