Justice for Laquan—and Chicago
Thank you for your editorial regarding Rahm Emanuel’s dishonest and incompetent cover-up of the murder of Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer [“Rahm Must Go,” Jan. 4]. I am also glad to see you calling for his resignation. This, along with the fact that a majority of Chicagoans favor his removal, tells me democracy is working. When Rahm goes, I will celebrate. Americans deserve better.
Hugh R. Hays
Honoring the Antiwar Left
Thank you for honoring the documentary We Are Many [“The Progressive Honor Roll 2015,” Jan. 4]. I have asked our local progressive cinema to show it. Here in Rhode Island, East Bay Citizens for Peace still holds monthly antiwar vigils in Bristol. Founding members tell me they were mocked and insulted when they opposed the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Now, vigil participants are welcomed, and passersby accept antiwar handouts and invitations to monthly discussions. Our actions may have had an unseen impact when first performed, but they were appreciated later.
Oh Me, Oh My, O’Malley
I just read The Nation’s interview with Martin O’Malley [Jan. 4]. Then I read it again. He actually answered the questions with thoughtful, reasoned responses. A 21st-century politician who really does want to solve some of this country’s pressing problems with sensible and fair actions? How refreshing. And, almost as important, nowhere did he refer to the political process as a war, fight, battle, or sporting event to be won or lost at any cost and with complete, unequivocal punishment for the losers (which is to say, almost the other half of the population). Let’s elect O’Malley. Restore capitalist democracy to the people.
port charlotte, fla.
He Who Shall Not Be Named
Joseph J. Dalluge’s letter about the over-publicization of a certain Republican presidential candidate [Jan. 11/18] suggests: “If one were to take a quantum view of this man, it stands to reason that he would not exist if he were not observed (and reported on).” In the 38 pages of this same issue of The Nation, I note that “this man” is referred to 20 times (three times pictorially and twice in Dalluge’s own letter). In the same 38 pages, President Obama gets but three mentions and a drawing.
Maxwell W. Siegel
kennett square, penn.