Letters to the Editor

Letters from July 14, 2007

Michael Moore

Movie should not be ignored

Industry flaks are frantically bashing Michael Moore’s new film, Sicko. Hugely profitable insurance and pharmaceutical industries have an enormous stake in discrediting Moore’s indictment of the American healthcare system.

Many of us remember the “payola” scandals when the public first learned that recording companies were paying disc jockies to play their music. It’s still accepted practice among celebrity publicists to pay for favorable mention of their clients in the media.

But it’s also one of the dark sides of today’s political dialogue. Leading public relations and lobbying firms have “special connections” with syndicated columnists, magazine editors, talk-show hosts and TV commentators who “float” rumors and “opinions” favorable to their clients--or damaging to their opponents. Some of the best-paying clients are corporations pushing special-interest legislation or trying to confuse and mislead the public about needed reforms.

You can expect lots of negative critiques of Michael Moore and his film, “Sicko,” funded by corporations who have much to fear from public exposure of their abuse of our healthcare system. Sicko is a serious film with a well-documented message. Don’t let industry shills talk you out of going to see it. Or, you can watch it online for free at http://www.webcom123.com/movies/sicko_DVD.html.

Gene Bullock

Poulsbo

Libby sentence

Clinton was worse

I strongly feel that President Bush’s commuting of Scooter Libby’s prison sentence was appropriate, legal and VERY just — especially when you compare it to President Clinton’s national security advisor Sandy Berger’s crimes and sentence.

And there were President Clinton’s past FULL pardons of some of our nation’s worst criminals, including: His brother, Roger Clinton, for drug trafficking. Marc Rich, international fugitive, fraudulently purchasing 6 million barrels of oil with Iran; Henery Cisneros, HUD secretary, lying to the FBI and obstruction of justice. Susan McDougal, Clinton’s business partner, involved in the Whitewater land scandal. Democratic Congressman Melvin Reynolds, bank fraud, making false statements to federal and election officials, money laundering. Peter MacDonald, racketeering.

This is just to name a few, amongst Clinton’s 150-plus pardons, without Justice Department approval! Not to mention, the famous Sandy Berger’s theft and destruction of top secret national archives and classified documents, was tantamount to an attempt at obstructing the 9/11 investigative hearing. And ALL he received was; $50,000 fine, two years probation and 100 hours of community services.

This is extreme favoritism, based on political affiliation!

Willis Papillion

SILVERDALE

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