Friday, Sep 19, 2014

Letters to the editor


Voting signage?

Tuesday I headed to my polling place to vote – at least, the last place I voted – only to find out my voting place had been moved. After talking to several people, including a stop at the police station, I was told of four possible locations but no one knew which location was my new polling place. I was told that the locations were published in the paper, as if everyone reads the paper in this day and age (sorry, Highlands Today).

The problem is that after driving around for over an hour and driving past the general locations, I soon realized that there was no “Vote Here” signs on the street to direct people into the location.

For example, I drove into one of the locations and all I found was one small sign on the door of the place, but this turned out to be the wrong place. They directed me to another location and again there was no sign on the street. Being retired I had time to go on this wild goose chase but I’m sure working people would just give up. So why the lack of “Vote Here” signage?

Doloris McAllister


No boots on the ground

“East is east and west is west, and never the twain shall meet.” – Rudyard Kipling, 1889

One positive thing can be said about Republican neocons: They are inconsistent. They do not allow past failures to keep them from pressing for future foreign policy disasters.

Neocon columnist Cal Thomas argues for “an international coalition of armies…to fight and defeat ISIS.” Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is on record that ISIS poses “a national security threat to the U.S.” Similar rants have been uttered by John McCain. Their words are neocon code for U.S. boots on the ground. How well did that work out in the Bush Push in 2003?

No question ISIS needs to be contained, but at what cost in American blood and money? In 1999, President Clinton ordered airstrikes in Kosovo to protect Albanians from ethnic cleansing by Serb fanatic Slobadan Milosevic.

It was successful and Milosovic was later arrested, tried and convicted of war crimes. There were no U.S. combat fatalities. The neocon position then on the Clinton directive? He was deflecting attention from his upcoming impeachment trial.

Recent airstrikes have crippled ISIS and should be carried into Syria. Our troops should be spared another debacle in trying to drag tribal societies kicking and screaming into the 21st century when their customs demand they remain rooted in Old Testament times.

If democracy ever spreads to the Middle East, it will have to be on their initiative, not by a U.S.-led “coalition.”

Resistance to outside intervention is entrenched in American history. Following the French and Indian War, England began increasing its troop strength in American colonies to enforce new taxes on colonials to pay for the cost of the war on our soil. The appearance of “foreign” Redcoats “radicalized” many American farmers, laborers and merchants to join the cause for their independence. Note the above quotations to whom it applied both then and now.

Democratizing Europe in the aftermath of World War I was due in part to mutual Western development. Today is a new game with different players and cultures. Just ask Rudyard Kipling.

Ed Engler



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