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'IIOC Tuesday, May 1, 2007 Lassen County Times/Westwood PinePress Continued from page 9C wouldn't they want to keep it open? Are they (the county) going to let one disgruntled neighbor, who was all for the track in the beginning, shut them down? People travel from all over to ride this track and it's right in our backyards! We have already 10st a swimming pool, the golf course and communi- ty college are in shambles. Let's not let this happen to this great national-caliber motocross park. I urge the people to Lassen County to help fight this battle! Please show support! Scott Averill Susanville Losing victory Winning the war in Iraq is not going to be a victory for America. If winning meant removing Saddam from power, then the war was won years ago. Where is the victo- ry? If forcing the Iraqis to adopt democracy and elect its own leaders, the war was won years ago. Where is the victo- ry? Removing a dictator and forcing Iraq to adopt democra- tic elections has not been enough to bring a victory for America to bask in, ha~ it? The obvious answer is that removing,Saddam has enabled the worst of events to come true, just as predicted by so many right-thinking people, including former President, Georg H. W. Bush. To some people, winning is everything. It doesn't matter how they win as long as they can claim victory for them- selves. If they have to cheat, lie, steal, or kill, it doesn't matter, as long as they don't look like a loser. But, victory will not bring praise if the game was won by dishonest means. This is the problem George W. Bush has found himself wrapped up in. His lies and dishonesty have caught up to him. His support based on incompetence and dishonest intent was bound to turn sour. He is directly responsible for every death in Iraq since Saddam was removed because he had no right to invade that country. The Bushies who continue to stand by their man are now being forced to defend all of his incompetence and lies. His shame is also their shame. George Bush has been forced to confess that the WMD threat he insisted on was non-existent, and that Iraq had nothing to do with the terrorists who attacked America. Yet, many of his supporters still insist that they did exist, and that Saddam was involved, even after Bush himself has. admit- ted the truth publicly. The shame they feel must be over- whelming. The appreciation of the Iraqi-People is not quite what Bush said it would be, yet there are still Busbies claiming that the Iraqis really do want us to stay and die for them. The shame grows with each death of an American soldier who dies at the hands of the Iraqis. Now, the only path to victory for the Bush policy relies on the hope that all Iraqis will forget their eons-long religious differ- ences and kiss and make up. I suppose that might be possi- ble, but it won't come at the point of a gun, will it? James Ausmus Susanville Response Last year I was listening to Sean Hannity. He began talk- ing about a yo.ung man who had been injured in Iraq. The father of Joshua told Scan his son was now at Walter Reed where the doctors were trying desperately to save his leg. I have to breaka promise I made to myseff about just silently giving now to tell the story of Joshua. I realized at the time of Sean's interview I needed to do something for the soldiers who had been injured. In the past I'd done things for the soldiers fight- ing the war against.terror, but regrettably had overlooked those who'd been injured. I put together a program sending something along for the soldiers and organized a Northern California elemen- tary school to write letters that would accompany the gift at Walter Reed. I did this because of a brave young man named Joshua Sperling. This year I heard a follow up interview, however this time Scan was speaking directly with Joshua. Joshua was now talking to Sean about attending a peace rally and speaking in favor of the mission that had cost him his leg. Joshua said he was treated cordially by those in charge and warmly ,greeted after he spoke. As he was leaving the event, however, one of the members from the audience accosted him calling him names and then spit in his face. I personally heard Joshua's voice crack as he relayed the event. I knew it would be contro- versial telling What happened to Joshua and wasn't specific about when or where it hap- pened. The pointI was mak- ing is we shouldn't think poorly of an entire group because of the actions of a few. Mr. Judge had insinuated all Republicans were insensi- tive to our military because of whatone idiot said. I was ask- ing would it be fair of me to look at all peace activists in the same light as that one hateful fool. Mr. Judge then chastised me saying, "you use the old spit in the returning veteran's face propaganda," claiming there was no truth to it. I would have never, ever made such an allegation if I had not personally heard Joshua. So please Mr. Judge. don't accuse me of lying espe- cially about a soldier who inspired me so personally. I'm not like my friend Chuck from Garnerville who relies solely on leftwingthisorthat.gag. I write about the fight we're in based on extensive research and how dangerous lies are. In that light I'd like to men- tion a book I've. been recom- mending since it was released. The Looming Towers was awarded the Pulitzer Price for a non-fic- tion work several weeks ago. My friend Chuck from Garnerville again claimed Iraq had no affiliation with al Qaeda. "It's in the 9/11 Commission Report and the book that just won the Pulitzer, Chuck. Brad Jenks Susanville Continual misrepresentation This is specifically to reporter Sam Williams who wrote in today's paper, April 24, 2007 about "Susanville supports United Blood Services." I have written to the paper before about this same complaint, but it seems to be beyond the newspaper's ability to understand. In the fifth column of the article, just above the top right cor- r~er of the picture, our church is named as "Church of Latter Day Saints". I would send you a picture of the sign on the front of our building but your Web site doesn't allow it to help you visualize the proper name, because writing to you obvi- ously hasn't communicated well enough. Our church's name is "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints". If your article about blood donations referred to "United Services" as the name of the group it would not properly convey the meaning of what service they were offering, would it? Our church suffers from the misconception that we are not "Christians" and your paper seems to enjoy communicating that false image. Please drive by and read the sign for yourselves if you doubt my word. We are indeed Christians but when the media insists on leaving Jesus Christ out of our name you conspire to fur. ther spread that false belief. Please get it right! Kelley Shelley Susanville e e e Where I Stand JACK REAGAN DEAN OF COLLEGE AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES AT ARGOSY UNIVERSITY Anyone who uses e-mail on their job has gotten one: an e- mail that's unpro- fessional, curt, or worse, borders on rude. Most of us who use e-mail as a way to, communicate in the corporate world know to'keep it brief and profes- sional. But without the face-to-face contact, e-marls can be easi- ly misunderstood. Worse, they can drag perfectly rea- sonable people into a game of cyber- space mud-slinging. Why do some peo- ple let it all hang out in their e-marl communication the good, bad and the ugly? There's an actual psychological effect behind this phe- nomenon. We all make vari- ous decisions in our daffy lives and most are done with some level of governance. The issue people face is really a 'dis- inhibition effect' where, due to the interpersonal nature of e-mail, the user often does not use the same levels of gover- nance on appropri- ateness that you would have in other forms of communi- cations. Once the user presses send, it's gone and that's it. In today's "e-mail culture," people are so used to interact- ing through e-mail messages in a cer- tain way that many don't think of it as unprofessional and they are often very upfront and in your face. "Since humans communicate a huge amount of information non- verbally, using sar- casm or 'humor' in an e-mail can be easily misinterpret- ed," says Chad Ness, director of technol- ogy and facilities for The Art Institutes International Minnesota. Ness says in social e-mails, when peo- ple joke, or use sar- casm, they may use a graphic or icon like a smiley face to indicate a wink or-a nod. :. " But in corporate e- mail communica- tion, smiley faces are frowned upon, so those visual nuances aren't easi- ly communicated. A good rule of thumb, says Ness, is don't say in an e- mail what you wouldn't say to someone in person. '{Absolutely avoid anything offensive, racist, libelous, or defamatory," urges Ness. It may seem obvi- ous, but "the courts are full of case his- tories of companies Spring It's a time to refresh and renew. A time of exhilaration and celebration. 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On the flip side, Ness says you should avoid e-mail when you need an immediate reply, the conversation will require a lot of back and forth, or the conversation should be kept pri- vate. Other do's and don'ts for e-mail in the corporate world include: Use a good sub- ject line. Make sure it con- tains clear informa- tion about what you are communicating. Make your e- mails as short and to the point pos- sible. Many people these days receive nearly 100 e-mails a day and don't really want to spend a lot of time reading unnecessary details. If you need to, use bullets. Be sure to reply to an e-mail as soon as possible. In this day and age, 24 hours (or one business day, for work e-mails) is the longest any e- mail should sit. Avoid forwarding other people's dis- cussions or attach- ments, without their specific per- missions; problems can occur when something was writ- ten for one person's eyes, and was mis- takenly or ignorant- ly sent to someone else who took offense from it. E-mail is general- ly not a secure medium, so compa- ny confidential information should generally not be sent over the Internet. Last but not least, a few miscella- neous, annoying e- mail habits you'll want to rid yourself of soon: Typing in all cap- itals This is con- sidered shouting in the world of e-mail. Read receipts on all your e-mails Save this feature for when there's an important internal communication that must get to every- one. .Unnecessarily pointing out the importance of your e-mail :with "URGENT!!!" in the subject line, unless it really is extreme- ly important. Generally, the recipient should think your e-mail to them is important simply because you took the time to write it. To learn more about The Art Institutes or Argosy University visit artinstitutes.edu/nz or argosyu.edu.