Mail November 4-November 11, 2008 

Hip-Hop Yea

I thought the Hip-Hop Voter's Guide was great. I can see why you left out the ACHD races.

—Rebecca Arnold,


hip-Hop Nay

There is one BW reader who was looking for an actual voter's guide­—myself. What I got was an exercise in non-reportage (it was writing though) from Nate Hoffman, who knows how to write about politics the last I checked. Was he feeling bored? Overworked? I hope he enjoyed it. I found it a very self-indulgent waste of paper and print. Maybe it was hip-hop, but it sure was not a voter's guide.

—Steve Vetter,


Please Don't Shut Down Guantanamo

It seems to me it would be the perfect place to "detain" all the politicians and CEOs responsible for the reckless, economic destruction of the United States of America. Suddenly waterboarding doesn't sound so cruel.

—Jim Spicka,


Not Vegetarian, Still in Heaven

I recently ate lunch [at Shangri-La] by myself. I am not a vegetarian and normally drink coffee, but I heard about it from an acquaintance and stopped in on a whim. I had an absolutely wonderful experience there. I had the absolutely best, mouth-watering veggie burger I have ever had. I felt uplifted and peaceful the rest of the day. I bought some fairy flower tea to take home. After a quick lesson on how to properly prepare tea, I have been enjoying the tea experience ever since. I will definitely go back and take some friends.

—Angie West,


On Werner's Guest Opinion

This article gives me hope that being evangelical pro-life Christian identifying does not have to mean that you can't reason the issues out and come to a conclusion that makes sense (BW, Opinion, "No Longer a Single-Issue Voter," Oct. 29, 2008). Thanks to you for the writing and for the publishing of it.



High School Senior Says Don't Forget Tibet

In times of economic distress and political fervor, America begins to put its blinders on to the rest of the world. Our leaders begin to get so caught up in America's own issues and causes that they ignore the problems around the world. While the words "Darfur" and "Africa" remain on the tips of tongues, the word "Tibet" is not so commonly spoken. Though a hot topic in March in the midst of the Beijing Olympic protests, it has now become another world issue shoved under the rug of American apathy.

According to a Nov. 2 article by the Associated Press, the Dalai Lama's hopes of making Tibet an autonomous state are becoming more of an unreachable fantasy, stating, "... my faith in the Chinese government is becoming thinner, thinner, thinner." Despite his efforts to negotiate and reach some sort of compromise, he has stated, "Inside Tibet, the situation is worse." It is estimated that since 1950, the Chinese have killed 1.2 million Tibetans.

I find it sick that the rest of the world acknowledges the corruption within Tibet, but doesn't do anything about it. The economic discrimination, religious suppression, political oppression and environmental exploitation are evident to nations around the world, but once again, industrialized nations take a back seat to the speeding train wreck that seems to be occurring in Tibet.

Little economic development has taken place in Tibet in recent years, and the few jobs and opportunities available are usually given to Chinese migrants. The agriculture industry is declining in Tibet, and Tibetans are only falling into a deeper level of poverty.

The Chinese government controls religious life by limiting the number of monks and nuns entering monasteries and nunneries, as well as banning any images or references to the Dalai Lama. According to official figures, China has destroyed over 6,000 Tibetan monasteries and shrines since 1949.

China's regime has prevented any Tibetan involvement in politics. The estimated 300,000 Chinese soldiers posted in Tibet crush any political protest with extreme violence.

The environment in Tibet has seen enormous deterioration caused by the intense mining and logging conducted without concern for environmental repercussions.

This present-day tragedy should not be ignored, nor should it be accepted. The issue in Tibet is not just a political, economic, or even a power issue. It is an issue involving human beings and their denial of basic human rights. America and the United Nations should become involved. A spokesman for the U.S. State Department said on Oct. 30 that the United States hopes to "encourage China to examine policies that have created tensions due to their effect on Tibetan culture, religion and livelihoods." However, even regular citizens can do something: write a letter, tell someone, donate something. Either way though, there is no excuse to let Tibet drown in a tumultuous sea of oppression and exploitation.

—Rachel Krause,


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