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MARCH CALENDAR

Fri, March 7Rusty Evans & Ring of Fire
Sat, March 8The Latrellsl, & The Sand Fleas
Fri, March 14Symantha
Sat, March 15Jenny Kerr Band
Fri, March 21Hot Buttered Rum
Sat, March 22Electric Pinata
Fri, March 28Jerry Hannon live
Sat, March 29Jerry Hannon live
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Fri, April 4Bone Drivers
Sat, April 5Spiral Bound
March, 2003 - Volume 28, Number 3

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ARTICLES:
Reckless Administration May Reap Disastrous Consequences - By US Senator Robert Byrd
  To contemplate war is to think about the most horrible of human experiences. On this February day, as this nation stands at the brink of battle, every American on some level must be contemplating the horrors of war.
Sharon Says US Should Also Disarm Iran, Libya and Syria - By Jim Scanlon
No Doubt America Will Attack Iraq - Bolton, who is Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security told Israeli officials he had no doubt America would attack Iraq and that it would be necessary to deal with the threats from Syria, Iran and North Korea.
Generational Activism; Bringing 'Em Up - By Elena Belsky
When the Vietnam War motivated people to come together and protest, my parents were outspoken peace activists - my mother, Gloria was organizer of the first Peace and Freedom Party in Los Angeles, and ran a draft counseling center. For two years, 1966 through 1968, our family traveled north to San Francisco and south to LA to attend the various peace marches and anti-war meetings. I was four and five years old, yet the sights and sounds of the era are vividly imprinted on my memory.
'Single Payer' Health Plans Gain Support - By Louis Nuyens
With California and the federal government facing huge budget deficits, government healthcare programs are faltering. There are growing numbers of uninsured, rising private health insurance premiums and deductibles, Bush administration calls for individuals to take up the slack by buying private healthcare insurance, and continued strong criticisms of managed care provided by private companies. A shakedown of government healthcare programs seems inevitable. Partially as a result of these troubles, arguments for a 'single-payer' healthcare system that would provide coverage for all citizens are gaining support.
Defending Freedom With Weapons of Mass Distraction - By Stephen Simac
"Your chances of freedom are enhanced by having a strong military in a democracy, Éit's proved itself to be true over and over." -General James L. Jones, Supreme Allied Commander of NATO.
Chronic Problems at Hamilton; Army Fails The Test - By Elena Belsky
Toxic chemical contamination and lack of public access are a bad mix in the game that is the remediation and reuse of former Hamilton Air Force Base.
Iraq Destroyed Weapons In 1991? - By Norman Solomon
You gotta hand it to America's mass media: When war hangs in the balance, they sure know how to bury a story.
Unprecedented Blast At Bush By Science Editor Over Political Loyalty - By Jim Scanlon
In a full page editorial in "Science", the most prestigious science journal in the Americas, Donald Kennedy the journal's editor denounced, in no uncertain terms, the Bush administration's practice of subjecting appointees to science study groups to political loyalty tests.
Human Shields In Baghdad Waiting For Bush To Bomb - By John Ross
BAGHDAD (Feb. 22nd) - The Syrian-Iraqi border after midnight is a dimly-lit No Man's Land. We sit in a smokefilled cafe on the Syrian side, dining on kabobs and guzzling Turkish coffee on the house. When George Bush pounds a podium while multiple American flags unfurl behind him on the cafe TV, the truck drivers, low-rent travelers, and Human Shields in attendance convulse in waves of laughter and derision at the US president's cowboy shtick.
Letter From Washington - By Jim Scanlon
Although the Potomac was frozen over, the D.C. air was warm and a light rain was falling when I walked out of Union Station. I was very uncomfortable in the heavy clothing I had worn for the freezing weather I had just left in upstate New York.
Thoughts On The Legitimacy of Suicide Bombings - By John Walker Lindh
In recent years, the issue of the legitimacy of suicide bombings in Islamic law has caused a considerable amount of controversy around the world. I am not a scholar, nor am I qualified to make any authoritative comments on this matter, but I have come to certain conclusions based upon my own studies. I believe that suicide bombings are not justified regardless of how desperate the conflict may be, or how limited the options of the resisting population. Killing civilians has been unanimously rejected by mainstream Muslim scholars throughout Islamic history.
HAARP, Chemtrails, and New War Technologies - By Carol Sterritt
As we head into a millennium of what appears to be perpetual war, new technologies are unfolding with nightmarish possibilities.
US And Israel Should Comply With UN Resolutions - By Karen Nakamura
One of the United State's sticking points for pushing the United Nations into an invasion of Iraq is Iraq's non-compliance with United Nations resolutions. President Bush has repeatedly accused the United Nations of "going the way of the League of Nations" if it doesn't follow through on its resolutions to disarm Saddam Hussein.
News Briefs

Sandy Rokusek
Sandy Rokusek, 46, of Stinson Beach, passed away peacefully on Saturday February 15, at John Muir Medical Center from complications of a car accident. Sandy has resided in Stinson Beach for more than twenty years.
The Rokusek Family Thanks Stinson
We would like to express our gratitude to the entire Stinson Beach community for helping all of us get through the loss of Sandy. Everyone's compassion, support, and love helped us turn our tears of sorrow into tears of joy, knowing that Sandy and Terra are very loved by all of you.
Space Shuttle Columbia: God As A Burning Bush - By Stephen Simac
Even for an age when omens are considered superstitions, the disaster of the Columbia has obviously symbolism. Columbia is the mythical spirit of America. She is represented by a winged eagle with the olive wreath of Peace in its right talon and arrows of War in its left. This image was chosen to show the world the United States commitment to Peace first.
Baring Witness Goes International
Paris and Land O'Lakes, Big Bend and Hong Kong. What do these places have in common? Each has been a protest site in the "global spelling bee" known as Baring Witness, in which people's bodies are arranged into peace symbols and words.
Can The Worst Bring Out The Best? - By Frank Scott
Removing the historic burden of incompetence from the shoulders of Reagan, Clinton and others, the outspoken woman says what most spineless men of the press cannot bring themselves to utter. She represents the best in American media, and contrasts with the worst, which repeat lies, avoid truth and act as lap dogs for leadership.
Fanning The Flames Of Terrorism By Edward W. Miller
Rather than dealing directly with those Washington policies which brought about the so called terrorist attacks against Americans in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Kenya, the USS Cole, the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and Bali, the government instead chose military action in Afghanistan and the cowardly and expensive "hunker down" campaign here at home.
Will You March For The First Amendment? - By Jeanette Pontacq
The worldwide protests against Bush's War on Iraq slowed down his timetable. Congrats to everyone who marched, spoke out or acted out. Vive La France! There are good signs that many in the world have woken up to what the Bush Regime has in store for them if left unchecked. Whether a majority of Americans have woken up is an unanswered question so far.
Letters To The Editor

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