Letters to the Editor

Profit of the bride

I give Jennifer Wilbanks the benefit of the doubt. Until her story is told (and even then depending on its accuracy) we don't know what the real situation was, do we? We say she could have chosen a better way, and maybe she could have. But do we really know what happened? For instance, she could have tried to stop it, and maybe was told it was too late.

I could imagine her mother (whom, by the way, I've never heard quoted) would have flipped if Jennifer had tried to stop the wedding after all the big plans. I'm not going to defend her actions or accuse her unless I really know what happened. And then, what the heck? Anyone will mess up, some just a little more spectacularly.

Now, as for the profit, she's making money on the story, folks, because we buy that stuff. So far she and/or her family have done a fair job on righting things. I see a lot of bureaucrats showboating as usual. The city of Duluth should take the money offered and shut up. They are lucky she didn't send them a bill for training. I'm sure they benefited from the experience, this being the police department that showed its ineptness once by literally shooting themselves in the foot (I believe I remember it that way). And as for the district attorney, Sir Danny Porter, just what is his ultimate career goal? Stay tuned.

- John Marbury


The perfect crime

Blueprint for a perfect scam:

1. Arrange for your soon to be spouse to report you missing.

2. Hide out in a faraway place while costing your city thousands of dollars and countless volunteers who are genuinely concerned for your safety, and endure many hardships searching for you.

3. Concoct a fabulous lie about being sexually assaulted and abducted.

4. Admit the whole thing was made up because you were nervous about your upcoming wedding.

5. Convince everyone that you are just simple Christian folks who have some issues to work through.

6. Have your attorney cut a sweetheart deal with the city to pay a fraction of the expenses that you caused.

7. Sign a six -figure deal for book and movie rights for your story.

I wish I had thought of it first, but then again I have a conscience.

- Denny Cain

Sugar Hill

Runaway sicko Jennifer

Wow, she cannot pay Georgia more than few thousand dollars for all the time and effort put in to the search for her but she can collect $500,000 from NBC for a movie and interview while she is on probation.

Something is not right here and it is not just her mental state. Her descriptive interview of what the "Hispanic man and woman" made her do and did to her" tells you just how sick she is.

- A. Kraft

Naples, Fla.

War is worth the price of freedom

In response to this week's letter of "Is war worth the horror:

It is truly unfortunate that many in the general populace have such a low opinion of the country that provides them with the freedom they enjoy.

As Americans, how can we questions whether defending the security of our nation is worth the price of freedom? Who here believes that if we had taken a national poll at the time of our nation's birth that the majority would have been for self determination away from mother Europe? Did they not understand that these men knew that war would most certainly be the result of their decisions.

Freedom has a price! Part of that price is the potential sacrifice of life. Many of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were offered significant privileges to forget their desire for freedom and return to the comfort of the King.

They chose freedom over privilege; some at the price of all their wealth or lives. There are two key facts that the media fails to keep in front of the American people today.

First, that despite all the counting of dead American soldiers as a result of this war, more private citizens lost their lives on Sept. 11 as a result of one attack by our enemy than all soldiers lost in this war combined.

Second, records found by our military revealed that Saddam had a $10 million down payment on a contract with North Korea for a missile line and "other related technologies" that would have been delivered if not for the disruption by American interference according to these same documents.

This same North Korea is testing nuclear power for weapons use. Could this be the "related technologies Saddam was to purchase? Money to pay for this technology was being supplied by a corrupt oil -for -food program that is no longer in place.

This morning, if you are lucky enough to have any media actually print this article, sip your coffee, read your paper and thank your heavenly Father that there are still some of us who do believe that freedom is really worth the horror.

- Tom Jordan