Such glib personal attacks lack usefulness, except as an expression of the writers' anger. Concrete information, such as "the stage was too low" is of immediate value. And it suggests an area the show's producers would do well to improve. Grandiose statements about the horrid degradation (of a never-proud region?) tell us who the writer is.
One of the letter writers shows some experience with the staging of an event. Lest you forget, the purpose of seeing the show was to have fun. Once one becomes skilled in a subject, one tends to become critical of the finest of details in the area. This is appropriate -- and a downfall at the same time. We lose, as the Buddhists say, Beginner's Mind, the openness and wonder that a child brings to life.
With that closed-down point of view, we start to criticize all things, under the assumption that our goals should have been those the creator used to create their art. Well ... we were not the creator, and if you open your mind up, you just might get something out of the experience that you never would have on your own. These others have their own vision to share. Care to see it?
But I am probably missing the point of the letters entirely.
They were designed to hurt someone the writer knew. Perhaps they succeeded. But personally, I'd rather not have you pissing all over my newspaper.
Please, THINK about things before you report them. Instead of making Esrey look stupid, Logan put himself on that low pedestal. Don't sweat it, though, Casey -- apparently, you're qualified to work at Sprint!
Casey Logan responds: Steve, you put me in the unfortunate position of playing science teacher. But apparently you frequent saunas as much as I do, which is never, because they're stupid and uncomfortable and you never know when the CEO of your company will walk in. That's why I prefer a good steam room. Regardless, the low humidity in saunas allows for humans to endure some pretty high temperatures. Typically, a dry sauna is set somewhere between 60 and 100 degrees Celsius, putting that Sprint sauna on the upper end of the scale, as we reported.
There are so many traces of anti-Americanism, anti-capitalism and anti-Bush in that article that I could fill an entire page, but I just have a few things to say to the "Young Blood" who are marching for peace.
Stepp: In reference to the "What Would Jesus Do?" sign, it doesn't matter what Jesus would do. The American government's number one responsibility is to protect Americans from those who would do us harm.
Gold: In reference to speaking out for those who cannot, are you referring to the citizens of Iraq who suffer under Saddam's tyranny but do not have the freedom to express their hatred of their government for fear of having their tongues cut out?
Gorman: If you think marching the streets to protest a war is sacrifice, you are right about this generation being passive TV watchers. Sacrifice is fighting a war to liberate a country, destroy a madman and to ensure our children can live on in freedom.
Allie Johnson depicted these children as rebel activists. She should know better; marching the streets in protest, especially against a Republican president, is the new "cool" thing to do. Like these kids, I want peace. However, I believe we can only achieve peace through military action. We've had twelve years and seventeen U.N. resolutions to do it their way. Enough is enough.
Where the sidewalk ends: This is for the anti-war demonstrators who marched on the Plaza on Sunday, February 16.
I work both a full-time and a part-time job. My part-time job is at a retail store on the Plaza. When taking my break, I run the regular gauntlet of Hari Krishnas and homeless bums. That Sunday, I was pushed and shoved (along with others) by hippies screaming "peace" and "no war."
I'm not a flag waver, nor did I vote for Bush. I loathe smug, rich and self-righteous liberals. Further, I blame many of society's ills on the hippie culture and their influence. They've destroyed natural law, working-class values and a once-great industrialized nation. They've screwed up our families, schools, and every other institution we hold sacred. Their feminist camp has devastated dating and mating between men and women. (I know because I'm single.) They want to take away my guns, my Akita dog and my hard-earned wages. If that's not enough, it's their elitist attitude and entitlement mentality that I really find annoying!
I don't give a shit about hippies and their agenda. They have a right to express their views and to protest peacefully. They don't have a right to push and shove people off a public sidewalk.