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Interesting front-page story in the Sierra Sun on Sept. 6, “Uniforms a hit at KB Elementary.”

There are at least two separate issues here:

1. Should schools be dictating what their students wear?



2. Should schools be run by government?

Question No. 1 depends on the answer to No. 2.



If governments own and operate the schools, and governments have no right to dictate to us subjects what clothing we wear, then the obvious answer is no! No, even if the girls’ nipple-rings keep getting stuck on the boys’ tongue studs.

If schools are privately owned, then the answer is yes, the owners are free to dictate whatever they want, as long as they harm no one and the parents of the students are free to negotiate with the owners of the schools in whatever area they please, whether it’s cost, educational content … or kids’ uniforms.

Obviously, the problem is that for four to seven generations, the US subjects have allowed their government to control our schools and media, resulting in either the teacher quoted, or the reporter quoting: “… the kids are taking it serious.”

If it’s really true that 93 parents of the parents think it’s OK for their government to dictate what their kids wear, this country has sunken considerably farther than even I thought. Let’s dress ’em all in brownshirts, teach ’em the real straight-arm solute and prepare ’em to guard the rest of us in those concentration camps. Sieg heil, y’all!

Bob Wynman

Carnelian Bay

Regarding Mark McLaughlin’s “Whiskey is for drinking. Water is for fighting.” in the Tuesday, Sept. 12 Sierra Sun : Indians have always been on the losing end during water decisions until Pyramid Lake’s Water Agreement.

I am a Paiute whose ancestors came from the Yosemite-Mono Lake area. First, we Paiutes lost Hetch Hetchy Valley as it was flooded and dammed up. That water was sent to San Francisco. The creeks we lived around Mono Lake were drained and the water diverted to Los Angeles. Paiute’s Owens Lake was drained and the waters diverted to Los Angeles. Winnemucca Lake and the Fallon area marshes, which we Paiute used to fish and duck hunt, were drained. Honey Lake, which was another Paiute area, was also drained. Washoes lost Lake Tahoe. So we Paiutes know who is on the losing end during water negotiations. So let’s be fair, and give the original Indian inhabitants some say in water decisions.

Jake Smith

Sacramento

Regarding the column, “Following our ignorance into war,” (Mon, Sept. 11), the writer might consider, when pointing his finger, three are pointing back at himself. His armchair quarterbacking is annoying. He asserts that the war in Iraq is based on our ignorance of the region, that American support of the war is tied in with a mistaken assumption that Saddam and Iraq were connected to 9/11. He then makes a silly analogy using football and proceeds to lend an air of sophistication to his pseudo rhetoric by quoting Sun Tzu on war.

To avoid pointing the finger myself, I’ll point all five ” my entire hand ” and say such anti-Iraq War rhetoric is typical and tiresome. It is typical of those who are more out of touch and ignorant than the common people who do the common stereotyping, and tiresome because it is the same irritating drumbeat of anti-American claptrap we are constantly enduring: We Americans are ignorant; we don’t know what we are doing; we don’t know the enemy; we don’t know ourselves; we don’t know this and we don’t know that, etc. and etc.

More often than not the common man’s prejudice and prescription is wiser the more discerning than the airy rationalizations of these armchair quarterbacks. I, for one, am getting rather tired of their arrogant and presumptuous chatter, both in written and spoken form.

Dean Mansfield

Soda Springs


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