Letters to the Editor
As a “civilized” society, have we become so self-righteously insensitive such that we have lost our perspective on civilized humanity?
It seems that we spend huge sums of money to prevent execution of convicted murderers and, then, self-righteously demand that we are allowed to execute healthy, full-term, pre-born infants!
Have we become so mixed up in our subjective social consideration that we have lost our ability to distingusih between good and evil? Have we become culturally insane?
New York, Virginia and now Illinois want the legal right to destroy the unborn up to and including the moment of delivering a fully viable infant. Roughly 23 other states are considering likewise.
It is not my intent to argue any particular political position. My question is simple. Have we, as civilized society, lost our perspective about what is civilized as opposed to brutishly uncultured?
On Feb. 12, the world lost a great soul, Lyndon LaRouche, a man I knew and worked with for more than 45 years. He was an extraordinary genius with insights in areas from classical music and drama to physics and philology. But he was not an academic.
His abiding passion was to uplift humanity out of poverty and backwardness and to use the creativity of the human mind to advance all people. In this mission over many decades he had significant dealings with numerous political leaders including: Ronald Reagan, Indira Ghandi and Lopez Portillo.
He was not afraid to challenge those of wealth and power and did so with pungency and humor. And he was effective — so much so that they fought back with slanders, legal attacks and even assassination attempts. When LaRouche was sent to prison in 1989, former Attorney General Ramsey Clark characterized the case as “involving a broader range of deliberate cunning and systemic misconduct over a longer period of time using the power of the federal government resources than any other prosecution by the U.S. government in my time or to my knowledge.”
Unfortunately, most people have heard only the slanders and the media distortions about LaRouche. The Alameda Sun has published occasional letters to the editor over the past couple of years written by me and others. These have given a tiny insight into the real Lyndon LaRouche.
I appreciate the editors for this, and I urge readers to investigate further. A full obituary for LaRouche can be found at https://larouchepub.com/other/2019/lyndon_h_larouche_jr_obituary.html.
I live in the neighborhood adjacent to Alameda High School and pay parcel taxes to support Alameda schools. Currently, it is nearly impossible to traverse Oak or Park streets or Encinal and Central avenues, during lunch time or after school hours when the approximately 1,800 students hit the streets.
There is total disregard by the students for traffic laws as they commandeer intersections with zero supervision by school staff or the police department. The intersection of Encinal and Oak is frequently blocked by parents in cars picking up their children after school. Residents have to plan travel times around school hours or take detour routes. Forget about going out to lunch yourself.
If the proposed consolidation of Alameda High School and Encinal High School comes to fruition, the combined number of students could be as many as 3,100 students overwhelming the neighborhood.
The school district’s website on school consolidation community impacts section only addresses student travel options and the effect on Park Sreet businesses. Has the impact to the neighboring residents been analyzed? How will the school district mitigate the effect an additional 1,300 high-school students will have on the residential community?