From time to time there are news events that The Free Choice E-zine believes deserve more space for analysis and discussion.
This is just the latest post upon that subject.
*JOHN LENNON WOULD HAVE BEEN 70 TODAY.
There is a lot of speculation around the fact that if not assassinated in December 1980, entertainer John Lennon would have celebrated his 70th birthday today.
The songs unwritten/unrecorded.
The views of a generation unexpressed.
While one can only imagine (no pun intended) the possibilities, I honestly don't think Mister Lennon would have been too supportive of the commercialism surrounding his image and name.
*ROBERT GEOFFREY EDWARDS
He was recently awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine because of his role developing in vitro fertilization. But a Vatican official declared this "completely out of order", according to a BBC report.
Personally, I'm not sure all the couples who otherwise would be childless today actually agree with that statement.
The imprisoned Chinese dissident awarded the Nobel Peace Prize is unaware of this, for news coverage of the event was blocked in China. Meanwhile, China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu called the event a "desecration of the award" that might hurt relations between Norway and China.
I am far from an expert in foreign affairs and/or international relations/politics, but even simple man like myself can see how wrong this is on so many levels.
*HOW TO PAY FOR FIRE PROTECTION
Gene Cranick of Tennessee lost everything in a recent fire at his residence.
A tragic event to be sure, but one made worse considering the fact that although firefighters did respond to the emergency call, they stood around and did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING because Cranick had not paid the $75 municipal (subscription?) fee mandated by his local community government.
Now granted, fire departments do have expenses, although this is not quite as obvious in the more major metropolitan areas of the world, and even small community volunteer firefighters still have to have some way to cover their operating expenses.
But to respond and do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!
Shouldn't they put out the fire first and then debated the financial arrangements later?
This has been another in a series of NEWS THAT MAKES YOU THINK.