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Northwest Passage opened
Like so much to do with the issue of global warming, Dave Bachmann in his letter of Oct. 17 cites incorrect information. He states that the Northwest Passage will now allow ships to pass through for the first time in history. The Coast Guard Cutter Storis, along with the cutters Bramble and Spar, made that passage on July 1, 1957, 50 years ago. The Cutter Storis was the first U.S.-registered ship to circumnavigate North America.
I believe in global warming, but I don’t buy that I had anything to do with it or that the devastation described by Al Gore will take place. Non-political scientists do not support the science of Gore.
WAR ON TERROR
Extremists beyond bin Laden
In an Oct. 20 letter, Sol Furman stated a clear but common misconception about the war on terror. Furman states, “I thought that our enemy was one by the name of Osama bin Laden and his followers known as al-Qaida. They are the ones planting roadside bombs that are killing our soldiers …”.
About a decade before al-Qaida was formed, the Islamic revolutionaries in Iran were formulating their “death to America, the great Satan” theme. They overthrew the shah’s government in 1979, seized the U.S. embassy in Tehran and held its American staff hostage for more than a year. By 1983, Iran had, with the assistance of Hezbollah in Lebanon, bombed the American embassy and the U.S. Marines barracks (killing 241 marines) in Beirut. With Hezbollah’s assistance, it bombed the Israeli embassy in 1992 and Jewish Community Center in 1994 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Iran is presently responsible for the most sophisticated roadside bombs being planted in Iraq.
Before bin Laden was born, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt were strong proponents of violent, international, Islamic jihad. The “Blind Sheikh,” Omar Abdul Rahman, is the leader of one of its offshoot groups, “Gamaa Islamiya.” He remains jailed for the 1993 plot to bomb New York landmarks and tunnels. The U.S. is actively supporting the Phillippines’ military in its ongoing struggle with the Islamic terror group Abu Sayyaf. We are involved in the battle against international, violent, Islamic jihad around the world and inside the U.S. If bin Laden and key al-Qaida leaders were killed today, there would be little effect on this threat which will continue for at least a generation.
It’s something else now
Regarding Sol Furman’s thoughtful letter: “Which nation are we fighting?” (Oct. 20), we are not fighting any nation in Iraq. We won the war in Iraq on May 1, 2003, when George W. Bush posed for the photo opportunity aboard the USS Lincoln in front of the “Mission Accomplished” banner.
Ever since then its been an occupation of Iraq. Military occupations cannot be won. Who is going to surrender and sign the peace treaty?
Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul says we are staying in Iraq so George W. Bush can save face. Notice that Bush and Dick Cheney are willing to sacrifice the blood and lives of other people’s sons and daughters — but not their own.
Landscapers can reduce dust
As an independent community activist, I am quite pleased that the Maricopa (County) Associations of Governments is putting forth such a comprehensive 5 percent plan for PM10. I am particularly pleased by measures 14 and 15, aimed at combatting the needless pollution of leaf blowers, and measure 16, requiring modern street sweepers. Frankly, I am almost pleasantly surprised that MAG has stood tall against the landscaping industry in forcing them to become environmentally conscious.
There is help out there
I read about Matthew Errico in the Oct. 20 Tribune (“Pain motivation for gun suicide”), and it absolutely breaks my heart. It is so much like my life was for 2½ years. I was injured trying to lift an elderly person with Alzheimers. The pain was so intense that I began asking my doctors to paralyze me if they could not help.
Locally I saw four orthoepedic surgeons, one neurologist, two pain specialists/anesthesiologists, a physiatrist, and had numerous sessions with physical therapists, a chiropractor, an acupuncturist and a neuromuscular therapist. Their treatments and medications did not alleviate my pain. My average pain level on the 0 to 10 scale was level 8. Like Matthew, I began to feel that there was never going to be an end to it as long as I lived. Also like him, I loved my family and friends very much and it had nothing to do with them. It was the pain. I prayed every night not to wake up.
No, Barrows Neurological Center could not help him and they could not help me. I checked with them. They did not have the diagnostic test called neurography that can look at the entire nerve, such as sciatic. However, a neurosurgeon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles does. He correctly diagnosed me, performed surgery and I got my life back. He saved my life.
I regret so much that this young man and his family and others who are suffering as we suffered with undiagnosed pain did not know about neurography and its success in diagnosing nerve pain. There is hope and there is help for people with nerve pain.