LETTER: More to Roman Polanski than his arrest

Monday, March 22, 2010 | 2:52 p.m. CDT

Are there people remaining in the United States who can still reason beyond the common cant?

How can a book or a movie be "banned" without a legal decree? Defame the creator.

The timing of Roman Polanski's arrest in Switzerland — over an issue that should be reviled — should be considered. He's been all over Europe for 31 years and has revisited Switzerland several times. Why was he arrested now?

I saw Polanski's most recent movie, "The Ghost Writer," at Ragtag, and it does not pander to armchair dilettantes. It does, in fact, reveal great truths both on a superficial level and on deeper levels for those who care to perceive rightly.

My wish is that there might be many people brave enough to get a real interview with Roman Polanski and brave enough to publish it.

One thing to note: Can we, as the public, truly imagine that the Manson murders (which included Polanski's wife Sharon Tate) were just as presented to the popular press? In Bugliosi's book "Helter Skelter" the police behaved in ways that indicated an ordered cover-up. In one case, a policeman placed his thumb over the gated driveway doorbell while evidence for the crime was being collected and other statements were made.

Where are the people who are in a position to make a difference? Where are those brave enough to investigate and pursue public, political and business situations that seem inexplicable to the average observer, involving the powerful, wealthy and influential?

We, as the ordinary citizens, are able to support those brave investigators every time when we can say collectively: "Something stinks, here, what really happened?" and "We are willing to overlook the hoorah that is presented to us on a platter, so as to see the method of presentation."

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