We Still Don’t Hear Him

April 3, 2010
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The New York Times

As the errors of a Center Right Presidency are compounded and reinforced almost daily,  the Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan slide further under the radar. And, as the casualties on both sides continue to mount, the parallels between these wars and the Vietnam war become ever clearer.
Obama may better than having John McCain and his tea party partner
in office but, on the critical issues, like war, I find it harder and harder to see the difference. {SEE:  Oil, Drilling For; filed under false promises…}

Bob Herbert’s commentary highlights the lasting relevance of Dr King’s remarks from fifty years ago….

April 3, 2010
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We Still Don’t Hear Him

The great man was moving with what seemed like great reluctance. He knew as he climbed from the car in Upper Manhattan that he was stepping into the maelstrom, that there were powerful people who would not react kindly to what he had to say.

“I come to this magnificent house of worship tonight,” said the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “because my conscience leaves me no other choice.”

This was on the evening of April 4, 1967, almost exactly 43 years ago. Dr. King told the more than 3,000 people who had crowded into Riverside Church that silence in the face of the horror that was taking place in Vietnam amounted to a “betrayal.”

He spoke of both the carnage in the war zone and the toll the war was taking here in the United States. The speech comes to mind now for two reasons: A Tavis Smiley documentary currently airing on PBS revisits the controversy set off by Dr. King’s indictment of “the madness of Vietnam.” And recent news reports show ever-increasing evidence that we have ensnared ourselves in a mad and tragic venture in Afghanistan.

Dr. King spoke of how, in Vietnam, the United States increased its commitment of troops “in support of governments which were singularly corrupt, inept, and without popular support.”

It’s strange, indeed, to read those words more than four decades later as we are increasing our commitment of troops in Afghanistan to fight in support of Hamid Karzai, who remains in power after an election that the world knows was riddled with fraud and whose government is one of the most corrupt and inept on the planet. (more…)

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Focus City of Dayton Cleanups on Neighborhoods

April 1, 2010
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This an email sent to FROC and Dayton City Commissioners and the Mayor
While I am in favor of all the efforts to clean up Main street,  I believe a much more critical  & urgent need is in Five Oaks itself. Take a drive down the alley between Fountain and Santa Clara…it looks like a garbage dump in some third world country. Also, I walked from my house on Manhattan down Richmond to the Post office and was completely disgusted by what I saw, trash everywhere. The brick  house on the corner of  Manhattan and Richmond has a parking pad full of trash. Drive from Richmond  unto Delaware toward Main Stand the scene is the same.
My neighborhood is in the worst shape I’ve ever seen as far as trash is concerned.

Two things are very  evident. 1/Many of my neighbors are absolute slobs.
And,  2/the city is falling flat on its face insofar as code enforcement is concerned.

Cleaning Main street may be important, but the truth is the neighborhood is what needs a focus far more than Main st.

Gary Staiger

Sarah says rELOAD…

April 1, 2010
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