Found many at Shiprock Yeibechai offensive

My wife and I attended the Yeibechai ceremony at the fair at Shiprock last weekend, as we have every October for the last three years. That was our last time. We have always had the greatest respect and admiration for the Dine until last Saturday night. Never before have we seen any people, as a group, so rude and disrespectful.

The announcer asked several times for people not to cross the ceremonial area while the dances were going on, but many times the dancers had to work around people standing around chatting and strolling back and forth through the area.

I am confined to a wheelchair, but no matter how close I got to the dancers, people crowded in front of me, standing so I couldn’t see. They were able to stand up and watch, but they were too important for simple courtesy.

Perhaps, the explanation lies in the many empty whiskey bottles strewn around on the ground.

As we were leaving, my wife was struggling to roll my chair across the rough ground. Suddenly a young man named Begay offered to help, and he pushed me all the way across the parking lot and the highway to our car.

He was the only bright light in the whole evening. Thank you, Mr. Begay.

Dave Willis

Riverside, Calif.

No comparison between Bush & Kerry in debate

In the Sept. 30 presidential debate, John Kerry showed America he is the true leader and will be an effective and capable president.

Even with the “protection” of not actually having to debate Kerry, George W. Bush proved once again that he cannot think on his feet and seems to be unclear on the issues—sometimes even unclear as to his own position on them.

John Kerry was strong and articulate and showed confidence in his plans for the future of this country. President Bush has misled the people of America time and time again, especially in the case of the supposed connection between the 9/11 attacks and Saddam Hussein. He tried again, during the debate, to use his “theory” of that connection to justify his decision to take down Hussein.

Kerry didn’t let him get away with it. Kerry said, “Saddam Hussein didn’t attack us. Osama bin Laden attacked us. Al Qaeda attacked us,” and referred to the President as making “a colossal error of judgment.” John Kerry was brilliant and strong in this debate.

George W. Bush was, as usual, weak, unclear and grasping at straws to defend his position. This first debate was a wonderfully informative opportunity to see these two men side by side and assess their ability to lead this country.

Parri Willie

Phoenix, Ariz.

Trusts Senator Edwards over Vice Pres. Cheney

Despite Cheney’s attempts to spin the reality of the Bush/Cheney record and the truth about the War on Terror, and to paint a rosy picture of what is happening to our jobs, health care, education and Social Security, as well as the mess created in Iraq and Afghanistan, Senator Edwards came over as sincere, lucid, honest and credible, with a clear focus on what needs to be done to clean up Bush’s disasters.

Senator Edwards pointed out the failed domestic and foreign policies of Bush while Cheney tried to spin with incorrect facts and figures. The overwhelming impression left with me is that Cheney does not tell the truth and that Kerry/Edwards will face up to the public and be truthful. I feel that Edwards is better equipped to know what is best for the American people

Ben Adams

Los Angeles, Calif.

Finds fault with U.S. Department of Justice

A quick visit to the Department of Justice United States Trustee Program reveals a wealth of information – almost.

The United States Trustee Program is a component of the Department of Justice responsible for overseeing the administration of bankruptcy cases and private trustees under 28 U.S.C. §586 and 11 U.S.C. §101,et seq. It consists of 21 regional U.S. Trustee Offices nationwide and an Executive Office for U.S. Trustees (EOUST) in Washington, D.C.

The website is at : http://www.usdoj.gov/ust/

What you won’t find at that website is the enormous amount of waste and corruption that goes on behind closed doors. Skimming, fraud and outright thievery by some of the people chosen to hold and distribute funds for this government agency is commonplace.

In one instance in Region 18, the paralegal working for a lawyer took over the accounts he had when he died. For years, she spent the money freely on herself and her boyfriend – buying cars, houses and living a luxurious life.

A request for information from one of the trustees under the freedom of information more often than not produces a document with all words blacked out except some like ‘the’ and ‘whom’. A review of their record keeping practices in the individual offices leads to an understanding of how it got to be this way. These jobs are all political cream.

It’s time to bring justice to the Department of Justice.

Alfred Brock

Canton, Mich.

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