December 14, 2005 

Correction•War on X-mas•Help Kofi

Correction

In last week's Gift Guide Advertorial section, we inadvertantly misspelled a couple buisness names. The correct names are Veritas Fine Books and Everyware.

War on X-mas

Have you heard the news? There is "War" on Christmas. A WAR! A pretty harsh statement, but unfortunately, it's just another a sign of the times.

And what, you may ask, constitutes such a bold attack on the celebration of the birth of Jesus? Use of phrases such as "happy holidays," and "season's greetings." Amazing how much power a seemingly innocuous saying can wield.

But to those whose Christmas-themed mugs of hot cocoa are filled to the brim with anger and hatred over these few words, we pose this simple question: Is your belief in Christianity so shallow as to evaporate at the mere acknowledgment of the various religious celebrations that coincide with Christmas? Perhaps spending less time shopping at Wal-Mart and more time enjoying the gifts God has bestowed on us would remind you of the true meaning of Christmas.

As America is a melting pot of people, so too is it a land of varied beliefs. Greater tolerance, acceptance and kindness might be just what this nation is in need of. "Happy holidays" does not exclude Christmas, but is inclusive of all the religious traditions that make our country so unique. And this, perhaps, may be the real issue.

Despite what you might have heard recently, freedom to worship as one pleases is one of the foundations upon which our founding fathers build this nation.

So, in celebration of the season, we'd like to wish each and every one of you a Mele Kalikimaka, Happy Chanukah, Wild Winter Solstice, Kickin' Kwanzaa, Brilliant Boxing Day, Bodacious Bodhi Day and a Happy New Year!

Oh yeah, and "happy holidays," America.

--Dexter and Sandy McBride

Help Kofi

I KOFI ANNAN, secretary-general of the United Nations, would like to ask your partnership in reprofilling funds over $250m in excess , the funds would be coming via a string of selected banks in Europe and Asia.

The funds in question were generated by me during the oil for food program in Iraq.

I have been getting scandals/ controversy in this regards. You would be paid 5 percent as your management fee. Please do not write back directly to me via my official e-mail address as all further correspondence should be sent to my private mail box. As soon as you indicate your interest, I will give further details. Remember to treat this mail and transaction as strictly confidential.

I will wait to get your urgent correspondence via my private mail box.

--Kofi

Editor's Note: Ummm, Kofi, a little advice here, bud. If you are in trouble over the scandals involving oil for food, why would anyone else want to be the recipient of your ill-gotten gains? Just something to think about.

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