A fun week for Letters to the Editor

A jewel from the N&O:

In a vote of 85-8, the U.S. Senate voted to implement the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission ...

Thank God the Senate, in a bipartisan, veto-proof vote, is finally implementing measures to protect our country after much stonewalling by the Bush administration.

Astonishingly, North Carolina Sen. Elizabeth Dole was one of the eight senators to vote against these vital protections. We, the citizens of North Carolina, have heard no explanation for this lapse in judgment But thanks to The News & Observer for informing us in Dome on Aug. 2 that the senator loves her some Bojangles!

Dave Parnell
Raleigh

I REFUSE TO BELIEVE we can't find a good candidate to run against her ...

Also, last week in the Observer, somebody had this to say:

Please spare me the opinions of middle school and high school kids in Young Voices. Even most 18-year-old voters do not have a clue about the complex workings of the world. Most are just echoing their parents' or teachers' opinions. Let them conduct school elections. Certainly the Observer can find better use for that space.

Guess who just had to respond ;-) While I didn't mention that person's partisan affiliation (Republican), I did have this to say:

The writer is 12th District chair, N.C. Young Democrats.

In response to "We don't need to hear these Young Voices" (July 30 Forum):

The suggestion that young Americans are clueless and unworthy of a forum for their opinions is opprobrious. Young people engaged in the civic process deserve to be treated with dignity, especially since we will be tasked with solving the problems left to us by the more myopic members of our society.

Sam Spencer IV
Davidson

Have you seen any good letters this week?

Comments

Disclaimer

I love Bojangles' too, and would happily work with Senator Dole to pass a bill recognizing Bojangles''s contributions to society and my waistline.

1 Thessalonians 5:21: But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

As a matter of fact.....

My 17 year old son makes quite a habit of writing to the editor, and giving a regular spanking to those he deems "wingers". His latest is We Create Terrorists. He was writing in response to a regular letter writing who stated that critics of President Bush were harming the war effort in Iraq, and were being unpatriotic.

An excerpt:

He also implies that critics of President Bush want us to fail against the terrorists that want us destroyed. What terrorists? You mean the ones that attacked us? You mean the ones that we gave training to help them fight the Soviets better (because as every good American knows, terrorism and fascism are OK if we have to fight communism)?

You mean the ones whose land we can't seem to butt our nose out of?

I'm not saying that those terrorists are right (which most right-wingers would accuse me of). I'm saying that if you want to end terrorism, leave those people alone.

We are creating terrorists. Bush has created terrorists by invading Iraq when he had no good reason to. That's why it's important to speak against him.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

So, is he just echoing your opinions? :-P

1 Thessalonians 5:21: But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Nope.

Trust me. He comes to his own conclusions, in his own way, and uses his own words. He has since he was about 6.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Actually, I'm not THAT nice, Stan.

I'm just not wasting time on it. :)


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

I counted to 765,426

before posting so I wouldn't tell Sam to pull his head out of his ass. On second thought....still to soon for me to post. Back to counting. :)

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

I guess you didn't read the blog post

I was riffing on the woman who said "Even most 18-year-old voters do not have a clue about the complex workings of the world. Most are just echoing their parents' or teachers' opinions." I'm definitely affirming that LC's son has an independent voice that deserves to be heard. That was the point. Sheesh.

1 Thessalonians 5:21: But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

You made me look up "opprobrious",

which led me to "scurrilous", which in turn led to "defamatory", easing me into "libelous", which is synonymous of "vilifying", also considered to be "unfounded", "groundless", "unsubstantiated"...

Words like that are dangerous, man. You can't just go throwing them out there with no warning or parenthetical definition... pa-ren-thet-ical...