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EMAIL: Threat from the US Government--A HOAX

David Crow writes:

"I wish to clarify that my intention in debunking Bill 602P was not to take anyone to task, but merely to pass on useful information. In that same spirit, I have learned that in response to rumors of Internet surcharges, the House of Representatives has passed the "Internet Access Charge Prohibition Act of 2000" (H.R. 1291), which was sent to the Senate this past May. Had Bill 602P been certain, however, we would be profusely thanking Messrs. Whelan and Hilton --naturally, after having written our congresspersons impassioned entreaties to protect this most useful of media.

Regarding Rep. A.F. Day's proposal to ban all golf courses in the United States, water scarcity in some parts of the country makes it difficult to defend if not their existence, certainly their prolificness (and I say this as a practitioner, albeit a bad one, of the sport). In Monclova, Coahuila (in Mexico), a city in which water is the primary demand, the local golf course is verdant while the nearby hospital occasionally runs out of water."

My comment: I am not amused by the joker who started the hoax. Recently a disgruntled ex-employee of a company spread the rumor that the company was in financial trouble and that the CEO would be fired, The company´s stock plummeted. The joker was located and now faces trial.

As for water, among my major concerns now are water supplies and sewers around the world. I let others worry about who will be baseball champions.

Ronald Hilton - 9/04/00