MORE DIEBOLD VOTE FIXERS
In “Fighting for a Fair Vote” [June 26], John Nichols approvingly cites the candidacy of Democratic State Senator Debra Bowen for California Secretary of State. Bowen has a laudable concern about hackable paperless electronic voting machines like the Diebold machines that were banned by Secretary of State Kevin Shelley–before the Republicans dug up some dirt on him, forced him out of office and replaced him with Bruce McPherson, a Republican who sneakily re-certified Diebold machines for California back in February. So Senator Bowen’s quest to become Secretary of State could well depend upon questionable Diebold electronic voting machines. Lots of luck, Senator Bowen: You’re going to need it.
MR. PANTSONFIRE & THE MEDIA
As a hard-news reporter who recently retired after almost forty years at The Oregonian, the biggest daily newspaper in the Northwest, I think Eric Alterman’s observations about the nation’s news media are right on target [“The Liberal Media,” June 26]. The media’s gutless reaction to George W. Bush’s commitment to lying whenever possible about whatever possible has been driving me nuts. I can’t figure out why the MSM individually and collectively have not hung Mr. Forked Tongue out to dry. I’m beginning to think he could molest 6-year-olds on the White House lawn and get plaudits for assertiveness from the media.
JOHN PAINTER JR.
VETS & CINDY–STANDING TOGETHER
Mountain View, Calif.
Thank you, Karen Houppert, for “Cindy Sheehan: Mother of a Movement?” [June 12], on one of my heroes. A photo of a grieving Sheehan is on my refrigerator next to snapshots of my beautiful sons and daughter-in-law, as a reminder of how this war affects us at the family level.
Karen Houppert’s excellent article didn’t mention that Cindy is the author of three books: Not One More Mother’s Child, Dear President Bush and Peace Mom (coming in September). After long days traveling and speaking, she often stays up into the night writing on her laptop. Italian Nobel Laureate Dario Fo has said, “There is a rhythm and tempo in her prose which recalls the great epic writers of Greece. Cindy is a born writer.”
Publisher, Koa Books
College Park, Md.
Karen Houppert cites my Washington Post article “On the Home Front: The Politics of Motherhood” to show that Cindy Sheehan has been criticized for “speaking beyond her place as a mother.” Her analysis of the Sheehan controversy is correct, but she doesn’t address the underlying central struggle between private and public.