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August, 2007



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Letters

Tomales Cemetery Plots
Your information about the Tomales cemetery is incorrect. Plots are for church members and members of the Tomales community, and not available to the general public.
Kathryn LeMieux
Board of sessions
Tomales Presbyterian Church

Zero Waste
Waste Management, the nation's largest garbage hauler and landfill operator, announced on June 27th that it plans to spend about $400 million in the next 5 years building methane driven electric generators. America is finally addressing the landfill problem. One benefit of being in Germany during the G8 conference recently has been the tremendous amount of discussion about the environment and the failure of governments to act on this information. Especially astounding is the report last week by scientists that the Gangotri Glacier feeding the Ganges River with water is melting at an accelerated rate and will be gone by the year 2030. In the short term this will mean more fresh water in one of the world's most polluted rivers, but in the long term the river will run dry much of the year without the glacier. This will mean catastrophic shortages of water for India's farmers and cities.

Global warming is changing our environment now. The consequences of these changes are slow and difficult to recognize in some cases. How they will combine to result in a new climate can only be guessed. Here in Germany discussion before and after the G8 meetings has mixed scientific findings with anger and dismay at the refusal of the world's three most polluting nations, the USA, India and China, to come to grips in any practical way with the growing crisis.

For the people of Marin we can act locally when the world's leaders fail to act globally. In this effort we need to address planning for 2 especially dire problems for our future, water and energy. World Bank reports in recent years have detailed the growing problems of a lack of clean water for the world's increasing population. This is why we need to build a diesel plant now. This will guarantee future generations clean, available water, in a world where water will be an increasing rare commodity. But also important is energy, a growing world population has increasing energy needs, especially as lifestyles become modeled after US modes. Some economic innovations have decreased energy needs with more efficient appliances, for example, but at the same time increased availability and increased energy use of appliances by the world's population is also taking place. It has been estimated that the greatest increase in energy needs in the USA in the past 5 years is due to the importation of cheap air conditioners from China at under $100 each. These have spread air conditioning to almost every household where before the cost of such units was prohibitive. Imagine, as Indian environmental lawyer Mahesh Mahta did at the G8, the effect on world resources when everyone in India or China has their air conditioner on or is driving a car.

We need to plan, therefore for energy independence and generated power. To do this we must burn garbage and green waste. Until recently burning garbage, like burning other organic fuel, like natural gas, produced a by-product, CO2 that was of industrial use but in too great availability. Now Dr. Geoff Coates a chemist at Cornell University and his associates have developed a means of making polymers and thus plastic products from combustion products using CO2. Thus we now can sequester this greenhouse gas in useful products and burn them when they are discarded. We can reach a continuous recycled system. We can build power plants that will burn up our garbage, old landfills and also create methane generators from other non-combustible wastes. No Waste and no pollution are now possible.

Niccolo Caldararo
Fairfax

New Management At Coastal Post?
Dear Mr. Deane
Coastal Post's faithful readership is currently witnessing a substantial transformation in their favorite newspaper that we all feared may someday happen. You have hinted the possibility of it's occurring in a number of your candid editorials that touched on the financial woes of the Coastal Post. You even invited our opinion on the course of action that we can suggest. No one can blame you if the situation has gone to a point where your choices are simply limited, inspite of your most heroic and unselfish efforts to keep your marvelous newspaper operating under the highest standards of journalism. How I wish I were a Bill Gates who can come to your rescue.

The first sign to suggest trouble was when you placed the CP Heading and Logo at the back page and was replaced by a luster lack design in the front page. It appeared to be an attempt on your part to tell us that the CP is now under new management. I, for instance cannot think of any other justification to do so. If the purpose was to merely have a new look, why delegate the old, popular Logo at the back page. It made no sense. The second troubling sign was the very discerning change in the mood and character of the paper. A lot of names that have contributed to the paper's courageous editorial, all of a sudden disappeared. Your's truly is one of them. I never slackened in my sending to CP my articles (copies attached). All of a sudden they are just not good enough to print.

Do not get me wrong. I continue to hold CP in high esteem because you remain to be it's Editor and Publisher. I know that you will not be identified with any endeavor that does not deserve the support of Americans who truly love their country. I promise you Don, that the day I will part ways with CP is when you quit it's stewardship. Wish you all the best and keep up the good work.

Antonio R. Serna
Rohnert Park

Editor's Note: Thank you for your observations. There have been changes in content and appearance. The response has been overwhelmingly positive. However, we are still working on a balance of local and national issues. Please keep your columns coming our way. We'll get there. -Don Deane


Anti-Jewish Sentiment
I read with quite dismay Ed Miller's blistering article about Israel, while much of it is devoid of accurate facts...one thing is strikingly clear; that Mr. Miller believes, as do most anti-Semites, that the Jews control the media; as he mentions several times in his article. It is sad that being liberal today means being anti Jewish. While the facts surrounding the complex Israeli-Arab conflict requires careful fact checking, it never should be cloaked with rabid anti Jewish sentiment. I feel I can no longer read your paper.

Larry Stahl
Irvine, Ca

Bad Supreme Court Ruling On Education
The recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to reject voluntary public school assignment plans in Seattle and Jefferson County, Ky. is a sad point in our democracy's history. Given the impact race has in American society, this decision will inflict serious damage to our nation's moral compact, now and well into the future. This compact, which Americans hold so dear, promises protection of certain inalienable rights, accorded regardless of race. In the more than 50 years that have passed since the Brown v. Board of Education decision, we have seen countless benefits accrue to generations of children as a result of conscious racial diversity policies including here in (city or state). Racially diverse educational settings provide sound environments for children of all races to achieve academically, develop socially, and live and work on a diverse planet. The majority of Americans believe in racial diversity in their public schools. Many advocates had hoped that this court would provide a legal breakthrough to endorse continued public school integration.

Wini Williams
Berkeley

Bush The Profiteer
One result of 9/11 & terrorism on our nation is clear: Bush's team seized the opportunity to profit from the 9/11 disaster through misinformation & secrecy. This is despite their gross negligence for ignoring the warning signs and the alert from Clinton's staff, which probably enabled or at least contributed to this tragedy. Instead Bush had direct his efforts toward undoing Clinton's policies to appease his supporters. This includes secret energy schemes; and killing our international family planning program, the Kyoto accord, & stem cell research; & the list goes on.

Bush protected his advantageous position by assassinating the character of those who opposed his policies. Their horrific branding of Senator Max Cleland (a triple amputee Vietnam Vet) as unpatriotic for his efforts to investigate the causes of 9/11, which Bush opposed, is only one example.

As a result of this ill acquired authority, this unlearned and arrogant zealot, who was never rightfully elected but handed the presidency by five politically motivated justices, has succeeded in causing more destruction than any previous president.

Nonetheless Americans have themselves to blame for these disastrous policies-- for tolerating this conduct, and for allowing our legislators to default their duties by permitting such abuses.

Robert Settgast
San Rafael

A Response From The West Marin Commons
Alexander Pope, the 18th century poet, advised his fellow writers to "compose with fury, and revise with phlegm." Jeanette Pontacq appears to have the first part down. But based on her columns in the July Coastal Post, she has work to do on the second, especially when it comes to putting her many judgments to a reality check.

In the eight-plus column inches she devotes to the West Marin Commons organization, Jeanette invokes not a single fact. Not one. For example, Jeanette accuses us of espousing "feel good, New Age activism." Could we have some specifics please?

The concept of the commons goes back centuries. Native Americans practiced it. The earliest European settlers here brought their own version with them. The commons that are fixtures in many older towns to this day are remnants of that era.

Does Jeanette really consider these to be "New Age" gimmicks? If so we hope she will explain why.

Similarly Jeanette calls our goals "amorphous." What exactly is "amorphous" about trying to preserve the empty lot next to the Bovine Bakery as a commons, so that it will not be sold and developed? And what exactly is "amorphous" about clearing the public right-of-way along Mesa Road behind Main Street, so that people actually can use it?

If Jeanette thinks such projects are "fuzzy" and "feel good" then we urge her to join us for a work day on the Mesa Road path. She should bring her work gloves, and some clothes she doesn't mind getting dirty.

While she's at it, we hope Jeanette will explain exactly what she finds objectionable about projects such as these. Would she prefer that the lot next to the Bovine - the "McDonough lot" - be sold to a developer, rather than maintained as a commons? Would she prefer that moms be forced to push their strollers in the street, as opposed to using the right-of-way along Mesa Road that was supposed to be for pedestrian use?

In another item, Jeanette pooh-poohs the toddler play area being built near the new restrooms behind Toby's, because there is a play area on the Ecumenical Housing site already. At least that's a semblance of a fact -- but alas an incomplete one.

Yes there's a play area at the Ecumenical Housing. The problem is, it's not for community use. Under the terms of the EAH financing, it's a private playground. Only the residents of the EAH development can use it. Local parents tried hard to get this changed, but to no avail.

Then there's the matter of quotes. Jeanette puts quotation marks around such phrases as "represents the community" and "feel good about themselves" as though they come from us. But they didn't come from us. They came from her. In effect she is ridiculing things she herself has said, while implying that we said them.

Jeanette raises larger issues regarding change and how to cope with it, and exactly who should have a say in the coping. We can't begin to address those here, except to say that change is happening whether we like it or not. Just look at the Grandi Building, about which Jeanette herself has written.

Our view is that we have to act now to preserve our common spaces before it is too late. By "we" we mean all in West Marin for whom Point Reyes Station is the hub of their community, who live and work and shop here, who feel passionate about what makes this place so special, and who are willing to do some work.

The strange thing is, we suspect - no, we know - that this includes Jeanette. We know too that she is a good soul who really cares about this community as we do. We urge Jeanette to approach her column as a neighbor, and not rely on gossip for her factual base.

We invite her again to our community meetings, which are open to all. She should talk with us, find out what we think and what we are about. She just might find some kindred spirits if she does.

West Marin Commons Steering Committee members:

Steve Costa
Jonathan Rowe
Kay McMahon
John Gouldthorpe
Madeline Hope
Elizabeth Barnet
Josh Luftig
To find out about meetings and projects of the West Marin Commons, please visit our developing website at www.westmarincommons.org, or email [email protected] or visit our bulletin board and mailbox next to Toby's Coffee Bar in Point Reyes Station.


Bush Setting The Canary Free
It is difficult to behave civilly when critiquing the Bush Administration and its cohorts, but President Bush's commuting the 30-month sentence of VP Cheney's stooge, Scooter Libby, is just one more insult and a poke-in-the-eye to every American

Of course, if Bush hadn't done so, Libby could have sung like a canary about the illegal act of outing CIA agent, Valerie Plame, implicating everyone. Cheney seems to be the gang leader of the White House cabal, whispering in the boss's ear to stay the course, keep the gunners in Baghdad as "we got the insurgents on the run." Yeah, sure.

Cheney seems like a harmless old goat herder from Wyoming but he's a tough talkin' gun slingin' cowboy when it comes to war (not the Vietnam War. He stayed home behind the barn with 5 deferments on that one). No, it is the Iraq War that he's behind, way behind, as he plays Russian roulette with the soldiers' lives.

It is regrettable that these 2 warriors? became Commander in Chiefs, salivating to use the troops wherever their business and oil interest are threatened. But the trouble for them now is that the war is running out of gas, out of troops, out of money, out of patience and out of luck.

They don't seem to get it, but the Americans are running out of patience too. A trillion dollars of the taxpayers money has been spent on their illegal invasion of Iraq and the taxpayers didn't get a nickel's worth of benefit in return.

As for Bush, his answer to their complaints before a selected audience in Cleveland recently: "Get used to it."

David A. Whelan
Forest Knolls

Is Pelosi Defaulting?
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi needs to understand that she doesn't have much time to do the job that the American people are asking her to do when the Democrats were given control of Congress in the last elections.

The job that is on top of her agenda is to immediately hold the Bush/Cheny administration accountable for the numerous crimes that it has committed. The draft of the impeachment bill is already written and ready to be tabled for congressional action. It is therefore now totally in the hands of Speaker Pelosi.

The Republicans understand that once it is deliberated upon in both houses of congress, no one who is not a Bushie die-hard, will risk being in the receiving end of the American people's wrath should they dare oppose it. They however fully understand that the American people will be less inclined to impeach a president while the country is at war. If Speaker Pelosi intends to wait for the war to end before she begins impeachment proceedings, she will be in for a long wait. By the time the war ends, we will have a new administration and this particular impeachment will be history.

The Democrats owe it to the American people to strike while the iron is hot. Time is running out and if the people lose here by default, it is the Democrats, not the Republicans who will be at fault. Will the Democrats be this easily outwitted?

Antonio R. Serna
Rohnert Park

Israeli Truth
I found you guys on the front page of Google News, and I have to say I was overjoyed to see that the truth has finally made it through. I just got done reading "Israel, The Elephant in Our Parlor" and it left me with so much joy in my heart that the majority of minds in the world have been spoken for. Apologists for the supremacist Israeli state may say that it's a "hate" article or an "anti-Semitic" article, but it's just the reality of the matter.

It is very sad and unfortunate that Jewish supremacists try to correlate criticism of Israel as anti-Semitic. Norman Finkelstein in his book Beyond Chutzpah shows how ridiculous the accusations of anti-Semitism have become. According to Finkelstein, even Jews who call Israel out in their ever-continuing injustices are even regarded as anti-Semites.

Please never change your ways. The beginning to any justice is by finding the truth, which you and your author Edward Miller have done. It is groups, organizations, and media outlets like you that bring the balance of good to a world full of evil.

Ramsey Judah
Chicago

New Management At Coastal Post
Dear Mr. Deane
Coastal Post's faithful readership is currently witnessing a substantial transformation in their favorite newspaper that we all feared may someday happen. You have hinted the possibility of it's occurring in a number of your candid editorials that touched on the financial woes of the Coastal Post. You even invited our opinion on the course of action that we can suggest. No one can blame you if the situation has gone to a point where your choices are simply limited, inspite of your most heroic and unselfish efforts to keep your marvelous newspaper operating under the highest standards of journalism. How I wish I were a Bill Gates who can come to your rescue.

The first sign to suggest trouble was when you placed the CP Heading and Logo at the back page and was replaced by a luster lack design in the front page. It appeared to be an attempt on your part to tell us that the CP is now under new management. I, for instance cannot think of any other justification to do so. If the purpose was to merely have a new look, why delegate the old, popular Logo at the back page. It made no sense. The second troubling sign was the very discerning change in the mood and character of the paper. A lot of names that have contributed to the paper's courageous editorial, all of a sudden disappeared. Your's truly is one of them. I never slackened in my sending to CP my articles (copies attached). All of a sudden they are just not good enough to print.

Do not get me wrong. I continue to hold CP in high esteem because you remain to be it's Editor and Publisher. I know that you will not be identified with any endeavor that does not deserve the support of Americans who truly love their country. I promise you Don, that the day I will part ways with CP is when you quit it's stewardship. Wish you all the best and keep up the good work.

Antonio R. Serna
Rohnert Park

U.S. Over A Barrel in Iraq?
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki recently said: the Americans could leave Iraq anytime they want. Why would Maliki feel confident in making such a statement? Is it because he knows the American government has no plans to leave Iraq anytime in the distant future? Maliki has failed to meet political benchmarks on many issues over power sharing and oil revenue sharing with the Sunnis and Kurds in Iraq. Does Maliki feel that he has the U.S. over a barrel?

I can understand the Shiites not wanting to share power and oil revenues with the former controlling Sunnis, but a failure to do so will just guarantee a continuance of the civil war in Iraq.

The American oil companies have oil leases to protect in Iraq. Unless the Iraqi military can protect the Iraqi government, American forces will have to remain in Iraq to protect American interests-Oil.

In my opinion, American forces will remain in Iraq for decades. How many U.S. Soldiers must fall or be seriously injured to protect the oil companies? Where are the tough questions in the media regarding the oil leases with the Iraqi government?

Were there discussions by energy companies regarding leases for the oil fields in Iraq before the war in Iraq began? What was discussed in the secret energy talks with Vice-president Cheney and the energy companies? Should American energy companies be setting energy policies in secret with a vice-president? Tough questions? Faith in the Bush Administration to tell the truth seems to be," in its last throws', if you will."

I'm still waiting for the mainstream media to ask the tough questions. What will happen to the U.S. oil companies, private contractors and private security companies in Iraq if the American forces leave Iraq? Will the mainstream media ever ask about the possible oil connection in Iraq that may have had a powerful influence on the decision to invade and remain in Iraq?

It is clear that a misguided ideology was one reason that drove support for the invasion of Iraq. It is also clear that the invasion of Iraq has destabilized the Middle East. A complete and immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces could lead to worsening violence. On the other hand, the occupation of Iraq is without question a recruitment poster for extremists willing to fight and kill American soldiers.

The slogans like: "we have to fight them there so, we don't have to fight them here" are a shameful and cowardly rationale for staying in Iraq. I don't want another soldier to die in Iraq so I can feel safe at home. If this war is a battle for our very existence, as some claim, then we need a military draft so we all can share equally in the sacrifice. Is a tax break for the rich during a time of war part of a shared sacrifice?

The U.S. government is over a barrel in Iraq. In fact, the U.S. government is over many barrels in Iraq! The American people deserve answers on the lead up to the war in Iraq. The truth was the first causality of the war in Iraq. The truth remains buried deeper than the oil under the sand of Iraq.

When the U.S. Congressional representatives and the mainstream media stand up for the American people and ask the tough questions, the American people can stand down. Until then, freedom of expression and the voting booth will remain the instruments of change.

Fred Flanagan
Rohnert Park

The Finest Oysters Ever Consumed
I have lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for decades. This last Sunday (7/15) was my first trip to Point Reyes, in part due to my wife's and my renewed interest in visiting California lighthouses. After visiting the lighthouse, we took the side road to Drakes Bay Oyster farm and purchased what are without question the best oysters I've ever had in my life (including the many I've had from nearby Tomales Bay). In fact, we are having them again tonight. Breaded and fried. Heaven.

While in the area, we picked up a copy of the Coast Post, and I read your lead article "PRNS versus Scientific Facts" by Corey Goodman, PhD with great interest. Like the article's author, I find it astounding that the Point Reyes National Seashore administration would ignore the very facts that they paid for to promote a highly questionable political agenda.

I am in favor of reducing harm to the environment as I believe any thinking person should be, but I cannot support any institution that not only ignores but also distorts the evidence given them by credible scientific sources. The section on oyster feces made me laugh out loud at the sheer brass of the claims put forward by the PRNS.

The PRNS, I'm sure, does some fine work in their pursuit of maintaining a healthy shoreline. It is sad that they would compromise whatever credibility they might enjoy with such transparent tactics. Although I am not in position to help in any direct way, I thought someone should know that even outsiders from another county support Doctor Goodman's efforts -- even if it is only to preserve the availability of the finest oysters that this citizen has ever consumed.

Here is to the continued health of Drakes Bay Oysters.

Tom Regner
Fremont, CA

People Like You
Its people like you that make me wish for the Big One to dump your silly California into the ocean. Shouldn't you be out on a ledge somewhere?

PS - I LOVE JEWS!!!
Scott Ehlers
New York City

Republicans Might Get It Right
When Republicans held control of Congress in the 1990s they had occasional sex scandals with prostitutes and fathering children out of wedlock. But by 2006 Republican morality had sunk to a new low with conservatives like Reverend Ted Haggard having gay sex on methamphetamines and Republican Congressman Mark Foley trying to have gay sex with underage boys.

But now Republican Senator David Vitter has publicly apologized after his phone number was linked to being a client of an alleged Washington prostitution ring. What this means is that Republicans are making a moral comeback, moving from gay sex with boys on drugs to adult heterosexual sex with female prostitutes. This shows that Republicans have reversed course and are now heading back in the right direction. If this trend continues they might start talking about getting out of Iraq and balancing the federal budget.

I'm Marc Perkel - And I approved this message!

Marc Perkel
San Bruno, CA.

Ross Valley Drainage Fee Election
On July 9, 2007 the Board of Directors of Marin United Taxpayers Association (MUTA) unanimously resolved:

MUTA requests that the Board of Supervisors NOT certify the Ross Valley Drainage Fee election due to the serious irregularities involved in the election, including but not limited to:

(1) The absence of a record of which persons were sent ballots;

(2) The absence of reliable information showing the number of ballots mailed;

(3) The failure of those eligible to receive a ballot;

(4) The lack of a firewall between the body advocating the passage of the ballot, and the entity responsible for the election and handling and counting the votes;

(5) The conflict of interest between the vote counting entity counting the ballots, and the engineering firm hired by the Board of Supervisors to support the election;

(6) The lack of secrecy for the ballot, causing the lack of signatures, in turn resulting in invalidating ballots;

(7) The lack of explanation and citation to authority as to the bases for excluding certain properties from the storm drainage user fee;

(8) The Board of Supervisors action on May 1, 2007, which improperly amended the Engineers Statement, which was the core statement of the election, among other things.

This entire election constituted a disenfranchisement of the subject voters that rivals Florida and Alabama experiences.

In addition, MUTA Directors unanimously resolved to ask the Secretary of State of the State of California to immediately seize the ballots and documents involved in the Subject election, and to invalidate the badly flawed election due to irregularities and violation of Proposition 218.

Fielding Greaves
Director & Past President

Endangered Oysters To Eat
I'm writing about what I consider to be the single local issue which sparks the most global of considerations - the continued operation of Drakes Bay Oyster Farm. Point Reyes Light, with all of its shortcomings (particularly the immigrant interview issue), has done a stellar job of focusing on this issue and presenting compelling articles on both sides.

Personally, I'm a big fan of all our local oyster farms, not only because I love oysters (call me if you want my recipe for oyster tamales) and anything that comes from the sea, but also because I like supporting local farmers who raise local products in an environmentally low-impact and non-toxic manner. Supporting them seems to be one way we can all contribute to protecting the planet and humanity's continued existence on it...

I'm also a believer in the value of true wilderness and the need to protect what's left of it and do better by what was taken from it.

But here's my question:
Since we all know that oysters filter water and create cleaner bays and estuaries, has anyone done a study as to how Drakes Estero would look without the oysters?

Until someone shows me otherwise, I'll continue to believe that if we are going to have cattle (hopefully organically raised...) all over the land surrounding (and draining into) the Estero (which I hope we will), we should continue to have oysters to clean up after them. And if we're going to have cattle and cows, shouldn't we be demanding they be raised organically before PRNS eliminates a marvelous high-protein low-impact non-chemically-enhanced product that this estuary has turned out for centuries?

As for the Wilderness Act issue, I understand that, contrary to some statements by local luminaries, the Wilderness Act would not in fact necessitate an amendment to extend the DBOF lease, and the Park can extend the lease (with any appropriate restrictions --as to size of facilities, number of oysters, external pathogens, housing issues, and seal protections) without going to Congress. So what's the beef?

Perhaps there are two different types of "environmentalists". I hope we can stop with the misinformation and standoffs and start celebrating that the sustainable and environmentally friendly agriculture and aquaculture showcased in PRNS is one of the truly unique features of the park, with incalculable value to the planet and this place we call home.

Thanks for reading,
Susan Scott
Inverness

Surgeon Generals Disclosure Nothing New, Still Outrageous

The ex Surgeon General's disclosures exposing coercion from the Bush Administration to alter scientific facts ranging from global warming, second hand smoke, stem cells, etc., should come as no surprise.

Despite their clandestine cloak, or environmental friendly disguise, these sellouts have been evident since Bush first was handed the presidency. They have been exposed by defectors from the EPA, health & human services, etc; and have been documented and chronicled by numerous dedicated environmental organizations including The Union of Concerned Scientists.

Never before have Americans experienced such dangerous manipulation of essential scientific data, as used by this administration to derail vital environmental reforms,

Conservation, family planning-- and the list goes on. The resulting long term environmental and social damage are beyond measure, and can only worsen if not curtailed.

The gravity of these unprecedented betrayals eclipses the Monica Lewinski scandal which led to an impeachment, and pose greater dangers than Watergate which terminated a presidency. Blame falls mainly on the populace and our legislators for tolerating this reckless and arrogant occupant of the White House.

Robert Settgast

San Rafael

Who Started The War?
I have just read your tirade passing as journalism concerning the state of Israel and its Arab neighbors. If you recall, building up to the 6-day war, Israel was surrounded by far larger armies, armed to the teeth in preparation to wipe "Israel of the face of the map."

Did you think that for one moment that small-outnumbered nation should have sat by and allowed this to happen? Would you have been satisfied it Jews were shipped to Alaska to form a homeland there? The point, in my opinion, is not the establishment of Israel, but is there any hope for adversaries to live in peace without the fear of rocket attacks and suicide bombings. Do you feel that those attacks are justified? I you do, then whatever means taken to secure the safety of Israeli citizens is also justifiable. Remember, Hamas sends children to blow themselves up in Israel to kill innocent civilians. Do you approve of such political action? Although I was upset at your editorial, I insist that the solution to Mideast peace is for both sides to realize that "life" is more precious than "revenge" Unless this cycle ends, no one will win and death will prevail. Israel must be partners in bettering the lives of the Palestinians and those who feel the "best Jew is a dead Jew" must be prevented from using force to enact their "final solution".

As for your insistence that the American press is run by and for Jews, how absurd. Where have we heard that before? Oh yes, Hollywood is run by Jews. The banks are certainly run by Jews. etc. Look under your beds at night, maybe the bogyman is Jewish, as well. Hitler blamed the ills of Germany on the Jews. This op-ed piece by Edward Miller smacks of some of the same anti-Semitism so popular in Europe at that time. It appears that it is still alive and well in our modern time as well.

I hope that we all can see that solutions are accomplished with understanding and cooperation and not guns and bombs. Until then, hate will prevail.

Sincerely,
David Sperber
Jewish and proud in San Francisco

One result of 9/11 & Terrorism Is Clear
Bush's team seized the opportunity to profit from the 9/11 disaster through misinformation & secrecy. This is despite their gross negligence for ignoring the warning signs and the alert from Clinton's staff, which probably enabled or at least contributed to this tragedy. Instead Bush­ had directed his efforts toward undoing Clinton's policies to appease his supporters. This includes secret energy schemes; and killing and our international family planning program, the Kyoto accord, stem cell research; & the list goes on.

Bush protected his advantageous position by assassinating the character of those who opposed his policies. They're branding of Senator Max Cleland (a triple amputee Vietnam Vet) as unpatriotic for his efforts to investigate the causes of 9/11, which Bush opposed, is only one example.

As a result of this ill acquired authority, this unlearned and arrogant zealot, who was never rightfully elected but handed the presidency by five politically motivated justices, has succeeded in causing more destruction than any previous president.

Nonetheless Americans have themselves to blame for these disastrous policies-- for tolerating this conduct, and for allowing our legislators to default their duties by permitting such abuses.

Robert Settgast
San Rafael










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