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7.8.02

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THE MATTER WITH TRUST
Re: Francis X. Rocca's "Baby" Talk:

Re: Mr. Rocca's editorial on the New Yorker article. I saw a Newsweek article where a couple were "blessed" with six children due to fertility drugs. Asked how they were going to support their children now on their limited income, they replied that they were going to "trust in God." I find it interesting that now they plan to trust in God, but when it came to the God-like act of making babies they were perfectly willing to trust in technology and take these matters into their own hands.
-- Anna Ashley
Gulf Shores, AL

HOSED CAPADES
Re: George Neumayr's Dirty Gray:

In his report, Mr. Neumayr reports that the Gray Davis got a $25,000 campaign contribution from Oracle after they got a $95 million contract from the state!

First, how can a company give that much to one candidate? I thought that was illegal even before the ridiculous McCain-Feingold bill.

Second, this is the best reason for California voters to get rid of Grayout Davis! Not the extortion of Oracle, but Davis is obviously a horrible deal maker -- only $25,000 on a $95 million contract? That's only .026 % or .0026!

He got hosed!
-- Greg Barnard
Franklin, TN

OUCHERS
Re: R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.'s Friedman at Last!:

What would Mr. Friedman think if he knew the federal government has taken his voucher idea, added some new laws "as a condition of funding," and used it as the means of expanding the public school monopoly by turning private schools into the same type of schools the voucher recipients are trying to escape? This has occurred.
Please see details, including documentation, at http://www.educationnews.org/public_schools.htm.

With best regards,
-- Ginny Baker

TOM CRUISING
Re: Enemy Central's Cruise Control:

Excellent choice. I just wonder why anyone listens to these people at all anymore. Being actors they're used to having people put words in their mouths; you just wonder who it was this time?

I'm about ready to install my newest bumper sticker, "EARTH FIRST, we can strip mine the other planets later." That ought to get a few comments from EOW wannabes.
-- Roger Ross
Tomahawk, WI

COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENTS
Re: Bill Croke's Rocky Mountain Bohemia:

Many thanks to Bill Croke for his article on living on $8000.00 a year. I am a free-lance writer and bookseller with a family and debts, and it was inspiring (as well as informative) to read of his own struggles. It encouraged me to go on; it also made me aware that there are a number of things I could cut in my own life to reduce debt.

God bless,
-- Jeff Minick

MAJORITY RIGHTS
Re: John Corry's One Nation Indivisible:

No one is forced to say the allegiance; they can stay mute. But the majority that does, should not have the privilege taken away from them for a "minority" opinion. God Bless America.
-- E. & J. Rogers

PAKISTANI CONTROLS
Re: Jed Babbin's Ten Top Things to Do About Terror and Reader Mail's On the Offensive:

Please pass this on to Mr. Babbin, who thinks we should continue dealing with the dictator in Pakistan. Maybe he'll wise up. It comes from "The Best of the Web," WSJ Opinion Page, 2 July. He slammed me in his rebuttal to my letter a few days ago for saying otherwise. Thanks.
-- Mike Slater

"A week-long investigation" by the Christian Science Monitor has "uncovered evidence that Al Qaeda and an array of militant affiliate groups are prospering inside Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, with the tacit approval of Pakistani intelligence":

"Pakistan's guerrilla war to liberate Indian Kashmir has been largely delegated to an array of holy warriors. Critics say that this 'privatization' of the war allows the Pakistani government to continue to support its interest in recapturing Kashmir while denying any official government responsibility for armed attacks inside Indian Kashmir."

The Monitor quotes Mohammad Muslim, the ISI's regional chief, who claims: "The U.S. government destroyed the World Trade Center so that it would have an excuse to destroy Afghanistan. After that, the U.S. military killed tens of thousands of women and children in Afghanistan."

Pakistani Justice:
"A Pakistani tribal council ordered an 18-year-old girl to be gang-raped in order to punish her family after her brother was seen walking with a girl from a higher class tribe," the Associated Press reports from Multan, Pakistan:

"According to the victim, the Mastoi tribe demanded punishment after her 11-year-old brother was seen walking unchaperoned with a Mastoi girl in a deserted part of the village. The boy and his sister are from the lower class Gujar tribe.

"The Mastoi tribe called a meeting of the tribal council, which ordered the girl to be raped to avenge their tribal honor. The teen-ager said she was taken to a hut and assaulted as hundreds of Mastois stood outside laughing and cheering."

The AP notes drily that "Pakistan has a tradition of tribal justice in which crimes or affronts to dignity are punished outside the framework of Pakistani law." That's a hell of an understatement. What kind of barbarians restore their "honor" by raping a woman who wasn't even responsible for the purported offense?

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