THURSDAY’S LETTERS: Where Is the Afghanistan Coverage?

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By: E&P Staff

In today’s letters, we find scorn for John Kerry’s New York Times op-ed calling for an Iraq exit timetable, questions about E&P’s angle on the blogoshere’s targeting of a biology professor, and a plea for more coverage of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan.


Where Has Coverage of Afghanistan Gone?

[We] just read your story about Afghanistan, and your writer is right… nobody hears anything about what is going on in Afghanistan. We hear Iraq this and Iraq that… but we have a war going on in Afghanistan also. I want and need to hear more, my husband and I have a son who is doing his second tour in Afghanistan. We NEED to know what is going on there. We worry about him from the time we get up ’til the time we go to bed at night, and then we still dream of him. Why is it that we hear so much about Iraq and nothing or I should say barely nothing about the goings-on in Afghanistan?

Melvin & Hildie Tingley


Charter Member of the John Kerry Fan Club

Line in the sand my eye. That’s another term for timetable. President Bush won’t give the Democrats a timetable for leaving Iraq so John Kerry is going to create a timetable of his own. When will the Democrats listen for once to what President Bush says without totally ignoring it and going with their cut-and-run attitude? The Iraqis knows what the Democrats are made of, so listening to him was just out of respect for being an American. A poor one at that too. Did it ever occur to Kerry that maybe the Iraqis knows about him turning on his comrades and country and being hailed as some hero in the communist museum in Hanoi. After this is all over, Kerry’s picture will probably hang in the terrorists museum hailing him as some hero also. What a patriot.

Phil Gonzoles


Pianka Story Is Really About Duped Press

I am troubled that after it has been well understood that the inflamed reports about Dr. Eric Pianka’s speech were overblown by a guy who has some sort of vendetta against the professor, your story still focuses on whether the professor did something wrong.

Shouldn’t E&P be the advocate for more careful story checking? The disgruntled guy waited a month before putting out his inaccurate spin on Dr. Pianka’s speech — couldn’t the Seguin papers, and others, wait a couple of days to check the facts?

This is indeed a great topic for E&P — but the topic isn’t about Dr. Pianka’s explanations of how nasty pathogens could wipe out a lot of humans if we don’t take Dr. Pianka’s warnings and pay attention; the topic should be how so many press outlets got duped into such a silly story that denigrates a fine scientist and distracts the nation from its real work.

Ed Darrell
Dallas, Tex.


Journos Still on the Front Lines

The morning Jill Carroll’s freedom was announced a little weight lifted. A little.

And still… the driver. And still… the cauldron that is Bagdhad and Anbar. I read Anthony Zinni’s conclusions and couldn’t find any fault with them.

The weight lifted for a small mercy… less a mercy than a kind of transaction.

Still, so glad Jill Carroll made it. And so sad for all the others who have not made it to another sunrise through no fault of their own. Freedom Forum’s First Amendment Calendar Entry for April 1:

“Journalists die doing their jobs, which is more than you can say for lobbyists, TV commentators or corporate lawyers” — Jon Carroll, columnist, San Francisco Chronicle, 2005.

Dennis Anderson
Palmdale, Calif.


The Online Newspaper Revolution

I couldn’t agree more with your [article] on the growth of online newspaper sites. Gen Y, the most tech-savvy demographic, has led then trend fueling the online movement. Alternative content sites like college newspapers’ online counterparts demand loyal readership and still command strong ad revenue. According to the recent eGrad College Graduate survey conducted by Y2M: Youth Media and Marketing Networks:

*Almost 80% of college graduates reported using the Internet for online shopping as opposed to a little more than 20% a year before.

*Close to 80% of recent college graduates reported using the web for news in 2005 compared to just over 20% in 2004.

Thanks for the great coverage.

Tim Inthirakoth
Boston, Mass.


My, My, Hey, Hey

Nice article on Scott Young — enjoy reading anything relating to Neil. My older sister turned me on to the Buffalo Springfield in late ’67, and I’ve been following Neil since. I was drawn to him over Stephen Stills and Richie Furay. My mother always said that I had a dark and brooding side. While everyone was tapping their toes to Stills’ For What It’s Worth, I was playing Broken Arrow.

My favorite Neil moment was January 23, 1973 — the official end of hostilities in Viet Nam. I was 19, and in Madison Square Garden for Neil and the Stray Gator Band. Mid-set, a roadie handed Neil a slip of paper. He stepped up to the Mike and simply stated, “the war is over.” The bandthen launched into a searing version of Southern Man which felt like it lasted for days. I’ll never forget it.

One mention on the song Old Man from the Harvest album. The song was written about the caretaker who lived on the property of Neil’s Broken Arrow Ranch in northern CA. Neil tells the story of being a “rich hippie”, and being able to afford the ranch. I’m sure you knew that from the stage rap in Heart of Gold, but wanted to clarify your meaning. Please advise — thanks.

Bill Aiello

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