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Never was a mandate for war against Iraq

Mr. Bush, president of the United States of America, is not only responsible for the defense of the country and people, but also is responsible for representing the will of the people and act for the people.

Our population is speaking out against war on Iraq. There is no mandate and there never has been a mandate for war against Iraq, in spite of the exhortations from the White House.

Our president has an extraordinary ability to manage crisis as he demonstrated on Sept. 11, 2001. Now, he can again act courageously and presidentially by returning to the United Nations Security Council and negotiate an ultimate solution regarding our accusative “conflict” with Iraq. Iraq is not Al Qaeda.

War as the alternate decision casts Mr. Bush in the role of an emperor. The foundation of America has never been on emperorship. We represent a truly unique form of government in this world. We must preserve and maintain our sense of “democracy and liberty for all.” America has declared no war with Iraq.

M. Andre

Grass Valley

Depressed by letters attacking Bush, others

I am very depressed after reading today’s opinion page. There are three letters bashing Bush, all elected officials, etc. Are you really only getting this type of letters?

If one is to believe these people, we must live in the worst country in the world, with no say about how we lead our lives. If I read one more letter about how “we the people” are being repressed, I am going to scream.

This country is very diverse, with people with thousands of different opinions. There is no cohesive group, “we the people.” The people is this county who say this are only talking about those who are the lower rung of the economic ladder. I am glad we take care of them, but it is up to them to try to learn to provide for themselves better.

What must our kids think when this is all they read about in the paper? Our society is not perfect, but we are human, and there is one thing every human is not, and that is perfect.



Grass Valley

That was then,

across the pond…

“Naturally the common people don’t want war:  Neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany.  That is understood.  But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship.  Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.  That is easy.  All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.  It works the same in any country.” – Hermann Goering (1893-1946), president of the Reichstag, Nazi Party, and Luftwaffe commander in chief.

“When they arrested the ‘intelligentsia,’ I wasn’t there and said nothing.  When they arrested the communists, I wasn’t a communist and I didn’t protest it.  When they arrested the Jews, I wasn’t a Jew and I said nothing.  When they arrested the socialists, I kept my mouth shut; and when they arrested me, there was nobody left to protest.” -Martin Niemoller (1892-1984), a German pastor.

Any parallels to be drawn with what we are experiencing today?

Alain Lazard

Nevada City

Constitution Test sponsors appreciated

On behalf of Union Hill School and its eighth graders, thank you to the following businesses for their donations that made our Constitution Test breakfast a huge success:

Longs Drug Stores, McDonald’s Hamburgers, Carl’s Jr. Restaurant, Paulette’s Country Kitchen, Humpty Dumpty Kitchen, Lyon’s of California, Grass Valley Grocery Outlet, Flour Garden Bakery and Perko’s.

We appreciate your ongoing support of our children.

Debbie Francis

Michelle L. Harris

Holly LaChappell

Grass Valley

Spaghetti feed helpers support blind services

Sierra Services for the Blind would like to thank the Lions of Sierra Zone for the successful spaghetti feed held Jan. 17. Special thanks to Grass Valley host Lions Arnie Romanello for the incredible sauce and kitchen management, the Deans for dishes, Nevada City Lions Joe and Eloise Arens, Doug Wight and Diana Beer and Yuba City Lions for their assistance along with a dozen others. We also wish to thank the public for their support of this critical event.

Richard Crandall

Board of Directors

Sierra Services for the Blind

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