Letters for January 29, 2004

Register to vote before it’s too late

See the cartoon on the Letters page of this week’s issue.

Woodrow Barlettani

Careful what you ask for
Re “War of the worlds” [RN&R, Guest comment, Jan. 22]:

I totally agree with Kathleen O’Brien’s guest commentary regarding the cost of NASA’s space missions. In fact, I don’t think she went far enough. Let’s get rid of all government programs that don’t directly contribute to the economic well-being of American families. If we combine the annual budgets of the National Endowment for the Arts ($115 million), the National Endowment for the Humanities ($152 million), the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (Big Bird costs $390 million) and the Smithsonian Institution ($566 million), our government could save enough money to invade another country. I suggest Canada; with the extra $1.22 billion it shouldn’t be hard. And besides, it has great prescription drug benefits. Or maybe we should give that money to the less fortunate and hope they spend it responsibly. Despite the fact that humans are dreamers, thinkers, artists and explorers, let’s get real. We also need to eat, drink, smoke, procreate and stop people from looking at porn over the Internet. We need to focus on what is important. And besides, it’s not like anything useful could actually come out of space.

Linda J.Henneberg
via e-mail

Don’t support ignorance
Re “Deadly confusion” [RN&R, Guest comment, Jan. 15]:

It does not take a political scientist to know that the RN&R is a very liberal, left wing publication. Still, it did not take long into the article, “Deadly Confusion,” and the next page, “Increase the Peace,” before I was hopping mad.

What is it that makes us want to hate so bad that we are willing to hate our own country? We have the right to, but why do we willingly hate for sake of stupidity? Since when have we not found Weapons of Mass Destruction and since when are the “Patriot Act” and the laws that have been passed since pure rhetoric? We have found WMDs, though not nuclear. I grant you that they are only those biological and chemical items that they have had for decades. But the approach to Iraq had those as a part of a whole, not the only part of the whole. As primary support for terrorism in the area, there are other reasons to go in there. And if you don’t believe they are terrorists who were running Iraq, tell me about the car bombs and killings post Saddam. Then, don’t forget that the Patriot Act would not be in place if Osama Bin Laden and his support from Iraq didn’t kill thousands on our lands. The laws were due to Democrats and Republicans. The right alone could not have made them happen.

If we are to act against our government, let us do so with a clear mind and based on facts. Don’t let us be the ignorant population that falls into discontent for lies. Instead, if we are to act (and I will be the first to say that we should) let us be informed. Let us do it within the framework that the Constitution allows. But don’t be Dumb and Dumberer.

Boyd Zegers

Good job, Deidre
Re “Lofty ideas, hard choices” [RN&R, Guest comment, Jan. 8]:

I just read an article written by Deidre Pike. She has great style. I just want to tell her, “Well done. Thank you.”

Dorothy Garliepp
via e-mail