Kucinich calls 'em out -- seriously: Mr. Kubulis of Lakewood [Letters, May 9] complains that the actions of Congressman Dennis Kucinich prove that he doesn't represent his constituents -- specifically, by initiating articles of impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney. There's more than enough to convict Cheney, Bush, and Rumsfeld. Kucinich is not toeing the line set by John Conyers and Nancy Pelosi, who reversed themselves after election and took impeachment off the table.
Evidence shows that the actions of these executives amount to treason -- crimes against America -- with malicious intent. The U.S. Constitution says that these severe breaches of public trust are punishable by prison or even a firing squad (upon firm and fair conviction, of course). Pardons should be off the table.
I will concede that even mere impeachment is a fantasy. It's a long shot, because the Democratic Leadership Council and the Republican National Committee are incestuous slimeballs, and because politics trumps law. They work for the same bosses. This lack of serious contention between the two so-called opposing parties is obscured -- it needs to be tested in public. Congressman Kucinich is shining a spotlight on both.
Many Americans realize that the Iraq War was a mistake. We are learning by dribbles what was known in 2003: that the principals (Cheney, Rumsfeld) blatantly lied to the American people about matters of life and death, and manipulated intelligence to launch a war they had been hyping for a decade. Bush is now holding the soldiers hostage until the Iraqis meet "benchmarks" (i.e., turn over their oil fields to Western companies).
Kubulis writes with a lot of flair, squeezing in about six allusions to Mr. Kucinich being a comic and "not serious." He implies that the "rule of law" is a frivolous anachronism. So what if Bush orchestrated more killing than Charlie Manson? That's how "loving America" works.
If anything, blame Congressman Kucinich for doing too little too late and for following public sentiment, rather than leading it.
Immigrants from every land face hardship: I read your story ["Say Uncle," May 9] with considerable concern and interest. People who arrive on the shores of America seem to have much difficulty making adjustment to our land. The basic drives and significance of human respect and humane treatment are the same all over the world, though in some places more than others.
I wish Jagwinder and Gurbinder much sympathy. I am of Czechoslovakian-German ancestry, and every wave of immigrants has had to cope with a great number of unexpected challenges.
I wish them the best in coping with the spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional problems they have been encumbered with.
Meat Man of the Gods
Chef's Choice Meats is a gift from heaven: Kris Kreiger [Side Dish, May 9] is truly an answer to a prayer. Finding another human being as anal and obsessive as myself, who has channeled his talents into the art of making exceptional food, is a rare gift. His shop, Chef's Choice Meats, is a reflection of his warm and open personality. His mom's influence is evident, from the potato pancakes to his great demeanor. Kris is an artisan and a gentleman. Go once and become a regular. Garonteed!
Mum's the Word
Did church receive the "selectively silent" treatment? It seems that Lisa Rab hasn't been to a church service such as ours ["God's Disneyland," May 9]. Unfortunately, she seems to think the doctrine is based on prosperity, which is totally false. We're called The Word Church for a reason -- all we preach, teach, and talk about is what God said in His word.
Funny how she didn't mention the "Word Mart" event last summer, in which we gave away over 7,000 book bags to inner-city children. Or how we bought new basketball uniforms for East Tech's basketball teams. Or how we donate bus tickets, so children don't have to walk in the cold. How about our Victory House, which will take in hurting women who are seeking refuge?
Maybe she forgot to mention that you can go to The Word Church for a weekend service and find men in the pews who are taking back their families through the word of God.
False accusations impede justice: It is exactly because of this high number of inaccuracies that our legal system must be scrupulous in safeguarding the rights we all possess. The law stipulates that we must err on the side of the defendant rather than the accusers -- and your narrative will corroborate that this is especially important with only a single diagnosis. Perhaps the answer is a required independent second opinion before charges can be made.
We cannot guarantee justice for children who suffer at the hands of pedophiles and child abusers until we rid the system of false and unfounded allegations of abuse. This is a difficult concept for people to accept, but this is the way our Constitution attacks the great evil of false convictions.