October 3, 2003

The Public Forum . . . El Foro Público

‘No Link Between Iraq and 9-11’ Should Be Big News

President Bush now concedes that there is no evidence of a link between 9-11 and Iraq. Why is this not frontpage news?

Before the invasion, support for the President’s policies vis-a-vis Iraq was strongly correlated with the belief that Saddam Hussein was involved in the September 11 attacks. Reports from the frontlines indicated that many of our troops believed that such a connection existed.

If the President legitimately wanted the America public and our soldiers to have accurate opinions about his ‘last resort’ decision to use violent force in Iraq, why did he not state this belief before war began?

The answer is at once plainly obvious, and yet too grim to imagine.

Nico Pitney
San Diego


When is the lying going to stop

John Ashcroft, our Inquisitor General, says that the Patriot Act has not been enforced as to libraries and bookstores, and that librarians are needlessly panicked by the prospect of having to report on the reading habits of borrowers. He is adamant that we should all accept the Patriot Act in order to prevent terrorist attacks. 

The June 25, 2002 issue of USA Today reported that the FBI had been visiting libraries and bookstores across the country checking the reading records of suspected terrorists and dissidents. The same law that makes these searches legal also makes it a criminal offense for librarians to reveal the details or extent of the contact. According to the Bush Administration, anyone who disagrees with any of its policies is a dissident.

It is obvious that Ashcroft is just as much a liar as Bush and Cheney. Where is this going to stop. They obviously think we are all stupid and willing to cooperate in the destruction of our Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Angela Bradshaw
Los Angeles


When is America going to wake up

If the recent failure of David Kay to find ANY evidence that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction isn’t enough to wake America up, what is?

Step by step every single claim that led us to this senseless war has been repudiated and found to be false. The only thing that we can be sure is true is that our brave men and women of our armed forces are dying in an Iraqi shooting gallery with no other apparent reason other than King George the W’s desire to keep oil prices low. Where is our political leadership when we need them? Why are our politcal representatives sitting and twiddling their thumbs while people are dying on a daily basis? It doesn’t matter what political party you identify with, Iraqi bullets don’t  discriminate based on ideological differences. It’s time to stop this madness now before one more mother has to open a letter which begins with “We regret to inform you....”

Angel Salazar
San Ysidro


Raise your hand if you haven’t received money from Cheetah’s

Why are some elected officials, who received money from Galardi and Cheetahs, not being indicted and questioned? Why aren’t all the ones who received money targeted in the FBI’s indictment?

Greater than three city councilmen have been proven to have received money from Galardi, yet only three are being targeted. Is it because Zucchet, Lewis and Inzunza are junior councilmen with less seniority than their counterparts that they are being targeted? Is everyting OK when, Atkins and Madaffer received money from Galardi and yet they are being given special treatment from the prosecution, just for cooperating? Is this right?

Ultimately, in 2001 San Diego Concilmwoman Valerie Stallings resigned after pleading guilty to two misdemeanors after accepting a series of gifts from Padres owner John Moores and the team, while voting on downtown ballpark project. Ultimately everyone accepting money from Galardi must face Ms. Stallings fate. City Hall has been under surveillance for the last two years, for what, to pick and choose who will get indicted? Restore the city with integrity and don’t sweep under the rug what has to be cleaned. I hope we get more answers and results. The people have the right to know.

Gonzalo Garcia
San Diego


Arnold vs Davis

Una encuesta dada a conocer por un canal de television en español el Lunes 29 por la mañana muestra una superioridad notable del actor en relación con el político. Los datos pueden ser correctos, o aproximados, o supuestos. Esto nadie lo sabe ni lo puede comprobar; sin embargo, el efecto entre los electores induce al desánimo (que esa puede ser la intención) y no votar por el candidato que previamente han seleccionado. El valor ético de la información se pierde ante el efecto real.

Los personajes enfrentados tienen cualidades totalmente divergentes. Gray Davis, político, Gobernador de California, reelecto por votación mayoritaria es juzgado por los recortes de partidas presupuestales ya asignadas, que no han sido entregadas por el Gobierno Federal. Por otra parte se le acusa de haber endeudado al Estado, cuando gran parte de la deuda reciente se origina en la elevación de precios por las empresas suministradoras de energía eléctrica, asunto que ha sido ventilado ampliamente en las revistas nacionales y no se ha investigado exhaustivamente por autoridad federal alguna.

Arnold no es conocido como político. Tiene gran personalidad y es popular entre los aficionados al cine, por sus películas extraordinariamente violentas. En el cine es un actor. Todo lo demás lo hacen los directores, las infanterías del libreto, los efectos espeluznantes de los robots, el manejo de luces y situaciones en las que el héroe permanence al margen o fuera de la escena. Si lo dejan solo, no hay película. Según opiniones que prevalecen entre el público, fue seleccionado por su popularidad, no por su capacidad administrativa. ¿Qué podrá hacer sin acróbatas y el aparato cinematográfico?

Por último la estrategia de los partidarios de Gray Davis y/o Cruz Bustamante, que están en trincheras opuestas, no debe ser por los derechos o la presencia Hispania, sino por el interés de todos los ciudadanos, americanos de origen o por nacionalización y los avecindados en Calfornia. Muchos electores tendrán dudas cuando en lugar de la palabra “destitución” encuentren “recall” en las boletas de votación. Hay que llamar a los hispanos para que voten, hay que movilizarlos; pero, sin el apoyo de las demás minorías y de todos los ciudadanos, no se ganará.

Miguel Ravelo
Chula Vista

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