Are we to be judged by our lawns,

even during drought?

            I was alarmed by an article published July 12, 2018, titled “Moves to clean up Moroni hinge on enforcement.” The article stated “Moroni has an excellent secondary irrigation system and more water than most towns, which could translate to lots of green lawns… yet an increasing number of homes, including some at the town entrance, have no lawns at all.”
I thought we were suffering a severe water shortage due to the drought. In fact, most towns are under water restrictions, including Moroni. I have let my lawn go brown, focusing on conserving water. Am I to be condemned for not maintaining a green lawn? Seems like a case of “damned if you do, damned if you don’t.”
There are better alternatives for our yards; we should be encouraging and utilizing xeriscaping and drought-resistant plants.
Even if we weren’t experiencing a water shortage, we still live in a desert, and it’s time to start acting like it.
Susan Murdoch
Manti

Is Ephraim losing

never-to-be-replaced

diamonds?

 

Apr. 19, 2108

 

Sanpete County is an area rich in historical architecture built by the pioneers.

But it’s not as rich as it had been many, many years ago before a great number of architectural gems—yes, some of them surely diamonds—began to disappear from the scene.

Over 100 years ago, centrally locating Snow College necessitated the removal of many pioneer-era (1854-1890) homes in Ephraim. Later expansion and student housing mandated the demolition of still more such homes.

But now, sadly, we see an example of a not-so-necessary demolition: the once-beautiful Madsen house (295 E. College Avenue), which had informed observant passersby as to Ephraim’s beginnings and the admirable workmanship and ideals of the pioneers.

For an accurate historical record, not only should the statelier and more beautiful historic houses be preserved but also the humbler, simpler ones belonging to the laborer, the farmer, the not so well-to-do. These houses also demonstrate admirable, long-abandoned building skills and often convey a homely charm.

Not only did Snow College disband their comprehensive Traditional Building Skills Institute (TBSI) program years ago, which could have been vital to our community, they went so far as to demolish the very focus of the TBSI—its hands-on restoration project, the Madsen house.

What a gift that restoration would have been to our community—an inspiring example!

Now it is gone.

I know a little about restoring old houses, and I know where there’s a will there certainly is a way. Foundation problems? Not so hard to deal with. It’s simply an overused excuse to facilitate the needless destruction of an irreplaceable historical asset.

We need not be helpless victims to the whims of shortsighted people who consider historic buildings to be dispensable.

We need to educate people as to the value of protecting and preserving our ever-diminishing and always threatened architectural history.

Why not offer a class at Snow College?

Why not reinstate the TBSI? The outstanding Greaves-Deakin house at 118 S. Main Street would be an excellent choice for a TBSI project.

Additionally, why does our local government do nothing to protect Ephraim’s architectural heritage so it will survive to tell the story of our town’s unique beginnings? Why doesn’t the city buy up threatened buildings to resell under covenant and on condition their exteriors be historically preserved?

Right now, three or more such houses on Ephraim’s Main Street are in dire need of protection.

Is it just a matter of time until they too will fall hapless victims of people who fail to understand and appreciate their value?

It is time to take some decisive steps to save Ephraim’s pioneer architecture.

 

Sherron Andreasen

Ephraim

Efficient government needed in Ephraim

 

Apr. 19, 2018

 

When I came to Ephraim 43 years ago, Arlene Deleeuw and Valene Aston were running city hall. Wayne Sevy was the marshal with his own pickup. I was able to build my dome house, and everything worked fine.

Today, I wouldn’t be allowed to build my dome house, there are seven people in the office and they subcontract the billing. There are seven policemen and no beer hall to police.

Crime in the U.S. is down, and violent crime is half what it was 10 years ago.

Why such a large bureaucracy in Ephraim?

What has happened to efficient government?

In spite of multiple government grants, Ephraim transferred thousands of dollars of utility surplus funds to the general fund last year. Now the utility funds are low, and they want to raise taxes (bond) by about 10 percent for utilities.

Ephraim’s spending, like the federal government’s spending, is out of control.

Ephraim is facing Utah law S.B. 81 (2017) which outlaws charging a franchise fee and licensing for profit, which they have ignored for a year now.

I printed out the bill (S.B. 81) and presented it to the city council on the first of last month with my recommendation for implementing it.

The city council is still ignoring this law which would cut into their revenue substantially.

The city has called a public hearing at the city office on May 2 at 6 p.m. to receive public comment on the bond.

When one person shows up, their opposition is ignored.

If you are concerned about how the city is running their finances, etc., this is the time to show up in force. I will be there.

 

Frank Crowther

Ephraim

Students acted wisely,

but not government

 

Aren’t we all deeply moved and proud of students who have demonstrated their support, their empathy, for everyone who has suffered and who may yet suffer in the wake of the horrific shootings that grip our country.

Administrators, teachers and parents too should be honored and respected for their support and their willingness to allow these young people to be heard.

A most egregious mistake was made when government failed years ago to ban assault weapons from the hands of the citizenry, and now a great many people have such weapons.

The right to bear arms needs to have some reasonable limits and safeguards, or, as we clearly see, there is chaos and tragedy.

It is time we make America a safer place, where everyone can enjoy life and the pursuit of happiness and not be stripped of those blessings as they innocently go about their daily lives.

 

Sherron Andreasen

Ephraim

Cabal agenda is the

problem, not gun control

 

As a mother and grandmother, I cannot remain silent. I must speak out against an evil striking at the heart of all that is held dear.

The “Valentine Massacre” in a Florida-school shooting claimed the lives of 17 children and wounded many others. The toll of such tragedies ever since the year 2000 (according to the “Survivors speak out: Two decades of school shooting survivors speak out about solutions” in Deseret News on Feb. 22) totals 149 killed and scores of others wounded.

Media sources continue to report that the urgent remedy to the slaughter of innocent children is gun control. This mantra is perpetuated through demonstrations and by other means.

First is the tragedy, then the demand for gun control. This has been an all-too-familiar pattern ever since the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.

No, the problem is not guns or the perpetuation of violence.

The problem is the agenda of a secret and deeply entrenched cabal seeking to destroy our God-given right to bear arms under the Constitution.

Our sovereignty is heading for a meltdown. Planned for us is a dictatorship underneath the United Nations and a one-world government.

Today’s reality stems from brutal, hardened conspirators drunk with the poisonous drive for power and gain. They care nothing about the suffering of human life. Such amoral groups have a history of destroying nations, including two great Christian civilizations on this hemisphere. (See Ether chapter 8 of the Book of Mormon.)

Cries of our children, victims of this merciless conspiracy, must not go unheeded.

Evidence is available, and wickedness will be unmasked as the light of truth shines upon this deadly evil.

 

Jane A. Braithwaite

Manti

Congrats to state winners,

says proud grandpa

 

Last week the Manti High School boys basketball team was able to do the almost unbelievable…take state when no one at the first of the year thought that to be a possibility.

What a great accomplishment and culmination of a lot of hours of blood, sweat, and tears, on both the ballplayers’ side and also the many coaches’ side.  Watching the glorious firetruck celebration down main-street yesterday, brought back so many memories and nostalgia from fifty-two years ago, when the very first Manti High boys basketball team took state for the very first time.

I, along with six other current grey-headed and weathering Sanpete residents, and several others living outside Sanpete, had the great honor and blessing of experiencing this same ecstasy, of that which these newly-crowned warriors started to feel as they left the St. George arena having won it all.

I wanted to congratulate my grandson Mason, a member of this remarkable group of young men, and tell him and his companions, how this single event will help to shape, bend and mold their future lives, for the better, if they will but stay true to the things they learned along the way.

They don’t realize it now, but this happening will be hashed over and dissected over and over again through the many years now following.  Take it from those first old “Codgers”, who still meet together on different battlefields, such as the golf course, or bedside of loved ones— the memories still live on.

Enjoy the ride, but also remember those souls who inspired, lifted, encouraged, and helped you all to be where you are now.  For myself, I remember the Keith Andersons, Woodrow Becks, and several Hill families from Gunnison; I recall the Manti Don Stotts, Jackson Wanlasses, Richard Olsons, Cecil Coxes, Wilbur Braithwaites and many others who visited our locker rooms after each home game;  I remember the Paul and Glen Baileys and Bruce Irons, Mac Wilkeys, from North Sanpete.

These old timers of the Sanpete community left a legacy of caring  and influence for hundreds of young people.   These were the stalwarts of the community, whose lives touched the souls of youth.  Now I give not only my grandson, who represents the fifth generation of Manti Templars who played sports in the family, as well as Mason’s cohorts on the court, a BIG CHALLENGE:  Go be the same loving, caring, encouraging influence on those who will follow after you, as you have had given to you from those who have gone beyond,or about to.

 

 

Leland Thompson

Ephraim

Concerned about possible

U.S. constitutional convention

 

Feb. 1, 2018

 

The Declaration of Independence contains the statement, “ All men are created equal, and endowed with certain inalienable rights. Among these are the life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. To obtain these rights government is instituted, deriving its just powers from the consent of the governed.”

The preamble to the U.S. Constitution starts, “We the people.”

Winston Churchill talked about the “profound significance of human choice, and the sublime responsibility of men.”

The Utah Constitution, Section 2 says, “All political power is inherent in the people; and all free governments are founded on their authority for their equal protection and benefit; and the people have the right to alter or reform their government as the public welfare may require.

Section 27 of the Utah Constitution, a section titled “Fundamental Rights,” says: “Frequent recurrence to fundamental principles is essential to the security of individual rights and the perpetuity of free government.”

There is in a Utah legislative committee a bill calling for a constitutional convention supposedly to limit federal government expenditures and require a balanced budget.

If this idea passes three-fourths of the states, such a convention could rewrite the constitution as the original founders did the Articles of Confederation.

By the means of this power, we as a nation are in danger of losing rights enumerated in the Constitution with the hope of limiting the federal government. Why should the federal government  honor a new restraining law where it now ignores the restraints of the present Constitution.

Fundamental rights have been eroded by the negligence and ignorance of the people, enabling government bureaucracies to gain power.

This is a natural occurrence due to the nature of government. The bureaucrats are hired full time to regulate and enforce. The politicians who are supposedly there to protect our freedoms are more interested in getting elected by catering to special interests. They are interested in preserving their power over the people, but the people do have the power to vote them out of office.

The judicial branch is in the same mode. They have circumvented people’s rights and created many laws controlling every aspect of public and personal life.

For instance, in the final instructions to a jury, the judge will read the instructions, “If you find the defendant broke the law you must find him guilty.”

This statement strips the jury, the “people’s representatives,” of the power to negate laws of the Legislature by their own conscience or in consideration of the circumstances.

This power is set by the tradition of trial by a jury of your peers and expressed in the Utah Constitution Section 15, which says, “The jury shall have the right to determine the law and the fact.”

The people err from ignorance. Schools need to teach principles of freedom and responsibility. I am encouraged by the self education found in Internet use, rather than the traditional thought which is contrary to freedom and people’s self interest, namely larger government.

 

Frank M. Crowther

Ephraim

Disagrees with BYU

broadcasting decisions

 

The reason for BYU Broadcasting dropping classical music from KBYU-FM and PBS from KBYU TV came to light during an interview on BYU TV on Jan. 21, 2018.

The managing director of BYU Broadcasting said that Elder Dallin Oaks told him in a meeting THAT BYU Broadcasting should teach the LDS gospel. From that, the director evidently inferred that classical music and PBS programming did not teach the “gospel” so Bach and Handel are going away as are nature and the Lawrence Welk Show, even with its LDS stars.

Programs such as Studio C and Extinct follow that order better for their target audience of 7 to 54 years of age, he said. Does that mean that the retired wealthy donors to BYU should end their donations because they are no longer important?

Personally, I believe that when BYU TV broadcasts talks given at Education Week on the BYU campus it was teaching the LDS gospel better than BYU volleyball and basketball are now.

It seems to me that the managing director of BYU Broadcasting should either reconsider Elder Oaks’ counsel, or leave his position or maybe even be fired if he insists that Extinct and Studio C teach the gospel better than Bach or nature.

Benton L. Peterson

Manti

Ploy revealed concerning

U.S. Constitution

 

Dec. 14, 2017

 

The U.S. Constitution has once again become the target of an insidious concerted attack by advocates of a modern constitutional convention. This well-funded campaign is deceptively capitalizing on legitimate conservatives to stampede state legislators into calling for a disastrous constitutional convention under Article V of the Constitution.

The first constitutional convention took us from the Articles of Confederation to the Constitution of 1787.

A modern constitutional convention would most assuredly play right into the hands of the enemies of limited government.

The last time legislators fell for the constitutional convention ploy was in 1987, and they came close to calling one. They fell short two states of the 34 required for two-thirds of the states.

To date, 28 states have voted in favor of such a convention. When another six states vote in favor, such a convention will be unavoidable. It is a nice irony that the far right—disguised as conservatives—can take credit for so fundamental and radical an upheaval.

Calls for Article V constitution conventions have been made before for various issues, and a new team of promoters of another convention, once more using a deceptive conservative cloak, have set in motion the great engine that will, if not averted soon, overthrow the very Constitution which they insist be so strictly constructed.

We dare not let it happen!

With today’s establishment media supporting social revolution, does anyone believe we have a more favorable climate for calling a convention? Or should we, too, as James Madison remarked in a letter in 1788 on the first constitutional convention, “tremble for the result of a second”?

For whatever reason, several prominent legislators such as Senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee have decided to support this organized plan to put our Constitution at risk. These conservative voices have sought to assure their followers that an Article V convention can be limited to single topics and that there is no danger of a runaway convention.

These legislators at the federal level, along with popular media idols and lobbyists at the state level, have influenced our state legislators apparently into being convinced that a constitutional convention will be controlled, limited and forced somehow to stick to these single topics.

This convention is unique to a free society. In our country, the people are sovereign. When the people appoint delegates to represent them in a constitutional convention, those delegates exercise their authority by virtue of powers inherent in the people. Such powers gave us our Constitution at the first convention held in Philadelphia in 1787.

What you and I can do is convince our Representative Derrin Owens to vote no on a resolution to call a constitutional convention. Then we can ask friends and relatives in other districts of Utah and in other states of the nation to talk to their respective legislators.

 

Joe Dow

Manti

 

Our state representative in District 58 is Derrin Owens.

Salt Lake office: (801) 538-1029, cell: 851-1284

email: derrinowens@le.utah.gov, mail: PO Box 127 Fountain Green, UT 84639

Communication is key

to keep America united

 

Dec. 14, 2017

 

My name is Antonio Herrera, and I am a student at Snow College. Over the past few months, I have noticed a problem in America: we are letting politics divide us. We are letting whether we are Democrats or Republicans come before the fact that we are all Americans and that we are all humans.

Both Democrats and Republicans are guilty of taking actions against the other because they have different political views. We cannot let party lines divide this great nation. The solution to this is simple: we, as Americans, have to accept each other. We cannot sit behind the political walls that we have made, throwing stones at each other. We have to recognize that we are all Americans and that we are all human. We can achieve this through something as simple as communication.

If we do not learn to accept each other as human beings and as Americans, then we risk the end of the great nation we call home. I have always believed that America was made great by our ability to come together and support one another in times of tragedy, whether this tragedy is the death of a loved one, natural disaster, or act of terror, foreign or domestic. The fact that some people are capable of making the claim that they feel no sympathy for somebody who died because they might have had differing political beliefs sickens me.

You and I can repair the divide in this country through communication. We can do this by reaching out to each other. Everyone is capable of finding something in common with someone else. We should build upon these not commonalities and learn to see each other not as Democrats and Republicans but as Americans. If we want this country to survive, we must learn to see that there is more to life than politics. Through conversation, we will learn to see this. We must learn to see that we are all Americans and we are all human

We have to make America human again.

 

Tony Herrera

Ephraim

Complaining about Ephraim’s

franchise fees and other matters

 

Dec. 14, 2017

 

A few years ago, while paying my utility bill I asked the clerk what the franchise tax showing on the bill was for.

She didn’t know, but the city manager at the time,  Richard Anderson, came by and said it was fee Ephraim City charged the city electric utility for the right to be the city’s exclusive electric utility.

I asked why, since they were both city functions. His answer was that other cities were doing the same thing.

If the city and the electric utility really are separate entities, it makes sense why it is illegal for the city to take funds from the utilities for the general fund without informing citizens and having a public hearing. I think it is too bad Ephraim City took money out of the utility fund for the general fund this year.

Also, I don’t understand why the Utah Legislature passed a bill outlawing the city from  profiting from business licensing. Probably because the Legislature is limiting the power of the municipality.

Ephraim needs to work on the water system. It would be a wonderful Christmas present to the citizens of Ephraim to have clean pure water purified with healthy oxygen instead of the poison chlorine. Some cities have this blessing.

 

Frank Crowther

Ephraim Utah

Medical Marijuana to

appear on 2018 ballot?

 

Dec. 7, 2017

 

Local volunteers with the Utah Patients Coalition have been collecting signatures in Sanpete County for several weeks.

The petitions that are now circulating in our county are designed to put the medical cannabis initiative on the Utah ballot for 2018 so Utah voters can vote on the legalization of medical cannabis. Over 113,000 signatures from registered Utah voters must be collected by April 2018.

The initiative, which limits use of cannabis to medical need only, can be read in its entirety at www.utahpatients.org

Volunteering for this project has been a journey that has opened my eyes to the vast number of people who are suffering here in our county because of the laws that have limited patient access to the cannabis herb that brings relief from pain, minimizes and may even eliminate seizures in children and adults, aids with cancer and chemotherapy, can help many suffering from autoimmune diseases and more.

More than 2,400 of the more fortunate families who suffer from these and other conditions have moved from Utah to Colorado in order to get the relief they or their loved ones need.

The less fortunate wish for that opportunity and look forward to a time when medical cannabis will be legal in Utah. This is a humanitarian effort for residents and voters in Utah.

The basic points (taken from the Utah Patients website) are that the initiative is designed to protect terminally and seriously ill patients with specific debilitating medical conditions from arrest and prosecution if they are using medical cannabis pursuant to their doctor’s recommendation.

Further it prohibits public use of cannabis, prohibits driving under the influence of cannabis,  prohibits smoking cannabis and will allow monitoring through an established electronic verification system administered by the Utah Department of Health.

It will establish restrictions on the locations of medical cannabis businesses, require thorough testing of medical cannabis for potency and contaminants and require that medical cannabis be appropriately labeled and securely packaged.

It also allows local governments to require cannabis businesses to obtain a local license and to impose restrictions on cannabis dispensary operations.

As I visit with people who have signed these petitions, I’ve been moved by the passion and the heartfelt stories of pain and suffering among those who are afflicted and by people who suffer along with those they love.

Cannabis is a natural herb that was used from ancient times up to our recent past. Its healing properties have been described in ancient texts and are being studied in universities. Peer-reviewed scientific research studies are online at Google Scholar.

I will be collecting signatures this week from 3-6 p.m., weather permitting, in Fountain Green today, in Chester (2:30 p.m.) and Moroni tomorrow and in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday. I will have a booth set up on the Main Street in each location. Call me at 851-9045 to arrange to meet, or for alternate meeting locations.

Kathy’s Herb Shop in Mt. Pleasant is also taking signatures during business hours.

Joanne Taylor

Ephraim

Whistle blowers should be celebrated

 

In the fictitious movie trilogy, “The Matrix”, we find a very real life parallel.  Neo (portrayed by Keanu Reeves) starts to realize that the world he is accustomed to is not quite what it appears to be.

The Greek philosopher Epictetus explains appearances like this, “Appearances to the mind are of four kinds. Things either are what they appear to be; or they neither are, nor appear to be; or they are, and do not appear to be; or they are not, and yet appear to be.”

As Neo continues to become aware of the real world around him, those who would desire to keep him asleep and blinded rally forces to hedge his way and keep him from knowing the truth.  In his search for truth, Neo is introduced to Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) who offers Neo to take either a blue-colored pill or a red-colored pill, the former of which would allow him to remain in the simulated universe within “The Matrix” and enjoy the comforts of life in ignorance, while the latter would lead him to escape from the fabricated reality into the physical realm that is harsher and more challenging in nature.

Morpheus explains that “you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else, you were born into bondage, born inside a prison that you cannot smell, taste, or touch—A prison for your mind, (long pause, sighs). Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself. This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. In his left hand, Morpheus shows a blue pill.”

Morpheus continues, “You take the blue pill and the story ends. You wake in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. (A red pill is shown in his other hand) You take the red pill and you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes. (Long pause, Neo begins to reach for the red pill) Remember — all I am offering is the truth, nothing more.”

Although we are not literally offered either a red pill or a blue pill, we are figuratively offered a blue pill every day as we watch the main stream media, politicians and extremely wealthy power brokers who have an agenda to keep the masses of the people dumbed down and in darkness. We are offered a red pill when whistle blowers or others try to expose the truth about a particular subject.

Whistle blowers are generally ignored or are ridiculed as a crazy conspiracy theorist nutcase.  While many whistle blowers have risked their lives trying to expose corrupt or illegal activities, many others, along with eye witnesses, have been killed because of their knowledge. “Dead men tell no tales,” Some have been able to escape to other countries to protect their lives.

Are you a blue pill type or a red pill type person?  I for one am a red pill type person.

 

Newell Hales 

Salina

Correct directions to ghost

town Scout ‘campout’

 

By Barry Baker

Nov. 9, 2017

 

Thank you so much for your most interesting article in this week’s Messenger, entitled Boys Scouts camp out in ghost town near Beaver. I think you have all details correct except the title of your article should have read: Boy Scouts camp out in ghost town near Milford, in Central Beaver County.

You should contact Lawrence Durtschi and ask to be his assistant next year when he takes his troop to Frisco. You will also be as excited as are his Boy Scout Troop 900 young men. I anticipate reading your follow-up article next year, after you have experienced what these Boy Scouts get so excited about every year.

My basic reason for this slight correction in your article title is that some folks may have an interest in driving to Beaver (by the way I am a graduate of Beaver High School) and may start asking local residents where you can find Frisco. Some of them may know, but probably only a small percentage. However, those who do know will tell you to take Utah State Highway 21, from Beaver west, passing the sign that reads Greenville, about three miles west and about one and a half miles south of Beaver on your left. You stay on Hwy 21 and will soon see another sign that reads Adamsville, on your right as you are now heading more in a southwest direction—Adamsville is about a mile and a half off Hwy 21 on your right. Adamsville has about six or seven homes, as I remember.

As you continue on Hwy 21, driving south for about three miles, you will notice on your right is a state park by the name of Minersville Lake State Park, which is actually a reservoir, the lifeblood of the farmers of my hometown of Minersville as a youngster. Yes, after you pass the reservoir the highway rounds the reservoir dam and heads straight west again. In about six miles you will pass Minersville on your left, population as I distinctly remember in 1961 was 592 residents, but now have probably close to 800 folks who call it home.

By the way, Minersville’s elevation is 5,280 feet above sea level, same as Denver—the mile high city.

Now you will drive in a Northwest direction for 13 miles to the city of Milford, Utah, population of probably 1500. Milford is a Union Pacific Railroad town. As you are driving through town make sure that you don’t miss the Highway 21 sign that takes a direct left turn west off Main Street.

Drive west for about two blocks as the street takes you up a hill where you will see Milford High School on your right. Keep on Hwy 21 for about 10 miles until you see a historic monument marker on your right, telling you about the ghost town of Frisco, at the foot of the San Francisco Mountain Range.

As you are reading the information on the monument, you will notice on your left, across Hwy 21 in the sage brush about 100 yards is where the Boy Scouts camped by the cemetery.

 

Barry Baker

Ephraim

 

Dismayed by lack of respect

for American flags in Manti

 

Oct. 26, 2017

 

I am dismayed when I look at some of the American flags flying from flag poles in front of business and government buildings on Main Street in Manti. Some flags are dirty, faded, tattered and torn.

These flags are not being flown with the respect and care they deserve. Flying the flag, a symbol of freedom and national pride, is a privilege. The colors of the red, white and blue should be clear and crisp and the fabric should be in excellent, clean condition, with no tears, rips or flapping scraps of cloth.

Notice the flag proudly raised to the top of the flag pole each morning at Manti Elementary by the school children. They have learned how to take care of the flag and treat it with respect. The Boy Scouts also know how to properly treat a flag.

Please take note, Manti businesses. I hope to see some new flags flying from your flag poles soon.

 

Karla Campbell

Manti

If we are a nation of law,

why is there no consistency?

Oct. 26, 2017

 

From the to-do about Russia influencing our internal affairs it is understandable why we have made enemies with the multi billion dollars we spent in foreign aid interfering in their internal affairs.  We support one despot and their opposition is our enemy.
If it’s against the law to interfere in foreign nations internal affairs why are we doing it? If it isn’t against the law, why is there an investigation?
Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Trump/Russia connection through a grand jury to establish crime. That’s what the grand jury was established for, but there was no criminal charge. Is it law a convenience of politics or bought politicians?
If we are a nation of law, why is there no consistency? We have interfered in eight elections recently, overthrown Iraq, destroyed Sadam Hussain, our greatest ally against Islamic terrorism, and maintain a military presence in many countries. The hypocrisy is mind blowing.
A recent study of 9/11 building destruction financed by the architects and engineers for the truth of 9/11 detailed the structural bulwarks not considered in the official conclusion. The study concluded fire did not destroy the building as claimed.
Why isn’t Robert Mueller investigating this, the greatest crime of the century? The destruction on 9/11 which caused loss of freedom (patriot act) the loss of millions of lives and trillions of dollars by war and the lies and cover ups of a republican administration? It’s like picking at a pimple while the body politic is hemorrhaging.

Frank Crowther

Ephraim