August 17, 2008
Re "Clashing portraits of anthrax suspect," Aug. 10 The Times has published a number of articles sensationalizing the case of Bruce Ivins. In all of these, only one factual piece of information pointing to Ivins as the culprit -- DNA comparisons of the criminal anthrax from the envelopes with that from Ivins' lab -- was presented. The rest was innuendo. We all should be aware that Ivins has not been proved guilty, and whether he was innocent or guilty, the FBI, which had a political motivation to find a culprit regardless of the evidence, hounded him to his suicide.
February 10, 2007
Re "Molly Ivins: She was 'a truth-seeking missile'," Current, Feb. 4 What is the purpose of The Times carrying Kinky Friedman's tribute to Molly Ivins? Is it to apologize for not having carried her columns all these years, or is it to tease its readers by demonstrating what they have missed? I take it The Times will print a similar tribute about political cartoonist Paul Conrad when that sad day comes. Only in that instance, The Times' failure will be worse, as Conrad was instrumental in lifting The Times from a mediocre regional paper into a force to be reckoned with.
February 2, 2007
Re "Molly Ivins, 62; humorist who targeted her wit at the powerful," obituary, Feb. 1 Molly Ivins is gone, and my world is a little dimmer. During the times when I have truly believed that our democracy was doomed and Americans were dissolving into a Rush Limbaugh-led mob of know-nothings, her clear-eyed humor and sense of the ridiculous restored my balance and understanding that there is intelligent life out there, and that with care and effort it...
August 3, 2008 |
. -- Bruce E. Ivins, the late microbiologist suspected in the 2001 anthrax attacks, had attempted to poison people and his therapist said she was "scared to death" of him, according to court testimony that emerged Saturday. Social worker Jean Duley testified at a court hearing in Frederick on July 24 in a successful bid for a protective order against Ivins -- who died five days later in an apparent suicide -- that he "actually attempted to murder several other people."
February 4, 2007 |
Atrue maverick died in Texas last week, and they don't make 'em extra. There'll always be plenty of George Bushes and John Kerrys to go around; the Crips and the Bloods will trot them out every four years whether we like it or not. But a voice in the wilderness, like the still, small voice within, is a song to be savored while we have it, whether we're listening or not, and when we have lost it, we should mourn for ourselves. Such a voice was that of Molly Ivins.
February 16, 2011 |
Evidence linking the anthrax that killed five people in 2001 to a flask of spores in the laboratory of federal microbiologist Bruce E. Ivins was not as definitive as the FBI claimed, a panel of researchers said Tuesday . Although the panel assembled by the National Academy of Sciences did not dispute that Ivins was the perpetrator of the terrorist act, it faulted the FBI's conclusions that the perpetrator must have had a high level of...