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NEW Southeast Asia is a very dangerous place. Twenty five years after the Vietnam war people are being killed and maimed every day by land mines and unexploded munitions.

In Cambodia 90,000 mines and 450,000 unexploded bombs, artillery shells and other ordnance, have been removed. However, it is estimated that 6 million mines and unexploded ordnance remain. Close to 500 have died and another 500 have been wounded in just one province.

Vietnam citizens suffer dioxin poisoning. Agent Orange is responsible for killing or injuring 400,000 people and contributes to 5000,000 birth defects.

Air Force planes sprayed 18 million gallons of Agent Orange over 6 million acres during the war. That is near one seventh of the total land area of Vietnam.

The United States could be a positive force in cleaning up the mess we are party to in creating. Do we have the maturity to do so?

If we accept our responsibility to lend assistance, then we can be proud of something we have done in Southeast Asia. It is the innocent who are being maimed and killed.

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What's up, near? Good things were happening with the Near spacecraft in orbit around a not so near asteroid. Great pictures, but where is the science? Give us a fact or two.

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I would like to see the pictures. And I'd like to know to what good all the spent money is doing. Lisa Brown

Try NEAR webste. Ed.


TalkBack: Bush is a tax-cut candidate. Part of his economic plan is to cut the top rate from 39 percent to 33 percent, an 18 percent windfall for the most wealthy. With a Republican congress its very likely his plan would be passed. Should we be giving away the surplus in tax breaks to one percent of the most wealthy in our country, or use the surplus to save Social Security, provide health care benefits for the elderly, and pay down the national debt?

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TalkBack: Bush's own TV add said that his economic plan is Reaganesque. Do we need a return to voodoo economics and a revitalized trickle down theory?

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TalkBack: Feb. 29: McCain, in a Virginia primary election speech said, 'the Republican party is the party of Reagan and not of Pat Robertson, and the Republican party is the party of Lincoln and not of the party of the Bob Jones University. Will this slam at his own party lose votes in the November election?

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New The economic prosperity we have experienced during President Clinton's
two terms is largely due to President Reagan's economic policy. We will
learn about President Clinton's effect on the economy in the next decade
after he has left office. A current president has little effect on the
country's economic condition while in office. Economic policies, in many
cases, take years to have an effect and truly bring about change weather
positive or negative.

David Brown, North Carolina

Congratulations to Smith&Wesson, a handgun manufacture
. They are working with President Clinton to make owning a gun safer for all citizens. Their hand guns will be sold with child safety locks and they have pledged advanced technology for safe guns in the future.

S&W has taken the high road, but, not without risk. People may elect to purchase their gun from other manufactures who don't follow S&W's fine example. Keep an eye on Colt, Ruger, and others to see if they have the common sense to follow S&W's excellent decision.

Lets watch the NRA. Will it support S&W? Fortunately for us the NRA's influence in the corporation board room is not as invasive as it is in the US Congress. John Mooney.

TalkBack:

Read article 'American Tragedy'. Ed.

The National Rifle Association takes great pride in providing gun safety classes to its members. Why does the NRA refuse to work with legislators to develop Common Sense gun laws?

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Read article 'American Tragedy'. Ed.


A seven year child takes a gun to his first grade class and shoots and kills a seven year old class mate. A man is shot to death reaching for his wallet. The police shoot 41 times and hit him with nineteen bullets. A teenager gives a gun to a friend who shoots herself and dies. What can we do?

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Read article 'American Tragedy'. Ed.





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