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Some TLC for TPC
Thank you for raising awareness about the future of The People's Channel and public broadcasting ("Big cable wants public access denied," Aug. 3). Near the end of my high school years, I worked at The People's Channel as a volunteer and eventually became a full-time staff member. The skills I learned while working there have aided me greatly in my studies as a film major. Not only is The People's Channel a great way for local citizens to share the interests they have, but it is also an excellent resource for people of any age to learn about broadcasting at little cost. Let your voice be heard! Save The People's Channel!
Ed Yonaitis
Durha

Eichenberger's paranoid
Peter Eichenberger opens his most recent column ("When the messenger warns about the message," July 27) by announcing that "Maverick writers deal with all sorts of liabilities not taught at journalism schools." Presumably he means pesky little things like "facts," "evidence" or "actual reporting."

Since Eichenberger has now definitively proven that he knows how to use Google (we're all so proud of the progress little Petey has made), would it be too much to ask for him to back up his repugnant charges with some real live facts, aside from the story about how he pissed off some guy in a bar (which I know we were all stunned to read)? One of the things we learn in journalism school, if we didn't learn it in 4th grade, is that you can't believe everything you read on the Internet.

Did the government fabricate a threat to gin up support for the war in Iraq? Absolutely. Did the press miss the story? Sadly, yes. But to imply that the White House set off bombs in London to relieve pressure on Karl Rove is, quite frankly, paranoid insanity (though, admittedly, maverick pop psychologists like me deal with all sorts of liabilities not taught in a psychology graduate program). So spare us the nifty selection of out-of-context quotes (including one, ever-so-whimsically, from Homer Simpson, every 9th grader's favorite yearbook philosopher) and crackpot Web site references and stick to telling us about your amusing barroom experiences.
Eric M. David
Chapel Hill

Eichenberger's warning us
I want to commend Peter Eichenberger on his brave and brutally honest July 27 piece entitled "When the messenger warns about the message." It's far past time we delve into the topic of "false flags." The world watched Hitler use the false flag quite nicely when he ordered the torching of the German Parliament building weeks before a national election and conveniently blamed it on Commies. This simple act resulted in the cancellation of national elections, a panicked German public turning to the sinking Nazi Party for protection, the suspension of the German constitution, and the installation of the Enabling Act (refer to the PATRIOT Act), which granted Hitler full emergency dictatorial powers. The rest, as we know, gets real damn ugly. False flag operations have existed from the beginning of time and prove to be among the simplest, most influential means to influence the public opinion of millions, even billions, of people with the most minimal costs in human casualties and resources.

Finally, someone brings the topic of Gladio and the concept of false flag tactics into the same spotlight as the recent London bombings. Just because Americans know squat about events such as Gladio doesn't mean the rest of the world is as clueless. I dare them to research the topic and come back and tell the class that it didn't exist or can't happen. Some of us are getting mighty tired of spending a great deal of time watching news reports on these events roll in, lining them up one by one and watching them coalesce into hundreds of maddening coincidences that would insult the intelligence of the family dog. Maybe it's high time to start showing a little intelligence and bravery and look at some other possibilities based on historical precedence. I want to thank Peter for being one of the first. I'm sure I'll be joining him in dodging heavy objects very soon.
Eric Hermann
Durham

Eichenberger's mixed up
After reading Peter Eichenberger's Opinion, "When the messenger warns about the message" (July 27), I had to wonder to which world he was referring when he quipped "the world is too beautiful to spend a single second of it surrounded with hate and negativity." I have been reading his opinions in this paper for a while, and, as a rule, that's not the impression I come away with afterward of the world as he sees it. The "maverick writer" might consider checking and verifying his sources within. Here are two more quotes for inspiration:

"If you do not tell the truth about yourself, you cannot tell it about other people." --Virginia Woolf

"No matter where you go, there you are." --Earl Mac Rauch, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the Eighth Dimension
H. Newton
Raleigh

Corrections
The article "Home Field Advantage" (July 20) incorrectly said the baseball field at Long Meadow Park was next to construction on the Hope VI project. It's next to construction on the Barnes Avenue project.

In the Aug. 3 story "Pictures at an (International) Exhibition," Charlotte Griffin's new work, KRS, was incorrectly spelled.

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