Comments from Thanks for including a photograph and sending someone over to hear the speech (Dispatch, “We Rationalize Our Futility,” April 28-May 5) but you could have added a “how to get involved” sidebar and let folks know how they can help to get him [Ralph Nader] on the Indiana ballot in the coming month. The campaign has set a goal of 41,000 signatures by June 30, 2004. For a local contact: Dallas Stoner at It’s not just about who’s president, its about who the president lets influence him. Posted by Tim Gapinski With the right exposure and a little luck, Nader can dilute the Dem’s votes just enough to ensure another GOP presidential victory in November, just as he did to Gore in 2000. Posted by Steve Peake What’s the difference between the corporate Republicans and the corporate Democratic Party again? Oh yeah, one pays lip service and the other doesn’t even give lip service. I personally prefer the GOP as the better of the worst. Posted by Tim The Bush Administration and the Democratic Party, in varying extremes, are putting the interests of their corporate paymasters before the interests of the people. In the Nader Campaign the PEOPLE RULE. Mr. Nader takes seriously a government “of, by and for the people” within a deliberative democratic society. Ralph is running, as all third-party and Independent candidates do, to mobilize citizens behind an issues agenda. The major parties refuse to discuss or adopt any of the issues that are truly affecting the public. America needs a candidate that represents the constituency, and not that of a handful of campaign financiers. We are at a crossroads in American history, we have American troops spread all over the globe and neither the Republicans nor the Democrats have an exit strategy. This means more civilian deaths, more flag-draped coffins and ultimately more dissent from the rest of the world. Furthermore, our economy is in the worse shape it has been in a long time, millions of jobs have been lost because of NAFTA and other “Free Trade” agreements. There is nothing “free” about it, it costs our workers their jobs, and costs the new foreign workers their environment, quality of life and in some cases their very existence. There is no difference between the Republicrats on this issue. The U.S. needs to crack down on corporate crime, fraud and abuse that have just in the last four years looted and drained trillions of dollars from workers, investors, pension holders and consumers. The other candidates have been implicated in wrong doing of this kind, and gladly receive contributions from shady corporations. Nader on the other hand has an impeccable record. We need better health care, better schools, Social Security, civil rights for all, drug policy change and equal rights for gays and lesbians. Neither Bush nor Kerry represents any change or difference on these very fundamental issues. Nader, on the other hand, does. I could go on for days about why we need Nader v. Bush or Bush Lite. The simple answer is this, Nader represents positive change, he represents the people of this state and he represents the people of this country. Corporations, special interest groups and politicians are scared to death of this candidate because they know what he stands for; they know he can’t be bought or sold on any level. He has more integrity in his pinky finger than Bush and Kerry combined, and that terrifies those who fear honesty, fairness, and integrity. Anyone interested in this campaign should check out our Web site:, and call me 317-809-3120, or e-mail me at Posted by Dallas Stoner Even-handed review Just a line or two to tell you how much I appreciated the even-handed review of Perspectives: An All Woman Group Show (Culture Vulture, “To Protect or Lay Bare,” April 21-28). This is not surprising, as I share your philosophical positive vis-a-vis “feminine qualities” in art. In the early days of the women artist’s movement, it was necessary to point to value in women’s work per se and raise it to the level of fine art, as attempted by Judy Chicago and others. However, your paragraph “There is a sensitivity, though; one that any good artist — male or female — will possess: an ability to draw forth an individual, passionate response to something through the visual media” is beautifully put and will find a place on the bulletin board in my studio; it reinforces my own perception of the question “Why are there no great women artists” that was asked by Linda Nochlin. In the past and even now circumstances and culture reacting to gender handicap women artists, however strong their art, and we are fortunate to live in a city where women’s paintings are judged equally with those of men. Ellie Siskind Indianapolis

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