Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Letters to the Editor

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Letters to the Editor

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Florida Republicans are blocking Democrats again

Regarding the Oct. 16 article, "Can the Democratic party ignore Florida's primary?": It seems apparent that Florida's Republican politicians are still able to prevent a Democratic win in that state's elections.

This is a very disturbing state of affairs, and one that will have to be forcefully dealt with if this nation can ever hope to survive, let alone move forward.

James Oglesby Oklahoma City

Gore's character appeal

I was so grateful to read Andy Zelleke's Oct. 15 Opinion piece, "America: exceptional no more?" It is so true, and we need to wake up to this reality.

A good example of poor judgment is that former President Bill Clinton won his elections on personality, not character, whereas former Vice President Al Gore had the character and ability but lost in 2000.

Mr. Gore's loss was not only due to dishonesty at the polls but also a lack of personal appeal.

This is so shameful when we remember what it cost so many people to establish the United States and give us the opportunity to live up to the standards we claim to have in our Constitution.

Greed and lust for power should not be acceptable anywhere, but especially not in this country.

We need people like Gore. He has shown the substance of his character in what he has been doing since the shameful 2000 election.

Shirley Boyer Springdale, Ark.

Nothing is ordinary when bartering art

I enjoyed reading the Oct. 16 article "Will paint for a bed and a meal," about my Itinerant Artist Project.

It is worth noting, however, that the main purpose of my tours is to explore the practice, function, and distribution of fine art outside the commercial market system, in the direct context of other people's everyday, ordinary lives.

But it all depends on the collaboration of hosts, whom I would never characterize as "ordinary. …

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