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Number 309, March 6, 2005

"Free Walt Anderson"

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Letters to the Editor
Letter from Drew Williams

Free Walt Anderson
by Thomas Andrew Olson
Until a couple of days ago, most of you reading this had probably never heard of Walt Anderson. Preferring to keep a low public profile, he made himself very wealthy in the telecommunications industry in the 1990's, both in the "Baby Bells" and in the European telecom industry. His work in telecom satellites offered people in developing nations, starved of needed land line infrastructure, an open door to the 21st century. When he cashed out (or in one case, was forced out), his net worth topped the billion-dollar mark, at least by some estimates.

Peace of Mind
by Ron Beatty
Inconvenience would seem to be a small price to pay for peace of mind. I looked at this phrase at the end of an article on my news page, and almost vomited!

"The Passion" vs. "Fahrenheit 9/11"
by Jonathan David Morris
Only two movies had a real impact on American culture last year. One was Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. The other was Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11. Both defined whole sets of election-year social values (the former a right-wing favorite, the latter a film for the left). Yet neither was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars this year.

For Me, But Not for Thee
by Lady Liberty
Most Americans seem to have at least a limited understanding of the Bill of Rights. They may be unclear as to whether or not the Bill of Rights grants them specific rights or not (it doesn't; it acknowledges certain rights and prohibits the government from interfering with them). They may not understand even the clearest verbiage of the first ten amendments (determining all too often, for example, that "the people" in the Second Amendment refers to the National Guard, but that "the people" in all of the other amendments means "the people"). But as a whole, they "get" at least the idea of the Bill of Rights, and we might assume that any specific misunderstanding or ignorance could be addressed by education and example.

The UN, No Forum for Women's Rights
by Wendy McElroy
The shadows of children allegedly raped by United Nations peacekeepers in the Congo and the women allegedly molested by a top U.N. official fall across the 49th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

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