- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 7, 2006

‘She’s my heroine’

Those of us who aren’t busy hating Ann Coulter are loving Ann Coulter (“Hating Ann Coulter,” Culture, et cetera, yesterday).She’s my heroine, a true patriot and the saint of the conservative movement. She does not bow at thealtar of political correctness. We can always depend on Miss Coulter to tell it like it is and to give voice to what so many of us are thinking.

She’s not afraid to speak her mind or write about the truths about which we conservatives feel so deeply. Her quick wit enables her to fling astute retorts to the left faster than the best TV pundits can think.Unmoved by attacks from liberals,Miss Coulter is a joy to behold in action. As long as there is free speech in America, there will be Ann Coulters and Rush Limbaughs. Thank God for this fearless but God-fearing woman!


Berwyn Heights

Proud to be Hawaiian

I have native Hawaiian blood flowing through my veins. I represent my people who were displaced hundreds of years ago, my people who were never allowed to vote for annexation to the U.S., and my Queen Liliuokalani who was imprisoned in her home, Iolani Palace. However, I agree with opponents of Sen. Daniel K. Akaka’s bill (“Senate to consider letting Hawaiians pursue sovereignty,” Page 1, yesterday). I do not know how the bill would create “classifications” among native Hawaiians, but I believe that it would only cause racial discrimination within our native Hawaiian community.

The Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1921 was an abomination. Just 200,000 acres of our land, which were the most arid lands, were set aside to be “doled” out to native Hawaiians. The act segregated the community racially because each person who wanted to get on the “list” was (and still is) required to prove he or she had at least 50 percent native Hawaiian blood.

My mother got on the list when she was 18, and in the past 35 years, she has never been given any land, which is her birthright — our birthright. The act caused racial discrimination within the community over the years. It seems the Akaka bill would broaden this problem.

I believe there has to be a middle ground between complete sovereignty for my people and the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act.

I find it appalling that there is no Office of Native Hawaiian Affairs and that Hawaiians are not recognized as the indigenous people of Hawaii.

Regardless of these issues, we continue to be a proud people by remembering our ancestors and continuing to practice our cultural beliefs to preserve the sacred culture for future generations of native Hawaiians.




Hail, hail

I want to thank you personally for making the clearing of Lance Armstrong of any suspected drug use your lead article on June 1 (“Investigator clears Armstrong of doping,” Page 1). In my opinion, Mr. Armstrong is the greatest athlete of modern history and deserves front-page attention when his reputation is cleared from any taint of wrongdoing, which he has vehemently denied from the beginning. The Washington Post considered this a story for the third page of the sports section, which is an abomination, to say the least.

I’m not sure what the reasons were for this retro-testing, but not only was Mr. Armstrong cleared, so were the others who participated in the Tour de France in 1999. I applaud the staff of The Washington Times for bringing to our attention the news that a fellow American had been cleared of wrongdoing, and your doing so on the front page made me proud. With all the bashing we have been getting lately, it’s refreshing to see one of our own get his reputation back to where it belongs: unblemished from start to finish of his professional career — another feather in Lance Armstrong’s cap.

Please continue to print articles about fellow Americans who rise to the cause, fight for what’s right, stay the course through diversity and come out on top — I can’t get enough. Thanks again, and I will continue to enjoy your paper, a nice alternative to whatever it is that other paper is thinking.


Aspen Hill

Whose side is the media on?

Tony Blankley has provided the best and clearest statement to date on the increasing irresponsibility of the news media and their coverage of the war in Iraq (“Media dance macabre,” Op-Ed, yesterday).

The issue that ultimately is at stake, however, is the future of this democracy as we know it.

George Washington said that democracy was an “experiment” in the way human beings governed themselves, and our democracy, this experiment, is being tested in ways that are every bit as serious and dangerous as was the Civil War.

That test is built around the need to answer two questions:

1. How does a democracy survive when it is required to provide civil rights, freedom of speech and freedom of the press to a political entity whose political goals are to destroy civil rights, freedom of speech and freedom of the press?

2. How does a democracy survive when it is required to provide freedom of religion to a people whose religious goals are to destroy freedom of religion?

Our press corps needs to realize that its own existence may depend on whether or not we win this war in Iraq. A growing and victorious Muslim influence does not bode well for the freedoms of our press. Undermining our military’s ability to conduct warfare may prove to be undermining their own freedom to report the news.

Warfare is an awful, ugly, terrible thing in which to be involved, but freedom cannot be established or maintained without it. The media have to decide whose side they really are representing and then live with the consequences if their decision was wrong.



Tancredo at the door

It’s no surprise that Rep. Tom Tancredo, Colorado Republican, won a Michigan presidential straw poll (“Tancredo’s victory,”InsidePolitics, yesterday). I recently returned from Scottsdale, Ariz., and Las Vegas, where I was pleased to see so many “Tancredo for President” bumper stickers. With more than 80 percent of Americans favoring closed borders and putting their thumbs down on the president’s amnesty bill, Mr. Tancredo is what America needs. He represents what the Republican Party used to be.

Remember when Karl Rove told Mr. Tancredo “never to darken the door of the White House”? Mr. Tancredo just may be occupying the White House in 2008. Then 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. will not discriminate against those who have a different opinion on the issue of illegal immigration. Let’s call this congressman from Colorado president.


Evergreen, Colo.

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