We have a very interesting situation. The president wants to out-source the air traffic control for the United States to the lowest bidder. Well, I have a little experience in that field. All military air traffic is handled by our air traffic control system. This includes our air defense aircraft and our nuclear weapons loaded aircraft. This would be a homeland security nightmare. It would set things up so that a few corporate officers would be well paid and then the controllers could be paid as close to minimum as they could get. If they went on strike, why, they would be replaced with workers from foreign countries. As long as the contributions to the right political party were made the contract would stick.
I have a better idea. Make the Secret Service a private contract job to the lowest bidder. It would have a lot less chance of giving us a national disaster and, if there was a failure, only a few people who were in favor of flexibility and privatization would suffer.
Jesse H. Nix
The altar of war
I am dumbfounded at the sheepishness of the American public today. Speaking against the Iraq war is not "unpatriotic and aiding terrorists." Democracy is not based on blindly following our president without regard to the checks and balances laid out in the Constitution.
The Patriot Act, the Iraq war, the labeling of dissenters as "unpatriotic" -- this is truly un-American. The Constitution was written to prevent the very actions we see occurring today -- it was formed to give voice to dissent, to limit Presidential powers, to keep our rights intact. The U.N. was established to promote global decisions that affect all countries, in order to prevent the very action the U.S. has undertaken. First we denounce the U.N., now we seek assistance, after bludgeoning our way through Iraq and proving nothing except we have enough weapons to do so, and the American public can be easily misled. There is no connection from Saddam to 9/11. We have found the same WMD's that the UN inspectors had when they asked for more timenone. We ask $87 billion of the people without accountability. (Enron would love this deal.) We claim Saddam was eviland therefore we are justified.
I suggest anyone with an open mind to investigate what the Veterans for Peace think about our current policies at www.veteransforpeace.org. These are true American patriots and know what war is -- something President Bush has never experienced. Research the effects of depleted uranium, and investigate who stands to profit. Then tell me which child we justify sacrificing on the altar of war, because our hands are again bloodied -- every American supporting this war action shares this responsibility. May God have mercy.
East Gull Lake
Don't be brainwashed
Almost three years of the George W. Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld Dictatorship, we have seen the great economy that President Bill Clinton had in place deteriorate to one disaster after another.
The fact is that over 40 percent of blue collar workers are losing jobs, homes, cars, with more bankruptcies in the past three years than all the 1990s together.
The fact that great desperation is taking over, families living in cars, proud fathers and mothers out begging for a job or food for their family in this rich country is a rotten shame.
Bush cares only about his rich buddies that put him in power, like those in the secret society called Skull and Bones Society, which includes his father and grandfather. Wait! There is a Democrat also in that club running for president in 2004. So far all that people know about this Secret Rich Man's Club is one of their goals is to place rich people in power around the world. (CBS, 60 Minutes, Oct. 5).
The Democrat's name is John Kerry. I have waited over a year to give my thoughts on the economy and all that's required is common sense. Since all actions have a reaction and are based on the Domino or Chain theory.
Over 39 million Americans had substantial bank accounts averaging 10 thousand dollars or more in bonds or savings paying over 5 percent. That interest was used to buy things with cash: furniture, cars, you name it. This kept people employed, and prices remained fairly stable.
The economy remained good. Bush's banker friend Alan Greenspan followed orders dropping interest rates a little at a time allowing large conglomerates to replace workers with machines with little expense and making bankers millionaires.
Don't be brainwashed by this President or his lackeys.
An evil picture
I am writing in response to your 10/31/03 front page picture. I was visiting from out of town and picked up a copy of The Dispatch. I was horrified to find that you would print such a graphic, evil picture. That should not be brought into thousands of homes of people who are trusting you to print things with integrity. I will think twice before I pick up your newspaper again.
The article on the "religion" page "Hallowe'en" was so interesting and educational. That is front page material.
Please reconsider your choices and think of the people that are subscribing to your newspaper.
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