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Posted: Thursday, May 28, 2009 11:00 pm


Keep an eye on pigeons

Dear Editor:

We help keep bird seed suppliers in business and for nine years in Ahwatukee, high numbers of birds and numerous species visiting our backyard have appreciated it. Until about two weeks ago, no pigeons. Now there were two regulars and more could be, I thought, expected.

When I was a boy in Dayton, Ky., just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, pigeons were everywhere and popular as pets. The first time I heard them called "rats of the air," was here in Arizona.

When I was 17, I enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was shipped to Great Lakes Naval Training Center, just north of Chicago. There I was given a second physical examination and a few days later, a Navy doctor called me in and said, "Jim, we have to send you home." He showed me my X-rays. My lungs had hundreds of scars. As a child I had had what was then diagnosed as whooping cough, and I remember frequently spitting up considerable blood.

A hundred years later, it seems, our family doctor here in Phoenix suggested I should have a head-to-toe physical and on me being X-rayed, he said, "Have you ever lived in the Ohio River Valley?" At my age, I thought I was through being amazed. The scars on my lungs were not a result of whooping cough; pigeons had done a number on me. Well, a virus associated with pigeons droppings, and the Ohio River Valley at Cincinnati was a hot-bed.

As for the Ahwatukee pigeons in our backyard, I'm keeping a close eye on their numbers.

James Tallon


Support Israel

Dear Editor:

Please hear the voices of those who support our friends in Israel.

Adam de la Torre


Russia isn't exactly an

 environmental leader

Dear Editor:

Don Kennedy, in a May 13 letter to AFN ("Enough to make the Pope swear") talks about the Russians starting to drill in the Arctic Ocean for oil. The first paragraph in his letter reads very similar to the first paragraph in the blog "Energy and Oil."

Kennedy states in his letter that the Russians are using "floating reactors for drilling platforms." Perhaps he should check his facts. The Russians are starting to develop floating nuclear reactors to power oil drilling rigs and populated areas near the drilling sites. If this idea comes to fruition the two, reactors and drilling rigs, will be separate.

The Russians have a long history of ignoring the environmental hazards of nuclear waste. For 30 years they dumped thousands of contaminated containers and scuttled nuclear submarines near the Arctic Island of Novaya Zemlaya. How long did they lie about the disaster at Chernobyl? This has the potential of a global disaster of epic proportions given the Russians' past history.

One way to start energy independence, albeit a small thing, is to get rid of the "pig mobiles." Most of the people who own large trucks and SUVs that get 10 or 12 miles per gallon buy them for I.A.M. - it's about me - show off.

William W. Thurber


Even Russians think we're sinking to Marxism

Dear Editor:

"It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American decent into Marxism is happening with breath taking speed, against the back drop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people.

True, the situation has been well prepared on and off for the past century, especially the past 20 years. The initial testing grounds was conducted upon our Holy Russia and a bloody test it was. But we Russians would not just roll over and give up our freedoms and our souls, no matter how much money Wall Street poured into the fists of the Marxists.

Those lessons were taken and used to properly prepare the American populace for the surrender of their freedoms and souls, to the whims of their elites and betters." Stanislav Mishin, journalist Pravada.

The above quotation is the opening of a longer editorial that appeared April 27 in Pravada. The words should make your mouths dry and your palms sweat. When the Ruskies start characterizing the U. S. this way, we're in a heap of big trouble. Pay particular attention to the first sentence of the second paragraph.

Ignorance and apathy anyone, as your freedom and liberty slips away?

Don Kennedy


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