DECK DECKERT was an editor at several Metropolitan newspapers, including the Miami Herald and Miami News, and wrote on everything from alligator farming to UFOs as a freelance writer. In addition to the novel "Letters from the Fire," co-authored with his wife (http://anghara.livejournal.com/), he has published two young adult novels. A mystery featuring a pagan P.I. is so far unpublished. He is currently working on another mystery. He rejects modern liberalism as far too wimpy, the Democrats as craven cowards who are as morally bankrupt as their Republican allies, and fears that George Bush, the worst and most dangerous president, has nearly destroyed democracy and paved the way to authoritarian government, if not outright ditatorship.