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Indelible Ivins

Molly was funny, fearless, liberal and not easily replaced

Editor, The Times:

We are saddened to read of Molly Ivins’ passing. Her wit and wisdom are unmatched. Damn, she was funny! [“Molly Ivins, political humorist and syndicated columnist, dies at age 62,” Times, News, Feb. 1.]

She wasn’t afraid to say it like it is and approached the issues with humor, accuracy and a call for action. She was a voice for the poor, the disenfranchised and the “liberals.”

We will miss her on Monday’s opinion page. Her shoes will be difficult to fill. We hope The Times continues its commitment to a liberal voice for action. Good luck.

— Molly and Kevin Haggerty

She spoke for many

Molly Ivins has died. In her last several columns, she vowed to concentrate only on ending the mess in Iraq now, bringing our troops home now, before another death, another maiming. Now, now, NOW! And not another word about another thing until the job was done and we were out of the hell that is Iraq.

But Molly Ivins has died.

Who can replace the biting wit, the ardent but never-jingoistic patriotism of her columns, always down-to-Earth, always fully informed and informing, appealing to her readers’ intelligence and common sense and sense of humor, too? Who will take up her fight?

Was it just Molly Ivins who wanted to end this lunacy? The truth is, she spoke for most of us. At last count, more than 60 percent of once-deceived Americans wanted this outrageous war to stop — no escalation, no troop surge, not another life sacrificed to the half-baked plans of an imperial administration that, Nero-like, ignores its citizens and gaily fiddles while the nation burns.

Please, no statues, no eulogies, save the tears. Instead, let’s make a memorial to Molly of that very cause she so desired for this beloved country that she focused more attention on it than on her own devastating illness: Bring the troops home now; get out of Iraq now.

But who can make it happen? In Molly’s own words: you and me, Bubba.

— Jenny Garden, Everett

Rarely reverent

I greatly admired Molly Ivins, who passed away Wednesday at the age of 62.

Molly said what I feel and Molly thought what I thought. She fought the insane war in Iraq with literally her last breath. She took to task, at every turn, the pretender in the White House. In her often humorous, homespun Texas way, she said what needed to be said, as she took on the fat cats, the warmongers, and the big-business fraud merchants.

She stood up for the common man, the little guy and for those who could not speak for themselves.

I am at my roots a native-born Texan, and maybe that’s why her words struck home with me so often. Every Monday, The Seattle Times had a bit more sauce because Molly’s words were there.

I’m sure some of you believe in God, while others do not. If there is a God, Molly is no doubt with him (or her), for God, in his/her tolerance and understanding, is surely a liberal, regardless of the claptrap dogma fed to us daily by the religious right. If there is not a God, then by not being here, he missed out on one hell of a ride by not knowing Molly.

Rest in peace, Molly. You touched many lives, mine being among them. I will miss you.

— Ken Kreps, Puyallup

Inspiring to others

I mourn Molly Ivins, and I appreciate The Times’ nice tribute [“Molly Ivins at rest,” editorial, Feb. 1]. Part of her irreplaceability lies in her use of humor with sharp political commentary, and that’s always welcome, partly because of its rarity, as you noted.

I’ve always seen a disparity, however, in the amount of humorous leavening required of leftist columnists as opposed to rightists. The venom of writers like Charles Krauthammer, Thomas Friedman and Rich Lowry has never been balanced by leftist voices in your paper. Rightists can be rhetorical chainsaw murderers, it seems, while leftists have to be entertainers.

The Times should look a bit farther for replacements for Molly, and there should be more of them.

— Chris Nielsen, Shoreline

A clarion call

Like so many others in this area and around the country, I mourn the loss of Molly Ivins from our national conscience. Countless times with her columns, her books and even her personal appearances, I have been inspired by her compassion and wit and caring and concern regarding the important things in this life. To say that her perspectives will be missed is understatement indeed.

What will be her legacy? Clearly at the end, she was concentrating her efforts on raising awareness to end the debacle that is the war in Iraq. She was pushing for more outrage and more pressure on politicians, who so clearly are far behind “the people” on this crisis.

Yet she was aware that this war was impacting directly only a small percentage of our population, that the rest of us, even if we were upset and frustrated, simply kept sipping our lattes, and really weren’t doing much to act on our concerns.

It is my hope that Ivins’ passing will be the catalyst for many, many people in this country who were inspired by her relevant opinions, to take up this struggle … to “hit the streets” and put increasing pressure on politicians and other decision-makers to end this madness. Surely Ivins would be smiling if she knew this were happening.

— Bruce Bailey, Seattle

The deciding factor

When I decided to order daily delivery of a major Seattle newspaper, I knew little about the difference between The Seattle Times and the Post Intelligencer. So I asked the order person, “Which paper carries Molly Ivins?” Thus I am a Times subscriber. That’s how important Molly’s column was to me.

Bless her for giving us a unique perspective of Texas and U.S. politics, delivered with delicious humor.

— Elizabeth Heath, Seattle

Her words elevated many

I thought of Molly Ivins while I was reading “Protesters in D.C. march to demand war’s end” [page one, Jan. 28]. The article talked about “protesters” and “activists” and “demonstrators.” Never once did it say “citizens” or even “Americans.”

Molly recognized the people who were out in the streets “banging pots and pans” as “freedom fighters” because she knew who our country was supposed to belong to and how it was supposed to work.

Now that we don’t have Molly to help us, we’re just going to have to work a little harder at keeping an eye on the ignorant, arrogant and incompetent in power and at remembering who we really are.

— Larry Mix, Seattle

A patriot to the end

A heartfelt thanks to The Times for including Molly Ivins as a contributing columnist over the years. She was a wicked joy to read — passionate, biting, and never hesitant to point out the absurd nonsense of our leaders and their policies.

Molly was one of the few mainstream voices willing to speak her mind about George Bush, and the fact that she was also from Texas added extra weight and satisfaction to her writings.

Her commitment to speaking the truth about current affairs made her much more of a patriot than many of the flag-waving hypocrites who believe honest debate is somehow “unpatriotic.”

Her voice will truly be missed.

— Taylor Koch, Seattle