September 11, 2014 Issue


Shakespeare play coming Sept. 14

Dear Editor:

The mission of the Arts Guild of Jefferson County is to foster art in the region; to further develop interest in fine arts and crafts, theater, music, and other art mediums; and to promote appreciation of all of the arts in our community.

With this mission in mind, Professor Walter Evans, of Georgia Regents University in Augusta, contacted the Arts Guild to ask if we would be interested in having a performance of Romeo and Juliet come to our community.



Thanks to a grant from the Porter Fleming Foundation, Georgia Regents University will bring a director and four actors from Georgia Shakespeare in Atlanta, integrate them with approximately 20 actors from the CSRA, and together they will perform Romeo and Juliet.

The performance will be held at Jefferson County High School at 2 pm on Sunday, Sept. 14. This will be an opportunity for students and the general public to see a professional performance of a Shakespeare play at our own JCHS. The Arts Guild along with Dr. Alan Long, Ms. Stacy Arnold, and Ms. Shawna Pastor-Pryce from Jefferson County High School, will work together to create an eventful performance at the High School.

The Arts Guild invites all of the community to attend this important production.

Donna Borders
The Arts Guild of Jefferson County Louisville

Thomas honors her mother

It is with a heavy heart and tear drops after tear drops streaming down my face that I write this letter. My mother would have been 72 years of age on Sept. 11. God called her to be at home with him suddenly on Feb. 17.

I was truly shaken up and caught off guard when presented with this news. However, I shouldn’t have been caught off guard because I know the word of God.

God is coming back like a thief in the night. I’m basically feeling sad for myself because I miss the closeness of a spectacular mother/daughter relationship that flourished throughout so many nurturing years.

I’m sending a shout out all over Jefferson County and beyond, spreading love in my mother’s name, Mrs. Janie Mae Jackson Hill, letting each of you know she was always loving and always loved.

Phyllis Hill-Thomas

A long term solutution for ISIS and terrorism across the world

News media in United States are owned by wealthy individuals, corporations, or in the case of “public broadcasting,” are largely funded by both corporations and by government. There are no so-called “mainstream liberal media” in the United States. There are only establishment media that reflect the views of super-rich owners, corporations, and the government establishment irrespective of which political party is in The White House. Take the coverage of the crisis in Ukraine for example. A nuanced assessment of the situation is hard to come by, but here and there are cracks in the establishment narrative. Passive attention to the media is not sufficient to discern the truth. One has to dig for the truth using critical thinking skills along with a willingness to question everything. The media mantra is that Russia and Vladimir Putin are the aggressors in Ukraine.

There is a counter narrative expressed by Stephen F. Cohen professor emeritus of Russian history at Princeton and New York University each Tuesday at 10 p.m. Eastern Time on The John Batchelor Show on WABC radio (am 770). Cohen takes the onus off Vladimir Putin while accusing the United States of funding and strategizing with the post-coup government of Ukraine in Kiev. This view of a largely hidden U.S. hand working behind the scenes with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the government of Poland in an effort to expand NATO is corroborated by John J. Mearsheimer professor of political science at the University of Chicago.

These are the isolated voices of informed dissenters from the U.S. establishment mantra catapulted by compliant U.S. establishment media. The manufactured crisis in Ukraine could be immediately settled politically if Russian and western leaders alike act as adults and put the interest of humanity before the grand games of geostrategic power that great nations play.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union in December 1991, which left the United States as the world’s sole remaining superpower, American neoconservatives proclaimed “the end of history.” They asserted that the United States should use this “unipolar moment” to ensure that it forever remains the unchallenged military, economic, and political force in the world. The Bush administration adopted this doctrine which was voiced by then Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. She stated that the U.S. will never allow any nation or organization to challenged U.S. military superiority anywhere on earth, at sea, in the air, or in space. This doctrine is still in effect and has been expanded to include cyberspace.

A second crisis is now occurring in Syria and Iraq. Colin Powell got it right when he stated that the U.S. broke Iraq and now “owns” the consequences. The 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq was illegal because it was waged using known false pretexts. There was no “intelligence failure.” The Bush administration purposely ignored evidence that Saddam Hussein did not possess weapons of mass destruction (WMD) either nuclear or biological. The U.S. war in Iraq was a premeditated military effort to reshape the entire Middle East in the U.S. political and economic image.

Retired Lt. Gen. William E. Odom warned early in the Iraq war that the worst case scenario was not a civil war in Iraq but a larger war in the region. This scenario is exactly what has come to pass. The unnecessary and counterproductive U.S. war in Iraq coupled with the U.S. “global war on terror” has only “succeeded” in spreading reactionary, anti-American extremism across the Middle East, South Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, as well as vast regions of North, East, and West Africa.

Saddam Hussein warned Americans in one of his last interviews, this one with Dan Rather of CBS News, that if United States invaded Iraq it would come to rue the day. We are now faced with an enemy far worse than Saddam Hussein. The brutality of ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) must be stopped, but the United States faces a dilemma in its militarized foreign policy. The bottom line is that war and killing by the United States is not a solution in itself any more than it is a solution for terrorist organizations like ISIS. Humanity must move beyond war if civilization is to survive on Planet Earth. Yes, ISIS must be stopped, but the United States also must treat Muslims (Sunnis and Shia alike) as we want to be treated. The hypocrisy of U.S. foreign policy is why there is a growing anti-American backlash. Respect for human rights must be the rock solid principle governing U.S. actions. When we treat people using The Golden Rule, we remove popular support that terrorist groups like ISIS rely upon.

This is the long term solution that no military action alone can accomplish. Failure to follow The Golden Rule guarantees that even if we destroy the leadership of ISIS and degrade the organization and its abilities to strike out, an even worse enemy will surely arise. If the American establishment and the American people are really interested in lasting peace, we must develop an enlightened foreign policy that treats all humanity with respect and pursues peace, development, and human rights with even more tenacity than we pursue war.

Randy Cain


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