The Coastal Post - May 1999

Letters To The Editor


We Must Demand More From Ourselves

I cried and cried last night, thinking about the state of our world. When it comes down to the underlying issues, it's not about weapons, laws, or blaming other people. There's a line in a Jewel song, "We must demand more not from each other, but more from ourselves..." Rather than saying, "If only those kids didn't have access to those weapons," or "Those parents should have noticed that their kids were acting strangely," we need to rethink our OWN lives, and what WE can do to help and support others. It is unrealistic and wasteful of our energy to try to change other people's beliefs and the ways they live. Only they can do that for themselves. But it IS in our power to change the ways WE live.

This can be a scary, sad, unfair and dangerous world, and all we can do is live life to its fullest, knowing that it can end at any given time. I, personally, plan on being a more productive citizen by loving and being genuinely respectful of EVERYONE, and volunteering in the community. I will try not to be wasteful with money, time, or Earth's resources, and I will continue to be appreciative of how lucky I am to have my family, friends, and health. Our lives are mostly left to chance. Our lives are not guaranteed to be safe or painless. There is no reason for us to think that we are exempt from anything. All we can do is take advantage of what we have here and now, and contribute all we can to try to make this world a better place.

My heart aches for the victims of yesterday's shooting: The people who were killed, their friends and family, the community, and the entire world. Nothing can fully take the pain away from any of us. But if everyone were to take an honest look at themselves, maybe we would slowly start to see a change.

Emily Kingston
[email protected]
Boulder, CO 80303

Change Needed In Sheriff's Department

Your recent article which outlined recent abuses by sheriffs deputies to locals in front of Smiley's Saloon clearly illustrates the need for changes in the Marin Sheriff's department. Deputies are trained to think of Bolinas as a "bad area," a place where they "will encounter resistance." The end result is a self-fulfilling prophecy, as deputies, every so often, get into unnecesary conflicts with residents. What is the common denominator in this ongoing situation? Is it crime? No. Drugs? No. The common denominator is the deputies!

I am a law-abiding citizen, and a supporter of legitimate law-enforcement. I am thankful to be acquainted with some in Marin law enforcement, even the sheriffs department, who take their jobs seriously, and who do a good job. But this message to the deputies comes from the top. It's a game of "control the renegade hippies" in Bolinas. Sheriff Bob Doyle should be asked specific questions about his departments "unofficial" Bolinas policy. He should be asked about why deputies who repeatedly encoutner conflict in a pretty mellow area are consistantly assigned those beats to patrol. And then a Grand Jury looking into this subject should be convened.

Alex Horvath
Forestville

NATO Attack On Serb Nuke Power Facilities?

We've received the following letter from Mr. P.R. Adzic of the Vinca Institute of Nuclear Sciences, suggesting that this nuclear research facility near Belgrade may soon become a NATO target: "I can confirm now we expect that NATO planes will bomb VINCA Institute. In the passed several days we received this warning, but today we got this information as serious threat from the highest authorities.Our reactor is not working for more than 15 years, but the significant amount of 235-U enriched and unused fuel is still in its interior. Highly radioactive material for everyday activities is also located in several research laboratories. I fear that a big disaster may occur. In the worst case, no Balkan and even European country would be safe. Not to mention ecological catastrophe. I still hope that this disaster could be avoided, unless we are already late. I would appreciate if you succeed in informing as many people as possible on the eventual tragedy. God bless you."

Spencer Fitz-Gibbon"

John Whitelegg comments: "Could NATO's planners really be so stupid? I'd like to think not. Unfortunately their recent attacks on civilian manufacturing, including petrochemical plants which have had toxic clouds floating over large areas, don't reinforce one's confidence.'
Phone John Whitelegg (top NW Euro-candidate) 01524 63175
Spencer Fitz-Gibbon (No 2 NW Euro-candidate and defence spokesperson,
England & Wales Green Party) 0161 225 4863

Restraining Order Gun Ban Unconstitutional

There's good news for gun owners, though you perhaps won't see it in the Bay Area major media. In an historic decision, a federal court has upheld NRA's view and ruled that contrary to false claims by anti-gun groups, the right to arms is not a collective militia right, but an individual right, saying, "A historical examinations...bears proof that the right to arms has consistently been, and should still be, construed as an individual right."

Citing the 1939 Supreme Court case of United States v. Miller and a veritable Who's Who of constitutional scholars, Judge Sam Cummings of the Federal Court District of Northern Texas added, "The rights of the Second Amendment should be as zealously guarded as the other individual liberties enshrined in the Bill of Rights." Judge Cummings even suggested that Miller could be used to support the position that the assault weapons ban is unconstitutional.

Judge Cummings ruled that a provision buried in the massive 1994 Clinton Crime Bill that prohibits possession of arms by anyone under a restraining order is unconstitutional, violating both the Second and Fifth Amendments. Said Cummings: "It is absurd that a boiler-plate state court divorce order can collaterally and automatically extinguish a law-abiding individual's Second Amendment rights."

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Judge Mariana Pfaeizer declared Prop. 187 unconstitutional. Gov. Wilson properly appealed her decision. The governor and the attorney general have a sworn duty to honestly and earnestly defend the people's law.

In weaseling out of his duty to defend the people's Prop. 187 against legal challenge, the Gov. Gray Davis has circumvented or violated no less than four provisions of the California Constitution, to wit:

Art. I, Sec. 3, ignoring the people's "right to instruct their representatives."

Art. III, Sec. 3.5, failing to enforce a statute that has not been declared unconstitutional by an appeals court.

Art. V. Sec. 1, failing to "see that the law is faithfully executed."

Art. XX, Sec. 3, violating his sworn oath to "well and faithfully discharge the duties" of his office.

Gov. Davis, by his "half-hearted defense" of the appeal against Judge Pfaelzer's ruling, has perverted California's legal process.

Fielding Greaves
Life Member and Former Director, NRA
San Rafael

Thanks From Prison

I didn't slip, I wasn't pushed, I took a dive. I'm back in San Quentin where I like it so well. It's good to be back. My homeboys behind the wall look out for me. In the 83 days I was on the street, I accomplished the exponential.

April's issue of the Coastal Post has not yet arrived here in the San Quentin mail (week and one-half to three weeks delivery time from postmark average). It helps when you send mail, to either Fed Ex it, or at least mail in a large manila envelope. Send pre-stamped envelopes, books of stamps. I can buy colored pencils and coffee, smokes, etc. Every little bit helps, so "C'mon people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together, try to love one another right now."

The liver transplant benefit for Lenny Aviles worked out magnanimously. Kudos to Michael Carabello and Professional Drummers Co-Op, Father Guido Sarducci-thank you for your expressed interest in all my graphics-Stu Ham, Mario Cippolina, Donny Baldwin, Terry Haggerty, Davey Pattison, Rene, Big Muddy, Ken Presley, Butch of New George's-hey! What a night! Salute!

Friso Red and White, it's an honor to have my Golden gate panorama hanging in your clubhouse! San Rafael studios- Big Dan, you're the man! The Fairfax Brew Festival, Mark Springer, salute! Thanks for hiring me to work the soundboard with you-always a pleasure! Shana Morrison, a show well done! Jerry Nannan and Mad Hannans, Jumbo, thanks for letting the Neon City Ramblers in your mix! It's all proof of a great community that can come out of the woodwork when we focus together with common vision!

Alan, Barbara, Dan, Steve at Marin Jobs and Career Services, you're the best! Ari at Earthship Global Systems, Hey now! I want to thank Fairfax Cafe, Diego, Laura, Daisy, Shelly, Sergio, Razi, Jose, Jessica (tall, beautiful Jessica), Jeremy (gorgeous Jeremy), Greg Ramsey, Erol, his wife, Heather, Seretta, William, Marna, Gibson, Dale Stilson, Lauran for flying in from Hawaii for Brandon Stilson's memorial service-all the people who showed up to give a decent, loving, appropriately well-ordered wake. I am so proud of you, it is such a true honor to have such decent homegirls, and homeboys.

I want to thank Tom Koors, the ambassador for Christ, for his love, prayer, financial, moral and infinite support; Lisa at Coffee Roastery, Alpine Building Fairfax, John Yager for the bucks, guitars, coffee, studio time, storage; Cliff Brown; Curtis Weber; Chris Highland, the homeless chaplain; Lisa and Kimberly and Angelica at Ritter House; Raphael Sexton, the official fun enforcer for NCR (if we didn't have you, we'd have to invent you!); Christine and Derek from Jumbo band; Cindy and Derek from The Next Band; the owner and bartenderless Libby at New Amsterdam, Fairfax; Chuck, the owner of Peri's; and the Patch of Blues open jam for welcoming me with open arms on my release from Folsom prison and giving me a guest slot and a guitar to download my stuff onstage; Ruben Garcia for backing me up with his Stratocaster and remaining true blue NCR; Sebastian and Angelique from Frogs in Fairfax; Peter Mitchell painting contractors; Valerie and the Boys at San Rafael Loan; and everybody I shared my vision with in the April issue of Coastal Post.

Most of all, to Don Deane, Smiley's, the great town of Bolinas and everyone! Please write one and all, Lynette Shaw, don't forget! Carabello, Cippolina, Jerry Hannan, you know what time it is! So keep in touch!

I got offered 10 months at screening for drunk and disorderly (what's a Neon City Rambler to do?), so I turned the offer down. I go to the Board of Prison Terms to download my community action network activities and plead my case for another chance to continue on parole and pursue the particulars, ways and means to build that solar-powered ranch with Ari, motivate some homeless to live and work ourselves back into the workforce and change some lives! It's an exciting challenge!

Please write me, send small money orders-5, 10, 15, 20-it all helps. I'll answer and send graphics back. If I get a calendar 12 (year flat time), I'll need to buy a guitar from the prison-approved catalog unless J.D. at Bananas at Large wants to donate for a tax write-off. Gamera, Madd Cattle, what's up? George, the painter, Christophe, Hey, Laura, yer sister in London! Cute Lisa at Silver Peso. Love you all, big!

Money orders have to have my name and prison number K#42653 on them.

My new address:

Mar Texas Tad Adams
K #42653
President, Neon City Ramblers
San Quentin 94974

Waco Approach To Yugoslavia

The Clinton Administration is at it again, thinking globally and acting stupid, this time in Yugoslavia.

Traditionally, American interventionist foreign policy has been based on corporate greed, and justified by an adolescent view of the world that demonizes political adversaries and turns their governments into mortal enemies.

But this administration is dangerously different. For the Clintons, the New World Order rests on a philosophy of social work on a global scale, with NATO acting as the world's police force, doing community policing for continents and nations.

Just as they have been doing at home with individuals and groups they do not like, the Clintons mean to destroy every country whose government's actions they do not approve of, regardless of the suffering this will bring to its people, and of the cost to America.

Anyone can see that this policy failed in Libya and Iraq, and will not work in Yugoslavia, either, just as most traditional military interventions have failed all over the world. Tragically, though, in this Waco approach to foreign policy, the Clinton police gets everyone killed, everything burns to the ground, and David Koresh survives!

We must resist the Clintons' New World Order as much as we must deplore the horrors of the civil war in Yugoslavia.

Art Llebrez
San Rafael

Buy Ethanol, Not MTBE, Gas

I have read your articles and letters on the subject of MTBE in gas and its potential problems. I certainly agree with the caution; however, rather than just complain, you can do something now to stop MTBE use. As part of the introduction program of MTBE, two counties in California were allowed to sell gas in which ethanol was used as an oxygenation agent rather than MTBE. Union 76 was given the option of selling this ethanol-added gas. Marin was one of the two counties. Therefore, you could do a great service to the public by calling for a boycott of MTBE and encourage people to buy Union 76 gas. I cannot predict how the State would react to this, since the two-county use was part of an experiment to see how the different agents would affect pollution and greenhouse gases, the State might have a quota on ethanol gas. On the other hand, Davis has called for a phaseout of MTBE by 2004, so it would seem illogical for the State to crack down on a boycott since he has already called for an end to its use. Since one cannot understand the bureaucratic mind, we might expect the worst. On the other hand, I think it is worth a try. since each car that does not use MTBE means less MTBE in the air, water and our lungs and tissues.

Niccolo Caldararo
Fairfax

Domestic Enemies

The ongoing saga of Jerry and Susan Knight's battle with the County is one that highlights the arrogance and abuse of our government towards our individual rights and liberty. Our individual property rights are fundamental and the Constitution guarantees in Article IV, as provided in the Bill of Rights: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

The County has conspired, from all levels, to strip the Knights of their Constitutional rights of property. The government's practice of "inverse condemnation," puts the individual in the "guilty until proven innocent" position. The Knights have decided to fight this tyranny at the cost of refinancing their home, the cost that stress takes on a person, and at the cost of confronting the arrogant powers, from top to bottom, who turn away from our individual guarantees of liberty, to further their agendas. Thank God, Jerry and Susan are steadfast in their determination to fight the "domestic" enemy to our constitution. Jerry is a Viet Nam vet who took the oath to "protect and defend the constitution against enemies, both foreign and domestic." Ever wonder what they meant by "domestic"? Hello!

When the government itself becomes the greatest threat to our liberty, it's time for a change. We the People give the government its right to exist, not the other way around. The constitution, while enumerating our basic rights, actually sets limits on the government, what we will allow and tolerate it to do for us, not to us.

Take out a copy of the Bill of Rights and a copy of the 10 planks of the Communist manifesto. Put them side by side and if you agree with our government's abuse of the Knights, you'll like the commie approach of abolishing private property. If you like our government's agenda of snapping up every bit of free land left, the graduated income tax, one of those planks will fund your agenda. It will fund the increasing power of the Police State. Ben Franklin said that those who give up a little freedom in order to gain a little security, deserve neither.

It's time to put the government back on track. This won't happen unless you and I speak out about the abuses of power that have culminated in cases such as the Knights'. Don't think they are an isolated cases! This is happening all over America every day. Know that the euphemism "political correction" is the warm and fuzzy term for "cultural Bolshevism." If you feel intimidated about speaking out because it's not "politically correct," then you might also wonder where the First Amendment guarantee of Freedom of Speech has gone, too. Use it or lose it. Sit on it and you spit on it. It's time for us to take our collective thumb out of our ass and demand justice for the Knights, they are standing up for our rights too, even those who only want to peddle their ass around the hills and wear spandex all day.

Welcome home, Jerry, to what's left of it. You and Susan will help determine if we are to be secure in our homes and property, or if we are to become a nation of interns, on leave from our internment camps, to do service to our President and his vision of what our rights should be. You went to Viet Nam and Clinton went to Russia. No wonder he's so popular.

Kent Baldwin
Woodacre

Kosovo II.
S. Norashkharian

Give me the exile's sail
the pilgrim's face.
I turn my back on jails and holocausts.
I leave the dead to death.
And I go,
keeping my endless sorrows,
my distance from the stars,
my pilgrimage,
my girl
and my verses
I go with the sweat
of exile on my forehead
and with a lost poem sleeping in my eyes.
I go,
dreaming of those buried
in orchards and vineyards,
and I remember those I love,
those few.

Where is your home?
What camp without a name?

My country is abandoned.
My soul has left me.
I have no home.
S. Norashkharian

Words Instead Of Weapons?

I can't believe what I just heard the President of the United States say on the news, that we should learn to "reach out with words instead of weapons to resolve conflict." He was talking about the tragic killings in a high school in Littleton, Colorado.

How can our President say this at the same time he is using weapons to resolve conflict in Yugoslavia, "instead" of using words?

Rick Johnson, Founder
Telecommuting Safety & Health Benefits Institute
Burns, Oregon
http://www.orednet.org/venice/rick/telecommutesafe/

Looking At Your Web Page

I read through it, and was interested in it. I am against gun control laws, however I cannot take this poll seriously. It did not give a number of people polled for each question. This is not needed, but would add to it's credibility.

Second, The percentages did not add up. In some cases, this was off by over 20%. At least one question totaled up to 81%: "If you belong to a police association (union), has your association ever polled its members on firearms issues. Yes: 4%. No: 77%."

Next, of the other polls I have seen around the country, although the general concenses is the same as listed in this poll, the percentage was not so drastically different. The percentages sometimes reached in the 40 some odd percent for one side, and 50 something for the other. They were not always in the single digits.

Finally, it was requested at the end of the poll that it be mailed to local law enforcement agencies (See below).

"In view of police responses to the CRPA poll, I suggest it would be beneficial to send copies of this police poll to your city council members, county supervisors, and state and federal elected representatives, and the Police Officers Association of your local police department. "

If I or anybody would have done so, we would have been laughed at in the best case. In the worst case, we would have been publically humilitated as those agencies pointed out the obvious flaws, and accused us as trying to brainwash the public. If you would like the public to be truely informed about these issues, the information MUST be ACCURATE, TRUTHFUL and VERIFIABLE. Be ready to cite the sources, and should always list the total number of people polled, the general area they were polled, and a list of their ocupations. Not to provide it in this way, may have the opposite affect desired.

Mystic

School Violence Solved?

The latest school shootings in Colorado have again sparked debate over what is causing kids to kill other kids and what can be done about it. Who is at fault? Do we blame the parents? Video Games? Violence on television? Music? Family values? The Internet? How do we keep our kids safe? I think I have a solution.

The common element with kids that kill is that these kids are isolated. They don't fit in. They have no place or role in society. They have been rejected. They have no future and nothing to live for. When they get to the point where nothing matters anymore and they just want to die, the new style is to take several other people with you in a way that they will be remembered. The memory of what they did makes them part of society.

Since the problem is isolation, the solution is social integration. I believe that every high school should form a team of students who's mission is to identify isolated students and actively reach out to them and make sure they feel welcome in society. If these high school teams of student who care can integrate these students and make them feel wanted, then there will be no one who is so isolated that they have to kill just to get noticed. In every high school there will be those who are most vulnerable. But if students helping students can give these kids a helping hand, then we may never again need to see another massacre like the one in Colorado ever again.

Marc Perkel
Springfield Missouri 65806

War On Justice

Last month's Coastal Post was among the best issues I've had the chance to read. I particularly liked Stephen Simac's "Out of Control Prosecutors Lynch the Prosecution."

Yes, it is like Mr. Simac says, in that prosecutors are like junkyard dogs these days. It is supposed to be, though, that when the law, ethics, and human decency aren't enough to keep them within the bounds of what is right, that they are restrained by a leash held by the judicial branch of government. It is very bad that police and prosecutors are ever more out of control, but it is exponentially worse that the judges who've sworn solemn oaths to uphold and protect the Constitution are, rather, symbolically defecating on it by not penalizing police and prosecutors for misconduct.

Most judges are former prosecutors and thus their titles are virtually interchangeable today, as Judge Kenneth Starr has exhibited for all to see. A scumbag judge who applauds illegalities committed by prosecutors in cases before him/her was very likely a scumbag prosecutor committing the same illegalities or worse before slithering onto the bench. It stands to reason that the only cases these judges/former prosecutors ever lost were cases where they had to battle truly bright legal minds who didn't have leech-like sucking mouths attached to the public funds trough the way they do. It seems more than merely probable that in those cases they lost as prosecutors, they resented the defendant's Constitutional rights being preserved well enough to avoid conviction. I believe that this resentment of Constitutional rights for defendants is genuine and becomes part of who these prosecutors are way before they are erroneously allowed to ascend to the bench. These judges, I'm sure, are most responsible for the erosion of the protections of the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments. I'm putting forth the likelihood that it is a fundamental flaw in our system that permits junkyard dog-like prosecutors to disguise themselves under a black robe, but the label "Honorable" in front of their names, and then with the skill of an accomplished thespian, pretend the big lie that they are unbiased referees instead of the pro-prosecution advocates they truly are.

I read Mr. Simac's description of the nightmare-like ordeal citizen John Dalton is going through at the hands of police, prosecutors and the DEA. As I read the details, right down to the government using the man's wife as a weapon against him, the story sounded familiar and not just because of my personal experiences. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn who wrote The Gulag Archipelago described Josef Stalin's goons doing the exact sort of things in Soviet Russia to it's citizens. Why are these pogrom-like persecutions happening here in America, as we are supposed to be evolving into the 21st century setting an example for the rest of the world? Because the Gestapo-like government employees engaged in such behavior have been completely assured that the judicial branch of government will continue to create ways to rubberstamp endorse anything they do. The writing on the wall? There is no law, only force.

Mr. Simac wrote that the man's lawyer is trying to get the case thrown out. "...based on the outrageous conduct of the agents involved." I wish him luck, and he's going to need a lot of it. According to the law I've read, the outrageous conduct must create a substantial threat of prejudice and/or "shock the conscience" of the court before relief will be granted. We are living in times of jack-booted thugs very deviously masquerading under black robes tacitly condoning and thus facilitating barbaric practices such as bullet, billy club, plunger stick, and pepper spray therapy inflicted mostly upon poor people. These honorable (?) purveyors of justice (?) are also handing out life sentences to people for stealing a piece of pizza, missing a court date or possessing even a minute amount of drugs. These very same judges are both actively and passively enabling and approving of police and prosecutors destroying evidence, intimidating witnesses, suborning perjury, obstructing justice and in general violating Constitutional rights with a machine gun-like repetition. How do you "shock the conscience" of judges who have collectively grown to possess no such conscience at all? I doubt we could get wild horses to drag a truthful answer to that question out of Long Dong Silver, Clarence Thomas or another of the multitude of lying judges, James Ware.

The government-orchestrated War on Drugs also mentioned in Mr. Simac's column has been described by Bill Moyers as "The Vietnam of our era." Do you hear that, children? Also coming forth to honestly assess this "war" as a failure are many others, including former Secretary of State George Shultz, Nobel prize-winning economist Milton Freidman, Walter Cronkite, former U.N. Secretary General, Javier Perez del Cuellar, etc. It does not require rocket scientist caliber intellect to figure out that through a diabolically calculated perpetuation of this failure of a war a despicable, cowardly gang of vermin on two feet has been able and is continuing to elevate itself through the misery of others, while pretending to serve society. The "war" is not a real one, but more closely resembles a cannibalistic feeding frenzy by a government growing malignant at warp speed. And the judicial branch of government which could and should be a well from which some modern American heroes emerge is instead turning into a cesspool of obsequious bootlickers kowtowing to police, prosecutors and the puppeteer politicians who are making sure everyone in the "war" machine profits. Semper fi, right? But SHHHH, keep it quiet, right?

From The Gulag Archipelago, "In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousandfold in the future..... We are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations."

Brian W. Eads
Centinela State Prison
Imperial, CA

The Habits of Highly Deceptive Media"

I want to let you know that my new book of columns and other articles from the past two years - "The Habits of Highly Deceptive Media" - has just come off the press. The official publication date is in April, but it's now available straight from the publisher, Common Courage Press (which is offering a 25 percent discount off the $15.95 retail price if you order direct by calling 1-800-497-3207).

It's a 290-page book that includes an introduction by Jonathan Kozol, a thorough index, and some great cartoons by Tom Tomorrow, Matt Wuerker and other artists.

"The Habits of Highly Deceptive Media" is subtitled "Decoding Spin and Lies in Mainstream News." Of course, mainstream media are unlikely to give it a very warm reception, so I'd appreciate whatever you could do to spread the word - to friends, book stores, libraries, high school teachers, college professors, students, potential reviewers, journalists, talk-show producers and media activists.
Thanks!

Norman Solomon
Columnist

Flap Finns

It appears that I'm guilty of the unpardonable offense of being boring. I apologize to all collectively and to Chris Harrington, in particular. It seems that I had this foolish notion that people cared what happened to their town. My rantings were those of one on his way to the gallows (read: Sonoma) and just decided to not to go gently, but kicking and screaming. ...but the pebbles have fallen.

I have only a last comment: look. Look and see through your own eyes what is happening. I, obviously, see things without the proper prospective. I thought I saw a town being sold to the highest bidder. I thought I saw a community dissolving into a weekend retreat. ...a community without permanent neighbors. ...an hotel. ...and Chris as the primary "mover & shaker." ...but it appears that I'm wrong.

Let me leave you with some "out takes", lest we take ourselves too seriously:

Zen saying: "As soon as you open your mouth, you are mistaken." Ah-oh.

From one of my pals: "...I love you man, but you're a f*in' a*hole." Ouch!

From another: "...OK, but don't become the fool." Too late!

Last, but certainly not least, from one of the "all time" local sages: "It is better to be thought a fool, than to take pen in hand and remove all doubt." Way too late!!!
Once again Chris, You win-again I lose-again A hopefully humbler,

"Jeremiah Johnson" Rocky
PS remember me two years from now

Time Bank

Imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course!

Each of us has such a bank. Its name is TIME. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day's deposits, the loss is yours.

There is no going back. There is no drawing against the "tomorrow." You must live in the present on today's deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness, and success! The clock is running.

Make the most of today.

To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade.

To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby.

To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.

To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who missed the train.

To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask a person who just avoided an accident.

To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who won a silver medal in the Olympics.

Treasure every moment that you have! And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time. And remember that time waits for no one. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is mystery.

Today is a gift. That's why it's called the present.

It's National Friendship Week. Friends are a very rare jewel, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share a word of praise, and they always want to open their heart to us.

Show your friends how much you care... Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND. If it comes back to you, then you'll know you have a circle of friends.

Christopher Ford
[email protected]

A Story That Needs To Be Told To American People

I joined the Marines as a 17 year old in 1942. I learned of the Navy promise of lifetime medical care then, and I saw it in action in 1943 when the Navy treated retired naval members in Balboa Hospital during W.W.II. I made the decision to be a military pilot and to retire because of the retirement pay benefits and lifetime medical benefits as part of my contract. I've been in combat and was a POW There is NO SALARY adequate for that. I retired from the Air Force in 1977 and started getting care at Eglin AFB, FL., Keesler AFB, Mississippi, and N.A.S. Hospital, Pensacola, FL. That continued up until Congress kicked me out of military hospitals in 1996 because I was 65 years old. THEY CARED FOR ME FOR 19 YEARS. Then they breached the contract.

I sued the United States that I shed my blood for because they have become welchers and liars. They welshed on our contract, and lied about the reasons. They claimed the U.S. never made this agreement, that no one in government had authority to make this contract with us, and that no statutes ever authorized our medical care. These are outright bold faced ignoble lies, by the Department of Justice (Janet Reno), Congress, and President Bill Clinton.

The Plaintiffs Schism, Reinlie, the Class Act Donors, and the undersigned are determined that the U.S. keep it's word. As late as November 7, 1997, Army Recruiters still promised..."retire at 20 years and get free lifetime medical care."

Only one solution is acceptable. JUSTICE! We demand the same care that retired Congressmen and Federal employees get free military care or FEBHP for age 65 and older. There are 3,000,000 eligible WWII and Korean retirees and spouses. Thirty thousand (30,000) die each month. Thousands of our enlisteds have no care, or little care. This is criminal and obscene!

These 3,000,000 eligibles are paying medicare premiums of about $1,500,000,000.00 per year for care they should get at no cost. Most medicare supplements cost about $3,000.00 per year per couple. Those premiums may run as much as $4,500,000,000.00 per year. WWII/Korean vets win WWII and freeze in Korea and get clipped some 6 billion for medical care that was to be free. What a deal? We must have justice...maybe it's time for a Washington D.C. "Tea Party"

Col. Bud Day (R)
Medal of Honor, Air Force Cross.

Billy J. Young
Major, USAF Retired
Military Careerman {1951-1971}
Fort Gratiot, MI 48059

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