Bush as `Big Boss?
BY Staff Reports
Jun 22, 2002
President Bush is the most arrogant man I have seen in sometime. He is drunk, absolutely
dizzy on power. He is frothing at the mouth to go to war with Iraq. I think he is obsessed
with the idea of finishing what his father could not or would not finish. He will not stop
until he has every Arab country hating us more than they already do. He will keep on until
they band together against us, then we will know the real meaning of terrorism.
I guess that won't bother him because he has a good hidey-hole, and no sons to worry about
marching into battle. I just wish he would keep his nose and "know-it-
all" mouth out of those Arab countries' business. Let them fight their own battles. He wants
to be father and boss of the universe.
Glenna Shoun, Tulsa
For and against the dome
I find it rather interesting that after all the badgering of the project over the past few
months and the David Simpson cartoons putting down the dome project, now you are praising it.
Earnie Terrell, Tulsa
Editors note: The Tulsa World endorsed the dome project from the beginning.
As a former Girl Scout who was at Camp Scott during the (1977) murders, I am appalled by the
Magic Empire Council's director's callous comments ("Shadow of doubt," June 9). She made light
of this horrendous act by stating, "people get killed all the time at national parks."
Her response was a veiled attempt to cover up any responsibilities of the organization. I
feel Karen Morgan's comments are synonymous with the way the Magic Empire Council has treated
this horrific event throughout the years. I have always felt more should have been done by the
council to support the families of the murdered girls, as well as the other girls who were at
the camp and their families. I am astonished that after 25 years this mentality and lack of
compassion still exists in the organization.
Amy Livesay Schwier, Tulsa
EMDR not a breakthrough
"Eye movement does not ease angst."
As a clinical psychologist, I was disappointed in the recent article on a treatment for
postraumatic stress disorder. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR is a
controversial treatment and both sides of the controversy were not presented. One controversy
-- there are many -- is that research shows that eye movements or other stimulation, purported
to be a primary mechanism of change, are not necessary.
The World story said proponents of the treatment are not sure how or why it works. The
founder of EMDR,
Francine Shapiro, has touted an elaborate theory of the physiological impact of eye movements
or other stimulation on neurological processes. However, her theory does not hold up .
Although EMDR is purported to be a "breakthrough" treatment, it is not. EMDR is essentially
repackaged imaginal exposure therapy, which we know is helpful in treating the impact of
trauma and other anxiety-based disorders. The marketing and media sensationalism surrounding
this treatment has exceeded the scientific merits -- a dangerous practice when talking about
Joanne L. Davis, Tulsa
Joanne L. Davis is assistant professor in the psychology department at the University
`Generators' are essential
In answer to Michael Slankard (Letters, June 8) and his reference to Joel Kotkin's remarks --
the redevelopment of downtown Tulsa depends on many factors. No one type of development can be
a panacea. It is the mixture of uses that works. Mr. Slankard is correct about the blend of
residential, retail, commercial and office development as helpful to our redevelopment
But to dismiss the benefits of large activity generators -- modern convention centers,
museums, parks, libraries and sports stadia -- is shortsighted and ignores examples of
successful urban redevelopment in other cities.
A city needs the activity generators to provide destination points for local citizens to
enjoy quality entertainment, leisure and culture.
James G. Norton, Tulsa
James G. Norton is president of Downtown Tulsa Unlimited.
New department unnecessary
It looks as if the president is taking a page out of the Democrats' book of bigger government.
Instead of cracking heads and fixing the mess at the FBI, he wants to make a new department.
We are finding out about all the information and leads that did not get to the right people
because of all the layers and managers. Does anyone really think that adding more managers and
layers will fix this mess?
Perhaps we can come up with a catchy title for this new department. The Committee for State
Security has a certain ring to it.
Earl Kirkman, Oologah
You say towboat, I say tugboat!
Thanks for the accurate and thorough coverage of the recent bridge disaster on the Arkansas
River. However, you should know that the boat in question, or any boat for that matter that
moves barges on any inland waterway, is technically a towboat, not a tugboat, as the World's
stories continue to call them.
Tom McAlevey, Tulsa
Our dictionaries -- we checked several -- give towboat and tugboat as synonyms.
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