LETTERS: This 'end of world' date just like the last one

TEOTWAWKI. The end of the world as we know it. Did it happen as prophesied? If so, am I up or down? Here's what I've learned from TV and the Internet.

If I'm in Heaven, Osama Bin Laden and Moammar Gadhafi are no longer alive. The war is over in Iraq. About 40,000 American troops will be back home by the end of the year.

If I missed the cut, then 14 million Americans remain unemployed. Senate Republicans continue to block any job creation bills. GOP candidates criticize our president for staying too long in Libya and leaving Iraq too soon. They promise the wealthy that there will be no tax increases and propose tax "reform" which will drastically raise taxes on the middle class and me.

I may be wrong but I don't think that we've reached the end of time. Our kids are planning a late December 2012 cruise in anticipation of the next popular date. If I'm still around and disaster doesn't strike on election day 2012, I may go along.

In the meantime, in lieu of that very expensive fence on the roughly 1,950 mile Mexican border, may I suggest that the 40,000 troops be stationed every 250 feet apart from the Gulf Coast to the Pacific. Check my math on that if you choose. We'd have the same kill zone as desired by Bachmann, Cain and Perry and keep these men and women off the unemployed rolls as well.

-- Milt Longbottom