Out of the Humidor
From the Print Edition:
Catherine Zeta-Jones, September/October 2009
A parallel from Adrian Greniers's quote from your article "Boys of Summer" of "Entourage." He mentions that he thought "Holy shit," Obama enjoys the show and "he embodies the spirit the show represents." I couldn't agree with him more! "The message 'Entourage' sends about fame is that it moves quickly, burns hot, and is easily upended."
Obama is a superstar who pushes his agenda, quickly I may add, to jeopardize our freedoms and liberty! His fame will "burn" sooner than he thinks.
Springfield, New Jersey
Being a subscriber of Cigar Aficionado since the first publication, I have had the pleasure of reading every reader's letter that you have ever published in your magazine. Over these many years I have agreed with most of them and in my mind quietly taken issue with some, but never have I been so agitated as I was when I read Mr. Brennan's letter in the August issue.
I would like to advise Mr. Brennan that the U.S. Government is not as he states "using Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to incarcerate people who have been kidnapped from foreign lands" but is using it as a POW camp for enemy combatants who have been captured on the battle field of terrorism. It is no different than our camps from WWII, except that then the enemy wore a uniform and these "soldiers" are treated far better. And wake up Mr. Brennan, we are not "using this American naval base for the purposes of torture and humiliation." Our interrogation methods at Guantanamo Bay have the purpose of providing the government with information that has saved the lives of untold numbers of American citizens both here in this country and those serving to protect us in foreign lands. The purpose is not to torture and humiliate but to save American lives, and that includes yours too, Mr. Brennan.
No, Castro, the dictatorial leader of Cuba for nearly five decades, is not "better than we." The U.S. does not have political prisoners from its own citizenry because they disagree with our president. The U.S. did not take land and businesses from their lawful owners in order to nationalize it for all. And we do not have U.S. citizens fleeing from our shores in makeshift boats in fear for their lives. What an asinine statement to make.
My recommendation to Mr. Brennan is to relax, light up a fine cigar, and let the truth filter into your head.
John D. Irvin
Cooperstown, New York
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I love your magazine and read every issue cover to cover, as I have for years. I just finished the latest issue and was very happy to see you rated my favorite cigar, the Fuente Fuente OpusX Double Corona. I would have rated it higher than the 90 you gave it, but I laughed out loud at the price you quoted—$16.00 per stick!?