Bush is no Amin
John Thomason: As I was reading, and enjoying, your review of The Last King of Scotland `"Split personality," Nov. 2` I was disappointed to find that even in writing about a fictional movie you didn't pass up a chance to degrade our president: "Between his secret murders and mass graves, and his denunciation of Israel and staunch belief in Nazi propaganda like The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, he seems like a horrifying hybrid of Saddam Hussein and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, with a dash of George W. Bush's smug charm and kooky confidence that God is speaking through him."
I think it is truly disgusting, and, yes, unpatriotic that you would put in George W. Bush's name in the same sentence as notorious murderers Amin and Hussein and the Iranian leader who is filled with hate for Jews, Americans and most other people. Of course, you are free to think, say and write whatever you wish, but frankly I am tired of you and your peers who are so blinded by hate toward our president that you must attack him whenever the smallest opportunity presents itself.
You and I may both disagree with President Bush's policies, but I hope that in the future you show more respect for our country, the office of the president and President Bush himself, who, I believe, always tries to act in the best interest of our country.
Boris Epshteyn, via the Internet
Don't support the enemy
I just read the letter `Letters, Jan. 18` from Angela Stockton of Clermont, who said that if pro-choice advocates don't like the "Choose Life" license plate, instead of lobbying to get a pro-choice plate of their own they should get a "Choose Life" plate, because in New Hampshire the courts have ruled that if you find the state slogan "Live Free or Die" offensive for whatever reason it's perfectly legal to tape over the slogan. I can't believe that Ms. Stockton can't see the obvious differences between the issues.
"Live Free or Die" is to the state of New Hampshire as "In God We Trust" is to the state of Florida; they're both the state mottoes. The "Choose Life" plate is a specialty plate created to generate money for anti-choice causes. If all Florida plates read "In God We Trust" instead of "the Sunshine State," and you were offended by that slogan, Ms. Stockton's suggestion would make sense. But if you're pro-choice, it doesn't make sense to buy an anti-choice tag and say, "Well, since there is no pro-choice tag, if I buy an anti-choice tag for my car and cover the word ‘life,' that will make it a pro-choice tag." Your money will be going to support a cause to which you're opposed.
I'm beginning to think that Jim Philips of WTKS radio is right; abolish all of the specialty tags and have special-interest groups do their fund-raising themselves, instead of having the government do it for them.
Russell J. Mitchell, Orlando
I want to thank you for coming to try our restaurant, Saucy Bella `Dining, "Chow Bella," Jan. 4`. We worked very hard to get it open. We appreciate your good comments and are happy that you enjoyed our food. Next time try some of the cream sauces. My husband has been making the basil cream sauce for Christmas Eve dinner for the past 13 years! It is tradition for Italian Catholics to have fish or seafood on Christmas Eve. He makes it and adds shrimp. The vodka sauce is my personal favorite. I love it on anything. Sadly, however, we are not doing so well. Many shops and restaurants are leaving the shopping center because it is not doing well. We hope that maybe your review will help! We are busy for lunch, but dinner is really, really slow. This has been my husband's life long dream. If you could offer any feedback to us, that would be greatly appreciated.
Kim Gowanloch, Orlando