Letters for November 19, 2015

Dammit, Tim

Re “Censored” (Feature story, October 22):

I am disappointed that Tim Redmond used a line in the Project Censored 2016 story release article that suggested we had been “veering off in the Looney world of conspiracies and 9/11 Truther territory”. I went back and reviewed the top 25 stories for 2003 to the present. There were three news stories listed in the top 25 related to 9/11 out of 325 stories we published in that time period. This amounts to less than 1 percent of all the stories we ranked in the top 25 each year. This is hardly a “veering off in the Looney world of conspiracies that Redmond claims. The three 9/11 stories we did cite were more than adequately sourced, including Deseret Morning News, FBI records, and transcripts from the Japanese parliament. All three had been completely censored by the U.S. corporate media. The topics included how the FBI had no evidence that Osama Bin Laden was involved in 9/11, coverage in Japanese news & TV regarding 9/11 questions from official transcripts in the Japanese Parliament, and news from a mainstream Salt Lake City newspaper on how a university physicist was questioning the collapse of Building 7.

The Project Censored mission is to research and report important news stories that the corporate media ignores or censors. In that regard, there are no forbidden topics, including September 11, and we stand proudly on our record.

Peter Phillips

President, Media Freedom Foundation/Project Censored

The sage of Reno

Re “Water Wars” (Feature story, Nov. 5):

“Water Wars” is one of Dennis Myers’s best articles. It should be required reading for all our history students in the Truckee Meadows. The West, and Nevada, has outstripped its ability to supply water for all the intended uses. How water is used across the West should be up for deep discussion at every level of government.

David VonSeggern


Chicken is good for colds

Re “Republicans promise something terrific” (Left Foot Forward, Nov. 12):

Good for Nevada! I am happy things are working out so well with respect to the ACA. Let’s take another look in about five years when the chickens come home to roost and your state is responsible for the best part of ACA. I believe the positive and negative results all depend upon the state in which you live. Many states, such as Oregon, and Oklahoma, are reporting skyrocketing premiums, huge copays and very high deductibles. Other states are pleased with the early results. A mixed bag!

Byron Beach

Klamath Falls, Oregon

Celebrate warriors

I asked my computer what other countries celebrate Veterans Day. First, I learned that on Memorial Day we remember the dead, while Veterans Day celebrate all who fought and fight in wars. It all started November 11, 1918, at the end of The Great War which should end all wars. My PC told me that there are some other countries that celebrate 11/11; Australia, Great Britain, Belgium and France. That’s 5 out of 194 countries. Each of us has feelings about wars and many of us think it is better to kill than to be killed. The work may be to prepare for better killers and weapons or turn around and focus on peace.

Mette Elfving


Editor’s note: The U.S. observed Armistice Day, marking the peace after World War I, from 1918 to 1954. In 1954 veterans groups lobbied a law through Congress changing Armistice Day to Veteran’s Day. Armistice Day is still celebrated in some places, such as Silver City, Nevada.