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Editorial comment GUEST EDITORIAL... End the Iraqi embargo now by Bishop Craig Anderson for The Monitor in Concord, NH saeae The world teetered for a few days on the brink of war in Iraq but cooler heads prevailed and we find ourselves now hoping we can carry it a step further - ending the trade embargo that has devastated the people of Iraq. A week before the United States brokered a peaceful resolution with Iraq through UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, the National Council of Churches, I ' /'f''  one of the nation's largest religious organizations, sent a letter to President Clinton urging a peaceful resolution to the Iraqi Anderson crisis. In my role as president of the organization, I had written President Clinton, urging him to: "Continue diplomacy patiently, even doggedly. Insist on UN compliance but practice restraint. Pursue a humanitarian, not a military, option." While the successful diplomatic effort to resolve - at least for now - the crisis in Iraq came as heartening news to many reaaious leaders, we're still concerned about the trade embargo against Iraq. In that same letter to President Clinton, we urged that a way be found to shift the embargo against Iraq so that it affects only ,military supplies to allow the world community to address the need for food, clean water and healthcare for the Iraqi people." Such a move would go a long way toward ending the malnutrition and disease that already has claimed more than one million lives in Iraq; half of them children. The embargo must end. It has been an ineffective strategy at a needless cost of human suffering. Alternatively an aggressive humanitarian embrace of Iraqi people offers a resolution through compassion and puts forward a sign of hope. It is not toa late for such a course and it can be pursued at a fraction of the cost of war. It builds on the provisions of aid in which our member churches and other religious communities have long engaged. It promises to draw Iraq back into the family of nations in place of a future of greater isolation and disrespect. It offers healing not further hurt. It conforms to the best in the hearts of the American people. In our letter, we wrote, "We are attracted to the Mennonite proposal of 'a massive effort to provide medicine and food for starving and sick Iraqi people.' Suppose our planes and personne|were commissioned to deliver aid, not drop bombs. Suppose our policy was to resupply hospitals, offer skilled medical care, open access to foodstuffs, rebuild the infrastructure needed for the flow of life, UrSue economic development and other undational ingredients of peace. It is a vision with practical and strategic possibility." We believe sucha massive humanitarian response is possible. It offers "high ground." It would allow the world to breathe easier beyond anxiety and tension. It would conform to the religious instincts of the American people and give voice to our most deeply shared commitments of faith. There is practical wisdom as well as spiritual counsel in the words of Scripture: "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord. Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good. In addition to the 34 member churches of the National Council of Churches, representing some 52 million American Christians, other supporters of a diplomatic solution include United States Catholic Conference, the Middle East Council of Churches and The American Muslim Council. We told the President, "We offer the communities of faith we represent as partners in a humanitarian course of response to traq. We are eager to provide aid and healing." -Craig Anderson, an Episcopal Bishop, is president of the National Council of Churches, Rector of St. Paul's School and son of Alvin and Glenn Anderson of Odessa Dear Mr. Ross: I've thought about heart full of compassion and hope this letter for a long time. Certainly my need is no greater than most; nevertheless, I feel compelled to write. I have so many of the things I've always dreamed of-a loving husband, beautiful children, and an education I worked hard for. I did not think these things were ever possible because since I was a young girl, I developed excessive facial and body hair. I tried everything to hide it, but it only made it worse. Boys didn't want to date me. Instead they teased me about how they wished they had a mustache like mine. Girls were no better. Because I also have a large nose, one girl said I should be Groucho Marx for Halloween. One roommate in college said she didn't know she'd be rooming with a gorilla. Get the picture? These are extremely painful memories. I share them only so you can understand the depths of my despair. My children are young now, but I'm terrified of the day when they will ask me why I have all this facial hair. Fortunately, that day hasn't arrived yet. I'm in my thirties and the problem is only getting worse. We really don't know why God has created us certain ways. I thought this was my lot in life something I must learn to live with. That is until I heard of a miraculous laser technique for removing hair. Only problem-it's expensive. I stay home with my children and only work part time. There is, and will for your bright future that I explain the following. I'm printing your letter, not to further your humiliation, but so others with the same condition don't have to suffer in silence any longer. I've spoken with the people from Spa Thira, nationally based out of San Diego. They have 14 centers throughout the country where the SoftLight Laser Hair Removal System is available. They can treat the facial hair on your lip, chin, cheeks and neck with a 5 treatment plan for each of the 4 areas of the face for a total cost of $3,300. The initial 2 treatments are done over a 4 to 6 week period, with 3 more treatments to be done over the next 6 to 8 months for optimum results. Sound like a dream come true? It is. Please be mindful though that excessive facial hair is some thing that requires long-term management for there is no "cure." In subsequent years, you will need to continue with some maintenance treatments. The letter I'm sending you is the only thing needed to receive your treatments at the SpaThira closest to you. And don't worry about the bill, because it will be forwarded on to me. I want to thank you for being so brave and sharing with the nation your dark seeded pain and humiliation. Come forward now, into the light, because miracles really do come true. And for my other readers who always be, more pressing things to do would like more information for with our money Although I only live themselves or a loved one, please ! 2 hours from a Spa Thira center, it s call 1-888-76-THIRA for the Spa 8offman is out of my grasp. One treatment for my Thira closest to you. The '   upper lip alone would be around $400 organization is comprised of caring VISTO member an at least two treatments would be individuals who are ready to assist at St. Benedict necessary. I also have hair covering you. my cheeks; chin and neck. Can you ***** ! Linda Hoffman, daughter of Keith see why I m writing? Editor's note: You may visit and Lois Hoffman, Bellingham, is a I don't know what all this would Percy Ross' web site at member of the Volunteers in Service cost, but the miracle seems so close, to Others (VISTO) Singers at the yet so far away. I write to you in strict ***** i/ College of Saint Benedict and Saint confidence. Please do not publish this Write Pero' Ross, P.O. Box 39000- John s University. Hoffman is a first- letter. It would be too painful if B, Minneapolis, MN 55439. Include year music major at CSB. anyone found out it was me. The your phone number and the name of The VISTO Singers is a group of humiliation I live through every day is this publication. All letters are read. CSB/SJU students who love making more than enough. Only a few are answered in this /t music and performing for others. The Anonymous ... Any City, USA column; others may be acknowledged goal of the group "is to reach people privately. through music, especially people who Dear Anonymous: It is with a ' are unable to participate in community activities.. Dah'00,00M so high honorS list :: ' regularly at local group homes, the CLUES DOWN CLUES ACROSS 1. Mother, sort of I. Asian nation 8. Bullfighters 2. Continent 9. Oarsman 3. Mediation council 10. Tear down 4. Refrained from 11. Tranquil 5. Kidney beans 14. Great 6. Pout 15. Girl's name 7. Lavender soap brand 17. In a frayed way 12. Licenses television 19. Old stations 23. Bantoid language 13. Dishonest 24. Mr. Picasso 14. Shade 25. Eating places 16. Anomaly 18. Particle 20. Mariner 2 I. Slag 22. Recess SOLUTIONS DOWN SOLUTIONS ACROSS C5980003 !. Queen of the May 1. Qatar 8. Toreros 2. Eurasia 9. Rower 3. NLRB 10. Rase 4. Fasted 1 !. Peaceful 5. Haricots " , 14. Peachy 6. Mow 15. Stacey 7. Yardley 17. Raggedly 12. FCC t9. Aged 13. Thievish 23. Swahili 14. Parasol 24. Pabio 16. Albino 25. Luncheonettes 18. Grain 20. Gob 2 I. Dross 22. Apse VA Medical Center in St. Cloud, at senior citizen socials and many other social functions throughout the year. Volunteers are expected to commit themselves to the group for at least one semester and attend an hour of practice a week and one performance a month. i ONCE AGAIN . . . MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Dick Strei Lucille Myers Agnes Thomson Carl Schmidt Win. C. Clifton Don Henrichs Dorothy Sis Roy Bailey Justine Anderson Norman Davis Steven Kunrath Johnny Larson Mrs. Milton Krogsrud Brent Gerber Kip Willers James WeHnitz Robert J. Hasslen James Croatt Cheryl Wittnebel Loren Hunt Mrs. Ed Froelich Donley Pansch Tom Olson Dennis Olson Cliff Olson Cindy Pillatzki Wanda Djonne Kent Bolsta Donald Mittelstaedt Stuart Deal Carlton Anderson Brenda Mork Ralph Perry Bryan Mogen Harvey Kunkel Rev. Robert Friedrich Dennis Pansch Russell Skundberg Gregory Stretch Lois Nitz John Plathe Adeline Overberg Stephen Weber Charles Lindquist M/Ms. R. Papasso Mrs. Edna Boldenow Mark Dybdal Brad Shelstad Donald Schumacher Vi Rabe Larry Kraayenbrink Bob Dinnei Jonathan Dalai, son of Robert and Lois Dalai, formerly'of Ortonville, has been named to the high honors list at Mankato State University for winter quarter. To qualify for the high honors list, a student must achieve a 4.0 straight "A" average and be enrolled in at least 12 credits. Making the honors list, for students earning a 3.5 to 3.99 grade point aver- age, was Brandon Prasnicki, son of Sherrie Giese of Ortonville. Bloodmobile has successful visit in Big Stone County The American Red Cross Bloodmobile recently was in Big Stone County and had a successful visit despite adverse weather condi- tions on a couple of the days that it was here. The following information was reported. Ortonville: Goal 120; Those pre- senting to donate 94, deferrals 5, and incomplete donations 1. Actual units collected 88. One first timer. Graceville: Goal 7"0; Those pr, senting 92, deferrals 10, and incom- plete donations 1. Actual units col- lected 81. Three first timers. Clinton: Goal 50; Those present- ing 56, deferrals 10, and incomplete donations 2. Actual units collected 44. No first timers. Beardsley: Goal 45; Those pre- senting 45, deferrals 5, and incom- plete donations 0. Actual units col- lected 40. One first timer. The following pins were present- ed: First timers: Janice Shepard, Jackie Vollmer, Martha Fischer and Clint GilsdOrf 1 Gallon: Michelle Stotesbery, Zeke Tschetter, Jr., Jacklyn Taffe, Nancy Deutsch, Kim Kuecheumeister and Jim Nelson 2 Gallons: Gale Adolph, Ann Trebil, Deb Wentland, Bill Thyne, Paula Hofer and V'u'ginia Void 3 Gallons: Shirley Tritz, Karl Pansch, Marie Athey, LaVonne Erickson, Darlene Hendricks and Earl Dikstal 4 Gallons: Eunice Schmieg, Jeannie Krueger, Charles Stein, Carol Wieck and Jim Altrich 5 Gallons: Brent Olson, Shelley Lamers and John Cunningham 6 Gallons: Jerry Gibson, Patricia Karsky, Don Karsky and Richard Weber 7 Gallons: Ray Pansch 8 Gallons: Germain Kunz 9 Gallons: Ann Vaage 11 Gallons: Milfred Salverson TUBBS SOFT WATER Drinking Water Systems Iron Removal Systems Salt Delivew .-=qR00=tma, MN Phone 289-1999 Page 4 INDEPENDENT Inde ooaJee JEANETTE JAMES D. 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