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Letters to the Editor

Peter Grant To the Editor: I would like to respond to Peter Grants letter to the editor in the April 14 issue of the Eagle. We do have something in common, Mr. Granta sense of humor. I found your letter hilarious. In your letter, you accuse President Bush of making enemies in the radical Arab world. Let me get you up to speed on a few facts that you may also find amusing: 1968 Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed by? In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were kidnapped and massacred by? In 1979, the U.S. embassy in Iran was taken over by? During the 1980s a number of Americans were kidnapped in Lebanon by? In 1983, the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut were blown up by? In 1985, the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked and a 70-year -old American was thrown overboard in his wheelchair by? In 1985, TWA flight 847 was hijacked in Athens, and a U.S. Navy diver trying to rescue passengers was murdered by? In 1988, Pan Am flight 103 was bombed by? In 1993, the World Trade Center was bombed for the first time by? In 1998, the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by? On 9/11/01, four airliners were hijacked; two were used as missiles to take out the World Trade Centers and of the remaining two, one crashed into the Pentagon and the other was diverted and crashed by the passengers. Thousands of people were killed by? In 2002, reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and murdered by? The answer to all the above: Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40. Also, in 1986, a bus was blown up in Israel by a Muslim extremist. As part of the Oslo agreement with the Palestinians in 1993, Israel had to release so called political prisoners. However, the Israelis did not want to release prisoners with blood on their hands. President Clinton insisted all prisoners be released. Thus, Mohammad Atta was freed and thanked the U.S. by flying an airplane into Tower One of the World Trade Center. Karlene Callahan Middlebury, Vt. An open letter to Peter Grant: To the Editor Thinking I might make a difference, Ill try to answer your song where have all the honeybees gone? which so far has stumped our overworked legislators. These tireless public servants are very time consumed with manicuring their facial hair, gossiping about the various problems du jour, and how they can blame it on the Republicans, nominating summer study committees to contemplate why only half our students perform above average. Back to Mr. Grants question: honeybees like people, travel miles after being attracted to black light bug zappers. Why are people so clever When they at first endeavor To fix one small place End up on their face David Foster The Farmers Son Middlebury, Vt. The New McCarthyism To the Editor: Its ironic that in the post-Don Imus media environment, the New McCarthyism is being spearheaded by key Democrats and liberals such as Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders. In the 1950s, the McCarthy witch hunt for communists was led by Republican Sen. Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin. McCarthy became a national villain in his relentless efforts to ferret out communist sympathizers in Hollywood and industry. Now Democrat/liberal watchdog groups and a few politicians are targeting the free speech of conservative talk radio hosts, as well as the fair and balanced Fox News Network, in an effort to stamp out political talk they dont like. As an example, Sen. Sanders stands alongside his fellow anti-conservative free speech McCarthys. Sanders is a promoter of the Orwellian Fairness Doctrine, a national attempt by Democrats and their ilk to squelch conservative political speech under the guise of fairness. I urge readers to write directly to Sen. Sanders and let him know that, as a fair-minded Vermonter, you are opposed to the Fairness Doctrine that he and others support. Yes, Sen. Sanders, freedom-of-speech means tolerating Rush Limbaugh and Rosie ODonnell. If you stop one, you must stop the other. Ed Mann Waltham The Gaye Symington Show To the Editor: I briefly lost my wallet last week. Instead of looking for it, I almost called Montpelier to see if they had it... (Our) legislature is really just a talk show, with Ms. Symington as the out-of-touch host and our representatives playing the role of sometime guests; and taxpayers acting as the less than thrilled audience. It occurred to me that this talk show was missing a Top 10 List. Here's my Top 10 reasons why you should fire your representatives 10. Wasting $56,000 per day on national issues instead of focusing on Vermont issues; 9. The long wait that continues even now for that refund from the $25 million in property taxes that we were overtaxed; 8. A clear lack of courage to take a stand on property tax relief; 7. Ignoring our repeated cries for tax relief and screams of "We Can't Afford It!"; 6. No explanation of where our double-digit property tax increases are being spent; 5. Redirecting our Act 60 rebates to the city clerk to make it appear that our property taxes are less than they really are; 4. Proposing to enact future spending increases and tax increases into law instead of enacting spending and tax reductions 3. Continued out of control education spending; 2. Voting against the the Adams/Komline amendment to H88 to repeal Act 60; and 1. Another week gone by and still no property tax relief. Remember, if your wallet is empty I'd suggest calling your representatives and requesting an explanation for why they are choosing their interests over your needs. Allen Roberts South Burlington

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