Is Obama ‘The Manchurian Candidate’?

To the editor:

Could Sen. Barack Obama be the real-life “Manchurian Candidate”? In this excellent 1962 thriller (re-made in 2004), a Korean War veteran returns home a supposed hero. Unknown to him, our movie character was brainwashed while held captive in North Korea. As the plot thickens, we see him manipulated by his American handler in an effort to covertly promote a philosophy diametrically opposed to our form of government.

Could it be possible that 20 years of association with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the outed anti-American-values racist (soon to retire) pastor of Sen. Obama’s church, could equate to brainwashing? Candidate Obama denies that he was aware of the Rev. Wright’s hateful remarks until recently. If he was brainwashed, I believe him.

Michelle Obama’s recent comment at a political rally in Milwaukee, “For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country,” speaks volumes as to her possible indoctrination by the now infamous Rev. Wright.

Ask yourself if you would ever remain a member of a church that spewed such hate and venom. I thought not.

There is a thin line between fiction and reality. Have we crossed it with presidential candidate Barack Obama?

John J. Erlanger


A pattern?

To the editor:

Regarding Sen. Barack Obama’s attendance at the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s sermons:

“I wasn’t there.” — Sen. Barack Obama, 2008.

“I didn’t inhale.” — Gov. Bill Clinton, 1992.

I see a pattern.

James T. Davenport


No oversight

To the editor:

As if the terror caused by Dr. Dipak Desai at the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada was not enough, now we are told his firm is underinsured (Saturday Review-Journal).

We are also enlightened to the fact that he is on the board of directors of the insurance company that covered his clinic. It makes me wonder which fox was supposed to be watching this henhouse.

Kyle Otto


Sickness mills

To the editor:

After the continuing outpatient surgery center fiasco, in which the operators of these businesses have successfully cast a pall over the Las Vegas Valley’s entire medical community, I don’t understand why they are still being referred to as “health clinics.”

It certainly would seem to be infinitely more appropriate to call them “sickness mills.”

Lou Garner



To the editor:

It is difficult to describe the array of emotions our family has experienced since my daughter-in-law tested positive for hepatitis C. She was a patient at the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada.

How dare the so-called professionals engage in such dangerous, unacceptable practices as to put innocent people’s health and lives in jeopardy? Patients trustingly underwent procedures prescribed by personal physicians and were then violated by those who promised “to do no harm.”

It has been reported that greed was an underlying factor in this whole mess. How shameful. Would the perpetrators have put their own family members at risk for monetary gain?

Understandably, my daughter-in-law is a bit wary of the doctors she is now seeing. But she is a woman of faith, and she is praying, not only for her situation, but also for her anxious husband and teenage boys, plus the 40,000 others involved. She is even attempting to pray for forgiveness for those responsible for this indescribable disaster.

Hopefully, the city of Las Vegas, the health department, reputable health care professionals and others will stay on top of this atrocity and will work collaboratively to bring these shameful people to justice.

Peggy Corcovelos


Energy costs

To the editor:

Putting the headline “Harry hater” on Ed Epperson’s Saturday letter misses his point. Whether it’s Sen. Harry Reid, the Bush administration, the media or the environmentalists trying to set new energy policies, their shortsightedness and lack of knowledge can only cause more pain than the basic supply-demand problem itself.

The problems are complex, and quick fixes inevitably cause unforeseen side effects. The huge inflation in food prices now being seen as a result of the government’s ethanol program is a prime example.

The reality is that there is nothing the government can do to provide cheap energy. The most efficient path to viable alternatives is to let industry develop them as increasing prices justify them.

Tom Keller


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