The culture industry has given us a lot to think about lately: flag lapel pins, bitterness in the boondocks, who is more patriotic than whom? ... and wherefore.

Dear editor,
The culture industry has given us a lot to think about lately: flag lapel pins, bitterness in the boondocks, who is more patriotic than whom? ... and wherefore.
There's little George Stephanopoulos peeping up with "gotcha” questions, staid Charlie Gibson covering his backside. There's perky Cokie Roberts to assure us that flag lapel pins raise legitimate issues important to the future of the republic. There's old reliable Sam Donaldson, his toupee groomed for the horse show to tell us all's well out on the ranch ... not to mention the hystericals on McLaughlin’s circus ... the inevitable Pat Buchanan, Eleanor Clift, and an occasional Mort Zuckerman to add cleavage and weight to the on-going argument.
But something has been overlooked in efforts to distract voters from the nation's real problems. That something is public lack of interest in substantive issues. Endless repetition of stump speeches larded with bar-room bravado only excites the electorate. What is needed is a way to focus public attention on players lined up against us ... players like Muqtada al-Sadr and his band of merry men, or the guy from Iran, Ahmedenijahd. Columnist John Young put it this way recently: "The reason the American public is so ignorant about Muqtada al-Sadr is that he has never appeared on DANCING WITH THE STARS!"
Same goes for Ahmedenijahd.
Let them do a turn or two with Cheryl or Kim and see if they can stand up to a critique by Terriann, Len, and Bruno! Talk about who can take the heat in the kitchen! People could then vote on the performances to confirm public understanding of what's at stake!
Aloha
Bill Sollner
Arma