Letters: Overseas Voting, Border Fences, Yellowstone Liane Hansen reads letters from listeners about our story on overseas voting, and Tom Russell's song about a U.S.-Mexico border fence. We also received comments about our month-long series on the 20th anniversary of the Yellowstone Fire and writer David Kushner's piece on the computer game, "Rock Band."
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Letters: Overseas Voting, Border Fences, Yellowstone

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Letters: Overseas Voting, Border Fences, Yellowstone

Letters: Overseas Voting, Border Fences, Yellowstone

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Liane Hansen reads letters from listeners about our story on overseas voting, and Tom Russell's song about a U.S.-Mexico border fence. We also received comments about our month-long series on the 20th anniversary of the Yellowstone Fire and writer David Kushner's piece on the computer game, "Rock Band."

LIANE HANSEN, host:

Time now to hear from you. You've been posting on our blog and sending email and letters. After our segment on absentee voting, Barbara Manning(ph) of Lee's Summit, Missouri, wrote in about her own experience.

HANSEN: (Reading) I have lived overseas for 14 years, and each year it was a nightmare to ensure that I got a Chicago ballot in time to have my vote count. You can imagine my surprise and anger when in the 2000 presidential election, Chicago officials announced that they didn't count absentee ballots unless the race was close. Any system created to account for votes of Americans living far away from their voting booths must take into consideration the difficulties of mail-in votes.

HANSEN: Our story on immigration also received a lot of response, especially about the Tom Russell song "Who's Going To Build Your Wall." It's about a certain irony in the building of a border fence between the U.S. and Mexico.

(Soundbite of song "Who's Going To Build Your Wall")

Mr. TOM RUSSELL (Country Music Singer): (Singing) Who's going to build your wall, boys. Who's going to mow your lawn...

HANSEN: Michael Dial(ph) of Clearwater, Florida, had this to say about Russell's song.

Mr. MICHAEL DIAL (Caller): While Mr. Russell is correct that developers are a principal cause of the illegal immigration by openly soliciting illegal immigrants to undercut Americans, developers do so because illegal aliens are willing to work for lower wages, not because Americans aren't willing to work. Hard, dirty, unpleasant jobs requiring manual labor ought to pay more than soft, silly vocations like songwriting.

HANSEN: Throughout the month of September, we've been marking the 20th anniversary of a massive fire in Yellowstone National Park. Felicha Payes(ph) of Klamath Glen, California, wanted to thank us for the story of the wildfires. He wrote...

HANSEN: (Reading) Firefighting in the West's back country typically does more damage to wild lands than the natural fires themselves. Why are the destructive aspects of firefighting so often overlooked in the media's eagerness to focus on fires as destructive and firefighting as noble? You've scratched the surface. Please go deeper.

HANSEN: And finally, from Wyoming to Montana, Hannah Montana that is. Last week, we broadcast an essay by writer David Kushner on the videogame "Rock Band." David Schwitzer(ph) of the Bronx, New York, wrote...

HANSEN: (Reading) "Rock Band" saved David Kushner's kids? Please...

HANSEN: I'll let Schwitzer continue.

Mr. DAVID SCHWITZER (Caller): I'm a 41-year-old rock fanatic with a 10-year-old Hannah Montana fan daughter. If she starts liking The White Stripes or Ramones, I'll be pleased. But I won't think she's been somehow saved from Hannah Montana. And I think that music has more to say to 10-year-old girls than Radiohead or Rush.

HANSEN: If we are hitting the wrong notes or singing in tune, let us know. You can go to npr.org and click on the "Contact Us" link.

(Soundbite of song "True Friend")

Ms. HANNAH MONTANA: (Singing) You're a true friend.

HANSEN: This is NPR News.

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