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Martha Brassel

In response to the Tipsline submission from June 25, titled “CU later,” I would like to say, “Thank God I went to CU!” Of course they are having their problems – who doesn’t have problems? …I am a proud CU alum and happy to recently learn that The Economist ranked CU as the 11th best public university in the world. IN THE WORLD! Never mind the three Nobel Laureates, seven MacArthur fellows, 19 Rhodes scholars, 17 NASA astronauts, three Grammy Award winners, one Presidential Medal of Freedom winner and an incoming class with an average GPA of 3.65.Martha BrasselClass of 1994Thumb and footWhy is Mrs. Kerry’s removal of young Edwards’ thumb from his mouth any more significant than Mr. Fleishcher and McClellan constantly removing Mr. Bush’s foot from his?Steve KatzVailThreat assessmentThis is in response to Mr. Brian Dalrymple’s letter to the editor on July 11 regarding President Bush’s seven minutes of “inactivity” on Sept 11th. It’s quite obvious that Mr. Dalrymple hasn’t a clue regarding security details. That was not the president’s choice, sir. It was the Secret Service. When there is an attack, the president’s security detail must do what’s called a “threat assessment.” Many times it’s more advantageous to keep the president where he is rather than blindly move into a situation where the president could be exposed to danger. The Secret Service must make that determination first before moving him. I can assure you, Mr. Dalrymple, that he was being briefed the whole time before they SAFELY moved him. Believe me, you have much more to be worried about from the events of that day than the first seven minutes President Bush heard about the attacks. (Sounds like Michael Moore has brainwashed you.) If you have any doubts how President Bush felt about the attacks of Sept. 11th on our nation, just watch his speeches and notice the sadness and resolve he has in bringing those responsible to justice, and protecting our nation. Next time, Mr. Dalrymple, please have the facts available to you before forcing your uninformed opinions on other people. Steve HalabyEdwardsGift of intelligenceIf anyone has had the good fortune to view the remarkable documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11” and has been reading the news about the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee’s scathing report on the failures of the CIA, pressured by the political whims of the current administration, which has led to the loss of prestige of the United States in the international community, one thing ought to be perfectly obvious: We have a lot of work to do in order to restore our place in the world and our safety here at home. The intelligence community needs a complete overhaul, our foreign policy needs to be completely rethought, and our rights as free American citizens need to be restored by gutting the so-called Patriot Act. Not to mention the countless other issues that face us, like health care and education. So, you may ask, what is our president doing about this? I just read that he’s hard at work “tackling gay marriages,” presumably in the name of addressing the problem of the breakdown of the traditional family.I don’t know about anyone else, but I can’t bring myself to feel threatened by same-sex couples wanting to marry each other. In fact, I’ll tell you what’s to blame for the breakdown of the traditional family, and practically every other problem this country is facing. It’s because we are a society that worships money, possessions, violence and power. It’s because we are spoon fed a thousand different lies every day by greedy, pompous, self-righteous hypocrites who claim to be our leaders, and because of that we have a terminal case of cynicism.It’s because we have lost the ability to think critically about important and complex problems, preferring instead to let hyperventillating, screaming, hypocritical barbarians on TV and talk radio think for us.There are many who might agree with my analysis but then go on to say, “Yes, but it’s the fault of the (insert meaningless label here – liberals, the media, the unfaithful, etc.). Well, fine, go ahead, if you want to reduce political discourse to the level of kindergarten name-calling or a urinating “Calvin and Hobbes” window decal, that’s all we’ve come to expect anyway, as evidenced recently by Mike Spaniola in his letter to the editor (July 13) where he blinds us with his brilliance by calling filmmaker Michael Moore a “Marxist gadfly” and a “antisocial college dropout.” Way to go, Mike! Or, like Steven Lee in his letter to the editor of July 12, who dismisses “Fahrenheit 9/11” as “propaganda” and backs up his claim with “objections” to the film lifted from the pages of The New York Post, whose journalistic reputation ranks only slightly above Speakout and the Weekly World News. Steven, your ability to overlook the main points of the movie is utterly astounding! If anyone has a problem with the facts in the movie, they are all easily verifiable, just go to http://www.michaelmoore.com and look the references, one by one, for yourself. However, don’t make the mistake of confusing a fact with an opinion. Michael Moore’s facts lead to his opinion that Bush has no place occupying the Oval Office and is selling out the country, an opinion that I happen to agree with, and last time I checked it’s not a crime to have an opinion in the United States of America. It’s a real shame that we can’t seem to rise above the level of children when thinking about solutions to the problems facing the United States. When a film comes along like F911 that lists in excruciating detail the real reasons why the so-called War Against Terror is a sham and how we as a nation got sold down the river, millions of us can’t handle it because it makes you THINK! It’s also a real shame that so many people, especially the right wing in this country, can so easily be misled by a few well-placed sound bites, the wave of a flag, and the thump of a Bible, squandering what is truly God’s greatest gift to man, the gift of intelligence.Patrick CassidyVailSome perspectiveI was very impressed with your commentary page, and even more impressed with the depth of thought that you provided within your column.I would, however, like to respond to Mr. Dalrymple’s incredulous reaction to the Moore minute issue.As a business traveler based in Boston, I flew the Tuesday morning 175 flight to L.A. 20 times in the two years prior to Sept. 11. My sister has a window office in the NY Financial Building across the street from the WTC. Literally within the shadow of the two towers. I write this to provide perspective as to my nearness to this tragedy, and the searing effect it had with its two near misses in my family. When the first plane hit, I was on the phone in my office in Boston. I was notified by an assistant and immediately called my sister’s office in New York. Her secretary told me that “a plane” had hit the tower. She did not see it, though she could see the hole and thought (as did many people in New York) that it must have been a plane from Teterborough airport. I then heard my sister come into the office and told her administrators to leave NOW. The line went dead.I later learned that my sister (who was in the WTC in 1993) thought that everyone should go home when she saw the hole because it reminded her of the ’93 incident. She also told me that NO ONE on her floor was alarmed. While they were walking north out of the building along the Westside Highway, she then watched a United plane traveling towards the second tower. Her thoughts at the time, even with her experience with the ’93 bombing were: “How can a United plane help those people in that burning building?” When it hit, only then did she understand, as did the rest of the country that everything was different now.It is a very sad error to judge people for how they reacted then with the perspective we have today. Phones went dead, cell phones didn’t work. No one knew what was really going on until much later. Only the addled will use this seven minutes for political hay. All hail Moore …Cary T. ConradBoston