To the editor,

In Michael Miner’s column this week [August 27] he states, “Let’s cut Bush some slack. A comfy spot’s what Bill Clinton had at Oxford. To guys who signed up for the national guard, those six years of meetings and summer camps looming ahead were a huge millstone.” I assumed Miner was being satirical (or at least ironic), but his last sentence, “Bush learned to fly a fighter jet in the guard–no small thing–and if he skipped meetings for a year, he attended them for five,” convinced me that Miner is clueless (like most of the media these days) about the difference between being shot at in Vietnam and attending meetings–or, oh what a hardship, getting to fly a fighter jet. Bush never flew that jet past the confines of the U.S.–and since his daddy was politically powerful, no one was likely to shoot at him. Bush’s record reads: “frat boy, slacker, drunk, failed businessman, governor of Texas (the legacy of which is many children left behind, more guns everywhere, and failed economic policies), and president of the U.S. by virtue of a stolen election.” Kerry’s record reads: “war veteran, peace activist, prosecutor of rapists, and U.S. senator (reelected four times with an enviable environmental record).” If the press had stopped cutting Bush slack, we might have avoided Iraq, an increase in national poverty, the pillaging of our nation’s forests, and record job losses. But that would mean journalists like Miner would do their homework instead of just treating all politics as some kind of monopoly game–the guy with the most money wins.

Susan Eleuterio

Highland, Indiana