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John Nichols cites Maria Cantwell of Washington State as an MVP of 2009. He praises her for her work on financial industry issues. But I would like to point out here that Senator Cantwell supported the invasion of Iraq. An act of political cowardice at worst, an act of incompetence at best, that will far outweigh anything good she may do in the remainder of her time in the US Senate.

I nominate Seattle activist Jean Buskin for an MVP award for the past decade. She and several other activists peacefully occupied Senator Cantwell's Seattle office leading up to the Iraq war and demanded that she vote against the unlawful invasion. The group was arrested. When Ms. Buskin appeared before a judge, she was offered a slap-on-the-wrist sentence if she would promise not to participate in any more actions. She refused and was sentenced to thirty days in jail.

Cantwell bears a big share of the responsibility for all the pain, suffering, destruction and waste of money that the Iraq war has manifested.

Shame on Cantwell. And shame on Nichols for overlooking her role in the worst foreign policy mistake in decades.

George P. Hickey

Seattle, WA

Dec 31 2009 - 11:26pm

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Way to go, Iowa CCI. The only thing Nichols forgot in the CCI motto that sums it all up: We Talk. We Act. We Get It Done.

Tom Rendon

Des Moines, IA

Dec 31 2009 - 3:52am

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The best single action contributing to human progress goes to the unknown whistleblower who exposed the "Climategate" fraud, thereby saving the Wworld from spending alot of useless and counterproductive money. Instead of the false model of human origin, now the cash can be used for projects that are really beneficial.

John D. Froelich

Upper Darby, PA

Dec 28 2009 - 11:16pm

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“Most Valuable Agitator: Cleve Jones”? What are you people smoking? I admire Cleve Jones a great deal, but if he and his absurd march on Washington are the best the LGBT community can do in terms of "agitation," then there can be no doubt but that American gay activists are absurd, useless, toothless, pathetic, yapping lapdogs. Get their noses broken agitating? Puh-leeze! These queens are afraid to break a fingernail or scuff a Gucci shoe. But watch out for flying handbags.

John Mortimer

San Francisco, CA

Dec 28 2009 - 7:14pm

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