Letters To The Editor

Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at 1:00am

America of rich, by rich, for rich


Is it America of the people, by the people or for the people? Is America not becoming of the corporations and the rich, by the corporations and the rich, for the corporations and the rich?

I am greatly disturbed by President Bush's determination to give a tax cut of $726 billion to large corporations and the rich when he has to know that millions of our children live in poverty and often go to bed hungry each night. That kind of money needs to go to poor families so they can feed their children nutritious meals.

This tax cut is unconscionable in the light of poverty in our country and even in light of world hunger.



Bush proposes the right budget


President Bush has proposed the right budget to grow our economy and fund America's priorities. Tell your senators and representatives how President Bush's budget will fund priorities important to women and children. We need it now.



Forget groceries; choose Wal-Mart


What's your pick - and the first two don't count? Would you choose a grocery store, a Walgreens or a Wal-Mart Supercenter?

Let's look at this situation in its proper perspective (April 28, "Wanted! Grocery store downtown," p. 1). There are enough grocery stores within a comfortable mile radius of all who live downtown and the surrounding area - not to mention the wonderfully diverse Farmers Market at Bicentennial Mall.

Inglewood, East Nashville and downtown Nashville desperately need a Wal-Mart Supercenter. It's the convenient one-stop shop we are all craving on this side of town without having to drive clear to Rivergate, Hickory Hollow and/or Cool Springs Galleria.

We have nearly a dozen drugstores from one end of East Nashville to the other, and there are plans for another one plunked right in the vicinity of Five Points. Whose bright idea was that?

Please, if I have some support out there for a Wal-Mart Supercenter in East Nashville, let it be heard loud and clear!



O'Reilly: how half truths are spread


How in the world does misinformation spread? Is it just the incalculable ignorance of the masses mysteriously forming a united voice? How could that happen? How could all the "proles" (reference H.G. Wells' 1984) come up with a single voice, single opinion about anything? Could it be that someone is leading them?

I used to wonder how "the people" confused the antiwar people as being anti-U.S. troop, or more accurately, uncaring about the lives of so many Americans put in harm's way. Then I read the latest commentary by Bill O'Reilly in The City Paper (April 25, "So Canada is no longer playing the nice guy, ey?" p. 2).

O'Reilly talks about Canada's seemingly unprovoked announcement that, if any of the Iraqi's wanted by the United States for war crimes were found in Canada, Canada would not hand them over to the United States but would instead send them to the World Court in The Hague. (Actually, I hope every country does the same.)

But there was something in that article that really exposed the source of his propaganda and hate-mongering in the United States: O'Reilly wrote: "Thumbing your nose at 127 dead Americans in Iraq by making defiant statements about where Saddam should be extradited is not a wise policy."

See how he links the refusal to give the United States what it wants with a supposed lack of concern for those Americans who died in the operation? There really is no relationship between the politics of this war and Canada's reverence for life, but O'Reilly goes a long way in blurring the distinction with that one sentence.



Celebrities silent on some human aid


Apparently the coalition was successful in the Iraqi war. Saddam Hussein may be dead or possibly will never be found. It's true that Iraq's citizens are in chaos, stealing and looting. However, most have never lived in any other way than under a sadistic ruler.

From a personal standpoint I feel that even one civilian or serviceman killed in a war while following orders is one too many. When the final tally is made, there were few American casualties.

Daily antiwar and anti-President Bush protestors inundate media coverage. But where are the Hollywood-type celebrities when a U.S. soldier is seen carrying an injured child to safety or possibly saving a life? Martin Sheen, Barbra Streisand, etc., say nothing. These are the same hypocrites who cried, "Not in my name!" Surely their superegos won't allow them not to be credited for acts of humanitarianism?

These liberal experts constantly remind us that America would be better if Bill Clinton were still president. That's true if adultery, divorce and infidelity were in vogue nationally as much as it is in the entertainment community.



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