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Friday, February 16, 2007

Letters to the Editor

Those who fail to learn history ...

When the 6th German Army was encircled at Stalingrad, its general ,Von Paulus, sent a message to Hitler asking for permission to break out of the encircling Soviet troops and escape the trap. Even though he only had enough fuel for his tanks, trucks, and other motorized vehicles to travel 12 miles, the Russian forces at his rear were still weak enough to allow for him to break through and escape the trap. Hitler refused to give permission thereby dooming his 6th army. Goering had assured Hitler that the beleaguered 6th Army could be supplied by air drops and that failed.

Consider the Green Zone in Baghdad. Must that not be a tempting target for the insurgents, using that term for all enemy forces intent on killing Americans and whoever else is there? Five U.S. helicopters have been shot down in the last few days. Those 'copters were probably valuable for reconnaissance, keeping the enemy from setting up locations to fire rockets at US targets, targets like the Green Zone and everyone in it. Besides, there are other concentrations of U.S. forces, which are likewise maybe now more vulnerable to rocket attack. If a rocket attack should take place, it might likely be from three or four different locations simultaneously. Then after a few thousand killed Iraqis and Americans, Bush could tell the press how his heart bleeds for all the victims.

Robert Annal


There's still time to speak out against Nursery Products

A reminder to citizens of Barstow, Hinkley, Helendale, Hodge, Lenwood, Grandview, Daggett, Yermo, and Newberry Springs: Letters can still be sent voicing opinion against the building of a 160-acre open air sewage sludge composting facility west of Hinkley by Nursery Products LLC. It will be upstream and upwind of the entire lower Mojave River Valley.

Send letters to San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, Clerk of the Board, 385 N. Arrowhead Ave., 2nd Floor, San Bernardino, Calif. 92415. Attn.: All Board of Supervisors.

Make copies of letters, keep one for your own records. Make note on letter saying "Distribute to all Board of Supervisors." Let the Board of Supervisors know we are opposed to this massive open sewage compost plan, and that we are neither remote or less important in regards to health and quality of life.

Send letters well before Feb. 27. We have appealed. A new meeting with Supervisors is scheduled for Feb. 27, 2007 at 10 a.m. in San Bernardino. Buses will be provided.

People are needed to attend. Also keep watch for possible meetings to be held in Barstow in the near future. See

Mark Orr


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