Letters to the Editor, Nov. 13, 2005
The best government is the least government
A famous quote says, "I love my country. I fear my government." It seems those words have more meaning every day.
A few years ago, John McCain masterminded the McCain/Feingold bill that unconstitutionally limits free speech during elections. I could never, in good conscious, vote for McCain again.
Recently, the Ninth Circuit Court decided that parents have no right to determine who is allowed to give their children (first graders in this case) sex
education. In the same vein, the courts have decide that a doctor can't give your daughter an aspirin without your permission but he is allowed to give her an abortion.
Now, 60 percent of San Francisco voters decided to disarm everybody else, depriving them of the ability to protect themselves and their families, and trashing the 2nd Amendment in the process.
Currently, our Congress has decided that they have the right to decide how much money an organization has the right to earn. Is Bill Gates next? Will they decide that no one needs that much money and confiscate, by law of course, all but what they deem necessary. Once they start, how far will they go? How badly will they maul those entrepreneurs who keep our economy rolling?
By themselves, none of these situations seem catastrophic to the unwary. But incrementally, they are tearing at the fabric of our country.
Another famous patriot once said something like "That government that governs best, governs least." We might all consider those words when we look to the government to smooth out every discomfort we encounter in life.
Verde Valley out of touch with rest of the nation
I just drove through the Verde Valley on my way to visit my family in Clarkdale.
From New Mexico to Arizona the prices were fairly reasonable until I arrived in Cottonwood. I was amazed at how high the prices still were. In the five days I was in Arizona, travelling from Flagstaff to Phoenix to Tucson back to New Mexico, the highest priced gasoline was in Cottonwood, and the lowest was in Eloy and Tucson, much more refreshing for my trip home.
But even as I spent most of my visit in Phoenix, the price of gas dropped over 12 cents in just the few days I was there. I returned home to find the prices in my town had dropped 24 cents in just the five days I was gone -- that's a lot.
I hope your area can soon share the same enthusiasm at the pump like the rest of us. Until then, I'll make sure like I did on this trip, to fill up before arriving in the Verde Valley. I just can't believe the Verde Valley would be that out of touch with the rest of the state or better yet, the nation.
Hope the Verde Valley catches on soon.
You're truly educated when you examine all sides of an issue
As we have seen time and again, the strategy of the Bush Administration when confronted with uncomfortable and undeniable truth is to attack the messenger and ignore the message. Witness Joseph Wilson, for example.
It comes as no surprise that the same thing has happened to me when I presented some facts that local Bush supporters did not like to hear. I repeat: my point was and is that I believe President Bush should listen to the American public and do our will.
He is, after all, supposed to be our servant. By invoking God as his guiding light, he feels free to ignore the public's wishes. It is curiously convenient that God's commands just happen to mesh precisely with President Bush's fantasy plan to convert the Middle East to democracy and Christianity, and in the process gain control of the oil fields ("we can't let those terrorists get hold of the oil").
Two thousand dead American soldiers, and tens of thousands of dead Iraqis and Afghanis make no difference. Bush continues to proclaim, "Stay The Course!"
Just to respond to a few other issues: the "devil/God made me do it" comments that I made in my first letter have prompted some readers to think I believe the devil is a better choice for guidance than God. My intended point was that both choices absolve the speaker of responsibility. I'm not choosing one or the other, but I am saying again (I hope more clearly) that President Bush must accept personal responsibility for all the death and destruction he has initiated and not pass it off as just "following God's orders."
To the writers who have made much of my voting for the losers in the last 11 elections. Take a good look at the world we have today. Do you believe "the winners" have done such a great job? Consider all the scandals, the loss of freedoms we used to have, the scrapping of our Constitution and Bill of Rights. I assume you voted for the winners; doesn't that just make you feel good all over?
I don't even want to get into discussing the Bible. There are none so blind (or self-righteous) as those who refuse to see. By the way, thanks to Mr. Holloway for the tip: I will read Charles Templeton's book. Would he consider reading Why I Am Not A Christian, by Bertrand Russell? Probably not.
Lastly, to answer the question, 'why would we read The Lies Of George W. Bush or anything by Michael Moore?' Well, if your mind is already made up, nothing will change it, even the truth. But if you have even the smallest amount of openness and curiosity and are not afraid to come up against a different opinion, that's why you should read everything you can get your hands on and consider all sides of an issue.
Gas prices in Cottonwood just don't add up
We subscribe to shopping in Cottonwood, but like others found the following on our Monday trip to Prescott. Gasoline, which we purchased, cost $2.49.9 per gallon. That was 30-cents per gallon less than in Cottonwood. That kind of difference is hard to explain. Doubt if additional cartage is the cost? Seems as if one side of the coin in shopping in Cottonwood is missing?
Leon E. Niederkorn
Put Valerie Plame issue in proper perspective
I was disappointed, but not surprised, that the Arizona Republic printed a Washington Post story concerning the supposed derailment of Valeria Plame's career with the CIA. After Benson piled on in the Sunday edition I had to write.
Both the Post story and Benson's cartoon were intellectually dishonest. First, Valerie's usefulness as a "clandestine operative" ended when she took a job at CIA headquarters at Langley, Va., six years before she was "outed." Any self-respecting intelligence agency in the world knows the identity of every person that goes in and out of Langley. Covert agents aren't going to hang around spy headquarters.
Second, many people in her political social circle (her husband is an ex-ambassador) knew where she worked. Other intelligence services would have surely had a file on the wife of an ambassador.
Third, her career should have been in the toilet after pushing her own husband (with his own agenda) for a job of such a sensitive nature that required an apolitical, unbiased investigator. Mr. Wilson was far from that.
Lastly, let's stop the tears over her career being "derailed." She will freeze her retirement at 20 years, write a book that will be swooned over by liberals and become the darling of the liberal speaking tour at $50,000 to $200,000 a pop.
The real tragedy is the Bush administration handling of this mess. This is "the crime that never was" and the administration was at fault for not exposing it as such. Why the FBI was investigating without first determining that a crime had been committed is beyond me.
It would also be nice to have the largest paper in the state try to give us the real facts and trust us to make up our own minds.