Dear Editor:Please encourage your friends not to watch the horrifically violent “24” on the Fox Network!It was created by Joel Surnow, Robert Cochran, Howard Gordon, Evan Katz, Jon Cassar, Kiefer Sutherland and Brian Grazer and is a production of Real Time Productions and Imagine Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television.Please read Jan. 12 The New York Times review of “24” for details of the torture that is condoned and graphically depicted in this production.To quote, “Torture, presented with gusto and almost no moral compunction, is an increasingly popular way of gathering intelligence on ’24.'” At one point Jack plunges a knife into a suspect’s shoulder, then relents, convinced that the man will not talk. A more ruthless associate then plunges the knife into the captive’s knee, ripping upward until the man screams out the location of his leader.Last season, John McCain made a cameo appearance. And in June, The Heritage Foundation, a “conservative” research group in D.C., held a panel discussion on the series. The guests included Rush Limbaugh and Michael Chertoff, secretary of Homeland Security.That kind of partisan favor is not surprising since the “selected” President Bush & Cheney Regime has done as much as possible to keep us paralyzed by fear and as little as possible to “wage peace.”Some in Hollywood think that it is OK to pollute our airwaves with the toxins of violence and propaganda. Do they not realize how those same tools could be turned against themselves?Sven Erik AlstromAspen and Lawrence, Kan.
Members of the valley’s Jewish community gathered at the Albright Pavilion at Aspen Meadows Thursday for their second annual menorah lighting ceremony to celebrate and acknowledge the first day of Hanukkah.