THIS COMMENT IS A MESSAGE I SENT YOU SOME TIME AGO. UNFORTUNATELY I WAITED IN VAIN FOR A REPLY. THUS POSTING MY MESSAGE HERE SEEMS TO BE THE ONLY WAY TO AIR MY CONCERNS AND POSSIBLY ELICIT A BELATED RESPONSE.
P.S PERHAPS YOU COULD DO AN AFTER DEADLINE STORY ON WHY SOME LETTERS THAT DISAGREE WITH THE VIEWS OF YOUR COLUMNISTS AREN'T PUBLISHED.
I DON'T SEEM TO BE HAVING MUCH "LUCK' IN GETTING LETTERS PUBLISHED THAT ARE CRITICAL OF HALLORAN'S VIEWS. ARE MY THOUGHTS OR THESE VIEWS UNWELCOME BY THE "LETTERS" EDITOR.? IF SO, PLEASE LET ME KNOW SO I WON'T WASTE MY TIME TRYING TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE ADVERTISER AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW TO THAT OF HALLORAN.
MARK J. VALENCIA
Re: Richard Halloran’s “Another false dawn from a thug regime”(12/16/07)--SENT 12/16/07
I failed to find anything new or useful in this rambling rightwing rant. So North Korea is ruled by an ugly regime. So are many countries including some US allies like Pakistan, as was South Korea in the days of Park Chung Hee and Chun Doo Wan. So North Korea calls the United States and its political system names. Isn’t that something like President Bush calling North Korea a member of the “axis of evil” and personally insulting its leader? Is Halloran suggesting that the Bush administration abandon diplomacy (as advocated by some neocons in Washington)? Is he proposing the use of force? If so, the implications for South Korea and Japan could be disastrous and he should acknowledge that.
Mark J. Valencia
----- Original Message -----
From: Mark J. Valencia
To: Platte, Mark
Sent: Tuesday, October 09, 2007 9:31 AM
Re: Richard Halloran’s “N. Korea’s track record tempers hope”(7/10/07)
I am not sure whether Halloran’s columns are supposed to be objective, balanced analysis or pro-U.S. opinion pieces. This column was certainly the latter. Rather than being informative or insightful it essentially repeats U.S. propaganda demonizing North Korea and portraying it as solely responsible for the ‘problem’ on the Korean peninsula. Is it not just possible that the U.S. troops in South Korea and the Bush administration’s arrogant and belligerent policy toward North Korea in its first term contributed to the ‘problem’? Frankly one gets tired of reading Halloran’s rightwing rantings.
Mark J. Valencia