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If the Dead Could Laugh

RECEIVED Wed., Oct. 18, 2017

Dear Editor:
    I understand from Marc Savlov’s review – this is in line with the reviews of every other critic I have read – that American Made is a “sky-high action comedy” and “a whole lot of action-oriented fun” [Film Listings, Sept. 29]. I’m sure this is a very funny movie. I’m sure that if the dead could speak, the estimated 30,000 people who lost their lives in the Contra-Sandinista war would say it’s a funny, funny movie as would their surviving relatives and friends.
    I went to Nicaragua with an organization called Witness for Peace in the middle of the Contras’ war against democratically elected Daniel Ortega and the Sandinista government. I stayed in a house in a small Nicaraguan village with a single mother and her 18-year-old daughter. She also had an 8-year-old son but I never met him because he was in the hospital recovering from shrapnel wounds from a Contra shelling of the village.
    I never saw the daughter Ileana outside the house without an automatic weapon strapped to her shoulder. I’m sure that this mother, son and daughter – if still alive – would find this movie absolutely hilarious.
    I’m equally sure that the untold numbers of people whose lives were ruined by addiction to cocaine brought to them by the Contras – with or without the help of the CIA – would laugh heartily at this movie. I know I certainly would.
    See me laugh.
Tom Kershaw

Don't Hesitate to Donate

RECEIVED Wed., Oct. 18, 2017

Dear Editor,
    When I checked for lists of firms that had made pledges for Hurricane Harvey disaster relief I was disappointed that C3 Presents/ACL Fest and the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) had not made a pledge. These firms are making a substantial profit from Texans and should align their philanthropic giving to the needs of Texans as well as those in Puerto Rico, whose needs are not being met.
    Also, the Dell Match Play World Championships are being held in Austin and are generating substantial funding for the tournament organizer yet only a small portion of the tournament's charitable donations are directed toward a golf nonprofit. With the game of golf declining in popularity and some public golf courses actually losing money, why would Dell not stipulate more funding be dedicated to expand opportunities for golfers of all ages and backgrounds? The First Tee of Greater Austin is the only nonprofit receiving this charitable funding. Other well-funded nonprofits, who receive Dell funding, could donate a portion of their funding received from the golf tournament to help the city of Austin's Junior Golf Academy and other golf learning opportunities, but have not done so.
Scott Johnson
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