Letters to the Editor
Readers write about animal treatment and food safety, China's ecological threat, elections in Pakistan, superdelegates, Wikileaks, and Blu-ray.
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Should Senator Obama succeed in getting the majority of "regular" delegates, which looks increasingly likely, but have his nomination "overturned" at the convention by superdelegates' votes, the Democratic Party could conceivably be damaged for a generation. His disaffected young supporters may seek to throw their support elsewhere (that is, to some other party), or worse, leave politics altogether.Skip to next paragraph
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I think the superdelegates, being party leaders and officeholders, should carefully think about the long-term consequences of their respective decisions.
In response to the recent article on superdelegates: In Washington State, we were sent our newsprint voter information booklets and then our envelopes for voting by mail. I voted, put on my stamp, and mailed it.
To my shock the Republican Party will use only half of the votes to decide delegates, and pick the rest at caucus. The Democratic Party uses none of the votes for delegates.
This is every bit as distasteful as the idea of superdelegates, and it makes a mockery of democracy.
Moses Lake, Wash.
Wikileaks is still online
Regarding the Feb. 22 article, "Shuttering of website raises free speech concerns": The Wikilieaks site was not "closed" as asserted in the article, and disabling the Web domain "wikileaks.org" does not result in that site being "shut down" as stated elsewhere in the article. The Wikileaks media resource is still going strong at http://188.8.131.52/wiki/Wikileaks.
Stephen M. Couchman
The success of Blu-ray signals format update
Regarding the Feb. 24 article, "Why Blu-ray's victory might not matter for long": I'm glad that the format war is over. I plan on buying a player as soon as the prices start falling sometime this year. I don't think that this digital download stuff will matter. Broadband is fast but it's not that fast.
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