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Happy New Year

To the Edi­tor:
    Greet­ings fel­low Ger­mainites. Here is now the first day of the new year. 2006. In these des­per­ate times every year looms dark­er than the last. The hori­zon is deep with clouds of dis­pair, tragedy and dis­ease. We are dri­ven mad by evil lit­tle men and mer­ci­less women who plun­der and kill and drag us all in a bun­dle behind them. They are chant­i­ng free­dom, and the walls of the pris­ons rise. Our hands are bleed­ing from the con­crete we hoist one jagged frag­ment after anoth­er. Our stom­achs are burst­ing with cakes and coca-cola. Our mus­cles are starved and weak. Our pet­ty con­ver­sa­tions, our cries for help, are strained through the dictator’s sieve for evi­dence of dis­sent. There are thou­sands dead by our children’s hands. Our chil­dren impres­sioned, made bold, mold­ed into cock­pits, drop death from out of the blue, spread caus­tic phosporous, it creeps into the hous­es of Fal­lu­ja and burns the ones left behind to the bone. But that is the year past, the year past. What brave new world will we be made to embrace tomor­row?

Hap­py New Year.
Love, Bradley T. Brad­ford

Transition year comes to a close

To the Edi­tor:
    As the tran­si­tion year of 2005 comes to a close I think we can be pleased with our progress.
    For the first time in Amer­i­can His­to­ry we have paid, not just for our own hon­or and free­dom, but for the hon­or and free­dom of the world – and paid a rel­a­tive­ly low cost. Cer­tain­ly no moth­er or father of a child who gave his or her life for the cause would con­sid­er the cost “low.” Nor should they. But as one who has seen the ter­ri­ble cost exact­ed by the pre­vi­ous four wars of the 20th cen­tu­ry, I can appre­ci­ate that in the scope of a world-wide war on ter­ror­ism, the loss of just 2,000 is an amaz­ing­ly low num­ber.
    As a con­se­quence of the unavoid­able con­di­tions of war, approx­i­mate­ly 20,000 of our sons and daugh­ters have suf­fered severe injury –but, thanks to our advanced tech­no­log­i­cal and med­ical capa­bil­i­ties, they have returned home with every hope of return­ing to the way of life they fought to pre­serve.
    To assure that our sol­diers do return to an unchanged Amer­i­ca, we on the home­front have turned our atten­tion to anoth­er assault on our Amer­i­can Way of Life – the prob­lem of ille­gal immi­gra­tion.
    We need­ed to address the bur­den that ille­gal immi­grants put on our social ser­vices while simul­ta­ne­ous­ly exer­cis­ing the com­pas­sion toward the less for­tu­nate for which we are right­ly famous. The solu­tion pro­posed by our pres­i­dent is an ele­gant bal­ance. These new­ly-imple­ment­ed, well-advised plans may not prove to be the final solu­tion, but we do have a plan to move for­ward with that rewards hard-work­ing immi­grants for their attempts to bet­ter them­selves while simul­ta­ne­ous­ly pre­serv­ing the very Way of Life they hope to attain.
    We have much to be thank­ful for. Let us resolve to hold the course for the next three years.

God Bless Amer­i­ca,
Vanes­sa Van Bib­ber

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