. . .
very glad you printed Frank Robinsonís letter [Letters, Nov.
11]. It puts a person behind one of the votes for G. W. Bush.
Iíd like to respond.
Frank, Iím taking the liberty to speak not just for myself
but for many people Iíve talked to. We donít hate you. We
donít think you are less concerned than we are about the future.
We donít hate Bush. We do hate what he has done, continues
to do, and now has a mandate to do. The reason we seem so
sore, so whiny, so angry, and so determined to be heard is
because we genuinely believe the Bush administration is leading
this countryóthatís you and me, Frank, and everyone and everything
we loveóto ruin. Not just us either, but the whole world.
Itís kinda like a lot of us see a terrible monster about to
gobble us all up, and then thereís you and the others who
see something else. We canít understand what you see! But
it does appear to us that you do not have all the information.
Itís so obvious to us the monster is destroying our air, our
water, our health, our safety, the future for our children,
any chance of world peace, any chance of our speciesí survival.
Itís that serious in our eyes, Frank.
We think the man you voted for and his colleagues are hell
bent on destroying everything that matters to us. Not just
a few things, but everything that we value! Now I hear you
say you donít agree. And I totally give you that right. But
I canít stand by and be a good sport about losing the attempt
to stop this march to destruction before itís too late. I
canít. I believe, with good evidence, that you and I will
lose everything we love and value about America if this administration
has its way. I want to shake you, yes, and make you see what
I see, because it is so terrible and so destructive. But I
canít. Iím left with nothing but compassion for you, and sorrow.
Because you will discover the truth, if I am correct, and
then it will be too late. And you will be suffering right
alongside me and my grandchildren. I weep for us, Frank. You
and me and everyone else. Thatís how seriously I take the
. . Counterpoint
picked up [the] Nov. 11 edition of Metroland. Rather
than get into a long drawn out typed debate on the issues
with you, I decided to give you the short version of what
I have to say. Let this sentence sink in hard: Mainstream
America does not agree with you. Plain and simple.
No matter how many left-wing clever articles you type. We
(I voted for Bush) also know where the true power lies . .
. in the voting booth. But you can continue to weep in your
articles. As a conservative I truly enjoy reading the tone
in the articles. It gives me mental satisfaction hearing you
be advised that Rick Marshall is in error with regards to
the crowd numbers at the Egg, as well as the seating arrangements,
for the recent Howard Dean appearance [ďThe Doctor Is Back
In,Ē Newsfront, Nov. 11].
Approximately 1,300 people were in attendance, both in the
Hart Theater (the first theater reserved by ESC), and the
Swyer Theater, where an audio and visual feed was made available
for the overflow crowd.
The Empire State College representatives did a wonderful job
of organizing the appearance, as well as handling the bulk
of the logistical issues, and should be commended for their
work. Additionally, reservations were required, not ďsuggested,Ē
as Mr. Marshall would lead us to believe. Every piece of promotional
literature that passed through the Egg box office advertised
this fact. I canít speak for specific numbers as to people
who didnít make reservations, but of those who showed up,
the vast majority were able to get in, provided they were
patient enough to wait until Mr. Dean started to speak.
The Egg, Albany
I acknowledge that I incorrectly identified the theater, and
therefore the size of the crowd that filled it. However, ESC
representatives made no mention of either the change in the
venue (the press release issued to Metroland by ESC
has Mr. Dean appearing in the Swyer Theater), or of an alternate
theater with audio/visual arrangements, when asked how the
excess crowd was being handled. In fact, while speaking to
attendees in the lobby, I witnessed several groups of people
being instructed to ďwait and seeĒ if room would become available,
with no mention of the extra theater. Metroland also
received several calls from readers who did not attend the
event, as they had called ESC beforehand for information and
were told that there were no more seats available. Regarding
reservations, the press releases issued by ESC state, in bold
print, ďThe event is free and open to the public, but R.S.V.P.s
are encouraged,Ē(emphasis ours) providing a possible
explanation for the large number of people who arrived without
That, to Swallow a Cat!
To the Editor:
is a very offensive ad in the back of last weekís issue showing
an Asian guy trying to eat a cat [page 43, Nov. 11]. I am
not sure of the purpose of this ad, but it is highly offensive
to cat lovers, and not to mention racist in its appearance.
Metroland has always been supportive of such issues
as animal rights, and I am shocked and offended that you would
run such a despicable image. I should be able to pick up my
favorite local paper without fear of seeing such disturbing
images. Please see to it that whatever this ad is trying to
promote, that they do it without offending your animal-loving
readers . . . you have a lot of them. Also, I would hope that
you are not inadvertently supporting some form of animal cruelty.
I trust that you would not even want to appear to be
supporting some sort of animal cruelty, which you are at the
moment. Please rectify this situation.
Last weekís cat-swallowing ad was part of an ongoing promotion
in which a fake ad is placed in the paper each week; readers
are asked to identify the fake ad in a call-in radio contest
the following week (see page 63 of the same issue). Typically,
we try to create ads that are outlandish or otherwise clearly
fabricated (and, we hope, funny); to those who found this
ad offensive, we apologize for the confusion.
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