Free Speech Letters, 10/25/11

A talent from the start

Craig is a longtime friend of mine from high school. I remember him in printing class. He always had a knack for unique art and just being different. In my own line of work and trying to be different from the norm, I can certainly appreciate the time, care and love he puts into each doll that he creates in order to be unique. Knowing it’s a reflection of his talents, he makes sure to make each doll as perfect as it can be. Just go to one of his shows where he is displaying them, as I have recently, and you’ll see the artistic perfectionist that he truly is. Some truly amazing creations! And yes, I own two of his Kokeshi dolls … a bride and groom! Thanks Craig for doing what you do, my friend.

Brian Harris

[RE: “East meets Dayton” by Gary Spencer, 10/11/11]


A czar, huh?

Just a few points Mark. Well a few corrections more than anything. There is no such thing as a czar in American government, you will not find it on anyone’s job description nor is anyone hired into this position. The term czar, in relation to American government, is a creation of the media. So, when people in the media question the abundance of czars … I find it laughable as there wouldn’t be any czars if the media had called them something else. Also, you characterize the movement as being both violent and racist, yet don’t provide any specific examples. I realize this is an opinion piece, but as someone who went to school to work in media, I also know you should back your claim up with evidence. As for the illegitimacy of the movement based upon its use of things made by corporations. Does the Tea Party not drive on publicly maintained roads, do they not send their children to public schools and I would imagine some of you hold degrees from public universities. The human experience is filled with duality and to break down the Occupy movement for using privately made goods would be the same as breaking down the Tea Party movement for using anything that comes from the public sector. I would also argue that your closing paragraph spits in the face of theories reasoned by several political economists and is essentially political sloganeering.

Johnathon Gallienne

[RE: Debate Forum Right: “Centrally planned leftist protests fizzle” by Mark Luedtke, 10/11/11]


You sure about that?

Do you even know who Saul Alinsky is? I’m sure you’ve never read Rules for Radicals or, for that matter, anything he’s ever written that wasn’t plucked out of context from his body of work and conveniently delivered on your plate by Fox News like a Big Mac.

1. Alinsky never affiliated himself with Marxism or any other political movement. In fact, he disdained the rigidity of the labels.

2. Alinsky’s work dealt with organizing poor Americans to improve their conditions within the political systems in place in our society. You apparently think that getting poor people to vote equals oppressive Marxism. How nice.

3. “These Marxists developed plans for collapsing a capitalist economy under the burden of government.” – you know that we all know you’re inventing this, right? For the record, saying what you think would be fun if it was true doesn’t make it true. If it did, I’d be the Queen of France. If you have evidence of this beyond speculation, present it.

4. The government’s money IS our money. They aren’t stealing it so they can do whatever they want, they’re using that money to try to improve our country. Whether they’re good at it or not, that’s a separate question. If you hate taxes so much, explain to us how you envision a government running without them. I’ll wait.

I challenge you to substantively respond to these issues. You thoroughly and consistently ignore facts, bend reality to suit your imagination, and grant yourself license to repeatedly assert an unsubstantiated worldview simply because you hate paying taxes and anyone who isn’t you. To quote Alinsky:

“One of the most important things in life is what Judge Learned Hand described as ‘that ever-gnawing inner doubt as to whether you’re right.’ If you don’t have that, if you think you’ve got an inside track to absolute truth, you become doctrinaire, humorless and intellectually constipated. The greatest crimes in history have been perpetrated by such religious and political and racial fanatics, from the persecutions of the Inquisition on down to Communist purges and Nazi genocide.”

Robyn J.

[RE: Debate Forum Right: “Centrally planned leftist protests fizzle” by Mark Luedtke, 10/11/11]


Dangerous indeed

Thank you for this inspiring article! It isn’t often that 21st century women think about the suffering women of past centuries endured in order for us to exercise the right to vote. Thank you, Ms. Pohl, and your colleagues at the Dayton City Paper for this timely article.

Patti P.

[RE: “The Dangerous Dames of Dayton” by Jolene Pohl, 10/18/11]

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