;Yes, we know

Very interesting Happytown™ [Oct. 12]. Don't you think you could have allowed commentary from [Clint] Curtis' side, instead of giving all the ink to Feeney's spokesperson?


; You guys do know that Feeney was recently rated one of the most 20 most corrupt people in congress by CREW, the nonprofit, nonpartisan congressional watchdog group, the same group who blew the whistle on Foley? You do know that Curtis, a former Republican, passed a lie detector test administered by the retired chief polygraphist from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, right? You do know that the panel that "cleared" Feeney of Curtis' charges was cooked with Feeney and Jeb Bush appointees, and never ever spoke to Curtis, right?


;You would if you had contacted Curtis. ; Playbook rule No. 1: If your opponent is telling uncomfortable truths, deride them and try to impeach their credibility. ; You guys should call and spend five minutes on the phone with Curtis. You'll find him as stable and sane and smart as anyone you'd ever meet. Just call him. Please.


;Jim Cirile, via the Internet

;;Editor's note: We've done more than call Clint Curtis; we wrote an extensive piece on him and his claims of Feeney's vote-rigging. See "Is this man crazy?", Aug. 10. Check Happytown™ this week, page 10, for our answer to that burning question.


;No mercy

;I feel some pity for the convicted killers' families ["The killer inside," Aug. 3]. They have to live with the stigma and embarrassment that their kids are responsible for the senseless murders of six people. I really feel heartfelt sorrow for the families of the victims. This never should have happened to their loved ones and they have to live in pain for the rest of their lives. I have no pity for the killers. They made a decision to kill these people, they got caught, now they have to pay for it.


;I'm sure the killers are remorseful now for what they did, but they get to live another 10 years or so by dragging this through the court of appeals and making their victims' families relive this horror time and time again. All they had to do was not do it.


;Jeff Shepard, Orlando

;;Throw the bums out, again

;;In 1994, an exterminator from Texas named Tom DeLay engineered one of the most abrupt and hostile takeovers of Congress in U.S. history. His Republican "revolution" appealed to moderate and conservative voters who had increasingly come to see government as arrogant, corrupt and accountable to no one.


;Now those very same Republican "revolutionaries," (minus a few who, like DeLay, have lost their jobs due to criminal misdeeds) have come to embody the very same unsavory attributes that have the public screaming, "Throw the bums out!" once again. I sincerely hope that if victorious this fall, the Democrats will be able to push their agenda of fiscal responsibility and energy independence while avoiding the drunk-on-power allure that has come to define present-day Washington, D.C.


;If the importance of our system of checks and balances ever needed a context, 21st-century American politics has provided it.


;Jeff Robertson, via the Internet;


;When Canadians get mad

;;I read your column "Rush to judgment" [Dog Playing Poker, Aug. 17] on the Internet after it was posted on a Rush message board. As you can imagine, we're pretty insulted and upset. No, not really! It's a very funny piece! Thanks very much! But "real rock stars would always resemble Veronica Lake dressed for a guest shot on Space: 1999"? Come on!


;;Patti Miller, via the Internet



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