Connecticut Senate Race; More on Stephen Colbert; More on Remembering Jill Johnston …

by on September 29, 2010

To the Editor:

You may not like Linda McMahon, but Dick Blumenthal is pathetic. I live in Connecticut. This is pretty funny, because he always thought this would be a simple coronation. He’s never taken a risk politically, and this is what he gets. We need spine, and he doesn’t have one.

Chris Pasquale
Bristol, CT

To the Editor:

Comedian Stephen Colbert’s testimony before U.S. Congress was not a “waste” of time. In fact, it was the most truthful testimony that I ever heard over a long period of time. As a tax payer, I want more of comedians who speak the truth. The politicians who were offended by his testimony do not deserve to be the representatives “of the people, by the people and for the people.” Republicans and Democrats who don’t have the courage to speak the truth are the people who make this country worst – politically and economically. Mr. Colbert should replace them in Congress.

Andres Bonifacio
San Francisco

To the Editor:

Ruby Elkins (Letter, Sept. 28) says she will never vote for a Democrat again. Republicans are largely responsible for the mess this country is in, and people like Ms. Elkins are angry because Obama in 18 months in office hasn’t fixed the mess the Bush Administration created in eight years. According to Ms. Elkins’ distorted logic, it necessarily follows that the only solution is to vote for Republicans as the best party to clean up the mess.

Ralph E. Stone
San Francisco

To the Editor:

I met Jill Johnston in October 1975, when she came to speak at the University of Toronto, Women Studies Department; and invited by Kay Armatage, a women studies professor. Kay and I were roommates, and we decided to make a documentary about Jill. The film is called Jill Johnston: October 1975, and has been circulating in Canada since in Gay and Lesbian festivals, Women studies groups and women and film festival. It toured Canada last year. We presented it in 1975 at the First Toronto Film Festival to a huge audience. It has since been shown again at another TIF retrospective.

I loved Jill, whom I thought was funny. We got along; and she invited us to visit her to show her the finished film. She was not sure that she liked it because she was shy about seeing herself on film, and hear herself speak. But we all had a great weekend with her and her then girlfriend, as well as her daughter. I haven’t seen her since; but a few days ago, I quoted her (not knowing of her passing away) to a friend: “Women without father image have no limits or limitations.” This quote had always stuck with me as I grew up without a father; and helped me through the many years since 1975. She will always be in my heart.

Lydia Wazana
Toronto, Canada

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