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Tim O’Brien, Paul N. Young

Joe Eszterhas’ hypocritical position is only matched in tastelessness by his own scripts. During his career he has consistently aligned himself with the multinational companies that, with his help, have driven their own budgets beyond any semblance of reality.

The result of their own out of control spending has led them to spend even more money on selling, at any price, a product that is designed only with the lowest common denominator in mind.

Unfortunately we all pay the price. Our children are constantly barraged by the media to see any and all product the industry has forced through its own clogged pipelines. Just as the big tobacco companies have been marketing their unhealthy product to our children, the entertainment conglomerates are marketing their own sick products to those who have not reached the age to reasonably handle the mixed messages of sexual promiscuity, glamorized violence and gutter humor that permeates the industry.

Parents I know are less likely to leave their children at the movie theaters for an afternoon of entertainment than they were in the past. The theaters of my youth had one screen with matinees that boasted a double feature.

A parent knew what was playing and life was simple. With 30 screens under one roof, those days are gone. The pull of the well-advertised R-rated feature is unchallenged by the theater owners.

Tim O’Brien

I agree that Hollywood moguls should withhold or terminate donations to the Democratic National Committee and to the Gore/Lieberman ticket, but not because of candidate Lieberman’s past comments on the excessive and often gratuitous violence and sex in movies and television programs and not because of Joe Eszterhas’ view that Lieberman has issued “veiled” threats to creative freedom of expression.

While I believe that Hollywood should withhold contributions to all campaigns, it is not because I support Eszterhas’ view. On the contrary. I suggest that Hollywood terminate political contributions and re-direct those same dollars to charities here and in other states as the money is badly needed.

Paul N. Young

Securities Arbitration Group

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