"Where Fillmore County News Comes First"
Tuesday, June 18th, 2013
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- 12:02:15, Jun 9th 2013 - getthefacts - The problem here lies in the fact that girls were repeatedly told "if y ... [Read More]
- 10:45:32, Jun 7th 2013 - Jo mom for 6yrs - Mr. Ehler hit the nail on the head. I agree with the religious con ... [Read More]
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- 2:05:29, Jun 6th 2013 - Kim Wentworth - The number one rule in a debate: 1) if the person from the opposite si ... [Read More]
- 12:42:18, Jun 4th 2013 - EW - For someone that is always spouting religious rhetoric, you try to come off as a ... [Read More]
- 11:32:18, May 31st 2013 - JO PLAYER - This is unfair to us girls. Morrie Miller is not getting canceled but J ... [Read More]
- 8:25:34, May 29th 2013 - RP - Why is Mr. Ehler involving himself with non-school activities? Is he going after ... [Read More]
- 6:40:49, May 29th 2013 - Doc - You are a cartoon character! If I see you in person I will burst out laughing. ... [Read More]
Do you think the use of all fireworks should be legal in the state of Minnesota for all consumers?
Fri, Oct 11th, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor
Posted in Letter to the Editor
His name is Ajamieh. He is 12 years old. Three years ago he watched his baby sister fight a losing battle with dysentery because the water the family drinks is contaminated. Air strikes destroyed water purification plants that have not been repaired. Such repairs would require parts and supplies not allowed under UN sanctions. Would the hospital have had enough medicine anyway?
When Ajamieh was a baby, his 15 year old brother was buried alive as he and remnants of his conscript platoon retreated from tanks during the Gulf War. Ajamieh does not attend school. The school he would have attended was destroyed by a bomb. His teacher has left Iraq, anticipating the future. Ajamieh goes to bed hungry and he watches the sky. His grandmother tells him that the bombs may come again. He wonders how it will feel, look, smell, taste if one hits him. Maybe he can outrun it, but what about his grandmother? He could never leave her behind. UNICEF has tracked child mortality in 180 countries during the 1990's. Only five of them lost ground. Four are affected by the AIDS epidemic. In the fifth, Iraq, one in every eight children has been dying before his/her first birthday. Since the war and sanctions, child mortality there has increased 250%. The US defense budget is nearly 400 billion dollars annually, a little less that the combined military budgets of every other nation on earth. A new offensive against Iraq is estimated to cost upwards of 200 billion. Imagine how far this kind of money could go to develop renewable energies that would wean us away from dependence on oil, Iraq's chief export. This kind of money could also feed Iraq, help them rebuild shattered infrastructure, provide medicine and clean water in return for substantial but reasonable concessions on the part of the Iraq's government. We've managed to coexist with two other powerful armed to the teeth adversaries, China and Russia, over the years. Surely we can heal the wounds in this situation with much less effort. George W. Bush appears intent on finishing his father's business, however. As he clears a path for control and transport of oil through the heart of the Middle East to the Persian Gulf, Ajamieh will have the answers to his many questions. Lynne Farmer Rushford