Letters from the week of July 6…


Look at Bush’s record with the facts

The absurdity of last week’s FAX in response to Yes!Weekly’s editorial on the Downing Street Memo would be laughable if it weren’t so sad. The anonymous writer says that ‘“Attack and disagree’” appears to be the strategy of the left. On the right, it appears that the strategy of George W. Bush, Karl Rove, and their ilk is lie, attack those who disprove the lies with facts, then repeat the lie.

Cases in point: 1. the FAXer wrote ‘“The whole world knew that Saddam had WMDs’” and 2. Bush opened last Tuesday’s speech at Fort Bragg by linking the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks with our reason for being in Iraq. Both the FAXer and W. rely on folks having a short memory to help perpetuate such tripe.

Just over a year ago, the 9/11 Commission found that Iraq had no WMDs. As frustrating as the U. N inspections were, those efforts succeeded to frustrate weapons producition ‘— WMDs and more ‘— in Iraq. The bipartisan inquiry also found that Saddam amd Iraq were NOT involved in the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. For the Rip Van Winkles who recently woke up, either cross your fingers and take another 20 year snooze, or avail yourself of the published report, found at a book store near you. The Downing Street Memo lends credence to previous speculation that Bush was determined to invade Iraq, with or without just cause. As a result of this administration’s reckless agenda, thousands are dead.

If this president were right, or even logical about this war and other issues, I believe many Democrats could find it in their hearts and minds to support him. Not all opinions regarding the state of this country fall under left – right leanings as so many would encourage us to believe. Many Republicans (although not enough) expressed their disgust for W. by viting for John Kerry last year, and have groaned to me that they had no option to vote for John McCain in November 2000. I even know a number of Democrats, including the liberal tree-hugger that is writing this missive, who would be more comfortable with McCain as our Commander-in-Chief.

For the Bush supporters whose tax cut paid more than one month’s electric bill, honestly answer these questions: Are the grand parage of lies and strategy and the invisible parage of lifeless packages worth the money? What is the dollar figure on your honor? How about the price tag on the honor of the enlisted, commisioned, and civilian men and women who have given their best for the US, and have paid for the opportunity with the ultimate price?

Leslie Marrs


Glen’s review helpful


Hello. My name is Larry Holden. I’m actually in Batman Begins and just wanted to say thanks for the great review ‘— even though it’s not really my place to say that, but, rather, Chris Nolan’s, who I’ve had the good fortune to work with twice before, and the more prominent players, of course. But it was forwarded to me from a friend, and… well, again, it’s a great review… and that’ll surely help the movie… which will, of course, help all of us who worked on it, hopefully… so, once again, thanks.


Larry Holden

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Iraq war a travesty

IN RE: Ralph Nader calls for impeachment: Downing Street Memo is trouble for Bush

In addition to the lies, excessive cost, maltreatment of prisoners, diluting of our own democracy via The Patriot Act and other similar laws, needless deaths of American and Iraqi citizens, I am outraged at the destruction of an entire civilization for decades to come ‘— entire functioning modern cities ‘— buildings, museums, hospitals, schools, homes, public transportation, potable water supplies, agricultural land, oil production, electricity, jobs, and most importantly, the health of future generations of American, Iraqi and World citizens from the use of toxic weapons such as depleted uranium which has a half-life of billions of years and is known to disperse over wide ranges and cause cancers for years to come. This is both horrific and unconscionable.

DL Whitehead

via internet