The Bush brothers, Jeb and George, as governors, seemed to have a competition to see who could execute more of their own people. George uses this logic now to go after Saddam Hussein. Daddy George didn't do the job in the last great flag-waving venture in Kuwait. Hussein used weapons of mass destruction against Iran but that was different. Iran was an "evil" enemy. Why? They overthrew the Shah -- who was installed by the Nixon administration -- and held some of our people hostage. It was apparently acceptable for chemical weapons to be used against evil people. It's OK to give our own people a ride on "Ol' Sparky" to end their lives.
If George and Jeb justify killing by what is said in The Literal Word of Almighty God (the Bible) maybe they should start executing anybody that works on the Sabbath. "Six days work shall be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a holy sabbath of solemn rest to the Lord; whoever does any work on it shall be put to death" (Exodus 35:2).
Should we start the executions with the clergy? Air-traffic controllers or hospital staff? John Ashcroft?
Iwo Jima Memorial
As former Long Prairie residents we want to thank The Dispatch staffers who went to Long Prairie and reported on the Iwo Jima memorial dedication on Saturday. The article and pictures in Monday's Dispatch were excellent.
No report can adequately describe what an impressive veterans memorial this display is -- you need to see it in person to get the full impact of it. The Iwo Jima, Normandy crosses, the women in the services, the Unknown Soldier areas, the flag poles for all the branches of the military service and the newly created flag for women in the service are all done in the highest quality and dignity.
The entire display is so impressive that we would encourage you to go out of your way to stop in Long Prairie to see it -- you won't be disappointed.
This is the first and only memorial in the United States to the first flag raising on Iwo Jima and, as such, has very special meaning to those veterans and families of veterans who actually took part in that event.
Bob and Leone Johnson
He walks his talk
Wow! What a weekend -- Cars storming down the 1/4-mile, campers, trailers, cars and bikes merging and flowing through the front gate. Smiles on faces all around. Yes, the 2002 Nationals flowed smooth as a straight run down the 1/4-mile. Even though in large part it was a team effort, may I exploit the efforts of one member. They say order flows from the top; and as president, Bill Singletarry has implemented, carried out and completed maybe one of the best race event victories of the entire weekend.
Here's a man who walked his talk, with the poise and grace of a Winner's Circle crew chief. Hats off to you, Bill Singletarry, and your well-oiled machine.
And if I may speak for the family whom I observed on the oil-smoking golf cart you personally returned the $5 overcharge to, thanks for a great weekend. And see you next year! To team owner Don and crew chief Bill Singletarry, what a great run!
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