Letters: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
Surviving High School

To the editor: I just read Jeff Prince’s article (“Drunk High,” May 16, 2007) and wanted to applaud you for an interesting piece on a topic that needs to be addressed. Although I graduated five years ago, I have cousins who are in high school right now, and I know they are faced with the pressures of alcohol and drug use. I don’t believe society really sees this problem, but it’s good to know someone is addressing it. Thanks for the interesting read. Crystal Hamm Fort Worth Silence from the Pulpit To the editor: Thank you for Eric Griffey’s thought-provoking article on the divisive forces within the Anglican Communion (“A Great Schism?” May 2, 2007). Unfortunately, similar conditions prevail throughout Protestant Christendom. The right wing in politics has siblings in religion. Christian fundamentalism, often unknowingly, operates from a pre-medieval mind-set. Copernicus, Darwin, Freud, Einstein, Crick, and Bishop John Shelby Spong are excluded from their weltanschauung. A scholarly approach to biblical studies emerged in Europe in the early 19th century. It began to be felt in the United States in the major universities in the early 20th century, reaching a not very strong crescendo after World War II. It remains in the universities today, but the church constituencies seldom hear it. Today fundamentalists demand a literal interpretation of the Bible as the word of God. The more liberal clergy, who know better, usually adopt a stance of silence for fear of creating a rift similar to that now happening among Anglicans. It’s hard to find academic integrity in today’s pulpits. Pop psychology and pop sociology are more palatable. Dr. Robert M. Platt Fort Worth Inspired in the Fight To the editor: The Metropolis article, “Freedom Fighter,” by Briceida Cervantes (May 2, 2007) is an inspiration for all activists against the Iraq war to join hands and force this administration to bring our soldiers home. Desiree Fairooz is indeed a pioneer: She quit a teaching position and changed careers to benefit an anti-war group, Code Pink. The American public is denied the whole truth about the war through its media outlets because of censorship and intimidation by the government. As was said, the truth would shut down the war machine. We need more crusaders like Desiree to hold the banner high and convince Washington to do the just and right thing: Stop the war before it takes on the shades of Vietnam and becomes nothing more than a pyrrhic victory at best. Haven’t enough of our children been sacrificed on the altar of Bush & Co.? Dee Taylor Fort Worth To the editor: Desiree Fairooz is the definitive anti-war activist. She is enthusiastic, articulate, and has the intellect to tell the Washington bureaucrats how the cow ate the cabbage and pooped it out. She said, “Americans need to take time out of their schedule to ... take part in their democracy.” Fairooz is associated with the national peace group Code Pink. Those of us who are unable to participate actively in this movement could at least be benefactors to their cause and donate needed funds. Code Pink will make a difference as more information and truths get “leaked” about the war and its atrocities, exacerbated by those whose authority sent invaders to that land. Pat Conley Fort Worth Civilian Control To the editor: The article “Killed by a Dirty War” (April 18, 2007) by Robert Bryce may shed light on the age-old question of civilian authorities losing control of the military. The security guards and suppliers are the responsibility of civilian or constitutional authority. If the military cannot control its own “baggage train,” civilian authority becomes responsible. Strange as it may seem, the Army- McCarthy hearings in which Robert F. Kennedy took part dealt with the problems of ultimate civilian responsibility. Sen. Joe McCarthy knew



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