Kudos to Kevin Russell for his excellent letter ("See How They Like 'Real' Life," June 9). Thank you for publishing it. My disagreement is that it isn't the division between the "haves" and the "have nots" that is the problem. The enemy isn't the little guy who worked hard, provided a good or service at the lowest possible price for the consumer, invested wisely and accumulated enough wealth to pass on to his family. The enemy is the fraction of 1 percent of the world's population that have accumulated wealth beyond comprehension: not by providing goods or services at a fair market price, but by manipulating markets, loaning to nations and playing one nation off against another. These are the SOBs who own our Federal Reserve banking system.
In the '30s a reporter asked "Machine Gun Kelly" why he robbed banks: "'Cause dat's where de money is," was his reply. How times have changed. Now the banks are brazenly robbing the people. We have just witnessed the theft of trillions of dollars transferred from the so-called Federal Reserve to the multinational stockholders of the Federal Reserve. Any attempt to examine the Fed is met with thinly veiled threats to crash our economy. They can, and have.
Mr. Russell was too kind in his suggestions for how to deal with these miscreants. I favor reviving the tar and feathers!
"You blockheads!" Whoever designed the Lucy van Pelt statues, as well as the people at the Schulz Museum who approved them, need to have their heads examined. A smiling Lucy with arms extended in greeting is completely out of character and just plain wrong. These are statues of the anti-Lucy. They demean the personality of Lucy and deny her integral crabbiness. (Hand extended.) 5¢ please.
James J. Jackson
For the most part, we humans have ceased recognizing our sacred commonality with the rest of nature. Because we are nature, we have stopped recognizing the sacred in ourselves. This has created a split in consciousness within the human animal. All of our corrupt, self-serving social institutions fasten their foundations upon this misperception.
Because we humans are technologically superior to the rest of earthbound nature, we feel it automatically grants us a superior spiritual status. Fixated in an intellectually obese verbal mind, we have lost the communication revealing that all creation is sacredly egalitarian. All creation is self-aware. In my observation, if we gave ourselves a moment to fall into our instinctual wisdom, the head and the heart would delightfully fuse. Our predatory technological distraction, confusing our sacred bond with nature, would ease. Social, cultural, political and spiritual injustice would soften, just as naturally as a white iris thrusts from a pond of mud.
How refreshing to read about the activism of Chief Arvol Looking Horse in the "Green Zone" (June 9). Hopi prophecy celebrates that humans and nature will once again "speak" the same language, the "language of the heart." May we all work together to reawaken the language of the heart. May we reawaken a species almost buried by an objectively barren, technological mythology.
James Phillip Miner
Author, 'Honorable Animal'
Dept. of corrections
Our last week's coverage of funeral services for the late Patrick Dignam included mention of two persons, Messrs. Stephen Dedalus and C.P. M'Coy, erroneously ascribed as attending but who did not, and the regrettable notation as present of a Mr. "L. Boom," whom we wish to correctly identify as L. Bloom. We extend apologies to parties aggrieved by our lapse, and as well our continued sympathies to members of the Dignam family.