In Other News - 2008-09-11
Portlander and former Scientologist Susan Lentsch submitted an open letter to the head of communications for the Church of Scientology, Karin Pouw, last Thursday, September 4, asking why her daughter, Katherine, cannot be allowed home for a vacation from the church's elite management organization, the so-called "Sea Organization" or Sea Org ["Selling Scientology," Feature, August 7]. Lentsch alleges that since she allowed her daughter to join the Sea Org in 1993, Katherine was promised three weeks vacation a year, but that this has never happened. "You, yourself, have denied publicly that Scientology disconnects families," wrote Lentsch. "But the question is, Ms. Pouw, are you actually willing to stand by those words?" Lentsch has yet to receive a response.