Letters To The Editor

Thursday, March 13, 2003 at 1:00am

Silly 'freedom' connection


So now that the House of Representatives cafeteria has changed "french fries" and "french toast" to "freedom fries" and "freedom toast," will teen-agers have to learn to "freedom kiss"? Will the symphony brass section feature "freedom horns"? Will bakers have to start making "freedom bread"? Will "The Twelve Days of Christmas" include "three freedom hens"? Will former Councilman Charles French have to change his name to "Charles Freedom" the next time he runs? I can't wait for new "freedom twist" hairstyles.



Thankful for city's public servants


In 2001 I was a victim of violent crime that included aggravated kidnapping, robbery and multiple rapes. The case was settled March 3, 2003.

Although the wheels of justice run slowly, I have no complaints. As a matter of fact, this letter is to inform the general public of my appreciation for the police department, the VIP counselors, and the personnel at Metro General Hospital, as well as the district attorney's office. Perhaps more of these crimes would be reported if women were aware of the capable treatment available.

From the beginning to the end of this ordeal, these public servants treated me with efficiency and compassion. I know that crimes such as those of which I'm a survivor occur frequently in every city. I can only hope that victims in other cities are equally fortunate to receive such professional and dedicated care.



A few legitimate Hollywood voices


A recent article in another local publication posed the question, "Who cares what Hollywood thinks?" I guess the answer to that question is it depends on which person in Hollywood is doing the thinking.

On one side you have people such as Janeane Garafalo, who last week admitted the reason for protesting this war is that it's the "hip" thing to do. Great. We're supposed to base our national security and foreign policy on what's hip. Then there is Sean Penn who in an open letter to President Bush expressed his deep concern for his children's future. I guess that's why he left his wife and kids for a couple of years to live in a shack and get high. Let's not forget Larry Hagman who was recently quoted as saying President Bush was "not terribly bright." Ah, if only he were the genius you are, Larry. Maybe he too could single-handedly turn his liver into a meatloaf.

Although they don't get much attention, there are others in Hollywood with an opposing point of view who seem to have more credibility than these bozos. James Woods, who holds a political science degree with an emphasis on foreign policy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, recently spoke out in support of our president. So did Fred Thompson, who as a U.S. senator had access to foreign intelligence that pretend president Martin Sheen doesn't have.

One only needs to consider the source when determining which Hollywood star should be taken seriously.



Double standard concerning actors


Some of The City Paper's commentaries have criticized the political viewpoints expressed by Martin Sheen, Susan Sarandon and others because they are actors. These articles have presupposed that certain individuals should not be allowed to express their opinion because of their profession.

What utter nonsense. The same columnists are curiously silent at the lunatic ravings from that National Rifle Association shill, actor Charlton Heston, and these same columnists were no doubt part of electing that B-grade actor Ronald Reagan to the highest office in the land.



Keep telling death row inmate's story


I appreciate the coverage you have given a man who has never had the chance to tell his story (March 3, "Inmate seeks release," p. 7). Please note the following points regarding Abu-Ali Abdur'Rahman's true situation:

1. Abdur'Rahman is a mentally ill, indigent, African-American man who was a victim of childhood torture.

2. The only evidence implicating Abdur'Rahman as the assailant was the testimony of his co-defendant who got a six-year deal in exchange for his testimony.

3. Abdur'Rahman's attorney did no investigation and prepared no defense.

4. The jurors were lied to and manipulated. Eight of them have signed affidavits expressing doubts about their verdict.

5. The prosecutors used legal technicalities to keep the courts from hearing the truth.



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