Newsday, the liberal rag on Long Island. They love to pick on President Bush and anything right of Hillary Clinton. For the past few weeks, the paper has printed letter after letter attacking poor Mallard Fillmore, a cartoon about a conservative duck. I know it is cold outside, but come on folks get a life, it is a cartoon duck you are attacking. I thought libs were against hunting poor animals. I guess if you do not agree with an animal's politics, they are fair game.
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'Mallard' full of hot air
Let me add an observation to the insightful "'Mallard' not comic" [Letters, Feb. 22], which pointed out the right-wing hot air that Mallard Fillmore rides on. It's bad enough that Bruce Tinsley wants people to write to editorial pages about the supposedly "liberal media" - defending Mallard's disingenuous "speaking truth to power" point of view.
Mallard's ire is directed at those in the AARP who would question the viability of President George W. Bush's Social Security privatization scheme as fear mongering. While to this observer Bush's plan is in itself based on fear mongering, it is curious that the Mallard strip would so quickly jump to parrot the right wing's talking point campaign against the AARP, which was begun only a few days ago. (Editor's note: So the Bushies are now enlisting Ducks to push their agenda? What is next, Snoopy?)
While it is probably true that most "comics" are unfunny, "Mallard Fillmore" goes one step further - an unfunny political polemic that is not even fit for the editorial pages, a duck-ideologue squawking at some often-obscure liberal injustice. And the self-reference to "speaking truth to power" only points to how thoroughly deluded this duck can be. Please replace Fillmore's daily rant with something merely unfunny.
Who's bashing whom?
To see a writer express surprise about anti-Bush letters is surprising ["Letters bash Bush," Letters, Feb. 17]. The Republican Party and the right wing have been waging a relentless campaign against the Democratic Party and the left wing in this country for years. This campaign has included the TV media, the print media, the Internet and much more.
The Republicans have shown they will say and do just about anything to win. The thing that has bothered me most is the questioning of people's patriotism just because they disagree with the Republicans. There are those of us who are outraged that American soldiers have had to die and be maimed because of the hubris displayed by the whole right-wing Republican establishment. Maybe the Democrats have finally figured out they have been under attack and have had enough. (editor's note: what?)
Dean has what it takes
Regarding "Can Dean revive the Democrats?" [Newsday.com, Feb. 6]: The Democrats have gotten into a rut of "Washington as usual." That is one of their biggest problems and why they had such a hard time defining themselves.
Howard Dean has honesty (what a concept!), energy and a clear love of his country that is inspiring to all who listen to him. I believe he is the best person to pull the Democrats together with his fresh look at what is best for our nation. (editor's note: Denial is not a river in Egypt)
Should we eat fish?
Regarding "The debate over fishy feelings" [Advice, Feb. 21]: It is probably best to act as if fish feel pain, as there are plenty of good reasons to halt commercial fishing even without a consensus among scientists as to whether they do.
Overfishing is playing havoc with underwater ecosystems and food chains, and killing birds, dolphins, turtles and other victims of fish nets. Environmentally conscious consumers might want to look at the state of the oceans before deciding that eating fish is part of a healthy planet. And health-conscious consumers might want to study what contaminants are in fish before choosing to include fish in their diets.
Patti Breitman - Fairfax, Cali