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Treatment of Sheehan appalls

August 26, 2005

The huge frenzy amongst the syndicated columnists and talk-show hosts about Cindy Sheehan&

s stand for her deceased son at the Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas, lays a pall on the hearts of Joe Blow and Jane Doe.

Her actions have been likened to treason, she has been accused of being the poster for the Democratic Party, and the above media are perversely jockeying for position.

One columnist finished off her column saying Cindy&

s cause was lost because of all the media hype around it, and yet her column was one big spin, full of twisted leaps and bounds, reaching a conclusion which satisfied her own political agenda.

How can Cindy&

s cause be finished? Her cause is that Bush talk with her and justify this war which claimed her son. The other parents joining Cindy, who have lost children or have children in harm&

s way, want the meeting also. Yet Bush refuses, although he seems to have much time to play and takes vacations.

Millions of people of the world want to live our lives in peace. We want the killing and destruction to stop.

Maybe the columnists and talk-show hosts could spend some energy talking about how to do that, rather than fueling the fires of division. Here&

s a start: Killing for peace is not peace, killing for democracy is not democratic.

Jill A. Iles


Sheehan is not asking for much

Cindy Sheehan is asking a very simple thing of her president. Maybe that is the reason he cannot or will not respond.

As a mother of two dead children, I understand the pain and heartache she is feeling.

The sacrifices we as parents make to our children, and for them, is something we do daily.

As parents and human beings, we want to know that the death of a child had some meaning, or was it wasted. The parent is supposed to die before the child. Not the other way around.

It is a growth experience for all our survivors in the family line and helps us to learn what is dangerous to our children. It is also how we, as a species, learn and pass information on. I know through the death of my father and mother, that smoking kills, and have passed it on. It is a lesson learned, like a hot stove or a busy street, it is worth teaching our children, so that they and others will live.

Every day a war is on, the possibility of a death of someone we know or love is always there. As a child in the &

60s, I remembered setting the table at dinnertime. A place would always be set for my father, who was serving in Vietnam. It was instinct to do so. I was always worried about removing it, for fear it would mean we did not love him, or that it would jinx him in some way.

Now, I wonder whose family member will not come home tonight. All they have is a hole in the ground or ashes and folded flag, and a pain that will never leave.

The folded flags are at the door of my home, proudly displayed for my family and all those who they fought with and for.

Not the war; it needs no defense or praise. Just for those who answered the call.

We as parents want answers. We as human beings want answers. It is our right and duty as Americans to ask our government whether what they are doing is the right thing. If they do not answer, it is our duty to again ask why.

To pursue those answers until we are satisfied.

Cindy Sheehan does not just deserve to ask the questions, she has the right to the answers. Casey her son has paid a very dear price, 100 times over.

Jodi Yap


How about a short president?

My wife, Cheryl, told me that Lincoln's head is gone again. I didn't read the article, but it doesn&

t surprise me. I was born in the Land of Lincoln and I gotta say, it never looked much like him anyway. The nose was wrong, and the statue with the head was 5 feet 5 inches; Lincoln was 6 feet 4 inches.

I mean, come on.


s not replace it this time. Let&

s pick a less popular and shorter president like Polk, and do him. With his great hair, he could be life-size at 5 feet 8 inches. He organized the Oregon territories; justification enough.

Don't like Polk? Put a fish head on there to commemorate the return of the salmon to Ashland Creek. Where is my fly rod? Or maybe just a cube so that it looks like that blockhead Bush. Let's move on, hey?

Tucker Whitson

Slow down on Walker Avenue

We would like to ask all who travel lower Walker Avenue to please slow down. Many of you drive that street like there is no speed limit. There are only a few homes, apartments and three schools, and it is definitely residential.

Please drive in our neighborhood like you would appreciate us driving in yours.

Thank you for slowing down on Walker Avenue.

Rick Gayle Vezie