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Tammis Vaatveit

Regarding the front page, May 7: A young man in high school approaches the perennial “prom date” issue creatively. It’s a newsworthy item for a local paper. However, should it hold more importance than the disturbing, unpleasant yet highly significant developments regarding the behavior of certain members of our armed forces in Iraq?

The prevailing media coverage of this war implies that the American people need to be spared the horror of its realities. I believe that the media has been handicapped in its coverage by the Bush administration. I also believe that we as a people can choose ignorance and are participating in the deception. The young men and women who are going to be held accountable for their inhumanity to Iraqi prisoners are the product of a national policy based on ignorance, isolation and self-centeredness. The designers of war and promoters of a culture of entitlement are also responsible.

I am deeply ashamed of the effect America is having on the rest of the world.

All lives have value, not just American.

Tammis Vaatveit

Grass Valley


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