Letters to the Editor

From the issue of February 22, 2001

When I came to visit the next day I found the paperback book in my Dad's bedroom. Inside the front cover was the man's name and a prison-identification number! It was then Dad told me of the visit he had the night before.

I went downstairs to ask about this man and his prison record, but no administrator would talk to me except to say they would ask this person not to smoke and not to visit Dad. I asked why they were mixing a frail population with a person who had a prison record. No one I spoke to had the facts, but I was told they would research it. Well, a few days later my dad died from a stroke. In complete fairness he was battling terminal cancer, but there were no signs that death was imminent. To this day I wonder whether that incident shortened his life.

Benjia Morgenstern
Miami

The Meaning of a Free Press
Among other things, it means you don't have to read it: To all the Marshall Freelands of this world ("Letters,"February 15), this is America not Russia. Just because you do not like the thought of cigarette advertisements in New Times does not mean everyone must agree with you. This is a free society, with emphasis on free.

If you do not like the advertisements, then read another paper. And if you don't want to smoke, then don't. Again, this is a free country. We have the right to do as we choose, and we don't need anyone to tell us what is right -- or worse, what we should do.

Please go to Cuba or another totalitarian country. There you can ban anything you want in their government papers.

John Tollefsen
via the Internet

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