Happy New Year
To the Editor:
Â Â Â Â 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:
Â Â Â Â As the transition year of 2005 comes to a close I think we can be pleased with our progress.
Â Â Â Â 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 â€“ 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 â€œlow.â€ 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.
Â Â Â Â As a consequence of the unavoidable conditions of war, approximately 20,000 of our sons and daughters have suffered severe injury â€“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.
Â Â Â Â 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 â€“ the problem of illegal immigration.
Â Â Â Â 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.
Â Â Â Â 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