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Warren Olsen sent the following letter(response sent from

Dear Click and Clack,

The news of secessionist uprisings in Texas got me thinking (instead of working) and, having visited the state of Texas a few times over the years, I find myself supporting the idea of a Republic of Texas.

The secession of the Lone Star state from the United States has much potential upside for the country as a whole. To wit, it would: solve much of the illegal immigration problem; provide a friendly country for disgruntled militia members to relocate to; eliminate the Dallas-Cowboys-as-"America's Team" hype; greatly reduce federal assistance monies for natural disasters and trailer park destruction; allow us to "Forget the Alamo"; markedly reduce the number of executions in the U.S.; make Representatives Tom DeLay and Dick Armey into minor U.N. delegates who would then have to live in New York; greatly improve the chances of a sane gun-control policy; remove "howdy" and "yahoo" from the American lexicon; and add a new international flavor to Walker, Republic of Texas Ranger.

This, of course, is just a sampling of what an independent Republic of Texas could do for the United States. Ambassador Richard McLaren has my support! I would hope he has yours, too!


Warren Olsen Westborough, MA

P. S. Maybe we could export all the Volvo drivers there as well! (Just kidding--I drive an '81 240 DL with 158K on it).

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