Thanks to all our readers who responded to our post with Professor Penelope Blake’s letter protesting the NEH-sponsored program she attended at the East-West Center of the University of Hawaii and asking for something to be done about it. It would be an understatement to say that Professor Blake struck a nerve with our readers, many of whom wrote to request her citation of sources and who otherwise indicated that they are following up on their own.
I wrote Professor Blake to let her know that she had triggered an outpouring of responses from Power Line readers. She responded late last night:
I was greeted this morning to an overwhelming number of emails from your readers, all of them encouraging and supportive. I know the “other shoe” will drop soon, but I will take strength from these positive messages.
I hope you will encourage those who respond to you to email James Leach (firstname.lastname@example.org.) to express their views directly.
I received a letter of response from Mr. Leach today. While the letter was polite (though somewhat condescending), it seems clear that he will propose no meaningful changes in the NEH process and intends to continue to fund future projects by the East-West Center.
Thank you again for your support in getting my letter to interested parties.
Thanks to our many readers who wrote and who are seizing the initiative on this important matter.