Drawing partisan lines in college
(letter published in Roanoke Times, Wednesday, 1 January 1997)



Of course most educators in Virginia are Democrats. (Ray Garland column, Dec. 5, "Virginia's expensive politics of higher education.")

To draw Republican job applicants, schools would have to raise salaries and lower educational requirements.

Graduate school requires challenging one's beliefs. Republicans, conservatives and religious fundamentalists feel obligated to protect beliefs that are too weak to stand on their own.


Carding smokers could leave scars
(letter published in Roanoke Times, Monday, 1 April 1996)



I am quite concerned about your March 2 editorial, "Carding underage smokers."

Unsure what you meant, I consulted a dictionary and found out that carding involves combing with a wire brush. Yikes! Much as I would like to perform this act on inconsiderate smokers and tobacco executives, I question whether such punishment is appropriate for youngsters who have been induced to break the law by slick advertising.

While I believe it should be illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21, it seems more efficient to curtail the suppliers than to torture children.


(mail sent to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on 19 September 2011

I am in receipt of correspondence titled "Extremists" sent by one Al Gore. Mr. Gore says, in part, "Single-minded proponents of a dangerous and extremist agenda are working feverishly to roll back every Democratic gain we’ve ever made."

As an extremist, I am offended by this association with danger. My extreme pacifism threatens no life on this planet or any other.

I can understand why Mr. Gore would feel threatened by pacifism. Within three years after his election to the presidency, the Pentagon had invaded two countries on the far side of the world in a bloody effort to control petroleum supplies. (It is no secret that Mr. Gore is a rock oil tycoon.)

Throughout history, pacifists have been victimized by the violence they opposed. Gandhi and King are only the most prominent martyrs. We can only expect Mr. Gore's to incite more assassinations of pacifists.the crime.

Instead of alienating political factions that are often in agreement with you 'Crats, perhaps the efforts of organized Democrats would be better invested in challenging the credentials of Tea Party members who attempt to vote as Repuglicans, on the grounds that by joining the Tea Party, they left the Repuglican Party.


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