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Over the summer of 2010 I began to ask myself, "what do you do if two of our Rights, as citizens of these United States, are diametrically opposed?" I came to the only viable conclusion: you compromise. Our great Nation works when there is compromise.

Right now most of you will agree with me that our political system is broken. What we currently have is: the politics of destruction; special interest groups who have the power and money to dictate policy; politicians who must spend their time raising money for the next election instead of doing the People's business; and, there are those who are so concerned about getting re-elected they cede their responsibilities to the citizenry to those groups making the loudest noises and the greatest threats.

The attacks that we were inundated with during the this election cycle belittled the democratic process. Shame on everyone involved. And, shame on the political obstructionists who are more interested in gaining and maintaining power than doing the people’s business. During these very difficult times all of us should be supporting our President. The challenge for all of us is, how do we improve upon this imperfect union that we call the United States of America? One thing I know for is not by dividing us.

I can remember when I was sixteen years old there was a day when my father called out to me, "Jackie, come quickly. You have to hear this. It's Winston Churchill. Come listen." I raced to the radio and for the first time heard a recording of Churchill's speech to a Nation standing alone against the greatest evil the world has ever known: "...we shall defend our island no matter what the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; and we shall not surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until in God's good time, the New World, with all it's power and might, steps forth to the rescue and liberation of The Old."

That day my hero was born. Where are our heroes today? jkt

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Nuclear Crisis

Japanese workers at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex, whose cooling systems were knocked out by the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami on March 11th,.began pumping more than 3 million gallons of contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean yesterday. That's in addition to the highly radioactive material that is leaking into the ocean from unknown sources .

I am convinced that mankind will not be content until it destroys all that sustains us. Dumping millions of gallons of radioactive water into the ocean? What about marine life? What about our whales and seals and seabirds and fish and coral beds?

As an aside, I quit eating fish years ago when I heard that 95% of the fish will be gone from our oceans in 50 years. That was about 15 years ago....35 to go. Not anymore. We're on the verge of an environmental disaster.

Human gluttony and greed trumps biodiversity and even life itself. Why is Japan fooling around with this? Dump cement in all of those reactors now and bury the stuff like they did at Chernobyl. This is not just a Japanese problem. The whole world should be involved in the decision-making on this and we should do whatever it takes to put an end to this testament to man's folly. And we should do it now.