MONDAY’S LETTERS: Neil Young Stirs Emotion, Ombud Howell Does ‘WaPo’ PR, Worrying About Iran

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By: E&P Staff

In today’s letters, fawning for Greg Mitchell’s columns, a reader who has never heard of Neil Young but doesn’t like him anyway, and a suggestion that we not hold hands and sing “We Are the World” while Iran develops nuclear weapons.


On How Far the Post Has Fallen

Mr. [Greg] Mitchell, I imagine that fawning emails properly receive the delete key from you, but I have to let you know how much I appreciate your articles. I recently sent a message to the Post and mentioned to them that I had the privilege of spending a year living in Arlington and working in the district. While I was there one of my greatest pleasures was being able to actually read the Washington Post every day (this was 1979), I felt that I was next to greatness. Sigh? how the mighty have fallen (I’ll try to keep the metaphors to a minimum), the Post and the Gray Lady ? deeper sigh. So you see, Mr. Mitchell, we of the great unwashed really need you since two of our heroes have jumped the shark.

Larry Rasnick
Clawson, Mich.

[Washington Post ombudsman] Deborah Howell confuses the role of ombudsman with a public relations director. As PR director for the Post, she does fine work.

After doing battle with Wikipedia diehards on the issue of Hiroshima and Hagasaki, I’m reading your Hiroshima in America and finding it wise and insightful. You and Lifton nail it perfectly how fixed this subject is in the minds of the public. With madmen operating the regime in Washington, that’s got to change.

Here’s hoping the Post does NOT win a Pulitzer tomorrow. If they do, it means gloating until End Times.

Bonnie Britt


Nixon, Bush, Iraq and Young

Is Neil Young an American citizen? What is the name of his father? Why didn’t you give us his name in your article? I find this hatred of our President very sad and disrespectful. I never heard of this Neil Young and of course I will not buy or listen to his recording.

Millie Trayer

How about this exercise. Everybody who still loves George Bush no matter what, you know those of you who have this apparent contest going on, like trying to see who can adhere the most tacky support our troops magnetic stickers to their vehicles …. why don’t you just drive on down to the National Guard office on Monday and sign up. While you are at it if you have sons and daughters who are of age, bring them along for the patriotic ride. If you really support Bush and the war, why not sign on the dotted line. Are you feeling me? Nearly 70% of Americans are against the way Bush is handling this war. Watch, Rumsfeld is the next to go, and it will not be pretty. A strong “in-your-face” hard rocking Iraq/Bush protest ballad from this wisened guitar legend could do much to finally galvanize and focus protest over Bush’s policies. We can only hope and pray that it gets lots of radio air play. Music can effect political change.

Jon Draper
San Francisco, Calif.

Just happened upon your column about Neil’s father Scott Young. Scott was a superb writer and often wrote with a clever, sardonic bite. I recall that he once described a Toronto Maple Leaf pitcher named Don Johnson as having given a performance (in reaction to the umpire’s calls) that would have made Katherine Cornell proud. After he read the column, Johnson was loaded for bear and I was never sure if it was because he thought (in those politically correct times) that Young was implying that he was gay as well as simply fatuous in his over-reactions on the mound.

As I recall, Scott Young, much to the regret of many viewers, was turfed off ‘Hockey Night In Canada’ for again having made some politically incorrect remark about the home-town team. I was glad to see you make the association between Neil Young and his father, who was not only a gifted writer, but a man of the highest integrity. I especially recall that, at the time of Nixon’s resignation, and in spite his own newspaper having damned Nixon with the sort of sanctimonious tripe one usually only hears from the pulpit, Scott had a very different take on the resignation speech.

He ventured that Nixon was not doing a snow job, just hanging tough, and that in a world where sinners are in a majority, he didn’t do badly in setting a standard for how sinners should face the music. In the same column, Scott anticipated what later proved to be true, namely that Nixon’s predecessors in the Oval Office (and as we now know, his successors) may well have done worse things than Nixon did [such as LBJ’s ordering the FBI to bug Nixon’s election plane in 1968 and JFK ordering up the assassination of friends (Diem, in South Vietnam) and foes (Castro, in Cuba) alike].

Byron Lane


‘Kumbayah’ Allegedly Not an Effective Foreign Policy

The premise of your column appears to be that the press will prevent the President from doing anything “foolish” like you know, preventing a madman in charge of a whacko country from getting Nukes. I guess that’s what passes for being “Patriotic” nowadays in Moonbat Land, preventing your country from doing something that might protect it.

So your alternative solution is what? Hold hands with the Iranians and sing “We are the World”? Wait for the pathetic idiots at the UN to actually do something (since they did such a bang up job on Iraq and are really, really helping the people of Darfur). So what’s your brilliant solution.

M. Redden
Wilmington, N.C.

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