Dear Mr. Stelzer
In your article in the daily Standard at:
you wrote, "The ambassador and his staff are Fox News listeners .
. ." There is a reason for this. You need to read the expose that
FOX News did on Mel and Betty Sembler below:
The Semblers have a lot at stake in what FOX says about them. No doubt
they are concerned that FOX may continue to tell the story of their sordid
past at Straight, Inc., the juvenile drug treatment program they founded
in Florida. Straight was a very destructive cult. Over 40 former clients
have committed suicide.
Mel Sembler is Ambassador to Italy because he bought is way in like so
many others have as shown below:
Yet Mr. Sembler told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee reviewing
his nomination that he was appointed, among other reasons, for his humanitarian
work by saving 12,000 kids at Straight.
Right now Ambassador Sembler is being protested in his hometown by blacks
who claim he is a racist and by whites who have not forgotten the Great
Straight Holocaust he created. (Straight marketed almost exclusively to
Like you, I have also publicly criticized Ambassador Sembler, but I don't
see him inviting me to Villa Taverna to set the record straight.
Feel free to publish this as a letter to the editor if you like.
Wesley M. Fager,