Letters to the Editor

Fast Focus 'Should the government collect DNA samples?' How about a brain transplant?

Wikipedia defines DNA as " ... the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all known living organisms ...." Living is the key word here.

Since at least 1980 I have felt the elected bureaucrats at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as well as those under the congressional dome have been brain dead as evidenced by, for example, too many wars. So with their poll ratings being lower than the outhouse residue they inspire, perhaps they wish to collect our DNA codes for the intelligence they sorely lack.

Alas, no. Senators, representatives and other public servants find no fault with their egregious ways and therefore do not covet your gene codes. It's all about control -- Orwellian control -- under the guise of the Patriot Act. Big Brother, Big Snoop. Nixonian paranoia is revisited upon us once again.

I liked the U.S. more when Lenny Bruce and George Carlin were still with us.

-- BINK OWEN, Walla Walla