PETTY PONDERING - "Tryin' To Show You Something"

(09/01/2003)

By Teresa Starcher

I’ve been a thinking lately that a lot of news in the paper these days can be right down scary to folks. Now, I’m not the brightest kid on the block, but I feel that we all should use our heads for more than just a hat rack.

Also I’m not an activist and I’d hate to be labeled as a radical, but the following articles really set my hackles up.

In The Parkersburg News- By The Associated Press: “ The amount of toxic chemicals released into the environment declined 13 percent in 2001, according to the government’s latest inventory. Some 6.16 billion pounds were released that year, down from 7.1 billion pounds a year earlier, the EPA reported.”

“The Pentagon used potentially dangerous chemical and biological agents in 50 secret tests involving military personnel…The tests were done between 1962 and ’73 and involved 5,842 service members. Many were not told of the tests, some of which involved releases of deadly nerve agents in Alaska and Hawaii.”

Wow, that lack of near a billion pounds is gonna ease my sleepin tonight! And what a ratty trick to do to boys serving our country. We need to keep our eyeballs peeled for such untoward pranks that “the powers that be” may try to slip by us.

We the people should find our voice. Don’t feel like a helpless nobody. Please become informed and then write or call our country’s leaders. And as my dear old uncle Arlie was want to say,”Now ya see what I’m trying to show ya something.? TERESA STARCHER is a longtime Calhoun writer from Little Creek, a member of the Calhoun-Gilmer Writer's Guild.


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