Letters: The FAA, Obama, McCain and a Judge

From our coverage of the presidential campaign, to FAA whistleblower, to the case of a high-profile judge and risque photos — listeners write in to tell us what they think about those stories. Melissa Block and Michelle Norris read from your comments about the show.

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MELISSA BLOCK, host:

Let's take a moment now to read from your letters. Our story yesterday about a federal appeals court judge got many of you writing.

MICHELE NORRIS, host:

Judge Alex Kozinski was presiding over an obscenity trial when the L.A. Times revealed he had posted sexually explicit images on a personal Web site.

BLOCK: Jim Churchill of Ojai, California writes: Buried in the L.A. Times story about Judge Kozinski is the statement - only those who knew to type the name of a sub-directory could see the content on that site.

He continues: Doesn't this imply that the content on the judge's Web site was not in fact viewable by the public? To me this is cheap and destructive sensationalism dressed up as investigative reporting. As far as I know, it's legal for people, even judges, to have erotic or vulgar images on their computers.

And today we have an update on that story. Judge Kozinski has declared a mistrial in the obscenity case he was hearing and has asked that another judge be assigned.

NORRIS: Yesterday I spoke with Roberto Suro, a former president of the Pew Hispanic Center, about the challenges both presidential candidates face courting Latino voters. That interview prompted several of you to write, like Jerry Yeager(ph) of Louisville, Kentucky.

BLOCK: Your segment today distinctly gives the impression that Senator Obama really needs to work hard to make headway with Latino voters, writes Mr. Yeager, yet the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows Obama leading McCain among Hispanics 62 to 28 percent.

NORRIS: Allen Olson(ph) of Carnegie, Pennsylvania cited the same poll and added: You seem to suggest that Obama has a serious problem with Hispanic voters, presumably because Hillary Clinton did so well among Hispanics. He continues: That is akin to saying that Obama has a serious problem in California because California voters picked Hillary.

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