Seeks aid to attend wrestling nationals

My name is Janet Franklin. I am 17 years old and attend school at the Tuba City High School in Tuba City, Ariz. I am currently a senior. I wrestle for the varsity wrestling team at 125 pounds.

I plan on attending the fourth annual Women’s Wrestling Nationals in Lake Orion, Mich., on March 29 and 30. I need to raise $2,000 dollars to make this trip possible. I would like to know if you can help in any way? Thank you for your time.

For more information, you can contact me by phone at 928-283-5481, by mail at PO Box 3541 Tuba City, AZ 86045; or by e-mail at: janetmariafranklin@yahoo.com.

Janet Franklin

Tuba City, Ariz.

Encourages youth to strive for ideals

Former Miss Navajo Radmilla Cody is now in prison. She went from a young college coed to the ambassador of the Navajo Nation and now a prisoner. It just shows that the drug culture is omnipresent, that no one is beyond its reach or its influence.

A young person without the benefit of a strong family upbringing is the most vulnerable. A person who is a dropout and has no job is just as vulnerable. A young person, full of excitement and exuberance is equally vulnerable. Once you are hooked, you will never be free again. A young person, who is focused and has a goal or a purpose in life, will not easily succumb to the temptation of drugs or abuse. Broken families breed, violence, abuse and drugs.

Freedom is mankind’s most cherished gift, and in a free society, freedom without purpose or life without discipline, can become a nightmare. There is no boundary except one’s upbringing — a mother saying you must not do this or a grandmother saying, listen to what I’m telling so you will not fall into a trap — these are the only guide posts.

A medicine man teaches his protégé, you must not say the sacred words or songs until you learn their sacred names or until the holy people know your sacred name. If you sing these sacred songs or prayers without authorization, you will pay for it with your life or the life of those you hold dear. You must not utter these sacred words or songs for pleasures or until you are 50 years of age and the medicine man tells you it is okay to do so.

Scolding is part of the teaching of discipline in Navajo or Native American society. Sometimes the discipline is whipping or scolding. The scolding that is the harshest is the one in which your grandma or your grandpa say in the softest words, “I warned you my child, but you failed to listen.”

A grandmother [who] says, “we must not harm the Earth, for we are part of Earth” is a big lesson in life. “We must not demean poverty, hardship or illness, for from these we become stronger, wiser and appreciate life even more,” are all the lessons we need in life.

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are lofty goals but to achieve them requires much sacrifice, much suffering and much learning so every setback is a step toward those lofty ideals and we must never stop trying. Our youth must learn to strive again and not succumb to idleness. They must seek a better life for themselves.

Daniel Peaches

Kayenta, Ariz.

Praises Bush’s economic plans

When it comes to the economy, President Bush is demonstrating genuine leadership. The economic growth package he recently proposed takes us in the right direction by accelerating the successful tax cuts of 2001, providing marriage penalty relief and providing incentives for individuals and small businesses to save and invest.

Contrary to the class warfare rhetoric attacking the President’s plan, the proposal helps everyone who pays taxes and especially the middle class.

This year alone, 92 million taxpayers will receive an immediate tax cut averaging $1,083 and 46 million married couples will get back an average of $1,714. That’s not pocket change for a family struggling through uncertain economic times.

Combined with the President’s new initiatives to help the unemployed, this plan gets people back to work and helps every sector of our economy.

Robert Clement and

Eva Marie Clement

Buckeye, Ariz

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