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Updated: June 3, 2013 6:07AM



World is too volatile now to allow all nuclear weapons

The young dictator of North Korea with effrontery is threatening war. Now the world waits to see if he tries to bring his threat to fruition. China and other world leaders have advised him to stand down.

Instead of taking advice he puts on pompous military parades to placate his country. If he were to choose to stand down the sanctions on his country would probably halt a lot of that country’s problems.

I was naive in the past and felt every country had the right to defend themselves with nuclear weapons, but the world has become too volatile. There’s civil wars, genocide, hunger coupled with global warming. I feel all countries should fight to save our entire world and not just sections of it.

I heard Katie say on her show that a lot of miracles are happening today. I feel and believe it’s because God still exists.

Vallrie McGill

Merrillville

Bring back the chain gang as a crime prevention method

Since they do not teach arithmetic in schools now (It is better to have a computer do it), let’s try some for the politicians. It cost $65 a day to keep one person in jail. That means thirty 30 costs $1,950, one year $23,750. Who pays that? Guess who?

Free meals, medical treatment if needed, television, books to read, etc. Probably better than they had it before being jailed. That could be the reason for some of them being caught so easily.

Many years ago we had what was called “The Chain Gang.” It was used as deterrent to keep them from getting a free ride at taxpayers expense. They worked on roadways, ditches, mowed lawns, etc. Then labor unions started whining that they were taking their jobs and the government officials who work for the unions stopped the chain gangs. There went the deterrent, the load went to the taxpayers.

Do you ever wonder how we got $16 trillion in debt? We used to be the world’s richest nation, now we are the poorest.

Russell Beal

Portage

We must ask right questions, then find our own answers

There are four ways to learn: by sight, by hearing, by writing, and by asking (speech) questions.

The wisdom seeker will eventually, over decades, develop the ability to both ask and answer all of his or her own questions without further assistance. This, by itself, is a miracle.

With enough individual miracles we can create a new and more positive society in which we take the lead on deciding and instituting domestic affairs nationwide while the national and state governments merely bring up the rear and provide support if we need it.

We must make the effort or forever accept that dysfunctional politicians will never place any value on what we say or do.

Ray Gattavara

Sumner, WA



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