Letters

Greenback Holler

I would like to thank James Ridgeway for the excellent and accurate "Nader Raids Again" [Mondo Washington, April 4]. Ralph Nader and the Green Party are being largely ignored by the press, so it was refreshing to see this coverage. Nader will indeed make a serious run for the presidency this year—and wouldn't it be nice to vote for someone you can believe in again?

Gary Sandman
Secretary
West Queens Greens


Wing Dings

Re James Ridgeway's remark that President Clinton's characterization of Hillary Clinton as the victim of a right-wing venom machine is "off the wall" [Mondo Washington, April 11]:

Wayne Barrett, in "Romancing the Right" [February 15], wrote about how Richard Viguerie, a member of the radical right, was raising tons of money for Giuliani. Right-wingers such as Peggy Noonan and Barbara Olson have profited nicely from their hateful Hillary books. And there is the Rupert Murdoch news empire, talk radio, and cable TV, which have made Hillary their favorite whipping person. Contrary to what Ridgeway writes, all the accusations against Clinton/Gore can be shrugged off as the work of a right-wing venom machine. Nobody knows what iscontained in the missinge-mails—this is just the speculation of right-wing wackos led by Dan Burton, who has no credibility. As for the 1996 fundraising, Charles La Bella on the April 2 Meet the Press said he doubted that any finance laws were broken.

In addition, the federal judge, Royce Lamberth, who said that Clinton violated Kathleen Willey's privacy, is a right-winger who has abused his authority by constantly politicizing the judicial process. Most legal experts disagree with his ruling and believe it will be overturned. The fact is that the Clintons have been the victims of a right-wing spin machine, and every unsubstantiated allegation has been taken as gospel by the mainstream media, which despise them.

Reba Shimansky
Brooklyn


Hydro Power

As the author of the book Hydropolitics in the Third World, I would like to congratulate Karen Cook for her article on China's Three Gorges project ["Dam Shame," April 4]. It certainly is a shame that despite protests by Chinese scholars and citizens over the years, and despite all the warnings of impending humanitarian and environmental disasters by international NGOs, the major banks and some international funding organizations have refused to see the light.

The same is true of many large water-related projects in other parts of the world, e.g., in Laos. There are many eco- and people-friendly solutions for the water and power scarcity, droughts, and floods that can be implemented in all the world's river basins at minimal costs. However, the large projects continue to be justified, based on mostly incorrect cost-benefit calculations.

Arun Elhance
Manhattan


Scandal Mills

As a professional engineer with more than 11 years of experience in mechanical engineering at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, I would like to thank Erik Baard for his excellent article on Dr. Randell Mills ["Quantum Leap," December 28]. As one of the parties interviewed and later fact-checked by your courteous staff, I was impressed with the integrity of your publication.

The resistance of established scientists to giving Mills's theory even a passing glance has proved very frustrating. The issue is not so much that they can prove him wrong. The issue is that they automatically consider him wrong because his theories challenge some long-held but unproven notions.

What we need is a respectful, open discussion about Mills's theory, its surrounding evidence, and its possible problems.

Luke Setzer
Cocoa, Florida


Good as Gould

Joe Gould's diary may be more creative, or at least prescient, than Charles Hutchinson and Peter Miller think ["Joe Gould's Secret History," April 11]. How else to explain a reference to the 1956 musical Lil' Abner in Gould's mid-'40's journals?

Scott Isler
Brooklyn


Death in the Chapel

Re "The Executioner's Secrets" by Jennifer Gonnerman [March 28]: As a current inmate of Sing Sing, I wish to draw your attention to the photograph that was used to identify the outside of the death house here. Sorry if I pop your bubble, but the picture used is a photograph of our beautiful chapel, which has never been used as a death house.

The original death house at Sing Sing is located in an area that is now a medium-level-security prison.

George A. Torres
Ossining, New York


Gratis Faction

After reading that John Lohse lives rent-free as an "artist in residence" at the Gershwin Hotel [Toni Schlesinger, Money, April 11], I would just like to say how thankful I am that the Voice is free, because if I had to read about a no-talent lunkhead living rent-free and crowing about his parties and his pointless "art" projects and pay for the privilege of doing so, it would get me real angry.

Lawrence Fishberg
Manhattan


Give Props

I am writing to applaud the candor displayed in Tristan Taormino's April 4 column ["Tips for Tricks"].

The sex worker Tyler is absolutely dead-on when he suggests that consumers of the sex trade exercise some etiquette, e.g., canceling appointments in a timely fashion, tipping appropriately for services, etc. If the rest of society does not care to show respect to these hard-working individuals, it is important that their clients show a modicum of appreciation.

Lauren Beckeney
Alpena, Michigan

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