Letters to the Editor 

Stop the war

Jack Lessenberry's column "So maybe I was wrong" (Metro Times, May 9) is welcome. Mr. Lessenberry wonders why Bush and Cheney want to prolong the war in Iraq. One obvious reason for continuing the slaughter is to blame our eventual defeat on the next administration. In this way, proponents of American empire can bring out the old canard "We were stabbed in the back by political insiders and wimps," so the war machine can come roaring back in the next election cycle close enough to steal.

Why aren't congressional Democrats ready to push vigorously for impeachment? Pelosi, Reid and company flirt with partisan cynicism. They seem content to nibble away at Bush and Cheney's support, salivating over the prospect of electoral gains in 2008. But this is not a time for partisan jockeying. Now is the time to end this "senseless and insane war, a war that has ruined Iraq and done our country untold harm."

As Iraq Veterans Against the War co-founder Liam Madden tells us: "Bush and Cheney have declared that the war will not end on their watch, so we must end their watch." —John Heuer, Pittsboro, N.C.

 

The only appropriate step

I was glad to see Jack Lessenberry warm up to the idea of impeachment. Dick Cheney and George W. Bush deserve to be impeached for any number of reasons. This administration has taken advantage of the fear associated with the 9/11 terrorist attacks to weaken our democracy and reduce our international credibility, making it harder to engage in diplomacy in the future. Impeachment of Cheney and Bush is the only appropriate step toward repairing the damage done to our nation's democracy and reputation. —Jason Dumas, Rochester Hills

 

But we didn't elect 'em!

I take great offense to Jack Lessenberry's article with regard to why he changed his mind about impeaching Bush. I could not read the article in good conscience, since I was unable to see any change of heart in one of his reasons for not impeaching Bush: "America knew what the Shrub was selling, and re-elected him, so we got what we deserve."

For those of us who know that Bush was never elected in 2000 nor 2004, it is becoming a tiring chore to bring presumable journalists up to date as to what's what in the world. However, here we go again:

Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell removed a significant number of legitimate registered voters off the voter rolls in predominantly Democratic districts. He refused to allow Democrats to have recounts in counties with very close results. He placed an adequate number of voting machines in Republican districts, but had so few in some Democratic districts that some voters either waited for up to 11 hours or left in disgust. A crucial recount was barred to everyone but Republican officials because of a "terror alert." (Bush won that recount.) There is sworn testimony and affidavits where Democrats state that they were kept from casting the vote they wanted due to machine malfunctions that either turned their Kerry vote into a Bush vote or would not allow them to vote for Kerry. The CEO of Diebold claimed in February, before the election, that he would do everything in his power to help Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president.

All of our voting rights were taken away during the 2000 and 2004 election. If any of us decided to vote Democratic in Florida or Ohio in 2000 and 2004, respectively, our votes may never have been counted. My level of irritation with people's refusal to accept the obvious is now reaching critical mass. —John K. Briscoe, Syracuse, N.Y.

 

Camp values

Many thanks to Jack Lessenberry for mentioning Triangle Foundation's summer camp for LGBT youth in last week's column. In my enthusiasm about the camp, however, I gave him the impression that ours is the only summer camp serving the LGBT and allied community's young people.

The fact is that, while there are a few other such camps, ours is the only one that concentrates on the young people's leadership skills by giving them access to conversations with our community's national leaders. We also both allow and encourage the campers to choose which activities they will pursue from day to day at the camp. In other words, we aren't working for the youth — we are working with them.

For more information, registration or to make a donation, please visit Triangle Foundation's Web site at www.tri.org. —Dawn Wolfe, director of communications, Triangle Foundation, Detroit

 

Alive, well and stoned

Re: Brian J. Bowe's recent story on John Sinclair ("Stay free," Metro Times, May 2). Several years ago I had the pleasure of going to New Orleans and writing a feature story on John Sinclair — hanging out with him at his home on Canal Street, eating with him in the French Quarter, hearing him play at the New Orleans branch of — no shit — Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville. Good times.

I just wanted to say thanks for the article — it's good to know John is alive and well and still stoned as fuck as often as possible. Guitar Army is a brilliant piece of political journalism; I mentioned it when I taught a class in writing about pop music, and exactly one student knew who the MC5 were. We live in difficult and troubling times. —Dave Ferman, Fort Worth, Texas

 

Kwame time

Regarding the News Hit item on the booklet of Mayor Kilpatrick "Kilpatrick on parade" (Metro Times, May 2): Why don't you stop digging so deep for petty trash on our mayor. Just face it: He's doing a fantastic job turning the city around. Mayor Kilpatrick should be proud of his commitment and interaction with the citizens of the city, and he has every right to publicize it and not pay for it out of his pocket.

How about an article on all the new housing in the city, or just a positive word about our city? I agree with Mr. Allen: What is your problem? —Lorrie France, Detroit

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