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Iraq — War should not be partisan
Gene Flatt (Letters, Jan. 1) has fallen for the propaganda perpetuated by the media, as well our disingenuous candidates for president from both sides, that we as Americans should use the word “hate” as a description of those on the opposite side of the aisle when we disagree, especially when it comes to Iraq. There were many Americans opposed to the invasion of Iraq and the poor planning of that invasion and occupation.
However, I do not know of any American that wishes failure in Iraq. Most Americans are realistic in being concerned about a positive outcome in a country that is to be operated by corrupt Islamic theocrats. Flatt mentions ending the Iraq war in “victory and honor,” which is a nice sentiment as though it is to be achieved sometime in the future. We were victorious when we brought down Saddam’s regime, but the planning for the occupation of Iraq after the fall was less than successful and downright incompetent. If we haven’t found the honor in that war already, then maybe it is not to be found.
Not once did Flatt mention the word “Americans” in his letter; only the us-versus-them, i.e. Democrats verses Republicans, divisive mentality which has prevailed in our country too long and negates his comparisons of Iraq to World War II in any respect. Americans were united and committed in that noble cause; they sacrificed, they served, and they sacrificed some more. When we revisit the wisdom of thinking of ourselves as Americans first, rather than Democrats or Republicans, then maybe we will see the honor and find the victory in the wars we fight.
Climate change — History denies man’s role
Henry Fonda starred in a 1938 movie entitled “Spawn of the North,” which had scenes depicting the collapse of an Alaskan glacier. Did “global warming” cause the collapse of the glacier 69 years ago?
In 1938, most of the world’s factories were only working part-time because of the Great Depression. The population of the United States was only about 135 million people. The number of cars and trucks was only about 10 percent of today’s level worldwide. The Brazilian rain forest was not being cut. Oil exploration in the Middle East was in its infancy. World War II had not quite started and Al Gore wasn’t born yet.
So why did the glacier collapse? Man-made global warming? History shows it to be a farce.
William H. Carroll
Congress — We’ve outgrown it
I ran for the House of Representatives in 1992 against Henry Hyde, then-chairman of the House Judiciary Committee who has since passed away. One of my campaign topics was the actual elimination of representation or at least paring it down. I proposed that anything the U.S. Congress voted on could be put on a computer database and the voters could vote on it directly; of course this would have eliminated the pork that goes into all of our bills.
One of the hot-button issues at the time was “gun control” and Hyde’s vote was the vote that carried the ban on owning automatic weapons. All the polls showed that the majority of the people wanted the right to carry handguns and to own automatic weapons. When Hyde was running, he told his constituents that he would not vote for the law.
In 1994 the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) Bill was passed. The bill contained over 942 pages and our representatives were given three days in which to review the bill before passing it.
Why couldn’t that 942-page document be put on a computer database for the voters to review and vote? Of course the computer version would have to be written in an understandable language so the voters could read it and vote on it . With the money that would be saved by the elimination of all the salaries and the benefits of the representatives, senators and their staff, we could easily buy everybody in the United States a computer.
Sun City West