Tuesday, January 02, 2007
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It would be nice that we hear of some good news for a change (ie. Oprah). Great coverage last night on AC!
Posted By Anonymous Nicki, Calgary, Alberta : 1:24 PM ET
WELCOME BACK!
You have some interesting topics today. The 3,000 mark of deaths in Iraq makes me sick. What will the toll be before this war is over? By the way, I am embarrassed about the remark OUR President made about Saddam's execution. I don't know the exact quote but basically he said that this was an important milestone for Iraq and the government we have imposed on them. Saddam was evil but really, in a civilized society should we celebrate execution?
Oprah's school for girls in South Africa is very exciting! I am looing forward to seeing that story tonight.
It is nice to see the blog up and running again. I missed it! Thanks for the opportunity to participate and have a voice on this 360 blog!
Posted By Anonymous Betty Ann, Nacogdoches, TX : 1:41 PM ET
It is a great sacrifice that we have reached 3,000 casualties. It's easy to give in to frustration, but how about overcoming that emotion with bravery and resolve. Don't we owe that to our troops?
No one is saying we haven't paid a heavy price. The sadness is almost overwhelming. But we're Americans -- we don't surrender. We've got strength on our side, a far superior military. We have to let them do their jobs, help them in every way we can.

Why is there no talk of Victory?! Why do some people want the terrorists to win? Is it that they're still so bitter about George Bush winning twice in a row, that they're determined he not win again? Our fight against terrorism started long before George Bush took office and it'll continue long after he leaves. Let's stop making Iraq a political thing and see that it's us Americans against Islamo-terrorists, no matter who's in power in Washington.
Posted By Anonymous Steve - Peoria IL : 1:58 PM ET
Oprah is using her wealth is such a positive way. The girls that are about to attend her school are going to have opprotunities that those around them couldn't have dreamt of. Good for Oprah.
Posted By Anonymous Jess, Paris, KY : 3:29 PM ET
God Bless the Sons and Daughters who fight for our Country, Freedom, and Humanitarian Reasons. The Iraqi people needed help getting out from under Saddam's rule. God also Bless the Families they leave behind. My prayer's are with you all.

I know God has blessed each fallen soldier whose ideas are based on the thoughts of youth. I myself entered the military as a 17 year old, believing in the right to freedom.I still beleive that today. Regardless if you support the war or not, every human being has the right to exist without fear.
Posted By Anonymous Sandra Vipperman, Columbus, Ohio : 4:11 PM ET
I am always happy to see people who have the means to help others do just that, as Oprah has done. However I am starting to get disenchanted with everyone wanting to send their support and money to help the unfortunate in other countries. It's sad when words such as "disadvantaged" and "deprived backgrounds" are used to describe the situation in those countries, when the same words can be used to describe many situations in our country. I am left to wonder if it takes a natural disaster, with extensive media coverage, to get the celebrities to help the citizens of their own country.
Posted By Anonymous Trish, Grand Rapids, MI : 4:17 PM ET
There is alot of pressure for those involved with the situation in Iraq! The Prime Minister of Iraq if he could, would leave his job. That says alot! How much blood needs to be shed in Iraq. The damage is done, and I don't think the Western World can change the way Iraq functions as a Country. Its time for the more progressive Middle East Countries to step in and make this situation right. Yemem,Jordan and all Ariabs that have pull out clout!
Posted By Anonymous Claude Calgary AB : 4:20 PM ET
May the seeds that Oprah has sown grow and flourish.

What do the comparisons of previous wars have to do with the mess that we find ourselves in? Do I feel safer since the fall of Saddam? No way. Our place in the world as a nation has deteriorated along with the military.
Please, let's get back to building a respected nation with a viable military and leadership equal to the troops that they command. That is the way to defeat terrorism. Hey, we're still waiting for the CinC to come out of hiding with a REAL plan. Oh, well there's always brush to cut and a few new phrases to spin us to 08.

Ah, the Iraqi govenment is launching an investigation into how the cell phones got into the Saddam execution. WOW, how about an investigation into the 'behavior' during the execution and the government, if you can call it that, that we are backing while waiting for them to 'stand up'?
Posted By Anonymous linda, bella vista : 5:10 PM ET
Yes, its great that Oprah opened a school. For 152 girls in Africa. With marble table tops in the dining room and other frivolous luxuries. For $40 million dollars. Now let's think about this for just a moment.

Could Oprah have been able to save a little by using standard table tops and other standard and reasonably cheaper building materials in creating this school? yes.

Could that money have been used to build more schools? yes.

And facilitate more that 152 girls, even over a thousand? yes.

I commend Oprah for her efforts on this project, and the tremendous impact she has had on the world thus far, but I must say that I expected better of her than to be caught up with materialistic needs, such as marble eating tables, which replaced the opportunity for even more children to receive quality education.
Posted By Anonymous Molly Gray, La Canada CA : 1:53 AM ET
I think it's wonderful that Oprah opened a school for girls. The face of the world will begin to change for the better when more women are educated and given the chance to lead.
As for those who complain that Oprah should have given the 40 millions to her country, well, over the years, she gave a lot away in different ways, helping a lot of people. How easy we forget or see what we want to see. And she has done more than just give money, she does many shows to change people's views and encourage them to make changes. Just yesterday, her show (challenge day) was powerful. Making others around them realize how mean,hate,racists or sexists comments can make a human feel. And how, if we only took the time to talk to people around us, we would be surprised what we could learn about them, what they go through. What she did with that show is worth all the money in the world. For some, it's so easy to make fun of others,call them names, judge them, humiliate them or talk in their backs. Imagine if they would use that time to get off their butts and do something useful instead.
Changing the world, one at a time, or a few hundreds at a time, like Oprah. The key word is "change".
Anderson, thank you for doing an interview with Oprah on monday's show.

Joanne Ranzell
Laval Quebec
Posted By Anonymous Joanne Ranzell Laval Quebec : 9:35 AM ET
We live in the wealthiest nation on the face of the planet. If Oprah wants to open a school in an impoverished nation, I applaud her. Let our multi-trillion dollar economy and lazy legislators deal with our domestic problems.
Posted By Anonymous Jay, New York, NY : 2:42 PM ET
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