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I have a friend who is forever sending letters to the News and Disturber, taking them to task for their sloppy journalism and such. Not surprisingly, the paper doesn't seem all that interested in her well-written commentary. So she asked me today if BlueNC could create a forum for Letters to the Editor that should have been printed. I think that's a terrific idea, so here you go! Please use this space to share what you're writing - whether it is published or not. At the very least, the thousand-plus visitors we're getting each day will have the benefit of your ideas and suggestions. Cheers!

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Here's one from a different friend ...

Dear editor,

Terri Tyson writes (9/20) to gloat that the NC state legislature now forces the children of Chapel Hill's liberals to recite the Pledge of Allegiance every day.

I bet Ms. Tyson considers herself to be a government-hating conservative who believes in local control.

Ha! This one is spot on! I wonder what the wackos would think if Chapel Hill passed an ordinance requiring school children to pledge allegiance to the Chapel Hill flag? Of course, we'd have to write the pledge first ... which would take at least a hundred years.

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“Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.”
― Joe Biden

Dear Editor

Dear Editor! Chapel Hill has passed an ordinance requiring school children to pledge allegiance to the Chapel Hill flag.

I pledge allegiance to the Carolina Blue Flag and Dean Smith, Roy Williams, Michael Jordan, and to the Dean Dome forever.

May the Blue force be with us for another NAACA title and smit the Duke Blue Devils into hell forever.

I pledge to resist another Pope educational grant with strings attach until our constitution rights are restore to our Republic.

A Letter They Wouldn't Print

I submitted something like this a couple of years ago to the Hickory Daily Liar (okay, Record) and they never printed it:

When the Son of Man returns with all the angels and separates the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, he will say to the goats on his left:
"Depart from me you workers of evil. For I was hungry and you let my unemployment benefits run out. I was thirsty and you dumped your pollution into my water supply. I was a stranger and you exploited my labor. I was without clothes and you out-sourced my textiles. I was sick and you made health insurance too expensive for me. I was in prison and you were more interested in your conviction rate than in my innocence."

TOM

"On the twelfth floor of the Acme Building, one man is still trying to find the answers to life's persistent questions."
--Garrison Keillor

Excellent

These theocrats who are all excited about Judgment Day are most likely in for a rude awakening.

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“Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.”
― Joe Biden

Ooo, Tom, Good one

Very nice.....


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My Son's Letter

This is my son's letter; it was published in The Pilot in February of 2006. He was 16. I was really proud.

Misplaced Nationalism

On January 20th I read the words of one Mr. E. N. about “misplaced” outrage. He seems to have a case of misplaced nationalism.

First of all, how can one know if the only ones being spied on are those who have relatives in the Middle East? Unless you work deep inside the government, you can’t know that. Furthermore, it matters greatly if someone listens to a conversation on the phone without either party knowing. There’s a word to describe it: illegal. There’s another word to describe it: unconstitutional (the 4th Amendment is an amazing little thing, isn’t it?).

A terrorist should object to someone listening in, sure. But so should everyone else, because it is a violation of one’s rights. Not only one’s Constitutional rights, but one’s natural rights. I’m not sure where this theory that you can protect a person’s rights by taking them away came from, but it is folly in every situation. That’s why every Authoritarian or Totalitarian regime eventually collapses; even faster than other regimes.

Furthermore, the theory the Bush administration is using to avoid another September 11 is leading to another McCarthy situation. Or even worse: Will we start to put all of our citizens of Middle Eastern descent into internment camps like we did with our Japanese citizens during World War II? If allow these injustices and gross violations of rights to continue, what will be left to seperate the CIA from the KGB? What will there be to stop the situation from eventually evolving (or devolving) into another Spanish Inquisition? By using the methods of the Bush administration, we remove the terrorist threat, but we create a Totalitarian threat.

And people, including Mr.N., say they see nothing wrong with the investigation of who leaked the secret?!?! First off, it is extremely wrong to try to punish someone for reporting something illegal. If they hadn’t done that, then they would be in trouble for aiding and abetting. So why would one try to find the person who did this in order to punish him or her? Secondly, the public is never safe when the government keeps secrets. What makes one safe is knowing everything about the situation. The government keeping secrets is unnecessary and wrong. In order for us, the public, to “do our part”, we must know everything possible in order to make the right decision when the time comes.

Finally, I fundamentally disagree with the idea that Mr.Bush’s methods have been working for over four years, but let’s say they have been. That doesn’t make them correct. Just because it’s been “working” doesn’t mean that it is the correct answer. The correct answer would work, and would not violate rights.

It is with that in mind that I urge everyone to lose any blind nationalism, and simply think.

Thank you."

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Ghandi

Wow.

I'd be proud too. That kid's amazing!

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“Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.”
― Joe Biden

Thanks, A.

He is an wonderful young man, with his sites set on pointing out naked emporers, whereever, and whomever, they may be.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Ghandi

Another letter to the N&O

From a friend in Chapel Hill:

To the editor:

You seem to be under-reporting the number of American soldiers killed in Iraq. In a post for September 22 Juan Cole cites Reuters for a report that two GIs were k.i.a. Wednesday and three Thursday yet your numbers, as reported today, are one for each day. So which is it? Reuters also notes that the military commander for Baghdad, US Army Major General James Thurman, acknowledged that attacks against US forces in Baghdad are rising. Please correct me if I’m wrong but the N&O seems to be ignoring this. Because it’s not news? Please!

You also need to bring news of our soldiers’ deaths farther to the front of the paper. It’s disrespectful to bury it as you have done at the bottom of page 16A, in space about the size of a postage stamp.






My translation of this respectful letter:

Hey N&0.

I guess 'supporting the troops' requires pretending they're not dying. Your newspaper sucks.

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“Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.”
― Joe Biden