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Get the facts before playing Plame game

Editor:

I was fascinated by Teri Orr’s article "Treason, most foul," about the outing of Valerie Plame. It sounded like Teri was very impressed with the facts presented by Mrs. Plame.

As any good reporter would do, I am sure she did her homework and investigated the facts from the government’s side of the story. Interesting how the facts from the other side never made it into Teri’s article. I’m sure those facts will be presented in a future edition of the Park Record. I look forward to reading that article as well. Then again, maybe only one side will be presented. That way Teri will still feel good about putting our government in a bad light again.

Chris Henderson

Park City

A wonderful tribute to veterans

Editor:

Having just returned from Denver, where my family and I visited with my ailing father, also a World War II veteran, I was delighted to read the stories, so well presented by your reporters, of those World War II veterans living here in our own community. What a wonderful tribute to this fast disappearing and special group of people. My only hope is, the next time our paths cross somewhere here in Park City, I will recognize them and thank them for the sacrifices they made in our behalf.

Dennis Monahan Park City

Tom Clyde needs religious awakening

Editor:

What exactly does Tom Clyde mean in his column when he says "the other reason to vote against it (school vouchers) is that it ends up sending tax money to religious schools. I really don’t care if people send their kids to religious schools. I just don’t want to support them financially."?

Why is Tom Clyde so against religious schools? Does he know that Bill Clinton attended St. John’s Catholic Elementary School, Chelsea Clinton attended Sidwell Friends (Quaker) School, Al Gore attended St. Albans (Episcopal) School and Barak Obama attended three years of Catholic school?

Does Tom Clyde not realize that now his tax dollars are paying for federal Pell Grants for students to attend the University of Notre Dame among many other religious universities?

Apparently Tom Clyde thinks that only rich people like our current Democrat leaders should have the choice to send their children to religious schools and that lower-income families should be trapped in the state monopoly of public education. Either that or Tom Clyde has a cartoonish image of religious schools where they teach their students to drink the Kool-Aid of some boogeyman and turn out armies of Pat Robertsons.

Either way he needs to free himself of his own religious belief in the God of the Government.

Betsy Faulk

Park City

Keep those veterans’ profiles coming

Editor:

I have been reading the Park Record for 25 years. The local soldiers’ (WW II veteran) stories included in the November 10-13, 2007, issue are excellent. I am glad that Max Miller encouraged your paper to publish these stories. Keep up the good work.

Maybe you could do a similar profile of veterans from other wars on future veteran day issues; i.e. Korean War, Vietnam War and Iraq Wars.

I also wanted to mention that the Profile series by Steve Phillips is my favorite section of the Park Record at the present time. He includes a variety of people, and does a very good job of relaying their life experiences in a way that is realistic and devoid of hype. Stan Plaisier

Park City

Sentencing reform is long overdue

Editor:

Equal justice under the law still remains elusive for 20,000 people serving federal sentences for crack cocaine, despite the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s long-awaited reform of federal sentencing guidelines for crack, effective November 1.

These prisoners are currently serving sentences so harsh that they will no longer be imposed on future defendants, but they are ineligible for relief because the new guideline is not yet retroactive. People serving mandatory minimum sentences for crack cocaine under the very laws that created the 100:1 sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine are also not affected by the new guideline. Only Congress can change mandatory minimum laws.

The Sentencing Commission’s latest report to Congress confirms that punishing people more severely for crack cocaine overstates the harmfulness of the drug and has a devastating impact on low-level offenders and minorities. The time is ripe for reform, especially given the bipartisan support for sentencing reform that has emerged in recent years.

The Sentencing Commission should make the new guideline retroactive and Congress must act decisively and now to reform mandatory sentencing laws.

Jody Kavalauskas

Park City

Risking national security for political revenge

Editor:

In response to Teri Orr’s letter on Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson, I agree with most of what she said. However, it bothered me when she described their two beautiful and "perfectly behaved" children. It brought back memories of the last time when Teri was talking about unruly punk kids on board her whale-watching (harassing) boat.

Yes, I too was extremely upset when Valerie Plame was outed by the Bush administration for purely political reasons. I knew how bad this administration had been in the past but I could not believe they would jeopardize the security of the nation for some political revenge.

As a young engineer I remember signing for a security clearance that my company requested I have. I remember the lines that listed the penalties for releasing classified information. There was long jail time and a large fine. (No mention of Presidential pardons.) I never had doubts about my loyalty to my country but was worried that I may accidentally say something about a part of my work that was classified. (I was, after all, still in my twenties and doing a little partying.) What the Bush administration did to Valerie Plame was not an accident but, as Teri said, was treason.

What the Wilsons did in speaking out was not so much about their kids’ questioning them in the future but rather that these two people, who have given so much time in service to their country, could not sit back while their President and Secretary of State lie to their country and the world. The Wilsons spoke out for their country, and the people of this country, even those well behaved, beautiful, don’t-question-your-president people who reelected this inept administration. They spoke out because they were still serving their country.

The fact is, if everybody (especially the media) just questioned a little, this buildup to the war, they would see how it was playing out like a cheap Hollywood script. It was so obvious. Just think, the plot was so good that two thirds of America thought Saddam Hussein was responsible for 9-11! Talk about well behaved and non questioning. Amazing and sad.

So, Teri, don’t dwell so much on the beautiful, perfectly behaved people in this world. If I had to bet my money on the future of this country, it would be on the more plain-looking and fidgety kids tugging on their parents’ arms while they are talking.

If you just look at the perfectly behaved and beautiful, you may get what you wish: Mitt Romney.

Russ Paskoski

Snyderville


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