LETTER TO THE EDITOR
A Librarian's View
It is wonderful to read such a thoughtful, balanced, and accurate article
on the USA PATRIOT Act by a member of our profession. [George H. Pike's "A
SAFER USA PATRIOT Act?" June 2004]
We need more of this type of article in our literature, but unfortunately
this is not the case.
I have read other very laudable articles in Information Today and
will continue to read this news[paper]. It is my hope that [it] will continue
to be a voice that not only should be heard but one that needs to be heard
and that our profession is uniquely qualified to give.
Again, thank you for a wonderful article.
Helen DeBalzo Green
Lorain County Community College
George H. Pike replies:
I would like to thank Ms. DeBalzo Green for her kind words. Diverse events
such as the 9/11 Commission's hearings and reports, Michael Moore's Fahrenheit
9/11 documentary, and the continuing violence in Iraq outline both the
issues and the passion that infuse the debate over the PATRIOT Act. National
security concerns and civil liberties have often clashed in the past as they
are clashing now, such as during the Civil War and the Cold War. We are,
in a sense, fortunate that we will have the opportunity to express our opinions
on this and other subjects this November.
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