Letters to the Editor Week 28

Letters fromcyberspace


In a July2nd Publisher’s response to a letter from John Mitchell of Eugene, Ore. youopined, “Personally, I prefer our system to the one that allows someundereducated, militaristic dictator to control the means of production and theprofits from plundering the public resources.” For the past 7 1/2 yearsmany Americans have had a difficult time differentiating between thetwo.  

Tom Marshall

Vancouver, Washington


Publisher’sresponse: Thanks for the feedback Tom. All I can say is it is a sad commentarywhen Americans cannot see the difference between Hugo Chavez and George Bush.While Bush certainly has been a disappointment, I would still select him overthe alternatives. Now we are faced with another set of bad and worse choices.We can have an overeducated, smooth talking “change artist” who, given half achance, will raise taxes, negotiate with terrorists, do nothing to secure ourborders, has no plan to address the energy crisis and counts among his friendsa rather lengthy list of persons of dubious character. Or, we can have aWashington establishment loving “conservative” who has supported restrictionson freedom of speech, promotes bigger government and believes in the globalwarming hoax. Our system often gives us limited choices, but at least we have areal choice and the individual freedom to criticize their policies anddecisions. And no matter how bad it gets we have the comfort of knowing that inno more than eight years they will be replaced. I wonder how many years it willtake to get Chavez replaced?


Declaration of Independence says it all


Dear Editor,

When wecelebrate the Fourth of July, we usually have a barbeque with family and alarge fireworks display at night. But I have often wondered if anyone realizesor know why we celebrate. Is it just a time to have a few days off, a holidayto do our own thing, a time to light fireworks without any thought to why wecelebrate? I learned why in school. But after so many years I thought it wouldbe a good idea to reread the Declaration of Independence, the originalConstitution, the first ten amendments also knows as the Bill of Rights andamendments 11-27, the rest of the Constitution. The Declaration of Independenceitself eloquently summarizes the ‘why’ for the celebration.

“TheDeclaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies in Congress July 4, 1776.The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America, when in theCourse of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve thepolitical bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among thepowers of the earth, the separate and equal situation to which the Laws ofNature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decentrespect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causeswhich impel them to the separation.

We holdthese truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they areendowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these areLife, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness – That to secure these rights,Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from theconsent of the governed, – That whenever any Form of Government becomesdestructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolishit, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principlesand organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely toeffect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate thatGovernments long established should not be changed for light and transientcauses; and accordingly all experience hath shewn,that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than toright themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But whena long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Objectevinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, itis their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards fortheir future security. -Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies;and such is now the necessity, which constrains them to alter their formerSystems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain (GeorgeIII) is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in directobject the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To provethis, let Facts be submitted to a candid World.”

The rest ofthe Declaration of Independence is a litany of the offences by King George IIIand the government of Great Britain.

Alfred N. Bosco