Letters to the Editor

Monday, March 10, 2003 at 1:00am

'Little people' can fight with boycott

TO THE EDITOR:

I must say I was thunderstruck to read a statement from the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) expressing concern about a "new era of McCarthyism." I could easily discuss SAG's lack of concern for the hostile work environment that conservatives in the entertainment industry deal with regularly, but I'll save that for another day. These Hollywood liberals cannot honestly be trying to compare the public backlash against their very public opposition to President Bush as "McCarthyism."

How many times have liberal interest groups, including Hollywood actors, attempted to boycott sponsors of Rush Limbaugh or other talk-radio programs? These entertainers have no problem using their fame, fortune and access to promote their own personal political agendas, and in a free country, have every right to do so. They do not, however, have a right to our patronage.

They are fortunate to have such privileged access to the media by which to express their views. At the same time, the "little people," who have no such access, have the right to respond in one of the only ways they can: by boycotting their places of business.

If Jesse Jackson and the NAACP can punish every business in South Carolina for its state's opinion of a flag, surely it is more than appropriate for Americans who disagree with the opinions of entertainers to boycott their TV shows, films and music - especially when they travel to foreign lands and portend to speak on behalf of all, or even most, Americans.

TONY MORRIS

37072

First fund K-12 with lottery money

TO THE EDITOR:

I have been closely watching the debate swirling around the issue of Tennessee's use of the lottery-earning windfall. What I find amazing is that people simply are either not thinking or not listening.

Many of those who opposed the lottery did so not because of moral objections to gambling but because they disagreed with the initial proposed usage of the windfall. The latest round of talks calls for equalization of the monies.

OK, let's be totally honest. Tennessee schools are lacking compared to the rest of the country, isn't that correct? Isn't it also correct that Tennessee spends way less per student than average? OK, based on the last two responses, isn't it plain where the funds should be going?

So why would we spend this enormous windfall on funding something the private sector and the government have been funding for decades - scholarships and low-interest student loans? Why wouldn't we first fund our ailing K-12 and produce better students who would not need so much assistance from a lottery fund, as maybe they would be qualified for the already existing plethora of loans and funding packages?

PAUL E. RAY

37214

Haven't forgotten 9-11, anything else

TO THE EDITOR:

The theme for the pro-war rally Feb. 28 night in Centennial Park was "Have you forgotten?" I assume that means Sept. 11.

I haven't forgotten Sept. 11. Nor have I forgotten the last time our troops were in the Gulf region they all came home with Gulf War syndrome. I haven't forgotten Agent Orange, missing limbs, pine boxes, or thousands upon thousands of Afghan citizens driven from their homes in the dead of winter.

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