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Reader's view: Preoccupation with Michael Jackson disquieting

In a television drama several decades ago, heroes were helpless to make moves to save the entire world because kidnappers were holding five hostages. If one backs away from the excitement created by the mani-...

In a television drama several decades ago, heroes were helpless to make moves to save the entire world because kidnappers were holding five hostages. If one backs away from the excitement created by the mani-

pulators of mind (or mindlessness), it seems a rather unbelievable plot -- to forgo saving a world of people for the lives of five of those humans. I have seen that type of plot repeated over and over since then.

We are seeing it now, in the death of Michael Jackson. On the morning news channel I had on the morning of June 29 just to see how far this stupidity would go, more than half of the morning news time was spent on speculation about how someone could have a heart attack suddenly without foul play involved, who would get his children and so on and on.

Our world is in so much danger now. War, torture, climate change, lack of health care, destruction of our natural resources, economic crisis, lack of respect of people because of color, gender, religion and other differences are rampant. Hat groups are gaining members, big business (banking, mining, insurance, political powers) do pretty much what produces most profit. The health, peace, education and livelihood of the entire world is in a state of flux and all the media can talk about is the life and death of one pop star. We are in big trouble. What can we do about it?

In Minnesota we could see that Al Franken takes his rightful seat to have a voice in positive legislation and that the governor of Minnesota not be allowed to make moves punitive to most of our population, at the reward for a few.

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Margaret Olson Webster
Tamarack

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