Battle of the atrocities |

Battle of the atrocities

Don Rogers

The gulf between American and Middle Eastern values couldn’t be wider, judging by the reaction to the abuses of prisoners in Iraq and the atrocity committed by insurgents that was played for the world on the Web.

In this country, citizens are outraged at the acts of prison guards who humiliated prisoners and took pictures of them naked. In the Middle East, beheading an innocent American prisoner merits cheers at worst, shrugs at best.

Justice is demanded here, from the highest levels, for those abuses of prisoners in U.S. hands, as should be. In the Middle East, there appears to be all too much acceptance that killing for a video somehow passes for justice.

Yes, as with the prison abuses, the brutality exhibited by a relatively few insurgents should not reflect on the vast majority of ordinary Iraqi citizens who want to do right and live good lives, or on U.S. soldiers committed to protecting our nation and our interests in a safer, freer world.

But the reaction to these acts remains all too telling. Be thankful you live in America.

Earth to district

Gauging by the school district computer chief’s commentary at the top of this page, the district still doesn’t get it in regard to a judge’s order to show Michael Cacioppo the $%^& e-mails without charge.

They still seem to think the issue is only about Mike. But the public’s right to public information goes well beyond one thorn in their side, however irritating.

In this case, the judge deemed that charging nearly $2,000 for the results of an e-mail search was unreasonable. Legally, and frankly in spirit, the district was flat wrong. Cacioppo, as any citizen does, has the right to appeal to court. Last anyone checked, he won.

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