LAY OFF THE LITTLE GUY

DEAR MERCURY—Matt Davis did a great job reporting the different sides of the foie gras debate ["Liver Let Live," Feature, Sept 21]. Instead of the same militant bullshit that the IDA [In Defense of Animals] and PETA [People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals] spew out of their candy-ass mouths. Why don't they picket places like Fred Meyer and Safeway, which have a far bigger impact on the community than the small guys that are trying to do something right by selling or serving local and sustainable products?

Eric

RETARDED-PEOPLE PÂTÉ?

DEAR MATT DAVIS—Just because animals don't have the same kind of intelligence we humans have doesn't mean that we should be allowed to use them for our economic gain or palate preferences ["Liver Let Live," Feature, Sept 21]. We don't enslave and eat retarded people.

OUR WOEFUL VACUUM

DEAR MERCURY—Chas Bowie's blithe dismissal of the Nixon White House's dirty tricks in his review of The US vs. John Lennon sadly illustrates how cynical we have become ["You Say You Want a Revolution?" Film, Sept 28]. Clearly, our historical memory is woefully short. As a result, the film does an excellent job of filling the vacuum of the uninformed by providing a historical context of the late 1960s' and the early 1970s' political and social upheaval. If you don't believe this vacuum exists, just ask Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, or most other members of Generation X, if they know why John Lennon was illegally persecuted or whether the government's actions were right or wrong, and you'll see what I mean.

Robert Arkin

ONE WAY TO SOLVE SCOTT'S INCOME TAX PROBLEM

DEAR MERCURY—Scott Moore is an idiot and should not be employed by your publication. America: From Freedom to Fascism might be the most important film in America, not because of the anti-tax conspiracy anarchists, but [because] mindless drones like Moore will try their best to belittle it because they were told to do so by their slave drivers ["Faux Vox Pop," Film, Sept 28, in which Moore criticizes the film's "half-baked, hole-ridden, libertarian rhetoric about the alleged illegality of the federal income tax"].

Alex Newman

SCOTT MOORE RESPONDS: Putting aside the irony of being called a "drone" by one of dozens of letter writers who all wrote the same thing: The 16th Amendment, which gives Congress the power to impose an income tax, was declared ratified by Secretary of State Philander Knox on February 25, 1913. The Supreme Court has upheld the legality of the tax in multiple cases. To believe otherwise requires one to be wrapped up in a mindset that defies reason.

DIE, MOVE, OR CHOOSE

DEAR MERCURY—As to David's letter ["Freedom to Smoke," Letters, Sept 28, in which he posits that further banning smoking is unnecessary], I couldn't agree more. Cigarettes killed my father, and will kill a lot of other people today. That said, David's right—enough banning has been done. Being around smoke now is a conscious choice. If you don't want to be around smokers, avoid them, or move to Southern California.

 John Porter

QUIT SMOKING DRUGS

DEAR AMY JENNIGES—While I can commend you for not openly embracing a statewide smoking ban, your apparent weakness has clouded your vision ["Smoke-Free Naturally?" Feature, Sept 28]. Apparently, you're too good to endure the physical discomfort of quitting on your own. If every smoker quits, then there will be no more tobacco companies or need for prohibitive laws or taxes to combat smoking. And for the record, there are less pleasant things than tobacco smoke in public places. At the top of my list is perfume, which women seem to use in the largest possible doses, and no one ever complains about it.

Curtis E. Bryant

CONGRATULATIONS TO CURTIS not only for weighing in on the smoking ban issue, but also for bringing up another oppressive form of air pollution: heavy perfume. We would like to extend that complaint to also include excessive men's cologne. Especially Drakkar Noir. Anyhow, Curtis wins two tickets to the Laurelhurst Theater and $30 to No Fish! Go Fish!, which don't stink.