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8:15 AM, Oct 6, 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.

*1*

Matt Labash should stop holding back and tell us what he really thinks! (Enjoying the Rapture) I like to read his work, however, wouldn't Virgil, or is it Vergil, Lucretius, and the Epicureans would take issue with him?

Pleasant it is, when over the great sea Isabel shakes the waters,

To gaze down from shore on the trials of Bennifer;

Not because seeing Jen & Ben struggle is sweet to us,

But because the fact that we ourselves are free from such ills strikes us as pleasant.

Pleasant it is also to behold paparrazi battling on Miami beach,

When we ourselves have no part in their peril.

But nothing is sweeter than to occupy a lofty Gucci filled mansion, and sit on a diamond, ruby, sapphire, and pearl throne,

Well fortified with the lyrics of Jenny from the Block and This is me Then,

Where we may look down on others as they gobble along,

Vainly searching for the true path of life, and the manifestation of their dreams. (De Rerum Bennifa)

--Janet Young

*2*

As overused as the expression is, Larry Miller really hit the hammer on the head (John Ritter, 1948-2003). John Ritter was one of a kind. While I cringe at thinking he will only be remembered by many as Jack Tripper, I possess a VHS of one of the funniest movies ever, a film that virtually no one went to see, a timely piece of celluloid called "Americathon." Filmed in 1979 and written by ex-members of both the Firesign Theater and Neal Israel, the "Police Academy" genius, this film was way ahead of it's time. It took place in 1998, when the United States had a serious deficit after borrowing billions from an American Indian played by Chief Dan George. He owned the largest shoe company called National Indian Knitting Enterprises (NIKE) and just wanted his money back. John played the great-grandson of the Franklin Roosevelt, a swinging bachelor named Chet who after becoming president, moved the White House from Washington to a condo in Marina Del Rey. The gags are hysterical and John made the film. I will miss him alot.

--Bob Davidson

*3*

While Victorino Matus is correct that North Korea committed terrorist acts in kidnapping Japanese citizens, he fails to mention a notable hypocrisy: Japan is outraged at North Korean kidnappings, but has not offered reparations, apologized, or even admitted its own war crimes during World War II. (Brothers of the Disappeared) During the Japanese occupation of Korea in the 1940s, thousands of South Korean women were kidnapped and forced into sexual slavery as "comfort women" for Japanese soldiers. The Japanese government has ignored all claims of reparations for the comfort women who are still alive, and is presumably waiting for them to die out. Not only this, but Prime Minister Koizumi recently visited shrines that pay homage to these war criminals and the government censors school text books so that they gloss over Japanese war crimes. It appears that the Japanese (and Asian) cultural value of "honor" and "shame" have covered up the truth.

--Walter Lee

*4*

I have just completed Jonathan V. Last's article on the Dixie Chicks, Trading Places, and one line, found in almost any article concerning the left and their anti-American, anti-Bush attitudes, continues to puzzle me: "And while no right-thinking person would question their patriotism . . ."

I am a right-thinking person and I question their patriotism. Words matter and the left's assault on the meaning of patriotism is galling. Patriotism is love of your country and the belief that your country's values are supreme. How does insulting the president, from Europe, no less, fit in? It doesn't. Patriotism is a taboo subject because the left wishes to hide behind the flag's protective folds, while holding a match to it's fabric. And we are all supposed to look the other way.

--Charlene Pinkava

*5*

Jonathan V. Last says that Merle Haggard supports the Dixie Chicks. Strange. Isn't he the artist who sang "The Fightin' Side of Me": When you're runnin' down my country, hoss, you're on the fightin' side of me . . . Let this song to you be a warnin' . . . You can love it (America) or leave it . . .