Letters to the Editor

Letters from the Issue of February 7, 2002

She also believes that Americans are all imbeciles and that our news agencies are all controlled by the government. Is she insane? While being far from objective, the only control over the press is each agency's own agenda, be it liberal or conservative. Then she claims that "everything we are and everything we do breeds hatred." At the risk of sounding like a "love it or leave it" redneck speaking to someone who has nothing but virulent contempt for this nation, I'd like to know what the hell she's doing here. I'm sure there are still a few countries in Europe where America-bashing is still in vogue.

While in no way being a perfect society (whatever that is), this country is a shining beacon to the rest of the world. Criticism within a society is good as long as it is reasoned and constructive. Jessica's is neither.

James Ham
Miami

Jessica to Detractors: Criticism Is Not Treason

In fact it's downright patriotic: I always welcome intelligent dialogue, but the two letters written in response to my letter to the editor were anything but. I read with horror Paul Meade's referral to all countries outside the United States as "Third World." This is exactly the ignorant arrogance to which I was referring in my previous letter. It's a shame Mr. Meade confuses my desire for change and peace with "self-loathing" and a "sad, self-hating agenda ." Mr. Meade and people like him will be the biggest barriers toward a peaceful planet. His lack of knowledge about world events and his pig-headed refusal to accept responsibility for the actions of his own government are both telling and disturbing. I'll bet Henry Kissinger is his hero.

Apparently Mr. Meade is of the opinion that our government can do no wrong and that its actions should not be questioned lest you be considered treasonist. He needs to remove his rose-colored glasses and realize that questioning one's government is not unpatriotic. In fact this is exactly what our country was founded upon.

In response to Herbert Marvin's retort, I pose the following: Did he write a similar letter of outrage when we (our government, our soldiers) were killing innocent people in Angola? Congo? Somalia? Chile? Vietnam? Laos? Cambodia? Iraq? The Balkans? Yugoslavia? Why is he so quick to respond now, after decades of silent indifference to similar atrocities perpetrated by the United States? An innocent life has the same value regardless of which soil it was born upon.

Jessica McGilvery
Miami

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