Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Why is the Local Paper Afraid of my Views?

The Managing Editor of the Douglas County Herald?

02.09.11

That paper would be the Douglas County Herald, operating out of Ava, MO.

A late December 2010 'Letter to the Editor' mailed to the Herald was refused by their managing editor, a Keith Moore.
I've had this problem before, back during the 'Reign of Terror,' when the Bush-Cheney Junta was rampaging across the land, instilling fear into Americans by telling thousands of lies about the 9/11 FALSE FLAG/INSIDE JOB and more lies about a ME nation, Iraq, that was NO threat to the USA, but which that insane state of hate, Apartheid Israel, wanted destroyed.

That letter pointed out some of the numerous Bush-Cheney Junta lies and refuted them using something alien to the PTB, TRUTH.

When they refused to print the letter, I called up Mr. Moore and asked why and his reply sounded like something a greedy, spoiled 6 yo child would say, "We own the paper, you don't and WE decide what to print."

Yet they always have the time and space to print letters from a local war monger, a self-professed 'Christian' who also has a Doctorate of Theology. This 'Christian' lustily urges the Herald readers to keep backing these endless wars, and at the same time, he liberally sprinkles New Testament quotes in his letters.

I thought Jesus Christ was nicknamed the "Prince of Peace," but I must be wrong, for here in the heart of the 'Bible Belt,' you'll find many a 'Christian' cheering on these 'Wars for Wall Street and Israel.'

Guess I will never understand modern-day organized religion.

Here's that letter the Herald refused to print, which I got around by paying money from my pocket to place it as a 1/4 page ad, with an explanation as to why.

The Herald might not like my views, but they sure loved my money.

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE CITIZENS OF DOUGLAS COUNTY

Since the Douglas County Herald chose to not print my 12.27 'Letter to the Editor,' I have chose to pay to have it printed.

Although I respect the Herald's decision, since they own the paper, I disagree with their methodology for choosing which letters to print and which to not.

Our nation is in a terrible mess. We're bogged down in several wars, with no end in sight of either the conflicts or our troops coming home in body bags, or with devastating brain injuries, serious wounds, amputations and most troubling, hundreds of thousands with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) which will haunt them for the rest of their lives.

And for what? How many more must we kill to satiate our vengeance for 9/11? When we finally collapse from within from spending so many trillions on these wars, which are now only benefiting those "Too Big to Jail" Wall Street banks, who are making a 'killing' off the financing of these wars and giving pseudo-patriot politicians and TV 'Talking Heads' an excuse to further shred what's left of our hallowed Bill of Rights, will we finally come to our senses when we're living under martial law and our kids and grandkids are digging thru trash piles, looking for something to eat?

The next time some war monger like Bill O'Reilly or Rush Limbaugh tell us we need to keep killing and 'Shock and Awe' more Muslim nations, keep in mind that when America needed their help during the Vietnam War, they ran and hid like scared rabbits, hiding behind college deferments like O'Reilly or in Rush's case, a rather unusual medical condition, a 'pilonidal cyst' for which he got a "4-F," meaning he was unfit to serve.

For the record, I served my country in the US Army from 1971-72, finally 'graduating' as an 11B4P, which is a "Light Weapons Combat Infantryman, Parachute Qualified" with the 82nd Airborne out of Ft. Bragg, NC.
Although I had orders cut twice to go to 'Nam,' both times they were rescinded. I was one of the lucky ones, unlike the 58,000 + American troops that got killed and for what? So Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pepsi can sell their products in Communist Vietnam?

We need to have a serous dialogue about where we've been, where we're at and where we're going and a newspaper should play a leading role in that much needed discussion.

Listen to the words of President John F. Kennedy talking about that role in a 1961 speech to the Newspaper Publishers Association:
“No president should fear public scrutiny of his program, for from that scrutiny comes understanding, and from that understanding comes support or opposition; and both are necessary. . . . Without debate, without criticism, no administration and no country can succeed, and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian law makers once decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. And that is why our press was protected by the First Amendment.”

The press is not protected, Kennedy told the newspaper publishers, in order that it can amuse and entertain, emphasize the trivial, or simply tell the public what it wants to hear. The press is protected so that it can find and report facts and, thus, inform, arouse “and sometimes even anger public opinion.”
With that in mind, I offer up my meager thoughts on wars, past and present.

The 12.23.10 edition of the Herald carried an interesting bit of history from that "War to End all Wars," WWI, a particularly nasty and bloody war as 19th Century tactics met the 20th Century machine gun.

The 1914 'Christmas Truce' which broke out spontaneously along the Western Front horrified the British High Command. After all, who's going to fight the wars started by the old men if not for the 'cannon fodder' of the young?

Here's what the British High Command had to say about that time of 'Peace on Earth:'

During the next 24 hours, impromptu cease fires occurred throughout the Western Front. The British High Command - stationed 27 miles behind the trenches - was horrified but little could be done. A military directive had been issued which stated:

"It (fraternisation) discourages initiative in commanders, and destroys the offensive spirit in all ranks."

This was ignored. British High Command then informed the front line that an attack by the Germans was expected on Christmas Eve:

"It is though possible the enemy may be contemplating an attack during Christmas or New Year. Special vigilance will be maintained during this period."

This command was also ignored. Even the German High Command was aghast at was taking place in the trenches and both sides ordered a 'rolling artillery barrage' to break up the feelings of peace and friendship, and to " disrupt the stillness and to motivate responses."

It's too bad they didn't include the rest of the story, which is that in 1915, the British and German High Command ordered another 'rolling' artillery barrage commencing on Christmas Eve 1915, to prevent any more "Goodwill Towards Man."

It's not easy to make those you wish to kill appear as barbarians if they share your interests in religion and Christmas.

This holiday season, I too hope and pray that all our troops come home safely and the only way to make that happen is to Bring Them Home Now. Stop these never-ending wars.

We won't be able to 'kill our way to peace,' but we will spend ourselves into oblivion supporting these wars.

Let the war-mongers get their jollies elsewhere and let the war-profiteers and those 'Too Big to Fail' Wall Street banks make their obscene profits some other way and not from the spilled 'blood and guts' of our sons, daughters, wives and husbands.

9 comments:

  1. that was a truly wonderful letter!
    And that was you?
    And sadly you had to pay for that?
    To express an alternative opinion?
    So much for the nonsense that is a "letter to the editor"

    I assume they didn't want to touch that because, it might get people thinking.

    As opposed to the bible thumper, who ensures people just react to the word of Jesus.

    It is a sad, sad world that people have been reduced from true humans,(with soul and spirit) to circus animals, controlled by the master of ceremonies, or the ring-leader

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  2. Hi friend,

    I saw your response at B'man today and would like to blogroll you.

    Thanks for your wisdom!

    Rock on.

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  3. You could go broke trying to get your thoughts across this way. Your area is much like mine, war is loved.
    Good try.

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  4. I have done the same thing but it was back in the 70s. the owner of the paper told me he had never seen such commotion. They called him to a meeting with the catholic church, ADL and several other groups and threatened to boycott him for spreading hate.

    Like someone said, freedom of the press only exists for those who own the presses.


    “There is no such thing as an independent press in America, unless it is in the country towns. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print.
    “I am paid $150.00 a week for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for doing similar things. If I should permit honest opinions to be printed in one issue of my paper, like Othello, before twenty-four hours, my occupation would be gone.

    “The business of the New York journalist is to destroy truth; to lie outright; to pervert; to vilify, to fawn at the feet of Mammon; to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. We are the tools and vessels for rich men behind the scenes. We are intellectual prostitutes.”

    John Swinton, editor of the New York Tribune.

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  5. The local rag doesn't get or maybe they don't print that many 'Letters to the Editor,' so you'd think they would be happy to know that someone actually read their paper and took the time to reply to an article or comments.

    This is one of the reasons the printed press is going under, they've either gotten too arrogant or have become accomplices to mass murder and grand theft.

    It's like a reporter and author who is now deceased once said; "Tell the truth and then run like hell."

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  6. But....you write so well you could
    tamp it down a little and keep a constant stream of letters headed
    their way and then maybe they'll publish some and their L.T.T.E.
    column will come alive and even start jumping,and then they'll request that you write a weekly column!!!!
    Then their circulation will pick up
    and they'll make you editor! (My local
    paper just picked up Helen Thomas!"

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  7. My local
    paper just picked up Helen Thomas


    ???!!! Maybe there's still hope for the USA.

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  8. See! Haven't finished with one of your pieces......and you already have another!!!
    It is places like this that give me hope for this country.
    Amazing. KEEP ON!

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  9. great letter Greg. no doubt many read it and silently agreed. it would be great if more people opened their mouths.

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