Letters to the Editor

From the week of September 7

J.R. Armstrong
via the Internet

Liquid Assets

Flowing compliments: Last night I read Steve Jackson's August 24 "High and Dry," the second installment in his "The River" series.

I don't normally write like this, but I just had to tell you how impressed I am with the piece. Great job! It is impressively researched and extremely well written, informative and moving. This one could win you a prize; heck, it may even be the basis for a book or movie. If Perfect Storm can do it, why not this series?

If nothing else, Jackson has done a great service in helping local city folks understand some important issues and feel greater empathy and compassion for the local farmers.

To add some weight to my words, although my thirty-year career was pretty far removed from agriculture, my grandparents owned farms in upstate New York, my undergrad degree was in agricultural economics, and I used to write monthly columns for a national magazine. So please feel free to use this message as an opportunity to blush!

Brad Morgan
via the Internet

Let's Play Monopoly

Dem bones: So the author of the letter "Big Brother's Watching," in the August 31 issue, thinks that things will be better when "the Democrats...come into office again and the right wing won't control the entire United States."

Who does he think approved the Qwest-US West merger? It was Clinton-Gore's FTC & FCC! Since Clinton-Gore moved into the White House, media influence and control has devolved from over a hundred companies to about ten!

Jerry Wheeler

Doubting Thomas

Guilty until proven innocent: Thank you for Karen Bowers's excellent article about Laura Kriho, "Juris Prudence," in the August 17 issue. I think it is high time for citizens to take action and remove judges and DAs like Dave Thomas, who exhibit an almost psychopathic desire to prosecute and convict people who are not criminals. In the case of Thomas, he has no qualms illegally wiretapping people, as in the case of the Jewish couple in Evergreen, or violating the rights of a little Swiss boy.

I just hope that news media like you will continue to expose this corruption so that maybe people will get fed up and start prosecuting the prosecutors.

Garry Evenson
via the Internet

Research for tomorrow: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were two examples of misanthropes, meaning those who hate mankind. How they came to hate so venomously will always be a source of controversy, as seen in Alan Prendergast's July 13 "The Lost Command." We must, however, study their behavior and that of others who commit crimes in order to prevent other atrocities.

The reactions of SWAT teams, FBI and police also will require lengthy studies. We can assume there will be other crimes, and, as unpleasant as it is, researchers should assemble data from all sources in order to prevent other horrendous acts.

Fran Washko

Toast of the Town

Rock of ages: Regarding Mary Guiden's "Pop Goes Her World," in the August 31 issue:

Yo, Ciria -- man, I felt bad for you when I read that you're toast at 26 in pop music. What a drag. I'm going on 49, and I guess I didn't realize that I should have bagged it 23 years ago. On the other hand, I consider myself a musician, not a pop commodity, so maybe it's all right that I'm still playing at such a decrepit age. In fact, I think I'm playing better than ever, recording my original music, meeting interesting folks all over the world, and doing lots of challenging projects. Ciria, maybe you should consider thinking of yourself as a musician/artist, not a Barbie to be used for financial gain by the corporate music world. You can then relax when you hit 26, and maybe go on to do some meaningful things with your art.

It is possible.

Neil Haverstick

For the Record

Blowing hot and Coleman: I just wanted to express my appreciation for the fine work Michael Roberts did in "Shock of the Old," his July 13 piece about the re-release of Ornette Coleman's Science Fiction and The Skies of America. Both of these recordings have been on my "want list" for about ten years now, and I was deeply gratified to learn of their release (finally) by Columbia/Sony.

I thought that Mr. Roberts did a diligent job in relating the significance of these recordings to the direction of creative music.

Tom Rothrock

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