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Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014

Letters

Levee breech had other benefits (12/21/14)
On Wednesday you used an AP 2011 file photo of the flooded Birds Point levee. I object to its caption, which probably came from the AP, and said the levee was blown "to reduce the river level just enough to spare nearby Cairo … where 72 percent of the residents are black."...
Perspective on torture (12/19/14)
After almost six years, Sen. Diane Feinstein and her Intelligence Committee released their partisan CIA Torture Report. Amazingly, they were so brilliant, they never needed to interview anyone employed by the CIA. In rewriting history, they have not only defamed the very institution and people who have kept us safe since 9/11, but they have never understood the true meaning of the word, torture...
Albino buck taken humanely (12/18/14)
Concerning the local white buck, he will be missed, but he was taken humanely, legally and used for a good cause. Mr. Kinnaman and his taxidermist are correct in stating an aging animal would be prone to more ills with winter coming on. Better he was harvested an used than have a stroke and die hardly and alone. Venison is healthy food, too...
Concerned over torture techniques (12/17/14)
I have followed the news surrounding the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report concerning the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and its enhanced interrogation techniques (EITs), which are more commonly called torture. As a citizen, a veteran and a person who loves this country, I am particularly concerned by the following:...
America and its founding principles (12/14/14)
Our forefathers' philosophy about self-governance spawned a great blessing to the world. Our founders did not invent the original form of American government in a vacuum. They were scholars of Greek and Roman history. They pondered writings of political thinkers such as Aristotle, Polybius and Cicero. ...
Book points to economic crash (12/12/14)
I recommend to your readers the reading of "The Real Crash" by Peter D. Schiff. it is an excellent analysis of the economic crash that is imminent because of our national leaders' disregard for our annual budget deficits and our enormous escalating public debt...
Lack of civility in protests (12/09/14)
The rioting, looting and burning of buildings we witnessed in Ferguson, Missouri, following the grand jury's acquittal of the policeman who shot and killed an unarmed youth are symbolic of two developments: 1. Death of civility in protesting real or perceived injustice, as practiced by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1960s;...