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READERS: As long-time PCR "enthusiasts" may recall, about a year ago I published two of the most controversial Matt's Rails of all time, THE END TIMES series. This went only two installments (PCRs #112 and #113 before I pulled the plug, which is something I normally never do, because of what I saw as religious grandstanding under the guise of political soap-boxing. I respect that Matthew is a deeply religious man, but I take a very dim view of turning this magazine into a religious dueling or propaganda center. Matt evoked a storm of protest from readers (starting in PCR #114's Lettercol), who took him to task over perceived irrational conspiratorial thinking.
Nevertheless, the recent actions of President George W. Bush regarding the Persian Gulf and its surrounding controversy has caused many people to re-examine their feelings about lots of things. One PCR reader (also a former PCR writer), decided to rescind her negative vote in the following personal email exchange both parties wished published. --Nolan

Hi, it's Lisa here.
I just read last week's Rail, and I have read nearly all of your previous ones.

I have come to the conclusion that I was SOOOO wrong to have publically scoffed at your Freemason theories. I was under the mistaken opinion that you were speaking from a (what was my opinion) biased, closed-minded, Bible-thumping point of view, and I was wrong! I can see now, that you have given a lot of thought to your personal, political, and religious stance, even changing, what I KNOW to have been deep-seated political and/or moral convictions. I am certain that these changes in some of your fundamental beliefs must have come as a shock, even to YOU, and they surely must be born out of some seriously eye-opening dissapointments in the ideals that you once held so dear. To hear you talk of our dear Commander-in-Thief in such a fashion makes me realize that you must have felt seriously let-down by the senior member of your political party, to which you were once such a loyal member.

I want to say that I am sorry that I shot off at the mouth without taking the time to realize that you were so disillusioned, and that surely it would have taken a painful enlightenment to have made you so. I really AM sorry I was so glib and insulting in my letter to the PCR. I owe you a public apology, and with your permission, I would like to send a copy of this e-mail to the PCR to be published.

I am so humbly sorry that I was so judgemental and cruel, and I do hope you can forgive me. It was mean-spirited of me, and was born out of past resentments more than an objective opinion of your views. I actually find your political/socio-religious commentary to be well thought-out, well-researched, and insightful.

-Lisa (Rio) Zubek


Thank you so much for writing to me. You certainly have my permission to send your letter, as well as this reply, to PCR. If perhaps one person out there can learn something from this exchange, then we're one person closer to being a better society. And as I stated at the time of the now famous "end times scandal", I hold nothing against anybody whatsoever for whatever view they may have taken.

You hit the bullseye when you referred to my deep seated political and moral leanings of the past. The moral leanings haven't so much changed, as much as they have evolved into something more accurate with God's scripture. My right-wing political leanings, as I've now written about several times, were completely wrong. In essence, the bitter pill I've had to swallow has pointed out to me just how ignorant, unknowledgeable, and uninsightful I was about everything having to do with not only the Republican party, but our government as a whole. In the end, the "bitter pill" ended up being the perfect medicine to take me out of my stupid indignation toward other views...as well as other people.

I remember how I used to laugh at you years ago as you would extol the virtues of your favorite Democratic candidate, and how I couldn't wait to slap down your ideals concerning them, as I paraded my conservative flag in everyone's face. To think of myself then, and a few years ago, only brings me to the point of incredible shame.

Our court-appointed president is the epitome of all that is false and wrong on this planet. The overwhelming evidence that supports this truth can't be denied. All you have to do is read and pay attention to what's going on. As I listen to CSPAN and hear my former brethren call in worshiping Bush, I think of myself, and how stupid I must have sounded back in my dark ages. His supporters see nothing other than the fact that he's a Republican, therefore, whatever he does must be correct. Only now do I realize how insane and COMPLETELY UNAMERICAN that attitude is.

Again, thanks so much for writing to me and letting me know that you understand better now where I'm coming from. But at the end of the day, the one who needs to apologize is not you, but me, for being so insensitive and thoughtless. I'm truly sorry.

God bless you,

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