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Split decision

I found David Shaw’s column of Nov. 21 (“Journalists Are Working in a Dark and Dangerous Era”) most interesting. I am, however, a bit more optimistic about the possible passage of a federal shield law. We managed to get a shield law enacted in Florida despite a Republican-dominated legislature and a chief executive named Bush.

True, it was enacted before 9/11 and its subsequent baggage, but we got it done. (An earlier attempt was vetoed by Gov. Lawton Chiles, a Democrat.) Here’s hoping it can be done on the national level as well.

Phil Lewis

Naples, Fla.

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Lewis is the editor of the Naples Daily News

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The George W. Bush / Alberto Gonzalez threats to journalists are magnified by the discouraging simple-mindedness of the American public. When upward of 70% reject evolution and still believe that Saddam Hussein was responsible for 9/11, the conservative opinion-shaping colossus has little trouble demonizing any dissenting voices.

Paul H. Wangsness

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Burbank


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