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In a perfect world
In response to the letters from Harry Braxton (“Fight like you mean it,” Dec. 30) and Charles Adkins, (“No vindication for George ‘W,’” Dec. 24), first of all, my gratitude goes out to my good friend Harry Braxton for the courage to stand for his convictions. I have known Harry for many years and he is one of the finest citizens and Christian men in the community that I am proud to call my friend. We are privileged to have a man of his caliber in our local law enforcement, his integrity is beyond reproach.
That being said, Harry is correct in the fact that in today’s world we are facing fanatical terrorists who do not value human life.
Mr. Adkins asked about the Geneva Conventions. Over the years the Conventions have been followed by civilized nations that at least attempt to have honor in a war.
You cannot treat these thugs today like Boy Scouts by simply asking, if you don't mind saying, “What is your next terrorist attack going to be?” These people have no honor, they only know violence and death.
The Clinton administration took the stance that we are above using tactics that have any slant of violence to gather information as well as not associating with thugs. In a perfect world wouldn’t that be lovely.
However, in today’s world, we are surrounded by people who have the morals of an evil never before known to man. They must be treated as such. We have to take reasonable means to protect the civilized portion of society. At times that may mean taking necessary means with which some of us may not agree.
Keep up the good work Harry, those who know you support you 100 percent.
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If you were one of the fortunate individuals who received a new desktop or laptop computer for Christmas, you are no doubt enjoying your gift to the max.
But in 30 to 60 days you probably are going to be faced with having to make a sizable expenditure to purchase full versions of the “trial software” that came with your new system. Or, maybe not.
Some of the software developers out there have, over the years, been developing what is referred to as “open-source” software. What that means is that it is available to download and use for everybody free of charge. These programs rival most anything that is available on today’s commercial market.
There even are complete operating systems available to download free of charge. These are made available because of the hard work of developers all over the world. These systems have contributions from individuals who believe that we, as users of computers, should not be required to pay what they refer to as the “stupid tax” (read: for a certain operating system) each and every time we buy or build a computer system. They believe that consumers should have choices and not be forced to purchase proprietary software. They also provide an alternative to those who otherwise would not be able to afford a system.
So, after you delete all of the bloatware that came with your new system and are faced with spending large amounts of your hard-earned cash to continue with the proprietary software, simply Google “open source software” and look at all the free alternatives. If you have an older computer and would like to update your operating system to today’s standards, visit distro watch.com and you’ll be amazed at what is going on in the computer world. Here you can find operating systems that can restore those disabled by viruses and system failures.
From office applications to graphics to sound and video, it’s all available by simply searching. After all, you have nothing to lose but your money. But beware, this can get additive.