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Date: Mon, 26 Aug 1996 00:54:00 CDT From: Isaac Csandl
Subject: Of potties and protests Following is a copy of a letter to the editor of the Chicago Tribune. I doubt they will print it, so I'm sharing it with the Internet community. --------------------------------------------------- To the Editor: Regarding the article "Of potties and protests," Section 1, page 11, Sunday, August 28, 1996 ( http://www.chicago.tribune.com/elect96/conv96/live/0825/0825scen.htm): I am writing to complain of the failure of your reporters Louise Kiernan and Jean Latz Griffin to convey any of the message of the Stop the Drug War demonstrators on Saturday, August 24, 1996. Plenty of literature was and still is available, speeches were made, and any one of us would have explained to your reporters why we there if they had done their journalistic jobs and asked. Instead, Tribune reporters take the easy route and quote someone who is "trying to figure out what the message is" and, like your reporters, refuses to make the effort to find out. The Tribune, in not so many words, has admitted that it is blind to the fact that the Drug War is a total failure and prefers to stay that way. Rather than engage in some meaningful discussion about it at an opportune moment like the Democratic National Convention, the Tribune prefers to resort to toilet humor. While the Tribune quaintly dodges a pertinent issue and mocks activism by making base jokes about human beings having to go pee-pee, thousands of lives are being destroyed because our elected officials would rather punish American citizens than help them. Sincerely, Isaac Csandl firstname.lastname@example.org