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Archive 4
April 1999 -- November 2001
Scoll down: emails in reverse chronological order

I always think Navajos never stand up to any companies that mistreat them. That is why we do not have jobs on the REZ to this day. How long will we be still and go on without a voice as to doing something useful with the reservation. We are a defeated people. The old people are the worst. I remebered my father always look afraid when he saw a white person. I remember we always pulled a chair so they do not get dust on them. We stayed dusty ourselves. Sue

17 November, 2001

Socialized medicine -- a mixture of policies is needed

I am intrigued by the 24% who are satisfied with the system. People who needed treatment or general public? Sore point at the moment as I have a friend with a lesion in her breast who has to wait until November 20th (6 weeks) for a consult and then will have to wait how long? for a stereatactic biopsy which is very obviously needed. This would be fairly fast in the area I live in the States (even without insurance) of course the problem here would be if treatment is needed. I realize there is a big problem in the States with healthcare and am all in favor of socialized medicine but not the way the UK and Canada have handled it. I guess a mixture of policies is needed.


17 October , 2001

Overrepresentation of black males who
receive special education services

I just read your article regarding the overrepresentation of black males who receive special education services. As a special needs service provider, I agree with you and experience this overepresentation daily, even yearly. Often times the problem is that our students have not been taught and /or the teachers have personality clashes with these young boys who do not respond in the manner that the teacher expects them too. Rather than dumping these students into a program, teachers need to understand each student-behaviors do not come in one action fits all packages.

2 October , 2001

Unacceptable way of raising food animals

Hello - I've been following your plight in Missouri. I live in North Dakota, and even though "corporate farms" by outsiders is illegal, our own farmers have decided that huge hog farms are necessary. This unacceptable way of raising food animals is shameful and cruel, and will ruin the small farmer/rancher. I support any organization, whether farm-based, humane-based, or environmentally-based in order to rid ourselves of this type of operation. I actively support you and everyone willing to stand up and be heard. It's time for politicians to do the right thing. Good luck

13 August, 2001

CAFO laws suit -
"The smell completely destroys our quality of life, and our well went dry."

I enjoy reading all the info on your web site and especially the essays by Martha Stevens since hers hit right here at home. We live near Lake of the Ozarks in Camden County Missouri. In 1998 a Cargill CAFO was built next door to our small farm, and we have suffered ever since. The smell completely destroys our quality of life, and our well went dry. My elderly parents also live on an adjoining tract of land and I have watched them suffer for three years, not knowing how many years they may have left. We've lived here all our lives, and this CAFO bought the farm of a deceased family farmer in 1998 to install their cesspool (acre and a half lagoon) for their 5000 head of hogs that live on concrete. We negotiated with Cargill for a year - hoping for a lagoon cover or some method of odor control. They kept saying they wanted to be good neighbors, but they sure didn't intend to spend any money to do it. We finally filed a lawsuit against the owner of the facility and Cargill in April 2000. Our trial date is in January 2002. This lawsuit will cost our family about $30,000 to get to court. We are hoping to close the facilty, or at least get an odor control system (anerobic areator and cover. This has cost our life savings but we had no choice because we couldn't live this way and our property was worthless so we didn't have the option to sell and move on. It is not just that these mega corporations can do this to residents in rural areas. I only hope that enough become educated and finally force our lawmakers to reign them in. -- Debbie Hutton

3 July, 2001

Thank you for this informational piece of Black students who are being placed in Special Ed. I am a Black male who has selected Special Ed. as a second career and presently teach a 3/4 combination CCP class. Quite frankly I was amazed to see some of the IEP of the students and their lack of progress over the course of these years since they were placed. While living in Arizona does not allow me to have many black students, it does allow me to see the other ethnic, particulary hispanic and Native Americans who have been placed. I immediately noticed that cultural differences definitely makes a difference on learning styles and techniques. I immediately became innovative in teaching and I have noticed marked improvement in learning and particularywith behaviors. Please provide me with a link that will provide me with data on the discussions of validity of tests and sites that will prove or disprove if all the tests that our students are subjected to have merit. There must be a major debate going on and I would like to read the pros/con. God bless and keep you, jim

2 May, 2001

Heroes & Pariahs of the United States Navy

Every American is happy to have the 21 men and three women of the United States Navy return from their China adventure hale and hearty.

While the collision with the hotdogging Chinese air force pilot was undoubtedly traumatic along with the effort to safely land their aircraft, it would appear, as comedianBill Maher observed on "Politically Incorrect," that their experience was no worse than being "locked in a Chinese restaurant for a week."

The media spin-meisters and members of the political establishment had a great time fulminating against the Chinese and hailing the 24 Navy personnel as heroes. They certainly deserved all the attention they got and provided the Navy with a great public relations coup.

Contrast this treatment with the treatment accorded another group of Navy men almost 34 years ago. They were crew members of the USS LIBERTY. Their ship was bombed, strafed and napalmed by Israeli aircraft and subsequently attacked by torpedo boats of the Israeli navy on June 8, 1967.Thirty-four members of the crew died. Some 171 others were seriously wounded.

There was no welcoming of the true heroes of the USS LIBERTY. Crew members were told on pain of courts-martial not to discuss the attack with any member of the media. Congress refused to investigate this naval tragedy, the only naval disaster which it has ever refused to investigate.

Why have our politicians treated the men of the USS LIBERTY as virtual pariahs over the years? When will Congress ever conduct an honest inquiry into the reasons 34 Americans died that day.

The surviving LIBERTY crew members are convinced that the attack on their ship was deliberate. They also believe that pro-Israel influence over Congress has prevented the investigation which they have been calling for over the years.

William Gartland
Rio, Wisconsin

20 April, 2001

I read your article on GMO's and agree. I feel that the american will be working for the seed and chemical companies. Most farmers don't want this technology but it is being forced on them.

We will be serfs working for the chemical companies.

Eason Lilley

29 March, 2001

President Bush's Penny-Wise, Pound-Foolish Stand on Environment

It would appear that global warming and the dire consequences this phenomenon poses for our planet is not fully appreciated by our new president when on March 13 he refused to honor a promise made during the election at a time when the dismal record of his Texas environmental policies was under attack.

That promise was to cut carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants.

This decision on the part of President Bush has delivered a death-blow to the Global Warming Protocol signed in Kyoto, Japan in 1997.

That Protocol has a modest but very significant goal that that goal is for industrialized nations such as the United States and 36 other industrialized nations to cut their combined emissions of heat-trapping gasses by 2012 to 95 percent of the amounts measured in 1990.

Economic reasons have been cited by administration apologists for this betrayal of public trust claiming that this will inhibit the building of new power plants in an energy-hungry economy.

The truth of the matter is that a report released by a United Nations commission dealing with the environment has concluded that changes in the climate will cut the world domestic product by some $300 billion.

The questions remain. Do we pay now to improve the environment? Or do we pay in the future with loss of income and health as the environment deteriorates courtesy of global warming? Do we really want to put humanity at risk for a few paltry dollars when ecological disaster looms as more than a distinct possibility?

Tom Hutt
Menasha, Wisconsin

19 March, 2001

Irish Hunger Memorial

David W. Dunlap's New York Times March 15 report "Memorialto Hunger" is noteworthy for the information it left out.

That a memorial to the victims of the British exterminators of Irish men, women and children in the 1840's is long overdue cannot be denied. That this particular memorial at New York's Battery Park City is a true memorial is open to serious question.

A true memorial would inform the public as to why the memorial was created instead of being a propagandistic whitewash of the murderers of Irish humanity.

First of all, use of the phrase "potato famine" suggests that Ireland was in the throes of a famine - an extreme and general scarcity of food. It was not. A blight on the potato had occurred which had occurred on the European continent also. There was no shortage of food on the continent.

There was plenty of food in Ireland. None of the other crops had failed. Food was exported to England. The starving population was prevented from seizing the food by 75 strategically stationed British army regiments.

A careful scrutiny of census figures in Ireland suggests that some 5.2 million Irish subjects of Queen Victoria died from starvation and disease during the period 1845-1850.

It is about ime that the Irish tragedy of the 1840's no longer be spoken of in euphemistic terms such as "the great hunger" and "the potato famine."

For a fresh and up-to-date honest historical review of the British genocide against the people of Ireland from 1845-1850, the following web sites are recommended.

http// and http//'s%20Holocaust.htm

Let us hope that by the time that the so-called Irish Hunger Memorial is dedicated on March 17, 2002 that the historical truths embodied in the web sites cited above will be plain for all to appreciate.

Barbara Fink
Menasha, Wisconsin

15 March, 2001

From the French-speaking community in the USA

We want to let the farmers from all over the world that we are supporting their action.

We are tired of having transgenics foods in our plates and not even be able to know or do anything about it.

Healthy food makes strong children and people. The food we eat today is loaded with :

- hormones
- transgenic plants
- sugar
- food preservatives
- artificial food colors

If you ask any family doctor, he will tell you that cancer's rate is increasing steadily.

The number of allergies is also increasing like never before.

All of this is related to the food we eat.

We are only on this earth for a short time. We should think about the physical legacy we are going to pass on to our children. Let's not allow other to play anymore with our health, with our genes.

In England, some greedy people thought it was a great idea to feed cows with sheep meat. They did not give a second thought that it might be very dangerous. It was not enought that some animals and people died of the crazy cow disease in England. They smuggled their nasty stuff and sold it to Europe. The result is that we do not know, as of today, how many people in Europe are infected with a deadly disease which may take years to surface in individuals.

The effect of transgenic plants in not know in the long range. It is impossible to predict. Some transgenic plants have not survived where some weeds did !!!

Because each of us in this economic/health war is facing giant companies, we must definitely stick together by creating as many communities as possible TODAY.

15 February, 2001

Yes, I agree with this theory, as a successful Black man I have seen all of that attitude, and raised in a white environment, you are 100% correct in your writing about young white males. It's sad but ture, I get so much mean looks and envy because I am a proud Black man with it going on. You're right on. No matter how they say they like yoou they feel bad when you do better than they do. They say they like you they feel bad when you do better than they do. They say why can he afford that or why does he need a new Vette or a big house. True to the bone. Keep up the writings. Mr. C.

21 January, 2001

Ban the Electoral College

I understand that the United States is not a democracy, but progress has been made since the days of slavery when niether the women or blacks were allowed to vote.

The Electoral College prevents the votes of minorities from being counted by giving less weight to those voting in larger cities and states where most minorities tend to live.

Congress must ban the Electoral College.

22 November, 2000

Nader and his supporters must act now to avoid a looming disaster

To the Editor:

As a long-time social activist, I am distressed by reports that Ralph Nader might swing the election to George W. Bush. I am particularly astounded by Nader’s claim that there is no difference between Al Gore and Bush. While I do not agree with Gore on everything, the differences between him and Bush are stark.

Gore is prochoice, Bush antichoice; Gore supports affirmative action, Bush opposes it; Gore supports hate crime legislation, Bush opposes it; Gore opposes privatizing Social Security and Medicare, Bush supports it. To say that these are not real differences is tantamount to saying that these issues don’t matter.

Nader supporters criticize progressives who worry that Nader will put Bush in the White House. In the New York Times (10/26/00), Barbara Ehrenreich, a prominent Nader supporter, states that she and others will have nothing to apologize for if Bush wins. According to her, the real problem is Al Gore’s refusal to “stand up for…the populist principles….”

Yet, Gore enjoys support among workers, people of color, and women. Does Ms. Ehrenreich, who I have also long admired, really believe that these people have sold out?

Nader should urge his supporters to vote for Al Gore. This would electrify the nation and prevent the disaster a Bush presidency would bring. It would also set the stage for building a coalition capable of holding Al Gore’s feet to the fire.

Time is running short, however. Nader and his supporters must act now to avoid a looming disaster.

Stephen Gorin
Plymouth, NH

(Stephen Gorin is Past President of the New Hampshire Citizens Alliance (IDENTIFICATION PURPOSES ONLY) and a long-time social activist).

26 October, 2000

Gore vs. Nader

I have always supported Ralph Nader and his causes. But no more, for him to be the potential spoiler in this most important election, dirties and negates all that he has stood for in the past. You can make the argument that this is the most important election in America's history. To say there is no difference between the democrats and the republican'ts (not a misspelling) is to say there is no difference between Ralph Nader andCorvair.

Ernest V. Adams

25 October, 2000

The most compelling reason to vote for Al Gore . . .

There are mnay reasons why Vice-President Al Gore should be promoted by the American people to the office of President of the United States of America. Among them are Governor Bush's tax scheme which gives 40 percent of the tax relief proposed in his scheme to just one percent of the population. The vice-president's tax proposal would target the broad American middle class.

Another reason to support Vice President Gore is the Texas governor's scheme to divert a trillion dollars of the social security fund to the stockmarket thereby diverting money that has been earmarked for today's generation of social security recipients. This stupid idea could mean either benefit cuts or higher taxes.

Still another reason to support the Gore candidacy is Governor Bush's record on health care. He was vigorous in his opposition to expanding the Children's health insurance program in Texas while he fought the Patients' Bill of Rights.

The Bush record on environmental issues is abominable. He believes in trusting pollluters to voluntary clean up the dirt they are putting in our nest. In Texas, the polluters were allowed to write an "antipollution" law.

Should we put our trust in a person with as inept an executive record as Governor Bush?

But the most compelling reason to vote for Al Gore is the need to protect the constitution from the radical religious right whose agenda has George W. Bush's quiet but enthusiastic support. The Supreme Court judges Bush would appoint could be very dangerous to the health of the women of America should they again be forced to seek back-alley abortions from knife-wielding "butchers."

Tom Hutt
Menasha, Wisconsin

24 October, 2000

Nader Wins Wisconsin Public Radio Straw Vote!

As a concerned American citizen, I am intrigued and worried about the process now used to elect the president of our country.

We need a system where the person elected is the most capable leader the people can find.

As I see it all national elections should be financed by the federal government with rules fairly applied to ALL candidates.

The present system where corporate interests work behind the scenes lavishing dollars on their favorite candidates is what must be changed. Both Bush and Gore are the darlings of corporate America who are hedging their bets by supporting both candidates.

This corrupt political system under which we are now living automatically excludes a superb candidate like Ralph Nader from being a viable contender for the presidency because he cannot be bought and controlled by the people who control Tweedle-Bush and Tweedle-Gore.

Chief Justice Edward G. Ryan of the Supreme Court of Wisconsin asked the following question of the University of Wisconsin class of 1873 during the course of his commencement address:

"Which shall rule--wealth or man, which shall lead -- money or intellect? Who shall fill public stations -- educated and patriotic free men, or the feudal serfs of corporate capital?

A vote for Ralph Nader will hasten the day when we no longer have "the feudal serfs of corporate capital" running our lives.

A vote for Ralph Nader will indeed bring us closer to the time when "educated and patriotic free men" and women will "fill public stations" to lead and guide the political destinies of our people.

A straw-poll conducted on the "Ideas Network" of Wisconsin Public Radio on October 23 showed that Ralph Nader's message is getting through to the American people in spite of the Gore-Bush conspiracy to censor it.

The results: Nader, 53; Gore, 51; Bush, 24; Browne, 2; and Buchanan, 1.

Patricia Gentile
Ripon, Wisconsin

24 October, 2000

I see that both sides of the argument are obviously very entrenched in their beliefs (As I am). I am thankful for the sincerity and respect that most on this board display. It is an important issue. I always try to look for universal truths in all matters. I feel strongly that all should be treated without regard for skin tone. I feel we should attempt to raise the bar with regard to education and character for all. Create opportunities to learn and grow. Unfortunately, some will rise to the occasion some will not. Enforce the laws currently on the books - I mean really enforce them! Stop racial discrimination - now. If we can start with the ideals we all believe in and move forward, I feel the results may be more profound. The "cure" should not "discriminate" against anyone! It should move us all forward.

One final thought. I feel that the real issue may not be race at all. I feel that the real problem lies in socioeconomic circumstance. I am white and have more in common with most americans than I do with rich and powerful persons such as the Kennedy's, Cosby's, Winfrey's, or other Millionaires. I'm not wealthy and have worked hard for the last fifteen years to graduate from college part time. Having finally achieved that, I would hope that I have an equal chance of moving ahead. I hope that I will neither be given a job nor denied one based upon my skin tone. We all want what's best for ourselves and our children. To have skin tone play any part in one's economic and professional opportunities on one's does no one "justice." That's is what we must attack.


Just stumbled upon your web page while I was surfing the net and became completely engrossed in the interview w/ Piri Thomas. I read Down these Mean Streets two years ago, and loved learning more about this man's views about race, ethnicity, and community. Great interview!

Mary M. Gersema
Executive Director
Hispanic Educational Resources, Inc.

September 2, 2000

"Compassionate conservatism"

Let's take a look at the snake oil being peddled by the Republican presidential and vice-presidential candidates under the rubric of "compassionate conservatism."

One would think that Governor Bush is devoted to providing health care to "every low-income working family in America" - that is what his rhetoric proclaims.

Unfortunately, his record as governor of Texas shows that he callously and heartlessly opposed expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program and tenaciously fought the Patients' Bill of Rights while his federal health care program would cover less than half the insurance costs for most low-income families.

"W's" vice presidential candidate actually voted to cut Medicare spending while he opposed grants to the states to fund health insurance for the unemployed.

Again the G.O.P. candidate for the presidency has attempted to hide his abysmal record on environmental issues with sweet-talking rhetoric. He has informed us that we have a "callling as stewards of the earth." He claims to believe that "prosperity is meaning- less without a healthy environment."

Unfortunately presidential candidate Bush favors "voluntary cleanup" as the best way to preserve a healthy and clean environment. This environmental philosophy has left Texas as one of the most polluted states of our country. He actually left it to oil and gas interests to write an anti-pollution statute.

Bush's would-be vice-president Cheney opposed the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Water Act, and also the Endangered Species Act when he was in Congress. His attitude toward environmental issues is consistent with "W's" philosophy to allow the polluters to pollute or not pollute according to their desires.

George W. Bush obviously speaks with a forked tongue on health care issues and the environment while having chosen a running mate who has no empathy with those issues whatsoever.

So much for that Republican political snake oil known as "compassionate conservatism."

William Herziger
Curriculum Director
Social Studies Teacher
Menasha High Achool

August 14, 2000

I have read Pedro A. Noguera and Antwi Akom's article The Significance of Race in the Racial Gap in Academic Achievement. Aside from peer pressure that can also keep students from joining certain extracurricular activities, I have found that some extracurricular activities have a tracking system in themselves just as some highschools do. Just as African-American and Latino students can be barred from Advanced Placement classes by the opinion of a teacher or a counselor, they can be barred from extracurricular activities by the coach or leader. Leaders of some extracurricular activities will make the student's time there so unbearable by treating the student unfairly that the student will just drop out of the activity.


July 15, 2000

I am concerned about genetically engineered immunity as a replacement for chemical pestecides. To have the gene of a bug introduced into the seed of a grain which is our source of nutrition - in order to protect the crop, seems to me very risky without long-term testing. How could it affect us? What Next? Genetic-Biologists will introduce the gene of a mosquito into a newborn to protect the human race from being bitten by mosquitoes! We already have heard of pigs having a human gene! If we eat the meat of such a genetically engineerd porker - couldn't we be considered Canibals?

Just asking ......

E.V.Harris, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

July 8, 2000

America's #1 Public Citizen

Ralph Nader, America's #1 Public Citizen, is running for President on the Green Party ticket and finally we have a real choice to vote for someone who is hero, not a zero; someone who has proven over his long career that he is motivated by concern for the public good instead of money & power, like every other politician you can name; someone who has over the years developed real answers to America's problems, like single-payer health insurance, democratic control of corporate decision-making, and scaling back the bloated pentagon budget. Please cover his campaign as much as you can! See for press releases. Thanks! -

Chuck Sher, Petaluma, CA

July 3, 2000

Proposed missile defense system

For the third time a test of a proposed missile defense system suggested that this $60 billion project ought to be abandoned.

The failure of the interceptor rocket to come near the targeted incoming missile indicated that this project is simply a bondoggle designed to enrich defense contractors and enable politicians to convey a false sense of security to the American people when no such security is possible.

It is my hope that people like physicist and missile expert Theodore A. Postol will be listened to by Congress and those who are in a position to decide the fate of this ill-begotten missile defense fraud being perpetrated on the American people.

Postol has pointed out that it is impossible for the missile defense system to differentiate between decoys and bona fide missiles in outer space.

On July 10 The New York Times pointed out in an editorial that there are international repercussions that could ensue from a hasty decision to go ahead with the missile defense hoax:

"Given the latest test failure, Washington has every reason not to rush its decision on building the system, especially since ordering construction now would unravel existing arms control treaties."

As a person who has spent the major part of his professional life working as a scientist in industry, it is my conclusion that the missile defense fraud should abandoned.


Tom Hutt

July 14, 2000

GM Labeling in Colorado

In reference to the piece by Ronnie Cummins, "Biotech Bytes: Who's Winning the Frankenfoods Fight?": There is to be a ballot initiative in Colorado this November to mandate the labeling of genetically modified foods. Both of the major Denver newspapers, "The Denver Post" and the right-leaning "Denver Rocky Mountain News" have often editorialized against any criticism of GM foods, so letters and other actions in support of this initiative are to be welcomed!

You can e-mail letters to: and/or

Thank you,
Steven Chostler
Denver, Colorado

4 July, 2000

... they're still looking to loot the future elderly

Hello! First let me thank you for a very good magazine, and i look forward to participating fuller. Second, I wanted to add a few comments about social security. Yes, there is a whole lot of hoopla about a crisis that has been somewhat mitigated by the recent economic growth, in our greatest economy in history. There are a lot of people who want individuals to invest, because those citizens will follow the economic advise of those who proffer it for this reason, and lose a lot of money. Yet, something has to be done, even if the essays projections are accurate and it will be totally solvent 'til 2037, because other factors like unnatural disasters, world draught, world hunger, etc., will stress the best of economies, and in a pinch those who get pinched are usually the elderly! So we need to have it meeting it needs for 50 years in advance; always! Also, there are other reasons for changes being needed, like, when someone dies their social security shouldn't, in any case, go back to the gov't, as it does now, in most cases. Those who are most in need of s.s.i. are the overworked and underpaid middle class and below, who don't live as long as the other economic classes ; for obvious reasons. Therefore they're less likely to get any benefits, or for a substantial period of time because they die; this should be passed on to their heirs, not the gov'ts coffers! There are other progressive changes that can be made. No plan i've come across is addressing the real needed changes; they're still looking to loot the future elderly, it's up to you to defend your future self now. Especially since it will be so much harder to do it then! reality

1 June, 2000

Vieques, Puerto Rico

Being a puertorrican citizen I have experienced the many faces of oppression you so clearly explain in your article. The U.S. government has not only imposed during 101 years of colonial regimen its U.S. citizenship with the only intention of recruiting men to the military force. They have also used puertorricans for experimenting birth control pills, they have used puertorricans to enrich the rich by enslaving our working class and much more. Since 1938, the U.S. Navy has been acquiring land in Vieques by expropriation. Vieques, an island of 9,400 residents is a municipality of Puerto Rico. The Navy controls 26,000 of the island's 33,000 acres. The Navy has used the island as a bombing range for live ammunition, shelling, strafing and illegal chemicals such as napalm and depleted uranium. On April 19, 1999 David Sanés , a civilian security guard in Vieques, was killed by an errant U.S. Navy bomb. His death incited public outcry and brought together political parties, religious sectors and civil society. Over 10 different groups organized encampments on the restricted area of the beach in an act of civil disobedience. The people of Vieques have long opposed the military exercises, charging that smoke, chemicals, and other residues from munition tests have poisoned the islands soil, polluted the natural water resources, destroyed their fishing industry, led to massive emigration of islanders, and caused cancer related illnesses and subsequent deaths.

During the morning hours of May 4, 2000, FBI officers entered the restricted area that was rescued by the people of Puerto Rico to put under detention (charges for trespassing were not filed) the protesters in the area. The Navy has already issued reports communicating they intend to begin military practice during the current week, disregarding the voice of the people of Puerto Rico and showing to the world that the nation that calls itself the land of the free, that describes itself as the nation thriving for democracy around the world, is and has been the nation of fascist oppressors serving only to imperialistic interests

Río Piedras, Puerto Rico.

8 May, 2000

Free Ramsey Muniz - political prisoner

I would like to inform your readers that the movement of Free Ramsey Muniz - political prisoner continues. As you may be aware of Ramsey Muniz has been incarcerated in the federal prison system since 1994. He is presently serving a life sentence without parole on what many of us believe to be trumped up charges of conspiracy to distribute and possession of a controlled substance. Ramsey (as we know him) was a very active Chicano community activist during the 70's. He started his efforts to bring about social change for his people in Waco, TX. At that time he was studying law at Baylor and became involved in the Model Cities program there. He continued his education and became a lawyer. He decided to join the then Raza Unida Party and was selected to be its candidate for the gubernatorial election. Ramsey ran twice, in 74 & in 76 both time obtaining over 200,000 votes. Enough to cause consternation in the then governor's election by incumbent Dolph Briscoe, the democratic party leader. At that time the Republican party felt that it needed to move since the democratic party was loosing its stronghold on La Raza vote. Ramsey's race caused a lot of the power structure to rethink their attitudes toward the La Raza vote. Ramsey became the more well known Chicano leader in the grassroots community throughout Texas. His name became synonymous with La Raza. Shortly after the elections Ramsey was targeted by the powers at be as an activist that had to be done away with. They concocted, planned and executed surveillance, stalking missions, and some of us even think that illegal drugs were planted in his proximity to implicate him on charges. He was finally tried in Lewisville, TX and was applied the newly enacted law of three strikes and your out. Many of us believe that if you do the crime you should do the time. But in this case, many of us feel that it was who Ramsey Muniz was that caused the DEA and other law enforcement agencies to tenaciously track and trap him. They succeeded and Ramsey was placed in solitary confinement for long periods of time. His wife, Irma, has brought out his message about the hardships and undue cruel and unusual punishment that he has had to endure at Leavenworth. We are still working toward his freedom and need as much help as we can get. If anyone wants more information they can visit Ramsey website at .


Farm Bureau

As a 1949 graduate of the University of Missouri's College of Agriculture, I feel vindicated for my long-held distrust of the AFBF. 60 Minutes merely rained on its charade. How does it boast of a 4.9 million membership, when only about 500,000 farms generate more than $100,000 annually, including off-farm income? Do members of Congress understand that FB is not the "voice of agriculture" but just a hollow symbol? Where was FB at the "Rally for Rural America?" Where was FB when USDA had to make reparations to black farmers for having discriminated against them in participation in many of its programs? For Bob Stallman, the new president of FB, 60 Minutes must have seemed like 60 Years.

20 April, 2000

racist propaganda

As a young, white male, I am outraged and disgusted at your racist propaganda supporting segregation and inequality. This evil, thinly disguised as affirmative action has come into play because some people feel they need a handicap in life, a little something extra to help them out. Shame on anyone who feels that they can fall back on their race or sex to get ahead. Until we are judged solely on the "content of our character", Dr. King's dream will surely never see the light of day.

Robert Adam Flahive
Westfield, Massachusetts

12 April, 2000

Touched by the life of Julius Nyerere

For my Cultural Anthropology class I was assigned to read an article about Julius Nyerere. At first I looked at the length of the article and I was not interested in reading it in depth. I set out to skim the article to find the three questions I was assigned to answer, but I found more than that.

I enjoyed this article because the man who wrote it was sincere and was obviously touched by the life of Julius Nyerere. From this article I learned all the great things that Julius stood up for. I learned about a cultural different from my own and the things that I take for granted every day.

I answered the three questions and a part of my heart was opened up to Julius, who recently passed away. I am thankful for the education I am allowed to receive and I will share this article in hope that others will feel the same way.

Niki Manzanares
Portland Oregon

27 March, 2000

Mwalimu Nyerere

Thanks to Jerry Atkins for his moving memoir of Julius Nyerere.

20 Mar 2000

... an objectivity on the issue that many people ignore

Mexico City, March 16th 2000.

Dear Sirs:

I had the pleasure of reading your articles on various topics, however, the studies you've done regarding migration Mexico-USA were the ones that caught my interest. I believe you've captured an objectivity on the issue that many people ignore; quite frankly I'm tired of been stereotyped as a "mojado" just because I'm Mexican, that we're blamed by every problem that has arisen for the past 20 years just for the facto of been Mexican. Ignorance has been the cause of harsh unjustified judgments, and they should stop.

I take the opportunity to congratulate you on your web site and for the rest of interesting and controversial topics you discuss.

Vanessa C.

... genetically engineered food and organic foods

I was very relieved to find your information on the net regarding genetically engineered food and organic foods. I am among those who think for themselves and even though I know that 20/20's show was nothing but a bunch of BS, I needed some ammunition to come back with when arguing my side. Thanks for providing it. It is horrifying to see the continued efforts to destroy organic standards. Count me in on the good side!

Patty Shipley

5 March, 2000

... equal in the justice

Congratulations to Maria Jiminez on her on going article. I am proud to say that I am a Mexican American, no first, second, or third generation, I was born here and that makes this land mine by right!!!

Living in Oklahoma City I see many faces of prejudice and in the midst of all this struggle our "peoples" are aspiring, and surviving. I hope that in the future the borders that outline our country are equal in the justice that the illegal immigrants receive. I have never heard of a "canadian" being arrested from his less than minimum wage chicken plucking -12 hour shift with no medical benefits job!! and then being taken to a detention center and deported with a plastic bag of clothes, a toothbrush and less than $50.00 in his pocket.

Thanks to In Motion magazine for their great articles and keeping the human factor involved at all times.

maria victoria, oklahoma city

27 February, 2000


First, let me just say how delighted I am to have found In Motion. What a treat! It's exactly the kind of publication that I always scour the newsstands for, and so seldom find.

My introduction to In Motion was the result of doing a Web search for info about Native American jazz saxophonist Jim Pepper. I found Jim Olding's discography of Pepper's recordings, aptly entitled a "Legacy" and a "Treasure Chest." Also, Victor Payan's interview with filmmaker Sandra Osawa, creator of "Pepper's PowWow" -- a film that every jazz fan should see.

Which brings me to my request of all you readers out there. I'm working on a biography of Jim Pepper, and I'm interested in any material -- written, recorded, photographed, or just remembered -- from people who knew him, played with him, knew someone who knew him, heard stories about him, attended concerts of his, or knows of any resources for such information.

Especially anyone in the Northwest US, Pepper's corner of the country. Do you know of any local mags or newspapers that might have printed articles and/or reviews about him? Being here in the Northeast, I would hardly know where to begin to find anything printed about him in your local area.

Anything and everything is welcome. His story needs to be told. Feel free to e-mail me.

Thanks much!

Bill Siegel

25 February, 2000

... any positive aspect of any new technology

For fifty or more years we have been using hybrid seed corn. The seed can not be used again, so what is so new about genetic seed having the same characteristic? Hybrid seed has increased yields at the same cost per acre, except for a higher seed cost. We grew the open pollinated seed for many years but prefer hybrid seed. If the writers were not writing about genetic seed they would be writing about the herbicides and insecticides that are required with hybrid and open pollinated seed. A certain segment of society can never be satisfied or see any positive aspect of any new technology.

17 December, 1999

bookmarking it immediately

I was browsing the web and came across your site. What a gem. I am bookmarking it immediately.

11 December, 1999

... written in response

This is written in response to the unnamed person who commented on my article, "Tragic Inequalities". Maybe it was poor writing, shallow reading, or a combination of both that caused the very angry response from the anonymous reader. I'm new to this publishing thing, and, maybe it is very easy to have messages misconstrued. Strangely, the anger that seems to have fueled the response is the same anger that fueled my writing the piece in the first place. So it is strange to hear that the piece was "written so coldly". Despite possible problems with the article (and I don't claim to be a professional by any means), I do feel that the point of the article was missed. In fact, I have to thank the unknown writer for proving my point, unless, of course, I have misread the letter. The writer says that "blood and tears are the same thing", a concept I will hopefully grow to understand. I have to disagree here. Blood and tears are not the same, and a person now sleeping in a tent in near freezing temperatures in Izmit would probably take little comfort in someone sitting and crying in San Francisco while watching CNN. To say blood and tears are the same is exactly the thing that leads to the detachment the writer so zealously speaks about. To say blood and tears are the same is exactly the mentality that allows millions of people around the world to sit in their comfortable homes crying, secure in the knowledge that they are human enough to feel bad for other unfortunate souls, and, consequently, feel they have done their part. Unfortunately, feeling bad or praying is not enough. Maybe some of those people feel bad enough to send a check, or, if they are close to the disaster, spend some time distributing food to the victims, as I have done. The point, was there are millions of people out there who have, if they choose to, the privilege to turn away, pretend such horrible things do not affect them. Those people, in the face of their humanity, may write a check or serve at a soup kitchen, and then go home comfortable in the thought that they have done their part to help victims and people who are not as lucky or privileged or wealthy as them. This is not enough. I used myself as a representative of a group of people who can turn away. But those same people, the people with the privilege, are the same people who should do more than write checks. Those same people need to look seriously at the structure of class and the distribution of money throughout the world, and pay more attention to how that affects tragedies. Those same people need to stop deluding themselves with shock and horror when such things happen, and, rather, work to influence governments to make serious changes, to not allow contractors to build apartment buildings with beach sand in earthquake zones, to help the poor move and build decent shelter away from flood zones, etc. As I said, this kind of tragedy will happen again (and it already has here in Turkey ), and, again, the overwhelming majority of people who will be killed or horribly injured will be the ones without the privilege, either monetary or political, to live in decent housing that meets minimum building codes or any other basic need that can be denied people due to poverty. We need to stop thinking reactively and start thinking pro-actively. We need to stop only bandaiding the victim and look towards preventative measures, societal disparities, and fix them. If we don't we will continue to tell ourselves that blood and tears are the same, cry over a glass of wine while watching CNN, and go on with our lives, until the next tragedy hits. Then the cycle will continue.

It saddens me that an article that was meant to show "compassion and concern for ALL HUMANS", could be so misunderstood. We need to do more, all of us. Hopefully our concern will not be so "transparent" and short-lived as a check and a few tears. I agree with the unknown reader, there are "thousands of jobs", but not just for anyone, for the people who turn away, the people who pretend their heartfelt concern and prayers are enough, for me and you.

Alan Drew,
Istanbul, Turkey

another reason that such foods ought to at least be labeled

I am not a "food Luddite." I think irradiation of meat, for instance, might be a great public health idea, and I don't automatically assume that "Frankenfood" is unsafe just because of the Cornell University discovery that some genetically-altered corn pollen can kill Monarch butterfly larvæ. I would like to suggest, however, another reason that such foods ought to at least be labeled. I have read that it is sometimes the case that some of the genetic material grafted onto tomatoes, wheat, or other comestible members of the vegetable kingdom may originally come from flies or other animals. If I practiced vegetarianism (particularly if this was a religiously-mandated observance) I should want to be made aware of whether or not my diet included such fare. Also, some of these genetic components might render an otherwise kosher food trayf.

A reasonable person might argue that these genetic anomalies are not significant, but I do not think it is someone else's prerogative to decide such things on my behalf.

Steven Chostler
Denver, Colorado

hybrid seed corn

For fifty or more years we have been using hybrid seed corn. The seed can not be used again, so what is so new about genetic seed having the same characteristic? Hybrid seed has increased yields at the same cost per acre, except for a higher seed cost. We grew the open pollinated seed for many years but prefer hybrid seed. If the writers were not writing about genetic seed they would be writing about the herbicides and insecticides that are required with hybrid and open pollinated seed. A certain segment of society can never be satisfied or see any positive aspect of any new technology.

Article on Turkish Earthquake

This e-mail is a response to Alan Drew's unfeeling portrayal of the events that happened in Turkey this past summer. I do not believe that an article like that should be published in a website that is promoting diversity. I think reading this article has been on of the most sickening experiences in my career as a communicator. First if all, I think someone should have checked his obvious spelling mistakes. Secondly, it disgusts me to read an article that is written so coldly. I understand the concept of the essay, that tragedy strikes the most vulnerable. Well, instead of writing about it in such unrealistic terms or drinking a glass of wine, why did he not get up and help? There were thousands of jobs for anyone to do, not to mention jobs for an American person. I am sure that it was very comfortable to sit in his secure and warm home and reflect in a halfhearted way about how fate is fate and all that junk philosophy he wrote about.

Sadly, others could not be doing that because they were too concerned thinking about the family that they had lost or praying for those whom had lost so much. If the only positive experience the author can draw from this tragedy is that he has many friends and people who love him, maybe he should re-think his life as a vegetable instead of a human being

We are in a day and age where we have to show empathy and caring, no matter to who. If this event occurred in San Francisco would he be so detached? I do not think so, then why was he in Turkey? Blood and tears are the same Mr. Drew, and I hope that someday you understand this concept. The more people like you that are allowed to express their uncompassionate views, the more pain and hate is continued.

If this letter serves for anything, it is to urge people to not lose sight of what it means to be human. It means compassion and concern for ALL HUMANS, even though they do not look like us. Some day Mr. Drew, I hope you allow yourself to think this way, even though the tears that will drop on your shoulder are not as transparent as you would like them to be. PEACE.

One of the common people

Dear Sir or Madam,

I had not heard of your magazine. I was browsing the net for information on Martin Luther king Jr. I hope Americans realise what a gift he was. Here, in Australia, our Aboriginal people suffer many injustices because of 'imperialistic' thinking. If only people will listen and learn.

The people who speak for human rights are not merely asking for their own to be respected but for the rights of all humans. The people who have suffered violations against their very dignity become for us God's voice.

Martin Luther King Jr lived and died in recognition of the justice and oneness that is attainable for all the people of earth. When we fail to meet our brother's deeper need we fail ourselves. The only thing lacking is that which we ourselves have not given. May there be many Martin Luther king's rising among us. May we, in Australia, lay claim to one of them that we too might join in honouring equality. May we have the eyes to see past race and creed to the souls of those who suffer in poverty and victimisation. I look forward to meeting America's Martin Luther king Jr in heaven.

Rebekah Smith/ One of the common people

... becoming a vegetarian

Just a word on pig farms--I suggest that if you are against the factory farming of not just pigs, but chickens and cows, that you seriously consider becoming a vegetarian. Our population is only going to expand, and there will be more and more temptation for people to treat animals as things to exploit without compassion as the demand for animal products soar with the population. Why not become vegetarian and teach this value to the next generation (your children) at the same time? Or else make sure the meat/eggs/ beef you are buying are from a local non-factory source by supporting your local health food store, or grow your own chickens and turkeys and raise a pig each year for fall slaughter like my brother and sister who live in rural New England. Because I live in the city and cannot raise my own animals with compassion, I choose to be vegetarian. I know this is not a remedy for the struggle against agribusiness right this moment, but if enough people did it, they would not have a market. Thanks for listening.

flea sprays and foggers

considering the widespread use of flea sprays and foggers; coupled with the significant chance of catastrophic effect on children exposed in utero, i feel that this information should be receiving mass media attention. as the mother of a seven month old infant who was exposed to flea spray during pregnancy, i am very angry that this information was not readily available. i am now faced with a future of worrying about weather or not my child will develop a brain tumor. how many other mothers are, and will be, faced with the same dilemma if word does not get out. flea sprays and foggers are not uncommon products in american homes!

... realize how good we have it because of Agriculture

As I read your site I was disturbed by how many negative articles appear about Agriculture and our practices. Americans truly take for granted how good we have it. It only takes the average American 40 days of work, to pay for their food bill for the entire year. We spend about 10% of our disposable income on food. This compared to other major countries that spend 20-30% on food. You wonder why our economy is so good. 10% saving a year adds up. Please people know the facts. If you think farmers are harming the environment, hurting animals, and making products that will hurt consumers, you are dead wrong. If farmers were doing those things we wouldn't have any land to farm, no animals to raise or people to buy our products. It would be just like a car manufacturer cutting all the brake lines in the cars they made. No one would be left to buy the cars. Use some common sense and realize how good we have it because of Agriculture.


Very interesting site

I found your site to be very interesting. I am in the midst of exploring this difficult topic of affirmative action for my english class. The site gave me some good perspective from both side of the issues. I kind of see where the whites are coming from, being that it is reversed discrimination to them. One thing they fail to understand is that other people benefit from it; not just blacks. Disabled, and especially women benefit the most from it. Besides, the corporate world needs diversity because after all the goal is to make money and to make money one has to reach out to everyone. For instance, take the company Coca-Cola, they are now using black rappers and basketball players to reach out to the black viewers. Therefore, a company needs diversity in the work place.

Too tall girls and DES

I was born to a mother of 5'7", a father of 6'4", and height was obviously predominant on my father's side. I was born in 1964, and as I went through my growth spurts, my mother became anxious and wanted to take me to the doctor so I could "get shots" to prevent me from growing any taller. She was so concerned about me being "normal" and trying to fit into a supposedly normal society, etc. My father argued this with her, and I guess she wasn't willing to pay for the injections, so the subject was dropped. In 5th grade, I went from 5'5" to about 5'11", and grew steadily until 14 years of age and stopped at 6'1".

I've always loved my height, never 'stooped' over at all, never was awkward because I've watched American Bandstand, listened to music and danced almost every day. I'm quite graceful for my height, and now I have an 8 year daughter who is nearly 5 feet tall and expected to be 6'3", maybe more, by the time she's finished growing. I'm so happy that these days attitudes have changed about girls and height, and now tall women are adored, worshipped, respected, and we are certainly long overdue for that! I would not trade this height for anything in the world! I was blessed with this height and I would have hated my mother with a passion if she would have "messed with mother nature" and stunted my growth abnormally with injections. If I had a dime for everytime I heard a woman tell me "Oh wow..I wish I had YOUR height!" ...I'd be awfully rich and living on a tropical island right now!!!


Your Affirmative Action has gone too far.

Well after scrolling through many articles I feel personally disgraced as a black man at some of the articles and opinions. I feel that I have been injusticed and done wrong in many instances of my life, but I do not belive I blame it on any race or sex. I also do not believe that I need help to get a job by any bill or other person of my race or sex. If some biggot does not want to allow me work at his place of business that is his peroggative as I hope it would be mine if I were in that position. No I do not believe it is right but that is what make AMERICA the free country. Example a: Men claiming sex discrimination at Hooters Restaurants. I'll be damned if I ever go into any Hooters that has a male waiting my table. Your Affirmative Action has gone too far. I believe many more Black men need to take a look at what fellow Black writer Walter Williams has to say about many of the issues written about in this site. I believe a lot of people for Affirmative Action feel that it is just a way to get a back at the wrong that has been done to them or ancestors in the past. That is just plain sad. It is tooo bad that you can not see that you are doing what you are trying to stand up against (HYPOCRISY). Give me a brake. I sure hope that black race does not become the one thing it has had to keep them rising the past few hundred years. I AM BLACK AND I DO NOT STAND FOR AFFIRMATIVE ACTION!


... educational and informative

Dear Sir;

I came across your website while surfing the net. I found it to be both educational and informative. I really enjoy the "photos of the week" it seems to cover all areas of this great world in which we live.

Continued success on your job well done.

Sincerely, Ululani

True equality won't happen until attitudes change

I whole heartedly believe in Affirmative Action. Those who fight it look at the surface. They see what they call another form of discrimination without considering the cause of discrimination.

Big businesses want to be able to hire the most qualified worker. The definition of 'most qualified worker' is the catch here. If the 'most qualified worker' is one who has the skills through educational training AND job training, there will ALWAYS be a white male in that position. Until more minorities and women are able to obtain the jobs, they won't have the job training required!

Businesses MUST be the ones to start the cycle to bring minorities and women out of the pit. But first, there MUST be program assistance for minorities and women to help them obtain the skills needed to be competitive. Remember, they normally don't have the financial resources to do this on their own. Once these underpriviledged people are educated and have credentials, they MUST be considered for any job that requires those skills, even if there is a white male that has more on-the-job experience.

The sad fact is that although programs and laws may be in place to 'force' equality, true equality won't happen until attitudes change. Harrassment in many subtle forms can prevent the minorities and women from reaching their goals, often through frustration and discouragement. What I mean by subtle harrassment is, for example, purposely outcasting the individual
from the 'good ol' boy' club so they can't take advantage of the mentoring and tricks-of-the-trade that go on behind-the-scenes. One way a supervisor can stump the growth opportunity of an employee is to assign jobs that deprive them of updating their skills. They become pigeon-holed in dead-end jobs while the white males are becoming more valuable to the company. Often these dead-end jobs need to be filled, though. You won't see alot of teamwork with minorities and woman because they often get pushed aside and become isolated on the job. It is up to the employee to point out to the supervisor that he is not being treated equally so that action can be taken. ...

"The land they want is cemented in our family..."

I enjoyed your article immensely.You are right, how on earth are past wrongs inflicted on us in the past be corrected.The powers to be have done a good job in mixing up our history.We the indegenous people have lost vital information regarding our past.They colonize us,then tell us to go to the city to work for a living,then bring people in,then told to adjust to a better living?meanwhile back home the Government try to sell our land off, they're also tyring to sell our lagoon to the (Japanese). These are just some of the things I'm going thru now.Very clever this system, but this Tutapu has not forgotten the old ways of my people. My parents can neither read or write, but they know to ensure the survival of Penrhyn an Manihiki. We're off home, to do our Family wills. My family are the principal landowners of these Islands.They [Government] set up a Island Council to run the place in our absence.They're trying to introduce taxes.Our land has nothing to do with Cook Island Government. I can beat them in whatever they throw at me. I'll use the legal system to fight. The Courts. I'll win too, for the simple reason, the wrong they did to my ancestors is well documented. The land they want is cemented in our family, thru their courts. My Generation are educated now, we can fight where our parents, they're parents could not. I look forward to my battle.... Bye

I question the promotion of tamoxifen
as a preventative measure for breast cancer

As a breast cancer survivor I question the promotion of tamoxifen as a preventative measure for breast cancer. I have taken it for four and a half years and although physicians might consider my side effects mild - I would not if I had not had breast cancer. I would like to point out that there is a generic form of tamoxifen so it is not all Zeneca, there are other companies involved as well. I fly to Canada to buy my tamoxifen, as, for the same price at a pharmacy in Texas, I can have a two week vacation with my daughter. Why is the price si different?

Jacky in Texas


This article is just what we needed to read. It's easy to get hopeless about the magnitude of the problem (the little guy/gal) fighting the TNCs so, this was inspirational. I will pass this on to the locals in Delta County Colorado who are doing everything they can to participate in this growing global movement.

Belief in the truth who are willing to stand up for it

My thanks to Jane Akre and Steve Wilson for having the descency and courage to stand up for what they believe is right. My congratulations to that and condolences for losing their jobs. We need many more people with their belief in the truth who are willing to stand up for it.

I personally believe that the use of many of the products and methods used in the growing of crops and maintenence of meat and dairy herds are not in the best interest of our people. Companies ( including corporate farms) have the right right to make a profit on what they produce. However their greed has taken them well beyond the benficent producers they put up the front to show. American who do what is right are like the family farm - a dieing breed. I grew up on a family farm in Ohio as did my father and his father. However it is difficult to keep it going and have a descent standard of living. And it is difficult to compete against the corporate farm who will use these dangerous methods to keep costs down and/or produce greater quantities for the same cost.

How many years will it take, and how many people will be harmed, before these so-called steps of progress are taken for what they are - a pollusion to our population. Seems we didn't learn anything from the debacle of DDT.

Steve Miller
Madison, Ohio

There are benefits so don't knock everything.

I helped build several cooperatives in central North Dakota. We marketing our grain through the GTA sales division. They were too small to make an impact in the grain trade and were dependent on exporter offerings. Now they are large enough, together with Harvest States, to be a major exporter. God Bless this growth. At least the products we grow is finding a market.

The hog enterprises that are being operated by Farmland are selling labeled pork products that only a larger processor can achieve. Their farms grow the type of hogs the consumer wants and it is of uniform quality. If you worked with farmers you may have found they don't want to be told what breed or quality hog to grow. Money is the only thing that makes them change directions. Yes, there may be small producers out of the market but it isn't Farmland alone contributing to this trend.

Yes, I am proud that our small cooperatives are now a part of a large conglomerate that can market throughout the world. You can not fight this trend no more than you can reduce the size of tractors being used on farms today. I started out using a 15 HP tractor and now on that same farm 400 HP tractors are operating. They are farming 10 times the acreage I farmed in the early 40's. Are you going to stop that trend??

There are benefits so don't knock everything. If it is really adverse then share your thoughts with the heads of these farm cooperatives or their directors.

Robert Walz

I chose to search the 'net

I am taking a class at my local community college titled: Race, Ethnic &Class:Dealing With Diversity. One of the assignments in the class is to do an article review, with the article's subject pertaining to the class. Although we were allowed to choose an article from our text, I chose to search the 'net for an article. Boy am I glad I did! In my search I discovered your magazine and the many wonderful articles it contains. The number made it somewhat difficult to chose one, but now I have a wonderful resource for pleasure reading-compared to required reading- and for my son who is going into high school and will no doubt find a need to use your sight at some time.

Thank You for Such a Special Site.

I am willing to give up some rights
if I am afforded protection in our organized society

Democracy will go into extremes because they are too slow to make needed corrections. We have gone too far providing personal liberties and certain people have abused the privilege. For example: The two student killers in Littleton, CO

What kind of school superintendent would permit those misfits from parading around the school in trench coats and intimidating other students. This superintendent may have wanted to stop this affront but what federal rules about personal rights would be opposing him??

I am willing to give up some rights if I am afforded protection in our organized society. Otherwise we revert to animalism where the strong prevail, especially if they have a large enough arsenal.

TV Programs With People Of Color

Why have we allowed TV stations to continue to disregard our voice!!!!!!!

This is 1999, I've seen new previews of upcoming shows and it disturbs me that WE are not being seen!!!

You would think that we've come further than than 60"s, when there where more blacks on tv then than there are today.





Just to say I think your site is terrific. Such a joy to see key stories put BRIEFLY - yet with all the key facts.

Problema de violencia en las escuelas suburbanas

Esa problema de violencia en las escuelas suburbanas es probablemente la resulta de la media. MTV, peliculas, y musica de rap contribuye mucho a las ideas de hijos.

Listen to Mary!

I just finished reading the article that was posted by Mary.  I am English, Irish, and Indian. My wife is Hispanic and African American. So what are my children? My children speak English and Spainish and in time will be allowed to chose any other language to speak if they so desire.  We live in a world today that is racist and selfish, however the way that you teach your children will have a tremendous effect on the way their attitudes are in the future. The first thing that must be taught to children is respect for all cultures, regardless of Race, Color, Religion or any thing else.  But teach them what values are the differents between right and wrong. Allow them to question things and express their opinions. "Listen" If you want to succeed in life you have to work hard and make a commitment and not allow yourself to step on others to do so. As a marine of twenty years I was taught to be fair, firm and compassionate to all.  Just think if another country attacked the United States.  I honestly believe that all racism would come to an end . Think about it!


I am one of few who say there is no freedom except absolute freedom. I believe that a man can not be truly free while another makes the rules he must live by. Some would call it freedom, have you believe it was freedom, let you die for their freedom. Freedom is not what we have, it is not what we have been given, it is not at the heart of our American government. You can not say that we have obtained freedom when one man works all day and can barely eat his fill before he goes to bed at night. Not while that man's boss gets rich by corrupting the labors of his fellow man. Not while unjust laws are made and we are forced to follow. Not while the morals of government conflict with the morals of individuals. Not in a land where people are not allowed to pursue happiness, in any form, without fear of persecution. Not in a place where the value of your character is synonymous with the value of your car.

I will only be free when I can live by my own morals. When I may work for my own gain and mine alone. When the penalties for breaking my own morals will be my own, and more severe than any court. When money is not worshipped as if it has descended from the another he must think himself better, and that no man is better than I and I no better than him. For I wish not to govern men, but to govern myself.

Tim Antaya

Devastating results of capital punishment

I would like to thank Mrs. Sanders for helping us to realize the devastating results of capital punishment. This topic needs to be further discussed, in light of the hostile climate towards the poor and disenfranchised.

Jacques Muhammad, Esq.

Turn our country's agriculture into what we all dream of.

Family farmers are just one of many groups who hate factory farms. We all know they're destructive to small farms and to the environment, so why is the government supporting them. If we all joint together under a united checkoff, then we could compete with the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and their profesioal lobbiests. Before you balk at this idea, remember that the main goal of the NCBA is to stream line beef production, lower cost, increase the number of head, ect., ie, by creating more industrial feedlots. Small farmers who are members of this organization are giving their money away to the people that are trying to hurt them. Witness for yourself, it's all spelled out on their website.

Environmentalists know that Small Farms take better care of their animals health and their land. This is also the goal of countless environmental groups and animal activist groups. Sure there are extremes in view points, but we have a common enemy to unite against.

We need to fight against the NCBA's influence on the government, take back what should belong to the majority, and turn our country's agriculture into what we all dream of. Healthy, balanced, and profitable.

Mexicans can do it too!!


I am a young 14 year old mexican that goes to a magnet school. I have recently been given the assignment of writing a persuasive essay for my honors English class.I had to choose a controversial act that is occurring as of the moment. I chose affirmative action. I got many comments like " oh you're mexican so you are totally for it." NO! I am not for it for the reason that everything such as acceptance to schools, jobs,etc. should be based on what you know and how well you know it. Not only for race or religion. to me it is a form of pity.It's like saying ahh you're mexican so you should get an easier alternative. No if you try your hardest anything ispossible. SO for all you Mexicans or Hispanics out there go for your dreams and goals, use your knowledge! you can do it make us Hispanics proud!!! = ) this is also for Asians, whites, African Americans Caucasians and anyone who wants to accomplish your dreams strive for the stars and don't let anyone put you down or accept you just for pity.


The diversity rationale is code for racism

I simply cannot accept the twisted, racist rationale being spouted by Affirmative Action proponents. While disparities do exist between races, race is nonetheless an unacceptable criteria for college admissions. It is unacceptable because it implies a crass, fundamentally wrong stereotype of African-Americans - that they are all at a disadvantage to all white students. I have news for the perpetuators of this falsehood - there are poor, abused and poorly schooled white children. I happen to be friends with many of them, as well as many privately trained, extremely wealthy black individuals. It strikes me as ridiculous that the latter group should recieve substantial bias in college admissions over the former. But this is dismissed as an anomaly unworthy of notice.

The diversity rationale is code for racism. Supporters of this have sent Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of individuals "being judged by the content of their character" back to the political stone age. They say that racially diverse business teams succeed universally over the "undiverse". Perhaps they are playing off of public ignorance on business and economics, but this is as silly as asserting that a basketball team consisting of five different races will always win against a team of all black players. Anyone familiar with college basketball could debunk that theory immediately. What "diversity" really boils down to is an absurd, mystical dogma - that there is a magical synergy that occurs between the skin pigments of racial groups.

This is now a formidable criteria for college admissions? I make a plea to affirmative action supporters: put the sociological flowcharts and datasheets away for a moment and consider the ethical tragedy of "diversity".

Eric Drouillard

P.S. One letter writer made the blanket statement that kids who ace the verbal section of the SAT studied at it for years (implicitly making us "rich white kids" cheaters). Me and friends of mine recently came quite close to perfect scores (I had a 760 out of 800) without any studying - those tests just might actually have some merit!

... provocative and interesting

just want to say your articles are provocative and interesting.


Glass Ceiling

I have been on the bottom rung of our company for the last 10 years, moving laterally but never up. Making it very clear from the start, I did not want to stay there, doing more than was asked of me and proving myself over and over again, got me NOWHERE. I watched others get promoted, outside hires, and small to nil salary increases. After 6 years, when my husband was laid off, I realized I could not support a family of 5 on my salary. That began the race to switch tracks and get the education I needed to get on the right track. I decided to go back to school and get my degree. It has been a grueling 4years of work, school and teenagers. I will graduate in May with a Bachelor's degree in Telecommunications. My company, so far has no plans for my career advancement. After paying for my education, I am surprised they do not want
to utilize it.

Thanks for the sounding board.

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