Your recent cover story ("Can We Live Forever?" May 5) about living forever reminds me of Yossarian's credo from "Catch 22" — "Live forever or die in the attempt." Aging starlets would tout pills, injections and moonbeam drinks on infomercials. Discount cryogenic tanks — Walt Disney's signature series — sold on the net for those not quite dead. Eternal life would be a circular conveyor belt of the same friends, jokes and sour relatives squawking at Thanksgiving, "…. pass the cranberry sauce! Do I have to remind you every 10,000 years?" Lemmings heading toward the cliff using walkers and wheelchairs, but include me out. I want a theme burial, Hawaiian interlude. Open casket wearing a sea island shirt surrounded by cans of Pineapple slices. Tiki torches in the viewing room and hula girls kicking it with melodic luau music and reassuring waves crashing in the background. Throw in some velvet paintings of palm trees and hope for Yossairan's blessing.
Are we heading toward another civil war?
I don't know about you, but these last two years I have noticed another Civil War coming out of the woodwork. Not just in the South, mind you, but all over the country. We now have more than 1,000 hate groups waving their arms in the air. This would never have happened with George W. in the White House. Bush junior was the worst president we have had in my lifetime, but you don't have hate groups starting another civil war when a lily-white, rich Texan is riding into the sunset starting another war with the usual smirk on his face.
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