This all stems from a letter I had sent to the Press in December 2002. I was responding to an article in which Karl Rove compared to Bush to Abraham Lincoln. I had suggested this was odd, as the rest of the world compares Bush to Hitler.
The press has a policy of only publishging your letters every 90 days. But I had found a way around this by sending letters from my (then) wife's email address under her name. I did this with her consent, as she understood, I was opposed to the upcoming war with Iraq (we were in the propaganda stages at that time, just like we are now with Iran) as part of the neocon plan for endless war, as I have two children who I do not want to grow up and kill and/or die for a pointless war.
As it was, there was another woman in town who had the same name as my wife's. She wrote the paper and asked how could they dare print a letter like that and sign her name to it. That's when my wife spilled the beans to the editor that I had in fact written the letter, and I effectively became banned. Later on, we split up, (for other reasons), and I had a new address and phone number (prerequisites for getting your letter published), so I created an email account for one Lew Scannon, and was able to have two letters published under that pseudonym in the paper.
Now, however I have since moved again, and while I am using a different ISP, my email is similar to my old one, and it's the only account I have, so I sent the following letter to them yesterday. But I think my browser uses my real name in emails, so the letter will not be published. Not because it's bad (although, I will admit, it's not my best, and I've read many worse), but because the editor recognized me as the banned person from almost four years ago.
So here it is:
Michigan's economy is in the toilet. People like Dick DeVos blame Gov. Granholm for our state's current economic woes and say we need leadership to get us out of this.
Let's look at DeVos's leadership. In the last decade, he shipped 1400 jobs out of Michigan, as well as millions of investment dollars into Communist China, while at the time, Michigan was under a Republican governor. If every other manufacturer followed DeVos's lead, there'd be nothing left of our great state.
If DeVos had faith in Michigan, not only would 1400 jobs still be here, but investing the money in Michigan and not China would have created more jobs. 1400 more people could have bought cars, bought homes, or could have afforded newspaper subscriptions. Because those jobs are now gone, 1400 orders for new cars were never made. Because new car orders fell, autoworkers had to be laid off. Many parts manufacturers throughout the state that supply for both the cars and the machines that help build them had to lay people off.
Many other businesses who did follow DeVos's lead also shipped jobs to China.Now, the country is beginning to see the results. Automakers shutting plants. Housing markets starting to slow. Trade deficits are up. The new service jobs created do not pay enough to drive the economy, nor do they create enough goods to close the trade gap.
DeVos likes to blame Jennifer Granholm for a lack of leadership, but part of being a leader includes taking responsibility for your actions. A leader is willing to make sacrifices, unfortunately, under DeVos, once again it will be the working people of Michigan who will be asked to make that sacrifice.
Since the banning, I have discovered blogging, which I feel more rewarding, as I can post what I wish without having it edited or altered(unlike a letter I had published in the Washington Times) and reach people from around the country, not just West Michigan. But I will on occasion get a call from the subscription department of the Grand Rapids Press, asking me if I would like to suscribe. And I say:
"Why would I want to subscribe to a newspaper that attempts to censor me by banning me from the editorial page and whose politics are contrary to mine? Go peddle your papers somewhere else."
If it's just propaganda, shouldn't they be giving it away?