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Say Something Nice ... or Else

By Readers · March 12th, 2008 · Letters
I enjoyed Joe Wessels' column "Is Bill Cunningham Really One of Us?" (issue of March 5). Wessels' points are fair and well thought out.

Usually CityBeat is so one sided on the liberal point of view that their articles can't be taken seriously. Proof of this is that someone (at CityBeat, I assume) actually thinks that Sen. John McCain would have planned that whole scenario. Please!

It is clear that we have free speech as long as we say something nice and politically correct. Samantha Powers called Hillary Clinton a "monster" and had to resign from the Obama campaign? Give me a break. Whatever happed to "Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me?" I guess that went out when we decided to award everyone a trophy regardless of performance.

I find our political correctness a total violation of free speech, since you can expect severe ramifications for not saying something nice. Just repeating a man's middle name can become national news, can't it?

I don't necessarily agree with Cunningham, but I will defend his right to say it without being sent to his room.

-- Carl Bartels, Downtown

Protect Our Jobs
In your endorsements before the Ohio primary, I noticed that you didn't really cover Sen. John McCain other than to say that his spot as the Republican Party nominee was basically a done deal. Probably, but may I offer a little insight into this powerful opinion maker?

On Feb. 29, the U.S. Air Force let a multi-billion dollar contract to replace its tanker fleet to Northrup Grumman and the foreign governments underwriting EADS, the consortium that owns Airbus. The tanker contract is known to be a major foot in the U.S. defense market door for Airbus' parent consortium.

As a result of this contract, foreign workers will be designing and building aircraft for members of the U.S. services to refuel important national defense assets in the field. This means that instead of 40,000 American aerospace jobs, there will be closer to 18,000, most of which will focus on assembling an Airbus plane made of foreign parts in an Alabama "manufacturing" center. Besides the direct loss of 32,000 tanker jobs, there will be even more working Americans going on unemployment because of layoffs due to the letting of this single contract.

In a time when more and more American jobs are going overseas, McCain championed foreign participation in bidding the USAF Tanker contract in the Senate and through the media. He proudly takes credit for the tanker contract being opened up for Airbus and its foreign owners to bid.

He said he wanted the U.S. taxpayer to get the best deal. Did we? Ask that question of experienced American aerospace designers and mechanics across the nation when they're at the unemployment office.

Every day the American media tell us that we're headed to or in a deepening recession, yet McCain is responsible for the Air Force handing a foreign consortium the third largest military contract ever let. By insisting on the tanker contract being reopened for bid, he's sent billions of our hard-earned tax dollars and jobs to foreign governments.

-- Patricia Jenkins, Kent, Wash.



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