Nancy Nelson 
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Re: “Mail Fodder

Good for you, trying to keep it in neutral. On the other hand, good luck. As one who went to the streets of Coeur d'Alene to protest Idaho's previous execution and has been at Walla Walla to oppose Washington's five state killings, I can tell you there is no neutral in executions. Granted, your lt. governor's uneasiness with the process is an attempt at neutrality that is comfortable in the laps of the most frightening apologists for the lavish and senseless ritual of execution.

Most proponents of the death penalty who consider themselves enlightened would prefer to decide each case upon its individual merits, better to play good-god/bad-god. But the question I'd like to raise with legal minds this side of the US Supreme Court is, "How is it not cruel and unusual punishment to sentence a man to death and then make him serve a 24-year sentence before he's killed, reminding him every day that he will be killed?" Unfortunately, the best he could get from his lawyers was the question about the iffy death protocol which is generally considered irrelevant by any judge with any ambition. As a former journalist, I say, "Forget neutral. There is no objectivity in capital punishment. Tell the truth. Execution is a bad deal for everybody, and Idahoans have to get past it to make meaningful progress in meeting the state's real needs.

Posted by Nancy Nelson on 11/18/2011 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Coming Home: For Returning Soldiers, the Next Battle is on the Homefront

I'd like everyone to consider a moratorium on thanking vets for their service or labeling them heroes without knowing what they did or how they conducted themselves in the military, whether or not they were in actual combat. A purple heart or a case of PTSD has nothing to do with it.
As a combat veteran and a former journalist, I get bent out of shape about what passes for news and what passes for comentary, too. Ted Rall's piece is labeled commentary. George Price's article is not, but both of them feel free to write their own opinions. I happen to share Rall's perspective and, although I think Price wrote a good story, I don't see any reason for him to call George Nickel a war hero. In fact, I consider war hero an oxymoron.
To find a hero from our current configuration of perpetual war, I suggest you look in stockades and brigs for troops who discovered, as many older veterans have, that war is only a trick used by the rich and powerful to gain control over those of us who like to fight or want to be patriots. War is surrender to the basest and most primitive political instincts and can no longer be won.
The right thing to do for veterans and other humans is to end military adventurism as the foreign policy of choice and put our resources into building communities in which people can help their neighbors thrive instead of going around the world to assist dictators and millionaires.

Rusty Nelson
Spokane Veterans for Peace

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Posted by Nancy Nelson on 09/02/2011 at 5:32 PM

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