- Man accused of setting fire to Delta bar; posted photos of it burning on Facebook (9/17/17)5
- McClure man accused of leaving children in hot truck while gambling in casino (9/19/17)1
- New boutique store advocates for special-needs people (9/19/17)
- Say Cheese: The story behind the famous sandwiches at the East Perry Fair (9/22/17)
- Anne Limbaugh dies, leaves legacy of caring (9/22/17)
- Retailer may come to Jackson; rezoning needed first (9/17/17)2
- Planet Fitness to anchor Town Plaza shopping center (9/18/17)2
- Former major-league slugger Darryl Strawberry to speak at La Croix (9/20/17)
- Mo. conservation agents help fight fires in western U.S. (9/15/17)
- Owner of Mary Jane Burgers & Brew in Perryville to open new culinary concept in Cape (9/15/17)3
Enemies are within our gates
To the editor:
The number of U.S. military deaths in Iraq has passed 1,000. It is interesting to compare those numbers with the following:
In 2001 (the latest statistics available) 9,536 people ages 16 to 44 died in alcohol-related accidents.
In 2001 (the latest statistics available) more than 29,000 people ages 15 to 24 committed suicide.
In 2002 (the latest statistics available) 4,970 people died in industrial accidents. Of those, 526 were homicides.
In 2000 857,475 children were murdered by abortion.
In 2002 9,300 children and 886,575 adults and teens had AIDS. A large percentage of those will die early. Since 1981 over 357,000 people have died of AIDS, including 4,400 children.
Eleven percent of teenage girls become pregnant every year. A third of them abort their child.
Obviously, the war on terror is the least of our problems. Since God was taken out of our schools by liberal judges, a little noticed war has been waged relentlessly, and our youths are dying by the thousands. Enemies of a God-centered way of life and the moral fiber of our nation have permeated our government, courts, schools and institutions of higher learning. The war against terror is a real war, but so is the one being waged by enemies within our gates. It is time we take aggressive action to save our children and our nation.
ARTHUR DOCKEN, Jackson