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Moby, stadium-seat theaters, "The People's University of Michigan," and more.

11:00 PM, Jan 26, 2003
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THE DAILY STANDARD welcomes letters to the editor. Letters will be edited for length and clarity and must include the writer's name, city, and state.

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I am a C4/5 quadriplegic (electric wheelchair with joystick control) who frequents movie theaters. Stadium seating is a wonderful innovation, and it has enhanced my movie-going experience. Given a choice, I prefer theaters that offer stadium-style seating (Jonathan V. Last, ADA Goes to the Movies).

The Trial Lawyer Association's support of Clinton assured his support of any suit that would line the pockets of his lawyer cronies. It is disheartening that the Justice Department under President Bush would have kept the suit against AMC alive. It is shameful that this administration's Justice Department pursued the suit against AMC with vigor.

I apologize to AMC for the trouble brought upon them under the guise of the ADA. Ostensibly, the Justice Department is fighting for me, a card-carrying member of the severely disabled community; however, in this case they do not speak for me or for anyone I know.

--Wayne Johnson

*2*

This mess was all so utterly predictable (Fred Barnes, Blix Tricks). Indeed it was predicted publicly, by Vice President Cheney and others. The blame should not fall to the U.N./E.U. weasels or Colin Powell. George W. Bush is commander-in-chief, and it his dithering which has gotten us here.

By the way. Has anyone from the administration uttered the "zero tolerance" standard recently?

--Thomas Davis

*3*

I am glad someone in the media can really describe the horror we are living in Venezuela right now (Thor L. Halvorssen, Horror in Venezuela).

I never thought that I would be preparing--along with my family and neighbors--for invasions at our houses. Now I know that in my house there are guns, where they are and how to use them.

I had to send my only son to the United States (since he a US citizen) and I wasn't able to tell him when he is coming back, or when I will be able to see him again.

But I am fine--I am much better than the thousands of Venezuelan that don't have a job and that have no income to support their families. And that is why the worst is yet to come. The sad part is that we are prepared for it.

Who's to blame? I am not sure. I think the strike is very hurtful for the whole country, but without it, international entities would have not paid any attention to us.

Please keep writing and informing the world what is really happening in Venezuela.

--Maria Alejandra Azar

*4*

Someone should inform Moby that there is a difference between peace-loving, and peace-making (David Skinner, Stardumb: Moby). Peace-making sometimes requires a confrontational approach when the person who is being approached is recalcitrant and uncooperative.

--Jason Hamby

*5*

Stephen F. Hayes makes two points in The Peacemongers: (1) some peace activists are stupid; (2) their actions help prop up the Iraqi regime, which oppresses the Iraqi people.

Even if we accept that both points are true, neither is a justification for invading Iraq. Hayes's article seems to imply that improving the lives of Iraqis would be a reason to go to war. This is naive.

There is an infinite amount of suffering in the world. The billions of dollars the U.S. would spend on an Iraq war could better the lives of millions of people in the third world without costing a single human life.

Of course, donating money to fight poverty would not topple a dictatorship and end repression. But there are repressive governments throughout the world and the United States is not trying to topple them all. The United States is not going to war to end the repression of the Iraqi people. The Bush administration describes Iraq first and foremost as a security threat, not a humanitarian project. A more cynical observer would say the war is about oil.

Yes, it's possible that war might improve the lives of Iraqis. It's also likely that thousands of Iraqi civilians would be killed in a war and it's possible that the post-Iraq government would be repressive, too. It will be hard to explain to orphans and widows how killing their husbands and fathers served the purpose of freeing them from political oppression.

--Daniel Connolly

*6*

The Justice Department once again shows its stupidity. A disability means just that--you can not do everything that a "normal" person can do.

I do not have 20-20 vision and was unable to be a Naval officer and fly F-14's. Can I sue?

--Dan Kislus

*7*

Beth Henary's writing about the MLK legacy was the real key to her article The Garment Shredders.

It's really a shame that the agenda on most campuses seems to be making a veritable milkshake of MLK tie-ins. Not only shredding the garment, but lowering the waist line, offsetting the shape, blurring the colors and rendering the object unwearable. The lunacy that passes for campus "discourse" grows more childish and petulant with each passing semester. As a former assistant professor, who spent time performing the thankless task of also serving as a Black Student Union faculty mentor--I've witnessed the subset of ideas and energy grow increasingly inert, and bereft of--oh, let's just say--basic intelligent thought.

--Alonzo LaMont

*8*

Bumper sticker wanted "Question Diversity". Will gladly affix to the rear bumper of my car and visit the People's University of Michigan.

--Gerald Arcuri

*9*

I go to between 30 and 40 movies per year, at AMC's Baywalk 20 complex in St. Petersburg, Florida. I chose to sit in the "prime" wheelchair row, which has a few seats among the open space, because of the great view and the extra legroom (I'm 6'4"). This case (and the ADA) is another prime example of government run amuck.

--Peter Ford

*10*

Talk about sensationalizing an issue at the University of Michigan. Since when was the supreme court even hearing a case that has any bearing whatever on Brown v. Board? Propaganda is easily believed when you shout it from the podium at a major university. I really want to hear how the ACT and SAT are racist lies.

Quick question, should I be awarded an inordinate amount of admissions points if I were to apply to say, Grambling. Diversity in education is important right? I am certain that there are not many white male evangelical conservatives on the campus there.

--Jason Hamby