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Feedback: Opinion page is interesting reading
I was very impressed by the editorial page in the Oct. 16 Wednesdays News-Times. Two columns, one light and one heavy, made some valuable observations that deserve a wider audience than just Whidbey Island.
Two years ago, as a first-time pick-up owner and a fairly new Washington resident, I asked my life-long Washingtonian friends what the rules were regarding kids riding in the back of the truck. I thought to myself, They must be confused; their explanation of the law doesnt make any sense! Now I understand its the law itself that doesnt make any sense. Jim Larsens column was both humorous and informative. It was very clever in the way it drew out all the ironic implications of the current regulation.
On a far more serious topic, it was refreshing to see an editorial that reflected an awareness of the horrible consequences, both of going to war with Iraq and of not going to war with Iraq. If we prevail in Iraq, how are we ever going to establish order among a people who hate us and do not want us to liberate them? Hussein may be an oppressive and maniacal dictator, but at least hes their oppressive and maniacal dictator.
If we dont use force against Iraq, what other than wishful thinking gives us any expectation that Hussein will not become harder to deal with and that more people wont suffer in the long run? I am very concerned when I see makers of policy, shapers of public opinion and average citizens who are in denial about either of these realities.