June 22, 2006 Defense for anti-war sentiment It feels like the 60’s again with all the pro war people telling the rest of us to “Love it or leave it”, and other such tender compassionate conservative sentiments. Well, histor

Defense for anti-war sentiment

It feels like the 60’s again with all the pro war people telling the rest of us to “Love it or leave it”, and other such tender compassionate conservative sentiments.

Well, history has proved those who opposed the war then, were right. The same applies now. Once again the defense of the indefensible is predicated on trivializing of symbols and the subsequent elevation of symbols to an unassailable position. Don’t criticize the flag! How simple minded. This is patriotism American style; simple, large, jingoistic and blind.

I would say to people like Kelly Pagoda who disagree with people like me, and tell us to leave, to put up the money or shut up. Anyone who’s traveled outside this country knows there are many civil, humane, cultural, compassionate and intellectual societies existing outside our borders. I’ve lived through ten wars and police actions living here. I’ve had enough. To live in this country is to lose friends and family to an unfeeling war machine. We’ve all lost someone close. So don’t tell me to leave or shut up. It’s just too simple minded.

Thomas Walters




New culprit for global warming

Al Gore’s riveting documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” has focused public attention on the looming disaster of global warming and the associated flooding of coastal communities, extreme weather conditions, and destruction of wildlife habitats.

Global warming is brought on by emission of “greenhouse gases,” primarily carbon dioxide and the much more potent methane and nitrous oxide. These gases trap the sun’s heat in our atmosphere creating a greenhouse effect.

Most of us blame automotive and industrial emissions. But animal agriculture is a major culprit as well. It emits carbon dioxide from the burning of forests to create animal pastures and from combustion of fossil fuels to operate farm machinery, trucks, refrigeration equipment, factory farms, and slaughterhouses. It emits methane from the digestive tracts of cattle and nitrous oxide from animal waste cesspools.

According to a recent University of Chicago study, a meat-free diet reduces greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of 1.5 tons of carbon dioxide per year — as much as switching from an SUV to a hybrid car.

Folks who care about the future of life on Earth would be well advised to consider switching to a meat-free diet even before they switch to a hybrid car.

Camil Kendal



A little love for A-Town



I love our little town with its big beautiful Lithia Park. I love our little town square with its new benches and two different kinds of water fountains. We got a flag bigger than the one flying over the Capital and during Christmas time an even bigger Jewish Star flies on top of the biggest building in our town. In our town Lincoln has no head, but who knows, we got a homeless fella running for council. God, I love our town, gimme another drink of that Lithia water.

Steve L.






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