Aladdin Does 180 On Ronstadt Ordeal

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Editor:

Linda Ronstadt was an icon during my college days. My fraternity brothers were in love with Linda, including me. She can still draw large crowds -- 5,000 fans last Saturday in Las Vegas. Wow.

Richard Haddad, publisher of the Payson Roundup, took exception when patriot Ronstadt made a favorable comment toward Academy Award winner, Michael Moore and his documentary film "Fahrenheit 9/11."

Ronstadt was initially not allowed to return to the Aladdin Hotel Casino for supporting Moore, but Robert Earl, the new owner welcomed Linda back and issued a statement of support. Earl said, "We respect artists' creativity and support their rights to express themselves. We would like to offer Linda a second concert and take Michael Moore up on his offer to join her on stage." A 180-degree turnaround.

How about the Dixie Chicks? Five months after bad-mouthing Bush at a London concert, the Chicks are now the nation's top touring country act. Hmmm.

Should you agree with publisher Haddad, "It was not an appropriate time, or venue, for such a political maneuver (by Ronstadt)," then Haddad should tar and feather Bonnie Raitt. Tuesday, July 20, 2004, on stage at a jazz festival, Raitt dedicated a song to President Bush, stating, "We're gonna sing this for George Bush because he's out there, people!" Is not that the same political support? You bet it is.

Incidentally, the song title Bonnie Raitt sang for Bush, "Your Good Thing Is About to End."

Gene Hinds, Democrats of Northern Gila County

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