Money dictated film's cancelation
The hacking of Sony Pictures Studios has North Korea's signature all over it, and we shall leave it at that. Having seen the previews, I must admit that The Interview is dumb and I would not have wasted money on it. However, it is unacceptable if North Korea is behind the threats of physical violence if this movie is shown.
The refusal by major theaters — Regal, Edwards, Cinemark and others — to show the movie was not for my safety but for all the blockbusters released during the holiday season. Yes, the public may have stayed away, and theaters and studios may have incurred a loss, but they would not be liable for safety issues.
Do I sue if there is a bomb threat against the New York City subway or if I go to the 911 museum and there is an attack? The bottom line is I am aware of all these risks. Maybe I should hide under my bed. The theaters could have posted "Go at your own risk due to the recent events."
Perhaps the major theaters and studios should contact North Korea in the future to schedule movies.
Cheney wrong again
Media continue to interview the former vice president and GOP spokesman as an expert on everything including foreign policy, the military and CIA torture.
Dick Cheney never served in the military, was never taken prisoner in a war and never understood America's foreign policy mistakes. He insists that waterboarding is not torture, unethical or a failed policy for gaining information. He thinks torture yields insights that no other methods obtain, contradicting the near unanimous conclusion of psychologists. Cheney has no psychological training.
Congress has finally forced the CIA to share its disturbing techniques, which were long concealed from the White House and oversight committees. Again, Cheney sees nothing wrong in excessive beatings, sleep deprivation (up to 180 hours), rectal feeding or forcing naked prisoners into stress positions on cold concrete despite their broken limbs.
Sen. John McCain and other veterans and prisoners of war have affirmed that such techniques have yielded no useful information. Most Americans correctly recognize that some interrogation may be necessary and sometimes has useful results. But, contrary to Cheney's arrogant stance and CIA lies, there should be limits, oversight and an end to cruel, inhumane and useless torture.
Henry E. Everman
Jan. 8 would have been the 80th birthday of music legend and king Elvis Presley. The television stations that I viewed paid an honorable and respectable tribute to him, but not the Herald-Leader.
The caricature of him on page one of the Living section was most disgusting and so ugly. Face it, he was most handsome. Were you jealous; is that why you published such a disrespectful image? As Garth Brooks said on Today, let's just remember him as the king.
As an avid Elvis fan still at 69, I find your lack of respect and depiction to be shameful.
I hope in the future you will use greater care in the images you choose to leave in one's mind.