TODAY’S LETTERS: Two Soldiers Killed in Iraq, Uncovered Protests in D.C. and a Danish Cartoonist

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By: E&P Staff

Readers wrote in today about a column about two soldiers who penned an op-ed for The New York Times and were then killed in Iraq, an uncovered protest in D.C. and supposed reward for a Danish cartoonist.

Two of Seven Soldiers Who Wrote ‘NYT’ Op-Ed Die in Iraq
What was his answer? It seems you have some point you are trying to make but I was left hanging? was that your point? That there is no end to the story or that the story ends with the death of the principals? I feel like I am in a writing class up at the college.

Personally I never bought that they had any real clue about what was really going on just like I have only the slightest knowledge about the over all picture of place where I work. I can read the news and get an idea but I am just a small part. I really think that asking Petraeus about their article would be like asking head of the department of natural resources to comment on a paper about water quality written by plumbers.

Ted Sbardella
Columbia, S.C.

I don’t know if you had planned to monitor this or not, but my
research shows that major newspapers and broadcast/cable news org.s
virtually ignored Saturday’s large anti-war demonstration in Washington.

Headline the President’s propaganda? No problem. Headline the
General’s rosy scenarios? No problem. Give equal front page treatment
to thousands of citizens (including Iraq vets) whose frustration can
find no forum other than public protest and civil disobedience? Yawn,
that’s a problem.

Bill Allen
Philo, Calif.

I read where Al Qaeda is now offering a $100,000 reward to anyone who kills the Danish cartoonist who drew the cartoon the Arab community found so offensive.

This is a DIRECT attack on the media. I think it’s time for the media to strike back. Maybe you should consider organizing a fund to offer a reward to anyone who provides information that allows for the capture and conviction of ANY Al Qaeda member. The reward could be something like $10,000, and I think between contributions you could get from various branches of the media, individual writers and cartoonists, and some big business contributors, the fund could become sizable.

It could be well publicized if all the newspapers took part in it, and this would put a lot more pressure on these rats.

Ron Coleman

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