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MONDAY'S LETTERS: 'Journal De Quebec' Lockout, Tenet, PETA

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MONDAY'S LETTERS: 'Journal De Quebec' Lockout, Tenet, PETA

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In today's letters, a reader calls for more civil discourse in the media, another says that George Tenet's interview on 60 minutes left more questions unanswered, and some thoughts on the lockout at the Journal de Quebec.

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Verbiage Flawed

I would like to see a return to more civil words to describe the actions of our civil society.

In this era of global unrest we read frequently about terrorist attacks, school shootings, military maneuvers, and other violent actions.

Increasingly I find that politics is being reported with the same words. Politicians "attack" each other. Sometimes the attacks are "vicious". Politicians are said to "slam" each other like wrestlers.

At times I have seen adjacent headlines which use the same words to describe a brutal terrorist attack by a suicide bomber at a market in Baghdad and the stern words exchanged at a political debate.

Perhaps this is something Editor and Publisher could push as we enter the next presidential election cycle.

Fletcher Sandbeck

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PETA Unnecessary?

I wonder if PETA refers to the people its members have hurt in their many protests with pronouns. Somehow, I don't think so! People and our children become attached to animals without PETA's interference. We like animals for the most part and often "love" our pets. PETA is unnecessary and exists only because it collects money from uninformed people. Much like government funded "research", the results from PETA are of no value to society.

Doug Denehie

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Tenet's Tortured Interview

I just watched the 60 Minutes interview with George Tenet; he said there were only four people in the room when he said "Slam Dunk" about building a case for Iraq. The people in the room were [President Bush], [Vice President Cheney], [Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice -- then National Security Advisor], and [then-White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card]; after the meeting someone leaked to a reporter what Tenet said among the five. Who was the person that repeated the lie first? It was Cheney that repeated the lie? It may not have been Cheney that leaked it yet there is a 25% chance that he did. Is this picture getting any clearer?

Jesse Hemingway

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Journal de Quebec Lockout

I am a desk editor for Le Journal de Qu?bec and was delighted to read about our story in your paper. You would not believe the support we have had, locally, for our initiative. Imagine, the biggest advertizer of Le Journal, Ameublements Tanguay, a furniture chain stores, has withdrawn its advertising for as long as the conflict will last. …

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