Kirk S. Nevin's letter (Forum, Dec. 11) described the horrors perpetrated by the Israelis against the Arabs in the occupied territories. Mr. Nevin used the words "occupied Palestine," which showed his bent from the beginning.
I submit to Mr. Nevin that the legal entity of Israel, when threatened from without or within, has the right to defend itself.
Mistakes will be made in that defense, but nothing the Israelis do can equal the Inquisition, the Holocaust, the Crusades, the Cossacks, etc., which in the name of Christianity sought to wipe the Jews from the face of the Earth.
Editorial on minority aid was misleading
I was appalled to find an editorial make a statement that was apparently intended to mislead. Your Dec. 13 editorial, "Blow for civil rights," stated that "such a requirement would, in effect, force a school to admit it had illegally discriminated in the past in order to offer any scholarship at all to minority students."
That is a blatantly untrue statement. There is a difference between providing a scholarship to a minority student and designating a block of scholarship money solely for the use of minority students. Therein lies the difference between truth and innuendo.
Nowhere in Mr. Williams' remarks, as printed in The Evening Sun on Dec. 12, is there any statement that would prevent any college or university from providing a scholarship to a minority student. The ruling [since reversed by the White House] was only that no college may designate funds solely for the purpose of providing scholarship funds for minority students.
. A. Eddington
Havre de Grace
Too many lawyers
Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Dana M. Levitz (Forum, Dec. 11) disagrees with a previous writer's assertion that 800 new lawyers expected to be admitted to the bar will be a curse rather than a blessing. Judge Levitz defends his profession, but he is being modest.
It is mostly lawyers who draw up our legislation. They have given us a tax code so complicated most people have no idea how much they actually pay in taxes. Lawyers have made us the world's most litigious nation and actually benefit from this outrageous condition.
Judge Levitz claims attorneys who file frivolous cases and claims are "actively disciplined and even stripped of their license to practice." Oh, that it were so!
He should refer to your editorial titled, ". . . and the hard place," in the same issue his letter ran. It cites the lawsuit filed by a former patient of Hopkins' Dr. Almaraz, seeking $32 million in damages for "panic, horror and fear." Although Dr. Almaraz died recently of AIDS, the plaintiff has not contracted the disease, nor is she apparently likely to.
Having lost several friends from this disease, I fully recognize its horrors. However, it does occur to me that to seek such a large amount for the reasons stated is not only frivolous but opportunistic. If such a suit is not dismissed, why shouldn't the casual driver sue an errant trucker for "panic, horror and fear" on the highway? Ditto policemen and firemen who face danger each day? There are thousands of other circumstances that could easily apply.
It is the lawyers Judge Levin defends and the judicial system of which he is a part that has caused us to sue on the flimsiest of excuses. And who benefits the most from these excesses? Lawyers, of course.
Marvin E. Edwards
Iraq vs. world
One statement President Bush has issued with which I am in total agreement is that the situation with Iraq will not result in another Vietnam.
While the United Nations has approved the use of force against Iraq, if necessary, I don't believe it will be total war, nor will it be lengthy.
There is still a chance for a peaceful settlement through negotiation. Saddam Hussein does not appear to press for aggressive action, releasing hostages and seemingly will to remain in a defensive posture.
L It is Iraq against most of the world, and time is dwindling.
Recently, on the Rosanne Barr Show, Ms. Barr ended the program with a derogatory comment about students of Latin. Some of the students and staff at Hereford Middle School were offended by what we consider to be an inappropriate statement which denigrates education. We feel that Ms. Barr, who has the public's attention and trust, used this power unwisely and irresponsibly to suggest that Latin was not a valuable course of study.
Perhaps Ms. Barr is unaware of the fact that Latin is the basis for over 55 percent of the English language, and that the Romance languages are also based in Latin. Perhaps, too, she does not realize the valuable contributions of the Romans to our culture in many areas, including literature, medicine, law, government and mathematics. In addition to providing useful background information, the study of Latin fosters critical thinking skills as students work to unravel the mysteries of translation.
Hereford Middle School currently offers seventh and eighth grade students the opportunity to study Latin, and advanced studies may be pursued at Hereford High. In addition to traditional classroom activities, students participate in Latin Bowl activities, create videos promoting the study of Latin and have created a newspaper full of Latin language and cultural information.
ancy C. Craver
The writer is a Latin teacher at Hereford Middle School in Monkton.