Tears of joy
Jonathan Cunningham: I cried when I read your article `"Free Cuc," Oct. 26`. It's such a wonderful job you did.
I'm very grateful for letting people know more about my sister, her contribution to the city, the community and the country as a good Vietnamese-American citizen. Whenever my sister returns home, I would love for you to write the follow-up article about her arrest, her imprisonment and the life of a political prisoner in a communist country. Wouldn't that be an interesting story?
Theresa Lan Ende, via the Internet
Editor's note: As mentioned in Happytown™ this week, Thuong Nguyen "Cuc" Foshee was sentenced in Vietnam, found guilty of terrorism and released with time served, which has been about 15 months. She is returning home to the United States as of press time.
History is gay
As a former Orlandoan, I was very interested in your Orlando Weekly story about Orlando's gay history `"Uncovering Orlando's gay history isn't easy … but someone's gotta do it," Oct. 12`.
Can you send me a JPEG of the advertisement for the Parliament House that you mention? I write a lot of short story remembrances about gay life in Orlando in the '70s and '80s, and my readers would love to see a copy of that ad.
Joe Jervis, via the Internet
Nice piece on Dave Wiethop `Oct. 26`. He will be missed.
Kirk Wingerson, Orlando
Thank you for the very nice piece about Dave Wiethop `Oct. 26`. You did a great job. Tom Dyer quoted your "Broadway tune sung in a minor key" line at the memorial service.
Jim Crescitelli, Orlando
Even more thanks
I wanted to thank you for the inspiring article you wrote about our group and atheism in general `"Atheists among us," Sept. 14`. Lastly, I want to offer a copy of the Orlando Weekly to every attendee this month.
What would be my best option to get about 40 copies of the paper for distribution?
Jack Maurice, via the Internet
As recently reported by the Government Accountability Office, (the research arm of Congress), there is a potential shortfall of $46 trillion over the next several years as baby boomers retire, mainly due to health-care costs and other government benefits. The problem is, this money doesn't exist. Many of the same baby boomers who have consistently voted against taxes either don't know or don't care that their supposed entitlements are just that, supposed.
The result is that boomers will be working later in life than any other generation, simply because they can't afford to retire.
When asked about this problem boomers often veer from denial to despair, first shocked by this uncertain future and then understandably horrified by it. Other boomers simply don't care because they are independently wealthy.
Living through the President George W. Bush years of deficit spending and tax cuts has led to the shrinking of government aid, a neo-conservative goal dating back to the 1980s. I'm 35 and tell others who are my age not to count on Social Security or Medicare even existing when we retire.
Jeff Robertson, via the Internet