Madonna & the orphans
I missed Rick Coates article regarding Madonnas visit to Traverse City, so perhaps Im not addressing the concern of Angelina Randazzo (August 18 Letters).
However, I was privileged to see Madonna and the film I Am Because We Are at the State Theatre. I applaud Madonna wholeheartedly. Her assistance to the orphans of Malawi is outstanding. Hopefully, her generosity will inspire others to follow -- not only to assist the downtrodden in foreign lands but in our many pockets of poverty. I felt uplifted and proud of this accomplished Michigan woman.
While it is easy to criticize imperfections (and dont we all have them?), few are able to measure up to the many positive accomplishments of Madonna, Michael Moore, and others who have done wonderful things for Michigan, for Traverse City, and for this small world.
Thank you, Michael Moore, for your unceasing efforts to educate, to highlight Michigan talent and to further causes that elicit caring and compassion. Traverse City is a nicer place thanks to you.
Theresa Walter Suttons Bay
Don‘t dis Madonna
The reader who wrote the letter criticizing Madonnas appearance at the recent Traverse City Film Festival obviously missed the point of the festival and Madonna.
Madonna did not appear representing anything other than her excellent film about the plight of children, poverty and AIDS in Malawi. As a mother, a woman and an artist, she speaks volumes about the importance of giving back to the world and being involved.
Sexual exploitation in her path to stardom is another cheap shot and is ignorant of what it takes to be successful at anything -- hard work, discipline, and a point of view.
Final point: I imagine Madonnas daughter will have the intelligence and curiosity to learn and discuss these issues with a mother who is open to dialogue and not given to ignorant, judgmental thinking. I encourage the reader to get involved with life in a more balanced way and stop worrying about Madonna.
Jim Damberg TC
A no-class act
Regarding Angela Crandalls letter “Quit knocking Madonna“ in your Aug. 25 issue, Angela says: She (Madonna) rarely judges others as we do, or puts people on pedestals.
Well, Angela, how do you explain the video interlude during Madonnas concert in Cardiff recently, where she mixed images of Hitler, Zimbabwes authoritarian ruler Robert Mugabe, and John McCain?
Its one thing to voice your displeasure of a political candidate, but comparing a former United States POW to Hitler is absolutely classless.
The AP story of Madonnas recent concert is at www.usatoday.com/life/music/news/2008-08-23-madonna
Steve Roman Alden
The flame burns on
The flame has been doused, and Im not sure whether Im angry with China or proud of U.S. responses to the 29th Olympiad in Beijing.
We forgave the opening ceremony director for digitally enhancing the fireworks. Hey, you guys, you invented fireworks centuries ago. Why the need for the 21st century enhancements? Okay, we probably would have done it or something equally nationalistic to prove we were still ahead in that game.
We kinda‘ understood your concentrating on gold medals or nothing, because we hadnt thought of it, always considering the total number of medals as the most important. For our national ego, we still must cling to that concept for now, and will probably change focus for London in 2012.
But your attitude, China, toward little kids is something I/we couldnt handle. First, you had a cuter little girl lip sync the national anthem, because another little girl singer wasnt adorable enough. OK. We swallowed hard. Then you tried lying about the ages of those little baby girls in gymnastics. That did it. In how many more years will they be 16? How long were they children of the state, not of their families? Or were they children beyond the one child per family allowable number, so somehow they belonged to Beijing? The Beijing-driven regulations probably dont work exactly like that, but . . . .
Golly, you also had a totally controlled citizenry. Not a single request for a protest in the established protest areas was governmentally found worthy. Furthermore, citizens individually (willingly or not) gave up their roads and streets, their cars, and their jobs in polluting industries for two weeks.
Most of the U.S. thanks you, China, for the incredible technical spectacles of the opening and closing ceremonies and the brilliant presentations of the skills of international athletes.
Yeah, proud of you or not, angry or not, I (we?) thank you. Doused or not, the Olympic flame burns on.
Patricia W. Fox Bellaire