March 24, 2003
"Hi. I'm a 10-year-old girl. My thoughts on the war with Iraq was exceptional because they were building nuclear bombs. So, as long as they don't have a war over here, I'm all right with it. Thank you. " "This is for the second Einstein who called in Mail Call - that you put in Mail Call today - about the United States having missiles and not being the one who threatens or attacks other countries without provocation. Duh. " "I am appalled by the war. All the talk of chemical and biological warfare makes you wonder if we live in a sane society.
July 5, 2005
'War' doesn't help the ego by STEVEN YOUNKINS The basement of an abandoned farmhouse offers two men a momentary glimmer of safety. "This isn't a war any more than it is a war between men and maggots," one says while slaughter ensues above their heads. "This is an extermination. " Director Steven Spielberg's "War of the Worlds" is perhaps the hardest kick in the stomach that the human superiority complex might ever get. Set in present-day New England and starring Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning, this sure ain't your grandmother's "War of the Worlds.
May 21, 2004
When God talked,institutions listened To the editor: Ah, nostalgia. Your May 4 edition included a letter praising President Bush for among other things, "Getting counsel from God. " I grew up in a smallish Iowa town replete with good souls who talked regularly to God. That is, they prayed. These who professed to receive replies were mostly residents at the state mental institution on the big hill at the west end of Cedar Street. Bill Wilcox Shepherdstown, W.Va.
May 28, 2012
It is sobering to think that children who are in middle school have never known an America that wasn't at war. While not of the scale of world wars, we have still faced the daily reminder that we have men and women in harm's way, as reports of explosions, firefights and death reach our ears. As the years have marched on, it is perhaps too easy to slip into the mentality that this is the way it has always been and always will be. We pray that it is not. We long for an America at peace, which is, or should be, our normal condition.
April 4, 2003
Man, we needed this. Many thought finding Salt Lake City teen Elizabeth Smart alive and well was about as good as it gets in the good-news department. Jesse Lynch matches the feeling. While millions around the country celebrated the stunning news that Smart was found and quickly reunited with her family, the word of Pfc. Jessica Lynch being rescued could not have come at a better time. The Smart story turned our attention from the pending conflict in Iraq. It warmed our hearts, made us believe in miracles (because face it, most of us thought she'd never be found - much less alive and in relatively good health)