To the Editor
Attention veterans; especially Vietnam veterans and those citizens considering enlisting in the military; this is vital information of which you need to be aware. Your patriotic service may later result in you being denied your constitutional rights. I testify from personal experience.
This injustice is the court’s decision to deny bail to veterans due to their combat training and experience. Veterans with reconnaissance skills and combat experience may be denied their constitutional right to release on reasonable bail.
I was denied bail because of my honorable combat experience in Vietnam. The prosecutor’s court testimony inferred, because of my special Vietnam reconnaissance history, that I was an unfit candidate for release on bail. He alleged my training and combat experience created an inherently dangerous citizen who should be denied bail.
I was once a proud Marine Corps Purple Heart Vietnam Veteran. I am now an incarcerated felon sentenced to 18 years for a “he said/she said” domestic dispute. My ex-girlfriend received a black eye when I repelled another of her physical assaults. Due to that incident I received that draconian sentence.
Milton Douglas McCarthy
OSP, Salem, OR
Editors Note: I would like to see the paperwork on your conviction Mr. McCarthy. 18 years for a black eye whether or not it was deserved is a sentence influenced straight from the pit of hell. Those who prosecuted you and the Quack who sentenced you should receive the sentence, not you. If all citizens would rise up and demand that our totally out of control and obviously corrupted legal system stop this cruel and unusual punishment we would save hundreds of millions of dollars in wasted tax revenue each year. We might actually experience the extinct practice of enjoying the fruits of our own labor rather than watching them get flushed down the toilet on a daily basis. We wouldn’t be experiencing overcrowded prisons and the destruction of countless good and innocent people in this country where we ignorantly believe we are free. Any prudent person who has their head out of the sand knows all to well that we are only free until the system decides to strip us. I for one will continue screaming and if there is anything I can accomplish in your case I will. Get me the paperwork, facts, etc. and thank you for the bravery you displayed in Vietnam.
The Kerry Corner
I hope you will print this letter about my classmate, John Kerry. Thank you.
As a graduate of the Yale class of 1966, I resent the self-serving lies and misrepresentations advanced by my classmate John Kerry. Herewith, a few corrections:
John Kerry has been using the Pershing name to dramatize his Vietnam experience, claiming to have been a close friend of Richard Pershing, the grandson of General (Black Jack) Pershing. Richard Pershing was a member of the Yale class of 1966, and he was killed in Vietnam shortly after we graduated. However, Kerry’s constant references to his ‘dearest’ friend are exaggerated and exploitative. In fact, Dick Pershing and I roomed together for all 4 years at Yale. I don’t remember John Kerry ever being in our room or even being a particular favorite of Dick’s.
In this regard, it is particularly revealing that a recent biography of General Pershing, Until The Last Trumpet Sounds (by Gene Smith), includes an entire chapter on Dick, primarily on his years at Yale; the name John Kerry does not appear. The Pershing Family did know Kerry, but they disliked him intensely. This antipathy stemmed primarily from an incident at the Pershing home on Park Avenue not long after Dick’s death: at a gathering of friends and family, Kerry worked the room with his anti-Vietnam message, incurring the undying enmity of Mr. and Mrs. Pershing and Dick’s older brother Jack, a Green Beret. The family was shocked and insulted by Kerry’s insensitivity. Kerry has implied – as recently as the first Presidential debate – that he became disillusioned about Vietnam by his military experience.
However, as early as 1965, in his junior year at Yale, he was giving anti-war speeches; and his Class Day Oration in 1966 – prior to graduation – criticized American involvement in Vietnam. These sentiments clearly antedated his Vietnam experience. So why did he join the Navy? He told some classmates that it would help his career. The above pattern suggests a callous and opportunistic personality – hardly what I would call Presidential.
MD Yale ‘66
Dear Senator Kerry:
We are still laughing over here in Iraq at your joke about the troops being dumb. We do recognize that you are a lot smarter than we are because you were able
To get out of combat in three months. This is why we are seeking your advice. Please give us guidance.
- Where is the least painful area on the body to inflict a wound?
- Does it have to bleed or will a scratch do?
- Where do you get the forms to fill out recommending yourself for a purple heart?
- Do you need a witness? If so, how much does that cost?
- Are three purple hearts still good for a trip home?
- What is a realistic period of time in which to acquire these wounds? Less than three months sounds a little suspicious even to us.
Thanks for your help and keep the jokes coming.
JUST A DUMB G.I.
P.S….What advice can you give me on how to meet really rich women?
The Letter from the US Fish and Wildlife Service “Connecticut River Anadromous Fish Coordinator” citing “scientific research abstracts” that “dispute” the fact that salmon “harm” brook trout should be read carefully by every hunter, fisherman, and natural resource user in the nation. (See Outdoors Magazine Vol. X Issue XII October 2006).
While touting “restoring” “healthy salmon and brook trout populations and habitat” and how “Trust Species” and “other native species” are their “focus”: nowhere is there any mention of any fishing purpose to Federal programs, bureaucrats, or their “Joint Venture” “partners”. That is because they do not intend to maintain fishing either public sport or commercial in the future world they hope to create. Like manipulations of wolves by the Ted Turners of the world and movie stars getting Wilderness views; “the right kind of people” will be the only ones with what we each took for granted and therefore lost while being too busy to fight for them.
Notice the reference only to “habitat degradation” and the need for more funding to fund “dam removals, fishway construction for eels, river herring, shad, and some instream habitat restoration”. These are all just touchy-feely innocent appeals for support as they appear to push Atlantic salmon restoration that outdoor users assume will be available for fishing. The Federal environmental employees and their politically sensitive agencies never intend for anything other than creation of an untouched and inviolate wilderness or sanctuary with approved “Aryan” species of what they tell us must exist. The “research” they cite is funded by them for their purposes and their purpose is a never-ending campaign against “invasives” like rainbow trout and brown trout in this case and everything from fish “out of place” like certain muskies and walleyes and bass to pheasants and elk. I can only ask you to consider carefully how acquiescent your (and every other) STATE fish and wildlife agency is in this growing display of Federal power over STATE programs and community control of their economies, culture, and traditions. The citation of Trout Unlimited as a partner only confirms what I have said repeatedly, that most of the national Non-Government Organizations do not represent us, only their own welfare and a future based on government largesse from tax breaks and grants to employment and political status.
It is easy to dismiss all this as the rantings of someone that was forced to retire from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and whose Blog has been blocked by the US Department of the Interior. This is not personal, vindictive, or vengeful. The Federal agencies and their environmental / animal rights agendas are clearly laid out in this Letter from a government bureaucrat trying to sound sweet and helpful when indeed we should all take notice and bring this power to heel before it puts each of us out of business and makes couch potatoes of our children and grandchildren. Read it carefully. Such propaganda should not be published as worthy of print any more than a slanted piece from PETA or HSUS. The sooner such fair-play tactics are abandoned, the sooner we can get on with recognizing and defeating the opponents out to make us and our traditions as extinct as passenger pigeons and Ivory-billed woodpeckers.
– Jim Beers is a retired US Fish & Wildlife Service Wildlife Biologist, Special Agent, Refuge Manager, Wetlands Biologist, and Congressional Fellow.
Fran faxed me the article which Ed Snook has written about her case, and which will soon be published on your web site. I have known Fran for many years, since before she became a foster parent, and have witnessed her behavior around Shane and Jessica, on many occasions, while visiting them in their home. I have seen nothing but love and devotion for those two children. You will not find a more committed mother in Fran. I am so happy that DHS’s witch-hunt tactics are finally being exposed by Ed’s article, and I am praying that the return of Fran’s children will be happening, soon.
I have written letters to Mollie Robertson, Patricia Snyder at the Grants Pass Courier, and to Geraline Radford, Fran’s neighbor, who also wrote a letter to Patricia Snyder. I realize that I am only one of Fran’s supporters, but I consider myself to be one of her strongest. I would be happy to forward any, and all, of the letters, should you wish to read them. My guess is that Ed has already seen them, as they were in Fran’s file, which both he and Fran’s attorney have reviewed.
Thank you Ed, for believing in Fran. She deserves to have her life and kids returned to her. She has harmed no one.
Cynthia J. Barnett
Pollock Pines, CA
No News in Wisconsin
To the Editor:
I was at a public meeting here in Madison last week and an acquaintance of mine handed me a copy of your newspaper. I have never read a more conclusive and factual paper in my entire life. I found myself captivated while reading your articles.
We have had problems with our zoning department. They have different rules for different people. If you are a big developer they kiss your backside and if you are a nobody they ignore you and treat you rude. They apply the same rules differently, depending on your status with them.
We have attempted many times to get our local paper to look into our complaints but they don’t have the time. It’s sad that someone from Wisconsin finds that they must go clear across the states to ask for assistance. If we were developers, spending money on advertising you can bet they would have all the time in the world for us.
I would love to speak with someone on your staff about assisting us. Please respond.
Two Cows for the Editor;
You have two cows. Your neighbor has none. You feel guilty for being successful.
You have two cows. Your neighbor has none. So?
You have two cows. The government takes one and gives it to your neighbor. You form a cooperative to tell him how to manage his cow.
You have two cows. The government seizes both and provides you with milk. You wait in line for hours to get it. It is expensive and sour.
CAPITALIST, U.S. STYLE
You have two cows. You sell one, buy a bull, and build a herd of cows.
You have two bulls. Each belongs to a different sect. They both wage jihad and blow each other up with a roadside bomb hoping to get 40 fertile cows. Hey, at least you have oil.
BUREAUCRACY, U.S. STYLE
You have two cows. Under the new farm program the government pays you to shoot one, milk the other, and then pours the milk down the drain.
You have two cows. You sell one, lease it back to yourself and do an IPO on the 2nd one. You force the two cows to produce the milk of four cows. You are surprised when one cow drops dead. You spin an announcement to the analysts stating you have downsized and are reducing expenses. Your stock goes up.
You have two cows. You go on strike because you want three cows. You go to lunch and drink wine. Life is good.
You have two cows. You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk. They learn to travel on unbelievably crowded trains. Most are at the top of their class at cow school.
You have two cows. You engineer them so they are all blond, drink lots of beer, give excellent quality milk, and run a hundred miles an hour. Unfortunately they also demand 13 weeks of vacation per year.
You have two cows but you don’t know where they are. While ambling around, you see a beautiful woman. You break for lunch. Life is good.
You have two cows. You have some vodka. You count them and learn you have five cows. You have some more vodka. You count them again and learn you have 42 cows. The Mafia shows up and takes over however many cows you really have.
You have all the cows in Afghanistan , which are two. You don’t milk them because you cannot touch any creature’s private parts. You get a $40 million grant from the US government to find alternatives to milk production but use the money to buy weapons.
You have two cows. They go into hiding. They send radio tapes of their mooing.
You have a black cow and a brown cow. Everyone votes for the best looking one. Some of the people who actually like the brown one best accidentally vote for the black one. Some people vote for both. Some people vote for neither. Some people can’t figure out how to vote at all. Finally, a bunch of guys from out-of-state tell you which one you think is the best-looking cow.
You have millions of cows. They make real California cheese. Only five can speak English. Most are illegal.