TMA Volume 3 Issue 3 2008

1 07 2008
The War Dance Issue

The War Dance Issue

Speaking Out – Letter from Editor – Volume 3 Issue 3

1 07 2008

     With our well-planned themes of War and Dance for this issue, it is interesting to discover that the former White House Press Secretary, Scott McClellan, just came out with his tell-all book about working with the current administration – explaining how they handled major national and international incidents.  Apparently, he goes into details about being misinformed by George W. Bush and other officials. 

     I have not yet read the book, and am not sure that I want to – although I am tempted.  My feeling, as many of you might already know, is that our country’s government needs a MAJOR overhaul – and not just because of this one administration.  (Not sure that pointing fingers at this administration will do any good.)  No politician that high up will be put behind bars in this country, and if they were … they would get better treatment than they get now – the only difference is that they could confirm their belief that they really are above the laws of the United States. 

     When watching the beginning of this story unfold, on CNN’s The Situation Room, it was interesting, and entertaining, to watch the show’s host interview people that were not speaking the same views or opinions about the administration’s actions as McClellan does in his book.  What was interesting was listening to one of the guests who used to be the former White House Press Secretary, before McClellan was moved into that position.  He was McClellan’s boss and friend, but he tried, sensitively, to debunk everything that McClellan stated in the book – not totally alienating his friend while hopefully pleasing the current administration.  This was just my feeling, in view of the question and answer dialog between the show’s host and this fellow. 

     But why would McClellan write a book that would put his life in jeopardy, and surely wouldn’t help him keep any friends?  My ears had perked up about this new book because of my own interests in the government that I am supporting with my tax dollars – this country, for which I am a son, that has its hands in everyone’s business, and because of some personal interest in Iraq, which I will share more about in this issue’s TAC IT UP section.

     I also need to take a bit of space, here, to thank a former columnist who was featured regularly in The Main ARTery.  Carol White used to labor for hours – mainly out of her passion for knowledge – reading, and then writing her critique on what she read in the column, Off the Bookshelf.  Her articles were always interesting and insightful.  She was always sensitive, thoughtful and passionate about what she wrote – sometimes challenging the general opinion of a particular book as with her critique of the infamous Richard Florida book, Rise of the Creative Class.  We are already missing her talents and book reviews.  Thank you, Carol!  Best wishes and, please, keep pushing the arts in Loudoun County.

     With this said, and as sad as it is to say fare-thee-well, the show must go on.  If you are an avid reader, have a lust for knowledge, enjoy critiquing other peoples views and opinions, and might be interested in becoming the new Off the Bookshelf columnist – please give us a call.

     More THANKS go out to Lisa Linn Arroniz, one of our editors, who flew solo in copy editing this issue – which is never an easy feat.  During the editing of our last issue Theresa de Souza’s father passed away, and she had to travel out West to be with her mother.  Sadly, her mother passed away a few days later.  So while Theresa was in Utah for two months, dealing with the family’s estate, Lisa took the bull by the horns and has once again made this edition of The Main ARTery a powerful issue.  If you find any mistakes that she may have overlooked or that I did not correct, please submit your application for an assistant copy editor position – and have mercy on us.

     To discover more about why this issue is titled WAR DANCE – read on, be inspired and, most importantly, let’s collaborate.