Northern Virginia Daily
It's not surprising that Gene Rigelon again resorts to spouting unsubstantiated "statistics" against those of us who dare to rely on facts as we reject the propagandized "change" being foisted on us via many current ideologically motivated agendas.
As ever, the typically factless Rigelon mentions numerous "statistics" while conveniently failing to include even one reference for credibility. Only a fool would believe his undocumented claim that condoms "have been proven to be 95 percent effective."
Sorry, Gene, but if you and your fellow lackeys would do some real research, you might learn some truth. I now document another authoritative source that exposes the sham of your useless figures: the pro-contraception book "Contraceptive Technology" -- known as the "family planner's bible" for physicians and health-care providers -- states that after the use of just 10 condoms, the probability of at least one condom failure is 57 percent. For intelligent readers, I also reiterate a previously cited authoritative quote: "Counting on condoms is flirting with death" (Dr. Helen Singer-Kaplan, Cornell University Medical Center).
Regarding Rigelon's obvious diversion from facts in my letter to the unrelated subject of "health-care reform," he would do well to follow the wisdom of fellow atheist and Obama supporter Camille Paglia whose article in Salon.com blasted the Democrats and their proposed "health care":
"Why has the Democratic Party become so arrogantly detached from ordinary Americans? Though they claim to speak for the poor and dispossessed, Democrats have increasingly become the party of an upper-middle-class professional elite, top-heavy with journalists, academics and lawyers (one reason for the hypocritical absence of tort reform in the health-care bills). ... Such professionals are as a whole amazingly credulous these days about big-government solutions to every social problem. They see no danger in expanding government authority and intrusive, wasteful bureaucracy."
Rigelon needs to do some authentic research instead of relying on fiction from www.whateverfitsmyagenda .com. Rigelon's rants about many diverse issues are textbook cases of George Orwell's maxim: "Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respe-ctable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind."
John W. Fusto
1112 Happy Ridge Drive
Nov. 24, 2009
Northern Virginia Daily
Now that the totally unnecessary Iraqi war, a deeply flawed and costly Bush decision, is winding down, more attention is being directed toward Afghanistan. To extract us from this exceptionally expensive and embarrassing situation with grace, President Obama must now consider, and ultimately commit to, one of several extremely grave options, none being foolproof.
Field commander, Gen. McChrystal, has stated, with some doubt, that the Afghan war might be won over time with a significant increase in ground forces. The polls are said to indicate that the American public has lost favor with the whole miserable mess and wants to get out of both countries. The president, on the other hand, takes most seriously his pledge and obligation to protect the citizenry from enemies, both foreign and domestic, and therefore must judiciously consider all options.
Accordingly, Obama has launched a detailed analysis of all aspects of the problem with the hope of thereby arriving at, whatever it may be, the best possible decision. By and large, the Democrats favor some sort of reduced presence in the area while the Republicans are urging, with all-out haste, that the president enlarge the conflict by yielding to the general's request, roundly criticizing him for not proceeding with dispatch.
At first glance, the Republicans' position seems rather surprising until one considers that from the very beginning of the Obama administration their strategy has been to do whatever is required, regardless of its national consequences, to embarrass and defeat his agenda for moving the country in a more sane and humane direction.
In this particular case, they know that if the president commits more lives and treasure to Bush's ill-conceived misadventure, the war thereby, and all its ramifications, will "officially" become Obama's -- thus deflecting any stigma of this tragedy from them even though they were the majority party in charge at the war's inception.
From the illustrious party of Lincoln, the Republican Party has, negatively and hypocritically, become the "Party of No." It is wise to look behind political expressions, particularly if couched in patriotic terms, for their true and hidden intent.
Thomas M. Harrison
914 Fairground Road
Nov. 27, 2009
Northern Virginia Daily
Every year around this time, our family tries to decide which organization we'd like to donate our time and money to.
We feel that it's important for us to make sure that our children understand that while we are so fortunate for what we have, unless we give back to those in need, we have nothing and are nothing.
As a newcomer to Shenandoah County, I've been amazed at the way the Strasburg-Toms Brook community comes together in a time of need -- the way they support each other unconditionally.
However, there are so many families quietly going hungry in Shenandoah County. It could be your child's classmate or your co-worker who would be ashamed if you knew that they couldn't make ends meet.
It's because of the amazing generosity and the huge need to support those around us that I propose the following:
For every person in your family you are going to buy presents for, eliminate one present and instead buy a bag of groceries and donate it. If you have children, encourage them to be a part of this. Ask them to remove one item from their Christmas list and take that money and have your son/daughter purchase the items and then personally deliver them.
If every able family in this community donated one bag of groceries, just think how many families wouldn't have to go hungry this holiday season. No one asks to be hungry, especially the children.
So I ask that you do what you can. You will be offering a hand up to a local family. There are many wonderful, local food banks that I'm sure would gladly welcome your donations. I am personally donating to the Compassion Cupboard located right here in Strasburg. If you would like to contact them, their number is 465-9476 (I have no connection to them).
If you're outside the Strasburg area, I encourage you to seek out a local organization that you can contribute to. This doesn't have to be a "Strasburg" thing.
Above all, please remember that "giving" is the spirit of the season.
132 Aden Drive
Nov. 30, 2009
Northern Virginia Daily
On reading John Tatum's letter (Nov. 28 issue) regarding Canadians and health care, I feel compelled to write a few words.
I mean no disrespect to Mr. Tatum, who was my partner in crime in tormenting Sunday school teachers when we were kids. But his representation of how Canadians view their health care is disingenuous, at best.
Having lived in Canada for a few years, now, I think I can accurately report a story quite different than "they are not happy [with their health care]."
A poll this past summer found that 86 percent of Canadians want their plans strengthened by the government and not privatized in any way. This is in keeping with every objective poll here in the last 10 years, which consistently report 85-95 percent satisfaction rates.
Canadian politicians across the political spectrum understand that any efforts to water down existing provincial plans would be political suicide. Tommy Douglas, who started the Canadian Medicare ball rolling in Saskatchewan in the 1940s, was voted the "Greatest Canadian of All Time" in 2004.
Health care is not perfect in Canada, but I am bemused by the lines of argument brought as critique. Wait times? Yes, I've seen family and friends affected by them in the states, including my mother who suffered from Parkinson's. "Poorly trained Third World" doctors? Ignoring the xenophobic tone, I would say that (1) I have had doctors in the states who were difficult to understand and (2) foreign doctors here are required to re-certify, just the same as all over North America. Dangerous mistakes made? Surely never happens in the USA, so we can do away with malpractice insurance altogether.
These distortions need to be debunked, and specious argumentation challenged. I have a "friend of more than 10 years" in the states who self-identifies as an anarchist. If I claimed that his view -- that all forms of statehood should be abolished -- was the majority view in the states because he said so (he doesn't), you would probably call me Tatum's favorite adjective: nuts.
Erik C. Moore
40 Brunswick St.
Nov. 30, 2009