4 • BABYLON BEACON, January 1 4 ,2010 * E d it o r ia l : Views of the news Simon Cowell, the force behind the popular show, American Idol, once said “Not everybody is perfect, and I don’t think we should be looking for perfect people.” It was Simon Cowell, and several other “imperfect people” who have been in the news this week and who drew our interest and attention. The first two stories involving the imperfects be long in the “duh” category. They included blazing headlines revealing what the public already knew. After months of rumors, Cowell said he was quitting American Idol, and Mark McGwire revealed that he had used steroids when he shattered the home run record with 70 in 1998. Duh—again. Cowell has sidestepped'the issue of his future on American Idol, but McGwire was more outspoken. He took the Fifth when testifying on the use of steroids before Congress but made an impassioned plea to the public in a press conference vehemently denying his use of steroids and asking Americans to believe him. Most didn’t and the headlines this week show the public’s significant ability to test the veracity o f those who prance before it holier than thou. In any case, it was nice to see an end to the rumors about Cowell, and more so, to see McGwire admit to what everyone already knew. His call to the widow of Roger Maris, acknowledging that he was on per formance-enhancing drugs when he broke Maris’ re cord, was the only bit o f class the fallen baseball idol has shown throughout this fiasco. At least, the pain is over. Finally, we want to comment on the controversy surrounding Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada who is em broiled in a mess due to his assessment of America’s willingness, or lack thereof, to elect a black president. The comments, which we won’t repeat here, were stu pid, undoubtedly, for a public official to make, but we Jiyein a qouqtry when?-stupid,incorrect and insensi tive comments are still protected by free speech. The harsh truth is that Reid’s assessment was probably true, while the package in which it was delivered was politically incorrect. We can live with that. The Beacon newspaper invites readers to present their views, ideas and issues. Please submit letters to the editor to us at 65 Deer Park Ave., Babylon N Y 11702. Letters should be signed and include a daytime telephone number for verification purposes only. We do not accept personal thank y o u notes, political endorsements or anonymous letters, but will, under some circumstances withhold the name o f a writer upon request. DRAWING CONCLUSIONS —by Kevin Eastwood R e a d e r s ’ V o ic e s : ------ — Letters and Commentary We told them it would come T h e Library o f Congress m issed a chance to right its wrong and reinstate Col. M orris Davis to his post at the Library’s C o n g ressional Re search Service (CRS) in Decem b er. Col. Davis, form er head prosecutor in the Guantdnamo m il itary com m issions, was fired from CRS because o f opinion pieces he wrote about the m ilitary com m issions system that ran in the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post on Novem b er 11, 2009. As Col. Davis h im s e lf said: “My status as the form er ch ief prosecutor for the m ilitary com m issions at G u antanamo Bay and m y opinions on that subject are com p letely unrelated to m y position at CRS and totally sepa- 1 rate from m y duties there, and they don’t inter fere with my ability to do m y job.” Since CRS’s disregard for free speech and due process aren’t going to right them selves, today we filed a lawsuit seeking to reinstate Col. Davis to his position and to reaffirm that governm ent em p loyees, including em p loyees o f the Library o f Congress, m ay not be term inated for speak ing in their private capacities on m atters o f great public concern. Col. Davis has a constitutional right to speak about issues o f w h ich he has expert know ledge, and the public has a right to hear from him . D avis, and other public em p loyees, don’t check their free speech rights at the Library o f C o n gress gate. 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