WEDNESDAY’S LETTERS: Colbert Rocks, So Do These Docs

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By: E&P Staff

With E&P Online chief David Hirschman away, we will try to muddle through this without the usual swell linkage. But you can find the related stories pretty easily, if you try….

Here are today’s letters.

What’s Up, Docs?

Re: Greg Mitchell’s column on best films of 2006.

There are so many good documentaries out that it’s hard to pick. Two I saw in the last month impressed me a lot.

One is “Jesus Camp,” a scary, scary look at an evangelical camp for children. Children writhing on the floor, using hammers to smash cups with “government” written on them, rubberbanding plastic “fetuses” to kids’ palms and sticking tape with “life” on it over their mouths. How that can not qualify as criminal child abuse is beyond me.

The other is “Deliver Us From Evil,” about the Irish pedophile priest Oliver O’Grady, who was shunted from parish to parish in northern California, while his superiors hushed it up. It was like water off a duck’s back for Roger Mahony, and it didn’t slow his rise to a cardinal’s red hat in the archdiocese of Los Angeles. The victims are so real in this movie and the clerics are so unconcerned and willing to lie. O’Grady is an obvious sociopath, still roaming free in Ireland. The saddest thing about the movie was that my friend and I were the only ones in the theater at the showing we went to.

Bill Dunn
Middleton, Wis.

Grin and Colbert It

Re: The announcement that your story on Stephen Colbert’s speech before President Bush at the White House Correspondents Dinner was your most popular of 2006:

You people who would think that showing disrespect to the president of our country was funny are sick yourselves. Stephen Colbert is a do-nothing individual that makes his living belittling others. What does he contribute to our nation?? I would love to send him to Iraq. I’m sure he’d cry and beg to get out of there because he obviously is a coward.

Loren Hanson
Bradenton, Florida

Shortly after the Stephen Colbert’s speech at the correspondents’ dinner, I contacted [an editor] at the Chicago Tribune. I asked why they’d had a story about the Bush impersonator, but hardly a mention of Stephen Colbert’s speech. And the brief mention of Mr. Colbert was negative and dismissive. [The editor] responded to me by email, and said that Stephen Colbert was rude, disrespectful and above all else, he was “not funny.”

I replied that I had seen the speech at the time it was presented, and had also seen the Bush impersonator. I said that while the impersonator was humorous, Stephen Colbert was truthful, direct and very funny. Funny enough, that I taped the repeat so that I could send it to my 93 year old mother, who got an even bigger laugh out of it than I.

I’m still waiting for a response.

Thank you for your work. I am grateful that there is someone watching the watchers.

Leslie Walsh
Evanston, Illinois

Dressed from Hed to Toe

I couldn’t help but chuckle at the storyof the young lady who used The New York Times to create a dress. It’s not a new idea. My father
has used a limerick about a newspaper dress for years. It goes like this:

There once was a girl from St. Paul
Who wore a newspaper dress to a ball
Her dress caught afire
and burned her attire
Front page, sporting section, and all

On a family vacation to Ireland a couple of years ago we encountered a
mannequin in a window of a Dublin shop wearing — a newspaper dress. We just had to stop to snap a picture of dad reciting his favorite limerick in front of that dress!

Bill Forhan
Leavenworth, Wash

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