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by Russmo

Number 267, April 18, 2004

Sing The Song, Children!


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Letters to the Editor
Letters from Ann Morgan, e.j.totty, William Boatman, and Philip Prescott.

Learning to Sing
by Ron Beatty
Looking at the news over this last week or so, I can't help but wonder if we are seeing our future in Iraq. What I see is a theocratic state, under the heel of a power that most of the people don't want. What I see is a the common people, for whatever motivation, fighting back against what they consider to be a brutal occupying power.

Government in the Wedding Chapel
by Robert F. Hawes Jr.
The recent gay marriage debate has effectively re-ignited the culture war and drawn attention to fundamental assumptions concerning humankind's most ancient and sacred institutions. Those in favor of allowing gays to wed plead their case in the name of equality; those opposed ask us to consider the potential ramifications for the sanctity of marriage and the integrity of the family itself. Recently, even President Bush stepped into the fray, advocating the passage of a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The fate of this initiative has yet to be seen. Meanwhile, state governments are also taking up the issue.

Is Anybody Listening?
by Lady Liberty
I write and call my Congressional Representative and Senators quite regularly. Taking this kind of action, while often apparently futile, in reality does do some good. If politicians on both sides of the aisle have something in common, it is their shared desire to be elected again and again. And so as a sort of sop to their constituents, politicians do from time to time actually listen to voters. I write and call again and again in the hopes of hitting that golden "time to time" window.

Temporary Worker, Permanent Tourist
by Joel Simon
Sometimes, it seems, the worst disasters turn out to be blessings after all. A prolonged, expensive disaster in my life may have blown down one of the walls of a trap I had thought inescapable.

Parental Rights and the Pledge
by Wendy McElroy
Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow stirred a furor in late March when it went before the Supreme Court to challenge the constitutionality of the words "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance. But the conflict has raised an entirely different question: Does a parent's custody status determine if he or she has standing in a court of law concerning their child's education, medical care, or other related issues of well-being?

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