Letters to the Editor

Reviewers need to learn to sing back

In this town, the art of writing reviews is dead.

I thought I complimented Mr. Varble when I said he wrote articles quickly. I later learned that I was stating the problem. A hastily written theater review can affect attendance and live on the Internet forever.

Shakespeare may not have known that his words would last eight lifetimes beyond his own, but he did know that each word held meaning. Christopher Sergel consulted Harper Lee because he also knew the importance of each word.

I won't repeat the numerous statements that I disagree with about the "To Kill a Mockingbird" reviews, because I think everyone knows what it's like to have hurtful things said about them. Instead, I will offer this: I sat four rows from the top, and I felt the way I think the director and actors wanted me to feel, and I heard every word from every actor. I was a part of the story, and I couldn't save Tom Robinson. I knew him, and the others didn't, and because they didn't, look at what happened.

Then, I left the theater, so amazed by the story that I immediately started to read Sergel's adaptation again that night. I experienced the anticipation of possibly seeing a review that could reflect all of the enthusiasm I felt and saw that night. When that didn't happen, I realized that I'm part of another story. I'm part of the story happening in this community.

I know the actors of OSF, and you know them too, so why are we all allowing this to happen to them? "They don't do one thing but sing their hearts out." They sing them out for us. So, I'll begin again: Reviewers, can you find a way to sing back?

Alexia Ainsworth


Seda trial shows we haven't changed

This witch-burning of Pete Seda is proof that no matter how we despise who we were during the McCarthy hearings and who we were during the internment and confiscation of assets of the Japanese — we are still the same people.

Watching the "justice system" cat-and-mouse Seda through courts of "law," jails, prisons, is like watching a truck pick up our Jewish neighbors. Those without Muslim friends may not be aware of the harassment and injustice visited on Muslim Americans during the Bush era that is still happening.

The injustices that continue on Seda — the loss of life, liberty, money, time with family and freedom — is unconscionable. And now it turns out that the feds paid those who informed on Seda. Case thrown out of court? No? Apparently Seda is guilty of having given $400 to the Chechens fighting against Russia — for blankets. Gosh, we'd better arrest the Red Cross, too.

The recent revolution in the Middle East has turned over the rock of U.S. influence and support of militaries, despots, dictators in that region. All for what a great American, Henry Kissinger, called "stability, and the protection of our interests in the region."

Not my interests. I, like Seda, am for people fighting for freedom from dominance and injustice. Meanwhile, shame on Ashland for allowing one of its own to be mercilessly harassed, incarcerated and stripped of his civil liberties.

Shame on the old Rumsfeld/Cheney/Bush war cartel for all the harassment that lingers on and on. "It couldn't happen here?" Well it did, and still is. A lot of good people are not speaking up — as usual.

Leah Ireland


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