Bernie Hughes, Superior
We are continually reminded of the passage of time. Recently, it was the passing of Billy Graham at age 99. How about me, a lot of us are thinking? How about me? Local poet Bud Brand reminds us in his recent poem that we must make the best of what time we have: The continuum of time is a subject most perplexing: immune to explanation and devoid of any flexing. Time is what it is- no beginning and no end- and once it passes by it won't come back again.
I have written pieces about the futility of war before, and I was pleased to see, "A Canadian's view" in the June 8 issue of the Duluth News Tribune. He ended his piece with words spoken by President Franklin Roosevelt, my first American president whom I remember fondly, when he spoke at Kingston, Ontario, in 1938, speaking to Canada's 150th birthday. He said about American and Canadian relations (and every word is still true):
I received the following poem by Bud Brand, local poet who has become fairly well-known. Actually, he has had 78 works of poetry published 195 times in various venues. He sent a recent poem of his, "Causes of War," to me and will highlight my brief conclusion that follows: Patriotism never dies Though soldiers fall in battle, A loss of life snuffed out by Some politicians' prattle. There are those causes well and good That need a call of arms, But talk and ego should not deem We heed that loud alarm. A call to war is never right
The following are very serious problems of our world today. They are not only serious now, but threaten to grow worse if unattended. Overpopulation may not be a threat in the U.S., but it is becoming worse in other parts of the world. The greater population problems become elsewhere, the more our still open spaces become to an world's overcrowded world. In spite of religious doctrine, we need to reduce pregnancies by making birth control easier and abortions less onerous.
Is the end coming nearer? For an old curmudgeon like me, the end isn't too far away any way. True Perspective is caring for this 90ish-year-old couple — I will soon be 94 — so the end can't be that far away, in any case. What's my point today? War has become to be the costliest financial endeavor for most U.S. politicians. President Eisenhower, previously a World War II general, warned us years ago when he said in his farewell address: "We are led, line, hook and sinker by the military industrial complex."
Isn't it about time that women have equal rights by a constitutional amendment? Women finally received the right to vote in 1920, but equal rights — no, no, no. The legal data is too much for restatement here, but some for brief review of the history of the Equal Rights Amendment: * First introduced to Congress in 1923. * Ratified by Congress in 1972. * ERA was extended to states for ratification in April 1972; by March 1977 only 35 of the necessary 38 states passed. Five states later rescinded ratification.
Most of us agree racism is bad in our democracy. I remember in my World War II basic infantry training days in Fort McClellan in Alabama, a neighborhood bar had a sign posted prohibited African Americans from being in the tavern. We hadn't eliminated racism with the Civil War, but we have decreased prejudice against African Americans a good deal since then. How about sexism?