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Bias is against third parties

Here's the proof (Feb. 27) claims the media are biased against the Bush/Cheney administration. I like to think different: The media is biased against anyone not part of the Republicrat establishment.

This bias against honest, free-thinking and independent third parties is deplorable! Just because some political figure is Republican doesn't qualify them for sainthood. For a balanced view, read Enjoying The Perks Of Power for Feb. 17 at . ' James A. Farmer, Ashland

Approving Alito was wrong

Appointing a judge to the United States Supreme Court is a major decision because it is for life (no Supreme Court justice has ever been removed), and because many of its decisions change our everyday lives. I have some serious concerns about Justice Alito's appointment to the Supreme Court.

When a judge is listening to evidence in a case, the judge should recuse him/herself if the case involves him/her personally. Judge Alito heard two cases involving Vanguard Mutual Fund in which he had some money invested. Alito stated that he only had a few thousand dollars invested, but Ted Kennedy said it was more like &

36;450,000. Another case in which Alito should have recused himself was one in which his own daughter was an attorney representing a client.

In these three cases, Alito should have recused himself, but he did not. This demonstrates his lack of respect for the law.

Samuel Alito should not have been approved to be a justice on the Supreme Court because of these breaches of ethics! ' Bruce Bauer, Medford

No good news

You know you are on the left coast when you read the front page of the Mail Tribune where no good economic news is ever published, at least while there is a Republican administration on which it might reflect positively.

You never saw a front page headline that unemployment recently sank to a five-year low, only a two-inch article hidden in the business news. Retail sales jumped 2.3 percent in January, duly noted in the business section but not on the front page.

However, when the Commerce Department reports that the economy grew in the fourth quarter for close to the 16th quarter in a row, the Mail Tribune reports on the front page that the savings rate fell, true, but why emphasize the negative in a positive report?

The Mail Tribune reported on the front page that Exxon's profits for the fourth quarter and full year rose to records, very true. However, Google's earnings rose an obscene 267 percent in 2005, while Exxon's rose only 43 percent. Exxon's earnings were reported on the front page because the left coast has a vendetta against big oil. ' Donald Ogren, Medford

Cheney's aim lacking

Regarding Vice President Cheney's aiming at a bird and unfortunately hitting a person: Didn't Cheney and his fellow neocons cause the aim at Afghanistan to be misdirected to Iraq? Isn't the same Cheney neocon propaganda machine preparing the American people for another preemptive war, this time against Iran?

If the pattern continues, shouldn't Iran's close neighbor, Syria, be as concerned as Iran when the crooked shooter, Cheney, is involved? ' Jim Caldwell, Yreka, Calif.

Danish Muslims didn't riot

Danish Muslims are not rioting. When Denmark's largest daily newspaper included four cartoons that were offensive, bigoted and defamatory of their religion in a spread depicting Muhammad, they reacted peacefully and wrote letters to their editors and representatives.

Unfortunately, the editor refused to apologize and the prime minister said it was not a political issue, but they could take it to the courts. The state prosecutor then declined to prosecute the case in the courts.

Rebuffed by their government and press, Danish Muslims reacted democratically and sought allies. The ambassadors of 11 Muslim nations asked to meet with the prime minister to discuss the issue; he refused to meet them. (Need we say that it was stupidly undiplomatic of him?)

It was not until three months later, after the internationalization of the issue, that Danish Muslims received a tepid apology from the newspaper. By then it was too late. The cartoons had become symbolic of the pervasiveness of Western bigotry against Islam.

Last year, the Mail Tribune declined to publish a potentially offensive Doonesbury cartoon (providing a link to the image). How quiet the world would be if European papers had shown similar editorial judgment. ' Dane Coefer, Ashland