You report that Mayor Dave Cieslewicz considers the Dane County Public Affairs Council 'very biased,' with a 'right-wing agenda' ('United, They Can't Stand Dave,' 2/9/07). The council's membership is composed of mostly businesspeople. But their political philosophies range across the political spectrum.
The mission of the council is to inform its members on important issues of the day. The council does not take positions on candidates and has in the past taken positions on certain issues that are important to the business community.
By deciding not to attend its mayoral forum, the mayor is showing the narrowness of his vision. Ray Allen was right when he called the decision 'an arrogance.' The question is, is Cieslewicz the mayor of all Madison or only of certain constituencies?
John S. Pinto
Tiny but first
As a Delaware transplant, I was happy to read Rich Albertoni's column on David Bromberg's appearance in Madison (Tour Stop, 1/19/07). However, I take exception to Albertoni's characterization of Wilmington, Delaware, as 'the capital of the nation's credit card industry.'
How much better it would be to remind Wisconsin that Delaware is the first state, because it was first to ratify the Constitution. It is the home of tax-free shopping, and the state where U.S. businesses choose to incorporate. It also is the home of the next president of the United States, Joe Biden Jr., who has the most realistic plan for partitioning Iraq.
It's funny that people still think there is a separation of church and state (Letters, 1/25/07). There is no such thing. Our forefathers gave us the freedom to worship Christ in whatever denomination we choose.
It's funny how we complain bitterly about 3,000 soldiers dying to defend America, while every day in America 3,500 babies are murdered in abortion clinics.
Why do people choose to not protect the life of a little baby? Makes no sense!
Let's get our head out of our asses, people.