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This issue of Freedomwriter has a number of letters.

Thank you and keep your letters coming!


Dec. 22, 2003
MERRY CHRISTMAS
California

Hello Friends and Compadres,

You can go to www.daleluther.com for this year's Christmas card to you! Feliz Navidad!

And a Happy 2004!

Dale Luther

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Nov. 1, 2003
SO ANTIWAR PROTESTORS ARE SCUM?

Hmm god (sic)this site is so chucked full of absolute BS. Only folks who rubber stamp every thing W does are actually righteous Americans. Let me tell you something, we don't belong in Iraq and I would love to see you write something anything please to justify us being there. In my community we have already lost 1 son to this damnable BS. Bush lied about why we are there. Him and his aides are spinning it every which way but lose to look like we are being successful. I guess we are successful if you judge that by how many corpses get sent home. Remember that is a sign of "DESPERATION". I guess we will finally be sucessful when we have pissed away every troop over there.

Jon Thomas

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Nov. 2003
RUNNING AGAINST TONY KNOWLES
Alaska

I am running against Tony Knowles in the 2004 primary for U.S. Senate. I share your opinions of "phony Tony."

Mike Layne
http://www.MikeLayne.com

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Oct. 24, 2003
A GOD-LESS PLEDGE? GOD FORBID!
Naperville, IL

A God-less Pledge? God Forbid!

If not "under God," then whom are we under?
If He's not in charge, then who is? I wonder.
A phrase on our money declares Whom we trust.
Is it just a slogan corroded with rust?
Though now it is lawful to sing Irving's song,
will "God Bless America" soon be deemed wrong?
Yet are we one nation except under Him?
To make such a claim is an ungrounded whim.
Because all our framers were mindful of God,
to absent Him fully is treasonous fraud.
The woman who raises a torch in her hand
stands ready to welcome the world to our land.
But God is not welcome. There's no room, it seems,
for Him who gave rise to America's dream.
How dare we be God-less. How foolish indeed,
when He is the reason our nation was freed.
The Pledge without God's name is best left unsaid.
To say it without Him suggests He is dead.
And so I'm appealing to those gowned in black
that our Pledge of Allegiance be maintained intact.

Greg Asimakoupoulos

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Oct. 23, 2003
HANDS OFF MY DIVIDEND!!
Ninilchik

At statehood a major portion of our private property mineral rights were negotiated away … we property owners were told that the state would manage our mineral rights for the benefit of all. We would receive a dividend, much like a stock dividend, to compensate us for loss of this significant right.

Now, un-restrained state spending threatens our dividend. The proposed and highly-promoted P.O.M.V. is NOT THE ANSWER. ALASKA spends more than twice as much as any other state per person and for what … our roads are bad, our schools do not educate only warehouse, DFYS is out of control, bureaucrats, at all levels, justify their existence by promoting "good ideas" that are only good on paper … witness the Anchorage fish processing plant, Healy Coal-fired Power Plant, the Delta barley project, the Valdez grain elevators, the Palmer packing house and many other high-profile and expensive projects, AND just generally excessive State employee hiring and spending, etc. SO STOP SPENDING. Just FREEZE spending at this year’s levels until we can get this spiral stopped.

OR, have the oil companies pay citizens the royalty checks directly and we will submit to an income tax to run the state.

HANDS OFF MY DIVIDEND!!

Ruby Kime
P. O. Box 334
Ninilchik, Alaska 99639
907-567-4388

P.S. The state is sending legislators and others around to public hearings and I do not believe the word is getting out enough.

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Oct. 22, 2003
ENDLESS WAR...TERRORISM AND AMERICA
Syracuse, NY

My name is Desiree Yagan. I ask that you read this and post on web and any other source, if so inclined. Include my personel information. Its important that the citizens become informed. Our soldiers lives depend on it.

Our troops are in serious danger, Iraq Occupation is destabilizing the whole region. Soon we will have a much greater loss of life. The citizens must be informed, the media doesn't want to touch it _i understand the politics, and the influence used. Please post where ever you can. Thank You,

Desiree Yagan
Syracuse, New York
315-491-7934
link

AMERICA BETRAYED

THE TRUTH IS HIDDEN FROM VIEW. THE "PHOTO OPS" THAT ARE PRESENTED TO US IN AMERICA BETRAYS WHAT IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING IN IRAQ. THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN INDOCTRINATED ARE BLIND TO THE TREMENDOUS TRAUMA THAT WILL FOREVER SCAR OUR YOUNG SOLDIERS IN A WAR THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH PROTECTING AMERICA, NOR "SPREADING DEMOCRACY".

THE MEDIA HAS PARTICIPATED IN A PSYOPS (PSYCHOLOGICAL OPERATIONS) AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, TO PORTRAY THIS OCCUPATION AS "OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM". THIS IS AN OBSCENE LIE ___THAT ONLY OUR SOLDIERS IN IRAQ ON THE GROUND, FEARING FOR THEIR LIVES EVERY TIME THEY STEP OUT OF THEIR BARRACKS IN FULL BODY ARMOR, PRAYING THEY WILL NOT BECOME ONE OF THE CAUSALITIES (TO BE MAIMED OR DIE ...IN A BOMB BLAST) KNOW ONLY TOO WELL.

WOUNDED IN IRAQ_ - ARE NOT BROKEN LEGS

AS MAJOR GENERAL KEVIN C. KILEY AT WALTER REED ARMY MEDICAL HOSPITAL STATED "THAT ... (RPG) ROCKET- PROPELLED. GRENADES, REMOTE CONTROLLED MINES AND IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICES CAUSE THE KIND OF AMPUTATING DAMAGE THAT YOU DON'T SEE NORMALLY WITH BULLET INJURIES". THE RESULT HAS BEEN "LARGE NUMBER OF TROOPS COMING BACK TO WALTER REED AND BETHESDA NAVAL MEDICAL CENTER WITH SERIOUS BLAST WOUNDS...ARMS AND LEGS THAT HAVE BEEN AMPUTATED IN IRAQ OR AT LANDSTUHL REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER IN GERMANY".

SO THE NEXT TIME YOU HEAR THAT ANOTHER SOLDIER OR GROUP OF SOLDIERS HAVE BEEN WOUNDED IN A BLAST FROM (RPG) ROCKET PROPELLED GRENADE (IED) IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICES OR BY REMOTE CONTROLLED MINES, UNDERSTAND THIS___THEY ARE LIKELY DEVASTATING INJURIES WHICH CAUSE AMPUTATING-TYPE DAMAGE. THOSE WOUNDED IN BOMB BLASTS ARE NOT SUFFERING FROM SUPERFICIAL INJURIES.

A FEW OF US STARTED VOLUNTEERING AT (WALTER REED) AS AMPUTEES IN 1991 AND "THIS IS THE MOST WE HAVE EVER SEEN" SAID JIM MEYER. A DOUBLE AMPUTEE FROM THE VIETNAM WAR, WHO WORKS AT THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION. "I'VE HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS".

IRAQ - THE PRICE OF OCCUPATION HIDDEN

Since the war began more than 6,000 U.S. Soldiers have been evacuated back to the United States. The number 6,000 includes 1,500 wounded (combat and non-combat) and thousands (4,500 plus soldiers) who became "Physically and Mentally ill".

The number 6,000 causalities has been kept a secret from the public, not reported by our media liberal or otherwise. Few have touched this shocking subject which would be highly damaging to the Administrations assertions that we are "Winning The Peace". Our "Free Press" who so loudly proclaim to Support our Troops is a myth. Instead, the Media is RSupporting a War and have openly engaged in propaganda, misinformation and disinformation under the guise of reporting. They have willingly or thru coercion from the White House avoided the most sensitive subject of this war. Question: Is this how we honor our soldiers__by not reporting about those whose lives have been altered forever? The causalities of this occupation, are airlifted virtually every night in giant C-17 Transport Jets to Andrews Airforce Base.

There is no fanfare, our precious soldiers are carefully obscured from public view {except the occasional one chosen as a Photo-OP by the Pentagon for public relation purposes}. The media avoids reporting on the massive numbers who arrive (virtually every night ) at Andrews Airforce Base in giant C-17 Transport Jets to be whisked off to military hospitals.

These soldiers are ignored, hidden from view as they represent the visual, ugly ever so real disturbing results of this ENDLESS WAR.. now occupation for which they have no control over. "OUR NATION DOESN'T KNOW THAT " Said Susan Brewer president of America's Heros Of Freedom "Sort of out of sight out of mind". QUESTION: Is this how we HONOR our soldiers by NOT reporting about those whose lives have been altered forever?

YOU MUST BECOME INFORMED HOW PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE AND PROPAGANDA_BY DESIGN IS USED BY THE GOV'T TO DECEIVE AND MANIPULATE PUBLIC OPINION AND GAIN SUPPORT FOR A WAR OF CHOICE.

HUSSEIN DID NOT - MALICIOUS INTENT

THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS WITH DELIBERATE MALICE, VIOLATED ITS TRUST WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE USING DECEIT, DISTORTION AND TERROR TO FRIGHTEN and COERCE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE INTO SUBMISSION. THE "WAR ON TERRORISM" IS THROWN AROUND AT WILL WHENEVER PRESIDENT BUSH WANTS TO JUSTIFY SOME ACT OF AGGRESSION AGAINST THE CONSTITUTION {PATRIOT ACT, TIA, THE ENHANCED DOMESTIC SECURITY ACT OF 2003} OR..... FOR A WAR OF CHOICE. THE BASIS FOR PREEMPTORY ATTACK ON IRAQ IS A LIE, AS IS THE EVER CHANGING REASONS FOR ATTACKING IRAQ.

THE INSANE ASSERTION THAT WE ARE "FIGHTING THE TERRORIST ON THE THEIR LAND INSTEAD OF U.S. SOIL IS A NEFARIOUS DISTORTION OF THE TRUTH THE TERRORIST WHO ATTACKED THE UNITED STATES (16 OF THE 19) CAME FROM SAUDI ARABIA, YET WE ATTACK IRAQ! IRAQ WAS NO THREAT TO AMERICA, AND BARELY A THREAT TO ITS NEIGHBORS (SEE INTELLIGENCE REPORTS).

BUT HE GASSED HIS OWN PEOPLE...

IF SADDAM HAD WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION HE CERTAINLY WOULD HAVE USED THEM AGAINST HIS MOST HATED ENEMY AND RENJOYED THE OPPORTUNITY OF KILLING AS MANY OF OUR TROOPS AS POSSIBLE.

BUT HE GASSED HIS OWN PEOPLE...

SADDAM USE THE WMDs -- BECAUSE HE THOUGHT BUSH WAS NOT SERIOUS ABOUT REMOVING HIM, OR THOUGHT THE UNITED STATES LACKED THE MILITARY CAPACITY TO OBLITERATE HIM. SADDAM DID NOT USE THE WMDs....BECAUSE HE DIDN'T HAVE THEM ANY LONGER!! HE HAD DESTROYED THEM AND THE ADMINISTRATION KNEW IT.

BUT HE GASSED HIS OWN PEOPLE...

TO SUGGEST THAT SADDAM BURIED THEM OR MOVED THEM RATHER THAN USE THEM IS PURE PROPAGANDA. A TRANSPARENT ATTEMPT TO EXPLAIN WHY THE WMDs HAVE NOT BEEN FOUND AFTER SIX MONTHS OF OCCUPATION. YES, SADDAM HAD BIOLOGICAL AND CHEMICAL WEAPONS -- BECAUSE WE GAVE HIM THE AGENTS TO BUILD THEM! YESTERDAYS DICTATOR/ASSOCIATE IS TOMORROW'S DICTATOR/ENEMY OF CHOICE> THINK!

The continued BAZARRE Rationalization -- THAT SADDAM had them, but didn't use them is delusional. O.K. -- He did DESTROY them, Period. That is why NO Iraqi Official, Scientist -- Not even "Chemical Ali " could tell us where the WMDs are. This administration along with their co-conspirator Tony Blair fully knew this and they orchestrated an all out, full blown scam on us! That is the TRUTH. So Who pays the price for this INIQUITOUS Agenda of Power and Domination? IT IS our Precious Soldiers and the Iraqi people -- who did not want Saddam -- but have now come to hold America in equal contempt> We are now the Oppressors -- Dominators in a foreign land. Iraq is our own West Bank and Gaza Strip! There is Anarchy, Rampant Crime, Rapes, Robbery, No Jobs and the Civilians are being killed by both sides -- accidental killings by are soldiers in a highly dangerous environment and by the attackers of soldiers -- again caught in the crossfire -- Iraqi Freedom Is A Lie. The Media has been complicit in perpetuating the deceit and deception using "Photo-Ops" that have Nothing to do with reality, are prearranged , and an INSULT to all of us who understand war strategy -- War Games By Norman Polmar

IF YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND ABOUT WAR GAMES THEN YOU NEED TO READ THE BOOK:

WAR GAMES BY NORMAN POLMAR, THOMAS B. ALLEN
(an excellent biography of United States History in War Strategy and PSYOPS)

PSYOPS PROPAGANDA AND ENDLESS WAR

Propaganda in the media has reached an exceedingly dangerous level -- the truth about this war is being suppressed and distorted.

There has been open season (killings by friendly fire) too many times in a short period to be accidental, of journalist who are not "IMBEDDED" with our military. This has happened approx. 18 times in Iraq a very short period since the beginning of "Operation Iraqi Freedom".

The reporters "allowed" to remain in Iraq -- Under the wing of the PENTAGON cannot possibly BE expected to report the harsh realities on the ground, as it would be considered "unpatriotic" to the war effort (or better said, illusion). Last, why has the pentagon covered up the 6,000 plus U.S. soldiers who have been EVACUATED from IRAQ?

Washington Post: Sept 2 Article entitled: Number of Wounded in Combat On The Rise. Buried in the article is the shocking number of 6,000 plus soldiers stated to have been EVACUATED FROM IRAQ TO U.S. MILITARY HOSPITALS. 1,127 wounded in combat 301 non-combat 4,500 soldiers who became "Physically and Mentally ill". What does that mean? From What? These are/ were healthy young soldiers, what is the Pentagon covering up? How did 4,500 soldiers become so "Physically and Mentally ill " that they had to be EVACUATED from Iraq to U.S. Military Hospitals?

Why has this been suppressed in the media? DO THESE soldiers whose lives? Now IMPACTED SO SEVERELY by this WAR OF AGGRESSION -- Deserve Mention? OR Are they to become the Dirty Hidden Secret of this War... how many MORE young soldiers -- THOUSANDS -- Are we willing to allow this administration to Scar -- Emotionally -- and /or Physically from this Hostile Occupation BEFORE we Demand Answers? NO, Forget about the Politics and Ugly Rhetoric, that is a diversion. It is about the TRUTH...nothing more.

Iraq Democracy A Dream, Bush Told.

The Age Newspaper: Aug 15 Intelligence Agencies WARNED (in March) The National Security...That The Plan For Democracy in Iraq Was So Audacious__That It Would Ultimately Prove Impossible.

TOLL OF US WOUNDED RISES FAST
link

NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER:
U SUPPORT OUR TROOPS

I ENCOURAGE YOU TO CONTACT THE SOURCES: WASHINGTON POST, REPORTER VERNON LOEB, MEDIA, THE DEPT OF DEFENSE, THE PENTAGON AND YOUR CONGRESSMAN FOR ANSWERS ABOUT THE 6,000 SOLDIERS EVACUATED FROM IRAQ , FOR TO BE HIDDEN FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

FURTHERMORE I ASK THAT YOU FORWARD THIS NEWSLETTER TO EVERYONE AS THE ONLY PROTECTION OUR SOLDIERS HAVE IS EXPOSING THE TRUTH ABOUT THIS OCCUPATION.

ENDLESS WAR... TERRORISM -- AND AMERICA

Desiree Yagan
Syracuse, New York
315-491-7934
link

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Oct. 9, 2003
GOLD STAR MOTHERS ARTICLE

I've just been refered by google to your site with reference to Gold Star Mothers article .. Cdr. Hamilton McWhorter USN did not write that comment. Telephone him, he is deaf and cannot hear well enough to speak on the phone, but his wife will sit you straight. We all have an obligation to seek the truth whether we like it or not.

Terry La Favet

(EDITOR'S REPLY:)

Terry, thank you for your email. If you can provide me with McWhorter's phone number & address, then I will contact him or his wife to get the truth. If he did not write this (as it was forwarded to me by many others), then I will be glad to delete it from my website.

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Oct. 5, 2003
INTRODUCING IRONHORSE STUDIOS

I just found your website while trying to locate friendly news groups. I haven't been very well received by regualr media and would like to let you know I'm out here developing a movie studio that will be competing in the same media markets as Warner Bros. We have a different set of values in line with the rest of America.

Our press room is located at www.ironhorsestudios.org/press

Cindy White
http://ironhorsestudios.org

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Oct. 2, 2003
VICTIMS OF PROFILING
Jamaica, NY

REMOVED

Please remove the letter you have about us. We did not send this.
I do not know who did. Please take off. I will cc my lawyer on this matter.

Editors Comments:

Dear Ann:

I remember you sending this to me for publication awhile back. I do not remember, or have a record of, you ever asking to have it removed. If you did previously make such a request, I would have honored that.

I don't appreciate you trying to threaten me with a "cc" to your lawyer. I did not solicit your letter in the first place. Maybe you should check with your friend Tonye or others who may have also seen your letter & inquire amongst them who may have sent your letter if you are adamant about you not sending it to me in the first place. Maybe someone else used your email address to send it to me, I don't know. But your attitude about this gives me some reason to suspect your actual motives.

FW

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Sep. 4, 2003
NEWS RELEASE NEW DOCS. POSTED DAILEY

For those who are interested, more Narcotics Bush Bank Accounts and Treasonist 9-11 documents being posted on my internet site this week. Documents will show Bush was behind 9-11, with Russian, China, Mossad, and US Rogue-Bush Sr. Intell.. To wrap the pathetic Mind Controled Americans in their war flag. Also, documentation proves Bush behind Anthrax murders to install fear. "FEAR" "BUSH SAVE U.S. From Terrorists"... Also Original Document proves Ted Gunderson CIA and sold Bin Laden Stingers for Bush Crime Family and still works for the CIA-Patriot Spy.

Further Documents on Bush Sr. CIA Child Sex Ring. These documents prove who the Terrorists are. They are mad and have been knocking down my site, therefore if it is down, check later to get your copy of these treasonist exclusive documents.

Also See: Grand Jury Demand July 2, 2003

PLEASE COPY AND E-MAIL THESE DOCUMENTS TO EVERYONE ON YOUR LISTS AND TO MEDIA AND GOVERNMENT AS WELL. WE CAN WAKE THEM UP WITH THESE DOCUMENTS, AND OTHERS BEING POSTED THIS WEEK.

Thank You

Stew Webb
Federal Whistleblower
http://www.stewwebb.com


Sep. 4, 2003

Pray, that The Lord will put off Judgement on the USA, so we can do his work leading others to salvation. Pray that The Lord Exposes, Indicts, and Jails, George W. Bush His father George H.W. Bush and others who were behind 9-11. Pray for their salvation and The Lord to Judge them. They are Satanists and Domestic Ememies of The United States of America, they have committed TREASON. They are now plotting the destruction of America. see: www.stewwebb.com News Aug 30, 2003.

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Sep. 1, 2003
DISCO RAY METCALFE IS A GOOD GUY
Nikiski

Letter to the Editor:

After being discredited as "Disco Ray" by the Republican Party and subsequently life-flighted to Washington state with heart problems, Ray Metcalfe continues to be upbeat about the prospects of the fastest growing political party in Alaska, the Republican Moderate Party. He continues to fight for all Alaskans through a lawsuit against the state to uphold the right for cooperating political parties to conduct an open primary. He continues to press forward by educating Alaskans to demand that we receive fair market value for our oil production.

It was uplifting for me to receive a link from Ray Metcalfe to a "Disco Ray" site (not affiliated with the Republican Moderate Party!) at www.idrowned.com/discoray.htm. I'm very happy that he remains positive and hasn’t lost his sense of humor, regardless of the recent turns of political events. He’s still working to get the word out regarding the financial condition of Alaska and proposing viable solutions to our budget problems, which do not include destroying the Longevity Program, ending the Permanent Fund with Murkowski’s "POMV" plan or lumping big taxes on working Alaskans.

Get educated Alaska! Prepare for an uphill battle to get our financial situation resolved. Ray's "Republican Moderate" solution to the fiscal gap can be found here. It would be beneficial to try to keep your sense of humor until we get our house in order.

Sincerely,

James Price,
PO Box 7043,
Nikiski, Alaska 99635,

907-776-3481,

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Sep. 1, 2003
THANKS FROM THE GLACIER PILOTS
Anchorage

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Sep. 1, 2003
NICE SITE

Very nice work. Congratulations.

Yashar Zhalehdoust-Sani

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Aug. 30, 2003
HELP TO SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS

Here is a link that may be of use to some of your readers who run businesses from their homes and run into hassles from their local zoning officials. My company does not benefit financially from this promotion, but we feel that this information may be helpful to other small business owners.

Link

John Stone

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Aug. 28, 2003
AM I NEWSWORTHY?

In 8 years no one seem to think my product is newsworthy! Do you?

Nell Liquorman
http://www.liquorman.net/keepfleasoff/

(EDITOR'S REPLY:

I WILL POST YOUR LETTER & LET MY READERS DECIDE. )

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Aug. 27, 2003
HOAX OR HUMOUR?

The Robin Williams Peace Plan is a hoax. I suggest you check your sources and do your due diligence before send out this kind of information.

Beth Rauker

EDITOR'S REPLY:

THERE ARE MANY ARTICLES ON MY SITE THAT DO NOT HAVE A SUB-TITLE THAT READS "HUMOR". I USUALLY LEAVE THAT INTERPRETATION TO MY READERS. )

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Aug. 24, 2003
14TH AMENDMENT
Location

You have excellent quotations that for the most part support the 14th amendment. How about some quotes that attack the 14th amendment? We need to know, especially from contemporaries, those who threaten the freedoms embodied in the 14th amendment.

Sandra Levinson
http://www.cubanartspace.net

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Aug. 21, 2003
MOSES IN THE SUPREME COURT

Today, I was watching this business of 10 commandments in Alabama courthouse. I also heard on TV that there is a statue of Moses in the US Supreme Court building. I couldn't believe my ears. What has this man done that is so valuable to the US justice system? Did everybody forget? Or, perhaps, nobody ever paid attention? Ok. I can remind of what is the 'meaning' of this man to Judeo-Christian religion. He led the Jews out of Egypt. So, what is the problem you say? Ok. The problem is that in the name of god Moses went as far as killing all the first born in Egyptian's families to achieve the goal. This religion's most glorified story makes it OK to kill. Of course, he did it within reasonable justification according to the story because he got the 10 commandments after the deeds. It is very comfy to put it this way. How can we interpret the meaning of the text then? Well, he did not know the law of God before the God gave him the law. It was OK for a God's messenger to kill children and adults to fulfill a goal. Then the God said "Good. Now I give you the law."

Moses is a murderer who did not stop before killing children and others to fulfill own beliefs. This is what the story all about.

Now, we watch the movies about this "glorious" moment in the history. We make a ride in the theme park. All of it is about how great he had done by killing those babies to fulfill his belief.

I honestly can't believe we put up with this. How can some people agree to push this religion as a principle on which this nation was built if there were killings in the name of this religion from the very beginning? This is a great irony of Judeo-Christian philosophy that the founding blocks are not to kill but I do not know another religion perhaps only for ancient south and central American ones that called for so many killings in the name of this religion. Do you want to know why all those killings took place? It did because from the beginning the God made it OK to kill when a grater good can justify the killings. The people always saw this in the bible and that is why in their minds killing was also acceptable in all later times.

I can't believe there are still followers and people who say our law is based on its principles. Do we want it to be so?

Andrey Prudkov

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Aug. 13, 203
IT'S TIME TO GET INVOLVED !
Soldotna

Secret deals, legislation by caucus, by party, is more important than all the people who elected them. In reality, laws are made in back rooms, not in front of the public. Only special interests need to be heard, after all they contribute to the election. Candidates need the job. Corporate welfare is more important. It's taxpayers money that is being spent, not theirs! Take it away from those who cannot help themselves, the least able among us - the seniors. They're not needed anymore. What has happened to this great land?

Those who were elected say one thing before being elected and then do the opposite. I see California recalling its governor - massive deficits. How many other states have the very same problem? Including ours. Deficit means overspending! Tell it like it is.

What has to be done is to elect those whose word is their bond! Who tell it like it is publicly. Who care for the people they serve, who trusted them with their vote. And who do not forget that trust after being elected!

We need sincere, honest people, not those who twist and and distort facts to serve themselves or those of special interests.

This is a great land - the best in the world! Make a difference. Get involved. Elect and support good, honest leaders who care about all of us citizens, not just a few.

Recall those that don't!

Ed Martin, Sr.
Soldotna, Alaska
907-252-9390

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POSSIBLE FRAUDULENT WRITER
Alaska

Hello,

My name is Jay Arnold. I am the youngest son of one of the writers on your site. Bill Arnold or Bill & Samon Arnold. The reason I am writing you is that Bill murdered my mother in Oct 1978 in Anchorage Alasks. This info is verfiable, and also I would be more than willing to send you proof. My family and I are extremely upset and are trying to eliminate as many possible site that he writes too. Mr. Arnold served 15 yrs in prison for 2nd degree murder, and he was paroled for 5 yrs. He is a scott free man now. If he were a changed remorseful man, he would also be a humble quiet man. If he would just go away, then we would not be upset. He has not changed, he is still the ego maniac, self imoportant man that he always was. We are asking every sight to remove his publications and no longer accept anymore publications. He also writes under Samon Arnold's name. I can gaurantee you that she is not the author,as she is Asian and has very broken English. !

Having such a person writing to your this site could damage credibility. I am asking you to please consider what I am asking as this is very important to my family and I.

Jay Arnold

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WHY DO WE NEED THE P.O.M.V.
(PERCENT OF MARKET VALUE) SCHEME?
North Kenai

Why are Governor Murkowski and his representatives in the legislature defying all logic that says, “Cut the size and cost of state government to a SUSTAINABLE level”? The legislature has already spent more than 75% of all oil revenues, in excess of $60 BILLION dollars, and now they want the rest!

The POMV scheme could allow spending of Permanent Fund earnings (the PFD) and principal by the legislature! If this proposed constitutional amendment (SJR-18) is approved by voters the POMV scheme will replace language that currently protects the Permanent Fund principal. The Earnings Reserve Account where Permanent Fund inflation proofing and dividends come from will also be gone.

Are voters encourage to stay out of the business of government so legislators can cater exclusively to executives of multinational corporations, high ranking bureaucrats, greedy municipality bosses, and their paid lobbyists, all at the expense of ordinary Alaskans? Are they trying to slip another one past voters, rather than face the wrath of those they ACTUALLY represent? Do legislators believe voters are only needed every couple of years? Why else would the legislature make a conscious decision to promote such a devious scheme knowing it is political suicide if they get caught with their hands in our back pocket again?

Say YES to SJR-19 and save the Permanent Fund; and NO to SJR-18 the POMV scheme!

Mike McBride
North Kenai
776-5444

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NO TO THE P.O.M.V.!!!
Cooper Landing

First it was the P.O.M.V. plan which gives the legislature our Permanent Fund and eliminates dividends to the people. Now it appears Municipal leaders from 65 communities around Alaska have come out in support of local government getting our PFD. They are saying give the PFD to them, not the people, not local business, not your grand children's college fund, not any of the OTHER uses of OUR Permanent Fund. In this shrinking economy our governments are now fighting each other to get our PFD! It's SO EASY to reach into someone else's pocket and spend their money than to do the right thing!

We can't afford the size and cost of government now!!! What will happen if government gets its hands on the Permanent Fund? Will throwing more money at government cure this problem? NO. It will only encourage it to grow even larger.

Oversized governments at all levels now threaten Alaska's future and needs to be cut to smaller more efficient service providers, instead of the money sucking machines they are now. Our failure to down size government will lead to problems that none of us want or can afford.

The P.O.M.V. issue MUST be DEFEATED. Government officials need to remember the 83% vote of Sept. 14, 1999… DON'T TOUCH THE PERMANENT FUND! It's our money not theirs!!!!

Ed Martin Sr.
Box 521
Cooper Landing, AK 99572
907-252-9390

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EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT OF FLOODS IN ANDERSON, IN
Anderson IN

Hi Bill,

We live on high ground, a hill in fact. People on lower ground did get soaked though. We have not had this type of rain for over 100 years. It drowned tomato plants my sister in law had. She actually had some standing water in her yard, which has never happened since the family has been on this property (1940!).

Most of the rain happened over night, some people woke up to very wet houses. My assistant at work had this experience, she woke up to discover water at her doorstep and knee deep in her yard. Fall Creek Park was completely under water for sometime, this is in nearby Pendleton. The creek is fairly small but was a raging river the other day. Very strange, hope this does not indicate a rough winter but it may.

Take care,
Jack

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WATCH OUT FOR FRANK
Soldotna

Dear Editor:

When you give someone a reward, it is inappropriate to take it away. Many “old timers” were proud of the reward given for their pioneer spirit. In the early days of Alaska, there were many hardships to endure. There was limited electrical service, public water and sewer, telephones, or year around roads. Most people now take these for granted, but it was the Pioneers who built everything that Alaskans enjoy today.

Governor Murkowski took away the Longevity Bonus and replaced it with a welfare program. His veto was a slap in the face of many older Alaskans, and a very bad decision. Then Republican leaders in the legislature refused to call a special session to address this issue, and kept their positions a secret! What are they trying to hide? Are they ashamed to tell their parents and grand parents how they voted?

Now Governor Murkowski has set his eye on the Permanent Fund. Under his POMV plan the funds principal will no longer be protected by our constitution. It says nothing about inflation proofing or dividends, so we must assume he plans to eliminate them just like the Longevity Bonus program!

These decisions should be made by a vote of the people, because our governor and many in the legislature can no longer be trusted to look out for the interest of ordinary Alaskans.

Agnes G. M. Derkovorkian
262-4034

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PLEASE HELP RESTORE THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM LAW!
Nikiski

Last year, our Legislature overturned campaign finance reform law. The reforms were passed in 1996 by the Legislature, to avoid facing a popular citizens’ initiative on the ballot. Now the Legislature has overturned this reform, which was demanded by Alaskan citizens. Through the initiative process, we can restore the Campaign Finance Reform Law.

Once again, we need over 20,000 signatures to restore this legislation. The repeal of Campaign Finance Reform doesn’t save tax dollars. It costs YOU! It permits special interests to double individual campaign contributions: from $500 to $1,000 yearly, double group contributions: from $1,000 to $2,000 yearly, and double individual political party contributions: from $5,000 to $10,000 yearly. How much influence were you able to purchase from your legislators?

The new regulations allow paid lobbyists to avoid reporting requirements by raising the reporting threshold for "influencing legislation" from 10 hours to 40 hours per month. Tammy Kempton, an Alaska Public Office Commission administrator stated, "The commission does not support the 40-hours (provision), and we are going to find that somewhere between difficult and impossible to enforce." Most lobbyists will not be required to report their sources of financing and are now permitted to contribute money directly to every legislator to promote "their" legislation. This act prohibited by the newly overturned law.

Doubling political contributions and permitting special-interest lobbyists to give money to legislators doesn’t benefit Alaskans. It is very questionable that these new "user fees" and the repeal of the Longevity Bonus Program come from the same Legislative body that gives tax breaks to special interests and is one step away from taking the Permanent Fund Dividend away forever, through their new POMV scheme.

Help restore integrity to our Legislature. Support the initiative to restore the Campaign Finance Reform Law AGAIN!

Thanks for your consideration of my letter!

James Price,
PO Box 7043,
Nikiski, AK 99635,
907-776-3481

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NEWS FROM LUCY KAPLANSKY

Hi everyone,

I'm in the middle of working on my new album, planning to finish it up by mid-September. It's looking like the release date will be the first week of February 2004. I'm really happy with the way it's coming out! I'll fill you in more when it's actually finished.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know where I'll be in the next few weeks. And I just got a last minute gig in Montclair, NJ on Sept. 5, see below for details.

Also, the great Nina Gerber will be joining me on guitar for my shows in California, Sept. 18 through Sept. 21.

Here's where I'll be:
8/25 Minnesota State Fair, Grand Stand, St. Paul MN 651-989-5151 8 PM with Judy Collins, Beth Nielsen Chapman, and the Kingston Trio!
9/5 Outpost in the Burbs, Montclair NJ 973-744-6560 8:30pm
9/6 Michael J Quill Irish Cultural Center, The East Durham Folk Festival, East Durham NY
9/12 Wilde Auditorium, W Hartford CT 860-768-4228 7:30pm
9/13 The Pawtucket Arts Festival, Slater Memorial Park, Pawtucket RI 401-723-0489 4pm
9/18 The Palms, Winters CA 530-795-1825 8:00 p.m.
9/19 Clo's Parkside Grill, Santa Rosa CA 707-542-7143 9:00 p.m.
9/20 Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz CA 831-429-7663 7:30 p.m.
9/21 Freight & Salvage, Berkeley CA 510-548-1761 8:00 p.m.
9/25 Sunset Events Center, Fort Collins CO 970-493-3080 7:30 p.m.
9/26 Swallow Hill/Daniels Hall, Denver CO 303-777-1003 8:00 p.m.
10/3 CSPS, Cedar Rapids IA 319-364-1580 8 PM with Tracy Grammer!
10/4 Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington IL 309-556-3815 8 PM with Tracy Grammer!
10/5 Schuba's, Chicago IL 773-525-2508 7:00 PM
10/11 Natick Performing Arts Center, Natick MA 508-647-0179 8pm
10/16 Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton VA 540-885-5588 8:00 PM co-bill with Susan Werner!
10/17 Ashland Coffee and Tea, Ashland VA 8:00pm co-bill with Susan Werner!
10/18 Eddie's Attic, Decatur GA 404-377-4976 7pm/9:30pm co-bill with Susan Werner!
10/19 Kentuck Festival of the Arts, Kentuck Park, Northport AL 205-758-1257 3:30pm
10/24 Mauchchunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe, PA 9:00pm
10/25 The Birchmere, Alexandria VA 703-549-7500 7:30pm co-bill with Susan Werner!
10/26 92nd Street Y, Kaufmann Concert Hall, New York City NY 212-996-1100 co-bill with Richard Shindell!

That's all for now, take care!

Love,
Lucy

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