Letters to the Editor: March 2009


To the Editor,

In response to your coverage of the recent sharpening of the EU anti-smoking ban, I want to say how impressed I am that Austria has refused to follow the overall policy of the EU and tried to find a middle ground.

It is hard to see why the needs of some should define the lives of all; finding a way to accommodate smokers and non-smokers is surely the better way to go.


Sarah Taylor,



To the Editor,

We found ourselves in a theater the other day watching a satire took of the media coverage of Josef Fritzl, [the man who his daughter captive for 24 years and fathering seven children with her.]  It was hard to believe there was a way to be funny about this horrible man. But the piece, “Pension F.” went after the guy but also the reporters for being too focused on ratings to appreciate the vulnerability of victims.  It was hard not to agree.

But we also discovered it was really hard to laugh about all that – even though we can usually laugh about just about anything. I keep thinking about that poor girl who looked so lively in the photographs when she was 16, and looks so broken now. My wife keeps thinking of the children who have live their whole lives underground. This man doesn’t deserve to be made a comedy star on top of every thing else.


Johannes Krauss


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