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PEACE DEMONSTRATORS DESERVE TO BE HEARD

I just came across a transcript of a speech given by Ramsey Clark, the former U.S. attorney general, which appeared in one of those alternative Buffalo newspapers -- the type of paper often described as catering to the "fringe."

The speech was given at the peace demonstrations in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 26. After reading it, I was saddened that Clark's words would be seen and heard locally by only a few.

Clark spoke about respect, accountability, humanity, law, truth, rights and responsibilities, and life and death. These are words we all need to think and talk about. Words that can begin a dialogue about the universal inequities of hatred and ignorance, violence and war. Words that deserve a place in mainstream media.

So I ask: Why do words that have the power to transcend, enlighten, heal and unite become relegated to alternate news? When did "peace" become a dirty little word?

MARY SEMLITSCH
Hamburg

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