Readers Respond

Monday, October 23, 2006

Letters to the Pilot

American giving

To the Editor:

Please use this as a positive piece of news for those that like to bash America.

Don't know whether you heard about this, but actor Denzel Washington and his family visited the troops at Brook Army Medical Center, in San Antonio,Texas (BAMC) the other day. This is where soldiers who have been evacuated from Germany come to be hospitalized in the United States, especially burn victims. There are some buildings there called Fisher Houses. The Fisher House is a hotel where soldiers' families can stay, for little or no charge, while their soldier is staying in the Hospital. BAMC has quite a few of these houses on base, but as you can imagine, they are almost filled most of the time.

While Denzel Washington was visiting BAMC, they gave him a tour of one of the Fisher Houses. He asked how much one of them would cost to build. He took his checkbook out and wrote a check for the full amount right there on the spot. The soldiers overseas were amazed to hear this story and want to get the word out to the American public, because it warmed their hearts to hear it.

The question I have is why does:

Alec Baldwin, Madonna, Sean Penn and other Hollywood types make front page news with their anti-everything America crap and Denzel Washington's Patriotism doesn't even make page 3 in the Metro section of

any newspaper?

- Dennis Launderville, via e-mail

Targeting Culver

To the Editor:

Republican campaign tactics in Iowa have hit a new low in the past couple of weeks. The Economic Freedom Fund, funded by many of the same people who backed the Swift Boat Veterans for (so-called) Truth and told so many lies during my 2004 campaign, has begun to target Democratic candidates in Iowa, including my friend and your gubernatorial candidate, Chet Culver. And new smear-and-fear organizations are popping up every day...The unfortunate reality is that money matters in campaigns, even if it comes from corrupt organizations or people. Chet has done an impressive job raising money thus far in his campaign, but he's up against a Washington insider who has wealthy Republicans from across the nation pouring money into this critical race at the last-minute. Help Chet Culver respond to Republican attacks before it's too late.

- John Kerry, former

candidate for President