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I WISH I
This summer as I was walking on a
beach that has passed into memory, I caught myself dreaming. I was daydreaming a wish, that somehow I
could find a genie to liberate from a bottle; like in the mythical land of Ali
What would I wish for? Thought
While Bush was on vacation
Wind and rain, lots
and lots of rain, and water came rushing in, within minutes rising by feet
at a time. People drowned, hundreds
of thousands lost their homes, and America lost New Orleans. What happened? Or should we ask
ourselves why did it happen this way?
Levees that kept the sea out failed because they were not strong enough
to hold back the water. Why,
because the money that was supposed to be used to fix the levees, which was put
aside during the Clinton administration, was taken by Bush in 2003 and used
instead for the Iraq war.
2000 Too Many
Think back to the end of 1999.
Millions of people were afraid of the coming New Year. 2000. Y2K. People were
afraid that power would fail, that bombs would be unleashed at random, that
chaos would reign in the streets. As it turned out, though, nothing much
happened. Midnight struck, the calendar clicked over to a new year, a new
decade, a new century, a new (some would say) millennium, and life went on as
Now we have reached another 2000.
Iraq 2K. Two thousand of our soldiers killed in Iraq. Our administrative power
has failed; bombs are being unleashed, seemingly at random; chaos is reigning in
the streets of Iraq and our global relationships have been torn asunder. This is
the 2000 we should be afraid of. This is the 2000 we must grieve, honor and
In our last issue, Leonard Manfred,
my colleague and friend, wrote an interesting editorial entitled, “Our Father who art in heaven…”
which elicited some really emotional responses from readers. Maybe the questions that were cited were
too strong for some to bear, in any event it seems Manfred’s essay touched a
nerve regarding the doubts that many may be unconsciously repressing, for
Some interpreted the essay as
blasphemous, especially concerning the phrasing of the title and similar wording
in the body of the essay, which reflected an overture to a Catholic prayer as
fodder for an editorial on the perceived shortcomings of God.
Overall, there were two main lines
of thought, which encompassed the feedback pointedly rebutting the
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