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Alison Kabel

To the attorney who accurately described himself as a “public offender” last Tuesday at the eagle courthouse: I was sitting in the courtroom with a friend when you loudly “whispered” to another attorney about the Kobe Bryant case that you are apparently involved with. Several of the nearly three dozen people who couldnít help but hear you were annoyed. Then in a voice even louder than your “whisper,” you actually said her name out loud. The other attorney even asked you why you said her name so loud. You think maybe that was a bit unprofessional? Or worse?Even if you are feeling contemptuous towards the woman, I thought it was your obligation to uphold the court’s decision to keep her name private. Are you the source of all the “leaks”? Hope I never have to rely on your discretion.Alison KabelMinturnCampaign talkThe speeches at the Republican Convention by Mr. Cheney and Mr. Miller serve notice that the Republican Party isn’t the slightest bit interested in having a unified America. They would be perfectly satisfied to somehow get 51 percent of the votes because that’s what is required to win an election. Has there ever been a president, an administration or a political party that cared so little about appealing to “the general public” – to all of our citizens?These two men gave presentations that were intended to denigrate decent folks who happened to disagree with George Bush. They offered no facts in support of the various positions that he has taken. Instead, they merely hurled insults as they attempted to portray Democrats as spineless fools and as less than patriotic. It established a new low in American politics.It is my fond hope that in trying to solidify their constituency that they turned off the undecided voters that they need for Mr. Bush’s re-election. I hope that those who have not as yet made up their minds will be appalled by a Republican campaign that has been vicious, ugly and divisive. Our wonderful country deserves much better. David Le VineGreat insightsMy husband and I were very impressed by a column written recently by Butch Mazzuca, and hope you will encourage him to keep writing articles which will help to educate a generation of Americans who were starved of history lessons, because it was an unpopular subject during the ’60s and ’70s. It is extremely difficult to analyze or understand the world today without the lessons of history. None of this is new, if one looks to the past. We don’t have to like what is going on, but it does help to understand the whys. I e-mailed Butch asking for permission to send his column to several children, in-laws and grandchildren, and he sent me a copy for me to do so. Those who I have heard from so far were impressed. The young public needs input in order to make intelligent decisions, and those are desperately needed in the coming months. We will look forward to reading more helpful, thoughtful comments in the paper, rather than negative commentary. Thank you for having writers with insight like Butch Mazzuca. Mimi Stockwell Another questionHere’s a question for the people that made up the juror questionnaire for the Kobe trial:If you were stranded on a desert island, which book would you like to have?a. Moby Dickb. The Biblec. Guinness Book of World Recordsd. I’m not stranded on a desert islandAnd the correct answer is?Dan WhittleEdwards


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