A Mountain by Any Other Name...

Letters from the week of April 24, 2003


Dentured servant: Thank you, thank you, thank you! I absolutely love your coverage of the dental mercury issue and say kudos to Charlie Brown and all of the medical providers who are anti-mercury! As a person recovering from the ravages of mercury toxicity, seeing coverage like yours helps me believe that my suffering has not been in vain!

M.L. Gates
Via e-mail

Chicks Don't Dig It

Whistlin' Dixie: Let me start by saying I'm not a huge Dixie Chicks fan ("Chick Hunt," Chris Parker, April 3). I may know one or two of their songs total. But I was appalled when I read the story about them being extorted for voicing their opinion.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't that what our troops have fought and are fighting for? How hypocritical is it for a media company to choose a stance, either pro or con, on someone's opinion? Then to take it one step further by stating, "We're not going to play your music until you say you're sorry." Sorry for what? For stating what they feel? Aren't the media supposed to be non-biased? If we stopped them from transmitting for voicing an opinion, they'd be the first to scream, "It's our First Amendment right to speak our opinion!"

While I may not agree with the Chicks' opinion, I definitely support their right to voice it. And I most assuredly do not agree with some self-righteous, hypocritical media corporation extorting an apology because they don't like it.

I'm not ashamed our president is from Texas. I'm ashamed that we have media companies in this country that would stoop to this.

Name withheld by request

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