POSTED ON OCTOBER 12, 2011:
Love Letters/Hate Mail
I find it disconcerting that no one has commented on this story ("The Truth About Truthers," Sept. 22-28 issue). As an American we are born with the idea that we have the right to our opinions and to voice them. As being married to a "Truther" I understand where you come from. I don't believe the cookie cutter explanation our government has tried to force down our throats, and honestly, I don't care. What I care about is the 3,000 people who died that day and the many others who continue to die.
My husband over and over again tries to convince me of his conceived version of the truth and when I don't he calls me ignorant. This is the same problem that plagues us over and over again. It's not so much who holds the smoking gun, just the body that is lying in the corner because of it. We fought the British for our freedom for this same reason. Because we were tired of being forced laws that we never agreed too. Remember that as we go and put so much blind faith in our Government Officials.
Pull It Together
Amnesty for student loans and a 1 or 2 percent sales tax on speculative financial transactions (like the Torbin tax in Europe) would be a good start ("Organizing a New Voice," Oct. 6-12 issue). Occupy Tulsa should be open to ideas but resist manipulation by those with hidden agendas. This is also a great time to start a conversation about establishing a state-owned bank in Oklahoma along the lines of North Dakota. By having a state bank Oklahomans will gain financial leverage at Wall Street's expense.
I've heard protesters say that they want to end Capitalism and that they wouldn't go to work for a corporation if someone gave them a job ("Organizing a New Voice," Oct. 6-12 issue). I'm curious as to how they think that they can earn a living with no corporations or businesses. And just what do they want to replace Capitalism with?
I remember going to Bell's Amusement park with my dad as a little kid, now I have my own child and would love to share that experience with her ("A Ride to Remember," Oct. 6-12 issue). I am so glad Bell's is opening up again. :)
To me, the "Tulsa State Fair" just isn't the fair anymore without Bell's Amusement Park ("A Ride to Remember," Oct. 6-12 issue). If you were at one end of the fair and wanted to go to Bell's, you got on the SkyRide and there you were at the other end.
Bell's got the shaft by Randi Miller ("A Ride to Remember," Oct. 6-12 issue). I would donate my time to help rebuild Zingo. Mr. Bell hired high school drop-outs to build the famous roller coaster back in the summer of '68 if memory serves. Every kid went back and graduated after finding out what life would be like without that high school diploma. The Bell family has touched so many live's. I wish them the very best of luck.
--Bob Reavis II
Reminisce the Future
I am a senior citizen. I was born during the middle of the Second World War. I have lived in the best of times in the best of places in the history of man. I have had a great life. I don't have any children and I don't have long to live statistically. Life is not as good here today as it was 50 years ago when I was young. While it doesn't really make much difference for me what our country does or doesn't do, the following are some things that I think would make our country a great place to live in the future:
1. Women to have all the family planning help they need to get pregnant only when they want to get pregnant and to only have children that they want. 2. Pregnant women to have the food and prenatal care they need to have healthy babies. 3. Every baby born in our country to have all the healthcare they need from cradle to grave to be healthy productive citizens. 4. Every child to have all the free public education they need to become self-sufficient adult citizens. 5. A social safety net that protects the old, the sick, the lame, and those who have fallen on hard times from the vicissitudes of life. 6. To quit getting into goofy wars started by goofy politicians. 7. To treat one another with dignity and respect. 8. To protect the Earth so that it remains a great place for all creatures, both great and small, to live.
If we could just have all the things that I want, the United States will be a great place for you to live in the future.
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