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Hail Independent Media

To the Editor:

The stimulus to write you this letter came to me while watching C-SPAN’s congressional review regarding the regulation of our airwave communication and the inherent impact that has on the other forms of communication, i.e., Metroland. First let me state to you my hate for and of homogenized news reporting, and secondly, my great and sincere appreciation for your very truthful and insightful weekly publication.

This letter is written to you as one friend who now feels it is time to say thank you for just being there. So many times over these past years I have felt singular in my thoughts and opinions on matters of politics, environment, corporate and local issues only to find my only other source of agreement has been you—Metroland. I do not ever see or hear anyone else of like mind. For that, Metroland, I write this letter to you to say thank you for being and existing in and during my lifetime. You have been like a good friend usually is—sometimes ignored—sometimes not completely listened to, but as a good friend, you have always been there, strong, honest and available and intelligent and sensitive—for fear of going too far—I end, a friend, supporter and in great appreciation for all you stand for.

John Ernst

To the Editor:

Remember when you were taught in school that a democracy could only function when there was an open dialogue of diverse voices and opinions—whether those voices were liberal or conservative? What happened? The media is now saturated with right-wing programs broadcast by people who must have rabies. Is anyone else as disgusted and frightened by the rhetoric used in the media against liberals?

If you listen, you will hear liberals being called “rats, traitors, Communists, Marxists, scum, idiots, dirtbags, vermin” and of course, “un- American” by talk show hosts Limbaugh, Savage and others. Right-wing talk-show host Michael Graham said of Hillary Clinton, “I wanted to bludgeon her with a tire iron. That’s what I wanted to do.” Unfortunately, it appears that this hateful bullying in our media will only get worse with the probable FCC proposal to further increase media consolidation [“We the Media,” May 15].

Are we goose-stepping into Nazi territory where people are threatened for their viewpoints? I can’t think of anything more un-American than this.

Claire Demarest

They’re Posting Our Sign

To the Editor:

We applaud Metroland for covering environmental concerns linked to a proposed asphalt plant in Albany’s South End [Newsfront, May 15]. We were complimented to see a sign from our campaign against a massive coal-burning St. Lawrence Cement facility proposed for nearby Columbia County included in the story—but also concerned that readers might be confused.

The Stop the Plant sign featuring a billowing smokestack was developed by the Hudson Valley Preservation Coalition to signal the powerfully negative environmental and economic impacts this pollution-spewing cement plant would bring to our region. Our pride of ownership results merely from our ongoing efforts to create visibility and public opposition to the ill-conceived industrial city St. Lawrence Cement would like to build near the city of Hudson.

We tip our hats to citizen activists throughout the Hudson Valley.

Shari Calnero
Environmental associate
Scenic Hudson, Inc.

Metroland welcomes typed, double-spaced letters (computer printouts OK), addressed to the editor. Or you may e-mail them to: Metroland reserves the right to edit letters for length; 300 words is the preferred maximum. You must include your name, address and day and evening telephone numbers. We will not publish letters that cannot be verified, nor those that are illegible, irresponsible or factually inaccurate.

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