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Control through distrust still working

In 1712 a purported letter was written from one slave owner, to others, to help control slaves on the plantation. Willie Lynch told his fellow slave owners how to better manage their "property." "The Making of a Slave" was simple. Exploit the differences between them. Generate distrust where the slave must look to his/her master for safety.
Letters to the Editor

...children and grandchildren. We have lost the understanding of freedom and liberty in Alaska and throughout our nation.Ray Southwell Nikiski I would like to say thank you to those young people at the light by Safeway and McDonald's in Soldotna with...
Residents should not hide in fear

Another honest question.
Would high tunnels be so popular without subsidy?

Regarding the story "High tunnels here to stay" (Peninsula Clarion, Oct. 28): Sure they are. Everybody can get some free federal government money to build them and get paid, by the feds, for growing food each year. Subtract free money out of the equation and measure the success of the high tunnel program. And all those government paid employees justify their jobs by expressing great success of the free money program, they manage. I wonder what that costs?
Why is government in the marriage business?

The Clarion has jumped on the bandwagon on another divisive question. Gay Marriage. And once again there are only two choices. For or against. How I feel about gay marriage has nothing to do with what I think government should be doing. But Americans refuse to ask honest questions about most social/moral issues. Abortion, Capital Punishment and Gay marriage. For or against are the only choices. No honest questions.
U.S. consumerism unsustainable

Twenty years ago I was on a national television show. I expressed my concern about the ever growing federal government debt of $4.5 trillion. I raised a question then: What will happen when all money collected in taxes goes to interest on the national debt? I restated The Grace Commission report (1984), by 1996 we would be at the point of no return.
Majority rule in our democracy

I heard it once said a Democracy is nothing more than two wolves and a lamb voting on what's for dinner. Most believe Democracy is the linchpin of Freedom and Liberty. Hogwash. With enough money or press coverage the minds of the majority will be formed. The planet is ablaze where minorities are in rebellion against majority rule.
Economics the linchpin of Freedom, Liberty

People all over the planet talk about Liberty and Freedom. More commonly discussed here than anywhere else. But few understand it. Freedom and Liberty is based on the individual owning 100 percent of their productive power. A slave's productive power is owned by another person or group of individuals. In reality economics is the linchpin of Freedom and Liberty.
Current fiscal policies limit choices on oil taxes

As I drive along the spur, north of Kenai, I see more signage going up stating "Vote No on 1." It seems small and medium size businesses understand who runs this State, Big Oil. Certainly our politicians understand. If the mega-oil companies do not get what they want they will pack their bags and leave. Many individuals believe these behemoths would never abandon Alaska. However, Corporations have only one fiduciary responsibility. It's all about making more money. And so they do. Rules and regulations ignored. Pay the fines as long as the profits continue. Just ask the big banks.
Reaction would be more constructive

I just read "Eric Derleth Trial Lawyer" rant in the paper (June 2). Wow, he clearly expresses his anger. Anger is certainly appropriate in many situations. But I don't get it. He wants to debate morality and religion. Societal morality enforcement has always failed when attempts are to legislate it. It just becomes a money maker for government. The pot issue is an excellent example. And as for religion, it is based on an individual's faith. How do you debate one faith system over another? Religion is based on faith not facts.


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