Thursday, November 3, 2005
Keep Gorge green
I am writing to express my opposition to the proposed casino in the Columbia Gorge. Cascade Locks and Stevenson are wonderful little towns with plenty of charm and activities right now.
I have visited them often, but probably wouldn’t if a casino is built there. Moreover, the entire Gorge area would be negatively impacted by this boondoggle. Let the gamblers go to Las Vegas, or for that matter, to any of the Oregon casinos. Let’s keep the Gorge green for all of us, and for future generations to enjoy.
In 1945 the United States had most of the world’s gold reserves and was facing the prospect of welcoming home some 3 million-plus armed men. In its wisdom Congress passed the GI Bill, granting our fighting men and women the funds to go to college, among other benefits. Many states also participated by giving cash bonuses to their World War II warriors.
Home mortgages became available for GIs at two percent interest so many were able to buy homes with little or no down payment. The next 50 years became the most prosperous time in American history, fueled by all these men and women who attended college and learned new trades in a country with huge natural resources and a government that supported their citizens in achieving their goals.
Today, the Bush government supports the building of prisons for profit, rewrites the definition for torture to suit its own purpose, rewards the rich, exports our jobs, creates the greatest deficit in America’s history, devalues our strong dollar to at least a third of its value, kills and maims tens of thousands of Americans and Iraqis. But isn’t it also reassuring to know that George Bush told us he has never made a mistake?
President Bush does not flip-flop. His mind is made up! Don’t confuse him with facts.
Anatole S. Fetisoff
Reclaim true liberty
Sadly, nothing much remains of the true revolutionary principles and spirit of 1776, worthy of our traditional Independence Day celebration, in the race of the lies, deception, corruption, and criminal acts of American public leadership in the present century.
We are clearly in need of a new American revolution of the people to restore what we have lost in our liberties, rights and justice, and to reclaim what has been denied in genuine freedom, equality and democracy for all.
Once a liberator, we have become an oppressor. We must join forces to challenge the pretense and misunderstanding of terrorism; to halt the reckless expansion of militarism across the world; to stop the illegal interventions, occupations and wars of aggression. We must work to disable the striving for global hegemony, unlawful U.S. power and domination, and to defeat the tyranny and destructiveness of the capitalism and markets which subordinate public interest and needs to corporate, financial and private wealth and power.
In retrospect, our July Fourth celebrations appear to have lost their justification, as we now face the unprecedented challenge to restore American integrity, trust and legitimacy at home and abroad; to return respect for international laws and justice, and to assure the rights of all nations and people for liberty, equality, peace and independence, free of U.S. interests, intimidation and imperial ambitions.
I’m sure the July Fourth display of cannon fire on Collins Field was well received by the general public. We probably would have enjoyed it more if we would have been forewarned.
Instead, someone had the bright idea to set up cannons next door to a residential area. When the first rounds went off, the first thing I thought was someone had set off some dynamite outside our house. The concussion inside our home was unbelievable. With each explosion, it sucked the air out of our lungs and shook our house violently.
I’m hoping I don’t find any damage as I inspect it. It’s not that I don’t condone such an activity, it’s that I don’t agree with reckless disregard. The display is something different and exciting for most people and I’m sure it was done as a recruiting gimmick as well. What bothers me is why they couldn’t have done it in a location away from houses?