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They came home alive

A letter writer implies that Maxine Scott is just typically Bush bashing for insightfully and accurately pointing out the snide, demeaning nature of Bush calling Cindy Sheehan Mom behind her back. How can anyone defend Bush's tar-and-feathering a grieving mother? He claims Sheehan gives support to terrorists, is unpatriotic. He dishonestly showcases the administration's comparable sacrificing mother whose family men served honorably and bravely in Iraq. Blessedly, they all came home alive. Sheehan's son didn't. ' G. E. Myers, Jacksonville

Stop World War III

With polls showing majorities of Americans both fed up with Bush's war against Iraq and convinced that Bush's invasion of Iraq has made American's less safe, the president proposes to start another war by attacking Iran, for which a new terrorist attack on the U.S.A. is to provide the pretext. Vice President Cheney has already ordered the U.S. Strategic Command to come come up with plans to strike Iran with tactical nuclear weapons, according to an article in a recent issue of The American Conservative.

The National Intelligence Council, the umbrella organization of the U.S. security service, has just affirmed, in clear opposition to the White House, that Iran is at least 10 years away from the technical capacity to be able to produce nuclear weapons and that that nation is also not pursuing a secret military nuclear program. And, as in the case of Iraq, the planned attack naturally also does not depend on whether Iran actually participated in a terrorist attack on the U.S.A.

Learn more at larouchepac.com. ' John Mitchell, Medford

Comparing energy sources

Many letters compare energy sources on a heat basis. When comparing hydrogen and gasoline as fuels for vehicles, of course gasoline wins because the carbon-hydrogen ratio is a least 3-1 in favor of carbon, a fallacious comparison good only for heat engines. A true comparison is kilograms of hydrogen produced in different processes.

And how many miles does the customer's dollar buy? Another valid consideration is carbon dioxide pollution, both at the electric source and at the application. Compare on these bases and realize it's case specific. Averages only confuse.

— For instance, Jerry Marcus built a hydroelectric system on Fall Creek for less than &

36;1,000 per installed kilowatt ' the industry average is &

36;6,000 per kilowatt installed. ' Stan Snook, Central Point

What are they thinking?

There have been several letters regarding the development of Cedar Links Golf Course. As a child growing up in Southern California I saw the orange groves bulldozed en masse for tract housing. Only later was the lack of parks, greenbelts, bike paths, etc., lamented.

The city/county and valley citizens will look back in 10 or 15 years at the loss of this open space in amazement ' and wonder what the heck we were thinking. With hindsight, we will all realize that the cost of the property today will be a bargain in 2020.

Cedar Links would be a wonderful addition to our park system, and the city/county should pull out all stops to acquire this irreplaceable open space. There will be precious little left in 20 or 30 years after the valley becomes a small L.A. ' Val Handel, Medford

Keeping it fake

Look at any old Hollywood movie with black characters in it, and you'll doubtless see goofy, cowardly, bumbling, lazy, clown-like people. This was a deliberate and malicious attempt by racist producers to portray an entire race of people as less than human. Back then, blacks referred to these characters, and the actors who portrayed them, as Uncle Toms.

That was nothing compared to today's malicious and false portrayals of black persons in rap songs and videos. Once again, an entire race is presented as basically sub-human. Only this time, they're all dopers, gang members, Uzi-wielding psychopaths or sluts. I sat in a Subway restaurant in Thailand four days ago watching this shameful, degrading, false portrayal of an entire race of people, and felt sick to my stomach. Obviously, millions of other Asians saw it, too.

Little wonder that most humans who have never met or even spoken to a black person already have a built-in, MTV-created sense of racism towards 33 million U.S. citizens leading ordinary lives and who have harmed no one. While claiming they're keeping it real, these sleazy rappers are actually keeping it fake, acting as media surrogates for Aryan Nations and the KKK. ' James P. Snyder, Central Point