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Too many unanswered questions in Elian affair


So many people keep saying that Elian Gonzalez’s mother gave her life to bring him to America.

If that’s the case, then why have the media reported that she was following her boyfriend out of Cuba because of his many brushes with the law there?

It looks more like a case of running from the law of the homeland, co-dependency, and parental kidnapping. I’m sure our own laws would not have allowed a family to wreak such havoc over an American child.

Why can’t the truth be stressed instead of continually playing out the sensationalism that titillates people’s emotions and creates an atmosphere for riots and other lawlessness?

Why must that inciteful but incorrect picture continually be flashed on screen? Why do we not hear more about the fact that the AP photographer was invited into the house by the Miami relatives obviously for the purpose of taking photos that would produce sensational and incorrect imagery?

Why must we be subjected to Donato’s alligator tears? And why must we continually hear misconceptions of what actually happened? Reality in the situation has been downplayed, while incorrect images and words are repeated to the extent of glorification and martyrdom.

One of the things that has been continually overlooked is that Lazaro Gonzales said in the beginning that he would make sure Elian was returned to his father. What happened to that promise made in a very early phone conversation between Cuba and the United States? Why have we not heard more of that?

I never have supported and do not now support Communism in any form, but in this case the father is the one who has acted as a law-abiding adult. As a matter of fact, I never cared for Dan Rather until his recent reporting as one of the very few who kept coming back to seemingly forgotten facts. He seemed to want to maintain order and sensibility.

I would laud Dr. Pam Falk for the same reason. The constant replaying of unclear, uncertain, untrue, and partial imagery does nothing to maintain peace and only serves to keep emotions at an unhealthy high.

An almost final blow is to hear that both presidential candidates have spoken against the action to end an unlawful kidnapping and hostage keeping. What a price to get votes.

Margaret A. Holt

Lake Montezuma

We have let ‘Big Brother’ take over our lives


I am sick and tired of hearing how terrible guns are. Have these “bleeding hearts” forgot that it takes a finger to pull the trigger of these bad guns.

Maybe we as adults should ask ourselves why and who really is to blame for our children killing children.

Why have we let “Big Brother Government” dictate and run every aspect of our lives. Even to the extent of how we are allowed to discipline our children. If you spank your child for doing wrong, you can go to jail. If you do not discipline your child and they do wrong, you can go to jail. They are taught this from the very first day of school. So where is their responsibility for their actions.

Take a look at how these kids dress. Each one wants to emulate the so-called “gang” look. Ask yourself why? No it is not a fad. It reflects to how they are brought up. No discipline, No responsibility. No self-respect.

Maybe we should take a look at the “freedoms” that we don’t have any more. Such as teaching our children right from wrong. And being able to enforce those teachings. Making our children understand that not only do guns kill, but they also can and do kill. That people kill people. That they must be accountable for their actions. No matter what. If they take a gun in their hands, they pull the trigger, they kill someone. They are at fault and must stand accountable.

Where is the respect for their parents and for authority? Where is the responsibility for their actions? Something these children should have learned before starting school.

Respect and responsibility have fallen by the wayside. When a child can divorce their parents. When children can put their parents in jail for spanking them when they do wrong. When a child can curse and humiliate their parents, just because they can get away with it. For there is no repercussions for their actions. No responsibility. Since when does a parent have to “earn” the respect of their children.

We are to blame for all of this. We have let “Big Brother” take over our very lives.

R. K. Smith, Cottonwood


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