Letters to the Editor

Firing Blanks

A shot in the dark: What were you people thinking? Eric Dexheimer's "Let Freedom and Gunshots Ring," in the September 20 issue, gave way too much space to a bunch of blowhards shooting off not just their big guns, but their big mouths.

What brave patriots! Not one (except for their spokesman, Dudley Brown) was willing to let his last name be used.

Wasn't there a more uplifting story deserving of Westword's attention last week?

Hannah Stein
via the Internet

On target: A friend sent me Eric Dexheimer's story about shooting cannons and machine guns, and I must congratulate you. It was the most accurate coverage of this subject that I have ever seen. I found not one mistake.

You got it right. How rare and pleasant.

Monty Mendenhall
Thomasville, NC

The Truth Shall Set You Free

Let freedom -- and free speech -- ring: Last week's Message, "As the Smoke Clears," was a keeper, and Michael Roberts gave a lot of kudos where due.

One item bothers me, though. Although Clear Channel raised some money for the people who really need it, I'm saddened that once again they just don't "get it." They raise money, and their DJs kick ass in terms of how they handle the situation, yet Clear Channel issues an edict not to play hundreds of songs, many of which are classics, and no songs at all by Rage Against the Machine. Isn't this exactly what the terrorists want, in the same way that Bill Maher was recently chastised for comments taken out of context?

Last I heard, Radio Free Taliban was not playing RATM -- or any other Western music, for that matter. The curtailing of free speech in a free country is the first step on the road toward becoming less than what we once were.

Brent Tharp

Editor's note: For more on the Clear Channel list, see Michael Roberts's "Stop Imagining".

Mass confusion: "The terrible truth is the truth that we should not deny folks," states Denver Post editor Glenn Guzzo. But the real purpose behind the Post and all of the mass media is to cultivate public stupidity and conformity in order to protect the capitalist upper class from interference by the masses. It is one of the most awesome and effective propaganda systems that has ever existed in world history.

There are still those in our society who are not aware of the fact that the global corporate capitalist empire is carrying on a war against poor and working people, both here and around the world. As a matter of fact, the corporate capitalist views working-class democracy as the main enemy of profits and has set out to destroy it. This is the primary reason the United States has so many enemies abroad.

The corporate capitalist attack strategy is simple: Say and do anything to weaken and destroy the opposition; confuse opponents as to the real capitalist intentions. By this method, corporate capitalists have been able to set worker against worker, city against city, nation against nation.

The corporate capitalists are fighting the U.S. and everything we stand for. We are being challenged to defend our most fundamental beliefs, those upon which our institutions, our free society and our way of life depend. If we are to win this struggle, we must develop programs and organizations to defeat the corporate capitalist terrorists. We must copy those who founded the United States in revolution by making ourselves revolutionaries for freedom and democracy.

John Cassella

The Hard Cell

Of rations, and rational thought: Regarding Jonathan Shikes's "Forward Into the Past," in the September 13 issue: One of the most heroic figures of World War II was Colorado Governor Ralph Carr, who opposed Executive Order 9066 because the WRA lacked proof or evidence of espionage, arson, treason or sabotage by the California Nisei. Innocent people could not be imprisoned in the state of Colorado because of the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, which all Western governors had to swear to uphold. Colorado Nisei were not interned; they were drafted or allowed to farm. The troops needed food.

Carr's opposition to Executive Order 9066 cost him re-election, but he won the hearts of thousands of people.

Executive Order 9066 is a complex issue. It made California governor Earl Warren, a Norwegian-American, a superior authority to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. (Governor Warren became chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, but he was kicked out of California by a Nisei class-action lawsuit.) The scandal around the camps in Arkansas made Senator Harry S. Truman a star and gave him the vice-presidency. Four hundred billion dollars (1939 gold/silver standard) was the estimated cost of the relocation of 120,000 people. Governors of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Arkansas and Wyoming all had to submit to King Warren's authority and build prison camps for populations of 10,000 each. The civilian populations were on short rations of gasoline, sugar, meat, rubber, etc. No furniture was built in those war years. Why were these camps not a violation of the Geneva Convention?