Dear Editor,



OXYMORON - pointedly foolish, a self-contradicting combination of words or actions such as cruel kindness or military intelligence.

Dear Editor,

OXYMORON - pointedly foolish, a self-contradicting combination of words or actions such as cruel kindness or military intelligence.

Oxymoronia, one of the seldom appreciated principalities of our global community, keeps striving for attention. A recent manifestation of its drive for public recognition is the decision by a female NASCAR race driver to include "green" logos along with those of her commercial sponsors as decorations (or declarations?) on her stock car vehicle. This, she reasons, will raise eco-friendly consciousness in fans of this fastest-growing American sport.

We in the United States have been long-term residents of Oxymoronia, often without knowing it. Beginning with the Founding Fathers, we fought a revolution to free ourselves  and based the new nation on a slave economy. Presently we are witnessing a new chapter in oxymoronic development: The bail-out of big bankrupts who grew big in a so-called free-market economy.  Taxpayers,  (who are mostly unqualified for such largess from government) are counseled that good times will be restored once credit is available so they can borrow their way back to prosperity. Private home ownership remains the consumate ideal of our mythic system, yet the terms of adjustable rate mortgages make foreclosures inevitable when borrowers cannot or will not read the fine print.

Citizenship in Oxymoronia is not limited to poor, uneducated backwoods folk. No. It is possible only through the efforts of well-schooled graduates of some of our foremost universities where, some say, they have given up on subjects such as "Living Within One's Means" or "The Meaning of Life."

Bill Sollner
Arma