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Letters 9/15/08

- September 15th, 2008
Palin: more of the same
Who is Sarah Palin? Her nomination came like a sniper shot from nowhere, and Republican assurances that their private “due diligence” constitutes investigation is laughable.
The vetting process is crucial when the primary candidate is 72 years old. Their cavalier attitude may be emblematic of another “bums‘ rush” for the White House as conceived by Karl Rove.
Aside from the age and gender differences, I see few moderating distinctions between the Bush administration and this Republican proposal. We know that McCain voted with Bush 90% of the time during the past eight years, an indication of his presidency, but what if Palin outlives him?
President Palin would oppose abortion even in the case of rape or incest; believes that creationism should be taught in schools; does not believe humans affect global warming; actually sued the Bush administration for calling Polar Bears an endangered species; supported right-wing extremist Pat Buchanan for president in 2000; believes in a “Big Oil First” energy policy; supports the war; and she even received praise from Rush Limbaugh. This is not change.
It’s odd when a candidate touts their religiosity on a platform of “change.” Frankly, I don’t think anything new has come from religion since the Bronze Age. Change is not accepted within the evangelical realm unless it is to “change” someone else back to a 3,000-year-old sense of morality. A world where scientific inquiry was met with torture, where most sexual sins were punished by death, and when children were sold into slavery. A horrific return to the superstitious world where human sacrifice is rationalized into an “expression of love” for the purpose of placating an angry God is recidivism. It is not change.
Will the Alaskan Governor‘s foreign policy simply be big oil‘s wish list? It was. And, this is change?

Tim Wiley • TC

Gossip mongering
Your recent editorial on Sarah Palin was out of line. I didn’t expect to read such gossip mongering from you. I hope your comment about Idiocracy II was intended to be humorous. Even then, a bit too close to the edge of decency for my tastes. Let’s hope the Express isn’t slipping into a leftist version of the National Enquirer.
Specifically, regarding Sarah Palin. To see a woman rise to this level, without the “traditional” Washington pedigree should be refreshing for all Americans. In many respects she could be compared to Maggie Thatcher. As a shopkeeper’s daughter, she had no significant experience to qualify her to lead the traditionally male, semi-aristocratic Conservative party in the United Kingdom at age 49. Love her or despise her, she was the most important European leader since WWII.
Yes, when I think of all the talented people in this country who could lead our nation, these four would not make my list for a variety of reasons. Looking at this optimistically though, I’m delighted that both parties have nominated candidates that are not of the status quo – either by today’s political standards or historical political standards.
Americans are getting a fantastic opportunity to make a real choice when they go to the polls this November. Having choices is what has made America a great nation, albeit not a perfect nation.

John Murray • via email

Bad outlook on Palin
I am writing to you as a successful business woman and mom. You even featured me years ago as a woman in a man’s profession. Imagine my surprise by your barefoot and pregnant outlook on successful women.
I understand if you disagree with Sarah Palin politically, but to imply that she can not balance career and family the way that men can. I thought you were more enlightened than that. I am so thankful to live in America where as a woman I can have a career and a family.

Sally Erickson Bornschein • TC

Good work
I want to compliment you on some good articles that you have put out lately. “Unholy Childhood,” and the week before that, “Body of War,” were fantastic! The kind of stuff worth reading -- serious and honest in nature.
Keep up the good work. Investigate, get peoples‘ opinions, quotes/stories, don’t be afraid of any truth, no matter where it leads, and don’t let anybody try and censor your work! In a world full of lies, the truth is a revolutionary idea!

Don Forbes • via email

France‘s experiment
See, France is still here after a successful run of CERN’s particle collider.
(Critics feared last week‘s experiment by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) could create a world-ending black hole -- ed.)
I’m responding not to the findings of the world’s largest particle physics laboratory, but to the comments people are writing in about what a big waste of funding the $6 billion has been.
I want to remind people that we’re spending significantly more in Iraq, and this technology has and will continue to spawn innovative technology that will likely be of great benefit to the future of mankind. You’ve all heard of the World Wide Web. It was created by Tim Berners-Lee, inspired by his earlier closed-system project at CERN called ENQUIRE. The first public website ever built was at CERN and provided information on the how-to/how-why of the World Wide Web.
CERN made important advancements in communication that offered tremendous benefit to people today. And yeah, a lot of money had to go into the process, but for the average consumer, the benefit is affordable and easily integrative. How often does that happen?

Samantha Tengelitsch • TC

Push pin pickin‘
It seems that The Push Pin Man has not done any research on his materials, claiming that he and his wife must spend hours sorting and spray painting pins.
Eric Daigh claims that push pins only come in a few colors and that they don’t come in black. Push pins are not only available in black, but also in gemstone tones, pastels, day-glow, even steel and aluminum for gray tones, and so on. They also come pre-sorted in quantities of 20 and 100. A simple google search brought these resources on the first page alone.
This project is very gimmicky and mimics the craft projects from childhood that we all used to do with paint-by-numbers or Light Brite. It does not take “specialized software” to break an image down to so few colors; it only takes a couple of clicks in Photoshop, Illustrator, or other current and popular imaging software programs. You can also custom select any tones from the palette, not just primary colors.
The gimmicky nature of the project along with his self-imposed limitations and submission to The Guinness Book of World Records begs the question, is The Push Pin Man interested in artistic expression or just attention?

Sarah Atkinson • via email

The pig thing
Anyone who knows the heartland of America understands the saying, “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.”
It essentially means you cannot cover up the truth. So this is just one more example of McCain/Palin being out of touch with our country. Ha, they think it’s an attack on Palin. These two are so absurd and out of touch, they don’t deserve our attention.

Barbara McIntyre • TC

Apologies to actress Geena Davis, whose name was misspelled in last week‘s column: “What About Gena?“
Also, this season‘s concerts at the Milliken Auditorium are at 8 p.m., rather than 3 p.m. as stated. Sophie Milman’s concert is March 21, not March 2, and Adam Solomon’s concert is Feb, 6, not Feb. 7.

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