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Governor Can Not Attend
This letter is to inform you that the American Legion Post 357, Hallstead has received a letter of regret from Governor Rendell regarding attending the Freedom Memorial dedication ceremony on September 11. Due to circumstances beyond his control, he will not be able to attend the dedication.
However, he thanked the HallsteadGreat Bend American Legion for the opportunity and wants us to keep him informed of any other upcoming events.
He also wished us luck on the Day.
Commander Richard Rood
American Legion Post 357
Call To Stop Delivery
What do you do with all the junk mail, especially the catalogues that you receive? Probably the same thing I did, put them in the garbage. Then I had a thought that something could be done to eliminate this problem, before we fill up our landfills and try to ease the burden of our garbage men and postal workers. My husband, Bob was a former rural carrier, and had to carry all this around.
It would only take a few minutes of your time to call the toll-free 800 number on the back of those catalogues to ask that your name be removed from their mailing list. So far this week, I have called ten numbers. The requests I made were met with pleasant people, who tell me "no problem" and (eventually) it will stop.
A Revealing Moment
In a rare moment of candor, President Bush recently let it slip that the War on Terrorism cant be won before he returned to the Official Party Line that it will.
He was right the first time. Its not a real war. Its like the War on Drugs, or the War on Crime. Drugs will never go away. Crime will always be around. And so will terrorism. The best we can do is prevent as much as possible.
But our chances of doing that are diminished if we over-rely on a military strategy. As Osama demonstrates, its easy to evade military pursuit. It makes one wonder whether the War on Terrorism is merely a pretext for a separate, geopolitical agenda. It was in the case of Iraq.
To really combat terrorism, we need a more comprehensive approach. We need "sandals on the ground" Arabic-fluent infiltrators to find out what malefactors are up to. We need to pay more attention to the risk of old Soviet nukes falling into the wrong hands. Since terrorism is a trans-national problem, it requires a high degree of international coordination. Unfortunately, this wont be as forthcoming. And we need to do a better job shutting down sources of terrorist funding something we havent quite done since dubious Muslim agencies so often contain partners of prominent, American businessmen.
And theres one more thing we need to carefully consider: how much are we willing to give up in exchange for merely feeling safe? Are we willing to allow a tidal wave of red ink to drown our economic future (God forbid we make the superrich pay their share)? Are we willing to let the primary fiscal priority of our government be Corporate Welfare? Are we willing to let a 34 year, bipartisan legacy of environmental protections be tossed in the trash? Are we willing to stack the courts with Judicial Activists of the Far Right, who will flatly ignore 60 years of established precedents that protect our rights and freedoms from government excesses? Are we willing to keep marching toward Theocracy ourselves, even as we fight a theocratic adversary?
Because, thats what were doing right now, and for the sake of the War on Terrorism, none of it is necessary.
Stephen Van Eck
TO THE EDITOR POLICY
Thank you, Susquehanna County Transcript
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