Help California student's project
TO THE EDITOR:
My name is Michelle Hall. In my fifth-grade class we are doing a state research project, and I will be doing my project on Tennessee. The project is due at the end of May, and it will cover such topics as famous people from Nashville and Tennessee, your special state traditions, and the history of Nashville and Tennessee.
The reason I am writing to your local paper is to ask if you could publish my letter. I am hoping that some of the members of your community would write to me and tell me about their experiences and traditions in Nashville. I would even enjoy it if they would share their favorite recipes with me.
I live in southern California and am sure many things about Nashville are very different from where I live. Also, if any of the citizens find time to reply, it would be great if they could enclose a copy of my published letter.
Thank you so much for taking time to read my letter. Any kind of information would be most appreciated.
LA MADERA SCHOOL
25350 SERRANO ROAD
LAKE FOREST, CA 92630
Never easy way with truth, justice
TO THE EDITOR:
We Americans love the easy way - whether it's programming our VCRs, or doing maintenance on our homes or autos. Unfortunately, this extends to our political and moral decisions as well, i.e. intellectual laziness. That kind of laziness is very dangerous.
Morally, it's easiest to let televangelists - or others of narrow views - define what's "good or evil" without checking on their motivations or credibility. It's easier to assume a "Christian" president will automatically choose the right moral path for a nation than to engage in debate, especially where war is involved. Most of the world warns of unintended consequences.
Politically it's easier to allow those with money and power to control the politicians than to get involved and learn the issues and speak out. We would rather watch television than read, and let talk-show hosts influence our thinking or lack of it. We would rather blame the government or United Nations than work for improvement in either, forgetting that both operate at our combined discretion.
But our greatest error is in not realizing that this is exactly what the powerful want us to do - leave it to them. The result is much like that of a dictatorship. Only we voluntarily give up our control.
Truth and justice (morality) must be diligently pursued, and there is never an easy way.
Bush-bashers need follow-up questions
TO THE EDITOR:
Bill O'Reilly's column in the April 4 City Paper, "Yes, actors are entitled to their uninformed views," was spot-on in pointing out how clueless the celebrity Bush-bashers are. I, too, would like to submit follow-up questions whenever I hear some Hollywood nitwit dissing President Bush or Republicans.
Many A-list celebrities have criticized the United States' "pre-emptive" war against Iraq. If given the opportunity, I'd ask them the following: If the United States attacks a regime that has abrogated the terms of a cease-fire agreement, how can that be considered a "pre-emptive" strike? I'm sure a deafening silence would follow.
Any Hollywood type who chooses to criticize the president's economic policies should be asked to define "marginal tax rate." Better still, he or she should be asked to explain the laws of supply and demand in detail. When unlearned stammering ensues, I'd ask: Since you've no grasp of basic economics, why should I take into consideration anything you have to say about Bush's economic proposals?
Celebrities have long attempted to castigate all Republicans as a gaggle of gun nuts. They should be asked if they've ever employed, directly or indirectly, armed security agents. Since most of them have at some point, one could ask: Oh, so the right to keep and bear arms extends to those who'd protect the likes of you, but not to a working-class sort who wants to protect his or her family?
It seems like every person with acting credits or a recording contract wishes to share his or her political beliefs with the world. They're certainly entitled to their opinions, and they have the same right to free expression that all Americans enjoy. However, they should not be insulated from tough follow-up questions when they enter the public arena. If they were forced to explain their views beyond emotionalist rants, I'm quite certain that most Hollywood political commentary would end.
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