Caller IDEditor: In Roger Simon's recent article on Caller...


February 04, 1991

Caller ID

Editor: In Roger Simon's recent article on Caller ID, he was incorrect in his assumption that Caller ID would make having a non-published number useless. Simon should have realized that non-published numbers would still not be accessible to the general public. The caller with an unpublished number can only be identified by those people he calls. Therefore, having an unpublished number would still serve a purpose.

John Homans.

Baltimore. Editor: Though I want peace just as much as anyone, I can't understand those who would have it without cost. What these ''peace-mongers'' don't seem to understand is that having peace is a luxury, somewhat like owning a home. There is a price one must pay to enjoy its comforts. When the blue ink of diplomacy fails, as now, payment must be made with the red ink of war.

The ''peace-mongers'' argue that we have no business being in the gulf; that we are not the world's policeman; that this is strictly an Arab problem. These people have lost sight of our role as the leader of human rights around the world.

The rape of Kuwait, the destruction of her children and her neighbor's cry for help made it essential that we intervene. If that wasn't reason enough, the threat of a nuclear-capable Iraq, as well as the potential for Saddam Hussein to hold hostage every barrel of oil in the Middle East, made intervention imperative.

It is not just in defense of America and its way of life that our troops are in the gulf. They are there for all the decent, peace-loving people. ''Peace-mongers'' need to remember that we as a nation think not only of ourselves, but also of the well-being of others. This we must do if we would continue to promote freedom and democracy around the globe.

The president has thus far done an outstanding job in his handling of the crisis and, like the troops, deserves our heartfelt support. Even the support of ''peace-mongers.''

Luis Ranzolin.

Silver Spring.


Editor: On the morning of Jan. 16, the day after Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday and President George Bush's foreboding deadline, I found my picture placed next to a misleading headline on the front page of The Sun's Today section.

The headline read "Hell No, We Won't Go. Once Again, Students Rise In Protest." The event that the article referred to was a church service, followed by a march, which honored Dr. King and supported a peaceful solution to the gulf crisis.

What was called a student uprising in the article was, in fact, a passive gathering consisting of members of the church, children with their parents, a handful of students, and various other concerned citizens.

While at the demonstration, I did not hear anyone say anything even close to, "hell no, we won't go.

Rather, there were calls for peace and jobs for the poor. The people I witnessed at the demonstration expressed great care for American people and society, not opposition to them.

I have a relative in the gulf, as do some of the people I spoke with at the gathering. It was certainly not my intention and I do not think it was anyone else's to show opposition to relatives and countrymen in the gulf.

Rather, it was a demonstration in support of peace for America and the world, peace for soldiers and civilians, on the eve of war. I feel that the article did not express the true nature of the demonstration and I deplore such misrepresentation.

Dan Madey.


Cost of War

Editor: I hate war. I hate to think of the death and injuries that will come to our troops in the Persian Gulf. Victory will add to our ego, but will be meaningless in the overall picture of the Middle East in the future.

Would a cease-fire cause Saddam Hussein and the United Nations to negotiate terms? I hardly believe Hussein is yet in a position of defeat or will think with his mind. He will only act out his emotions.

I have mixed feelings concerning this conflict. On the one hand, I can understand the U.S. and U.N. effort to stop the encroachment of Iraq, with the possible take-over of other nations in the Mideast.

On the other hand, I can sympathize with the protesters of the war, feeling that were it not for oil, we would not be involved.

I am certain that we will prevail, but at what cost? Have the political wheelers and dealers thought of the future and what will evolve from this conflict and how to deal with it?

The desire for power among the few, creating unrest in the people, will upset the equilibrium of the entire planet.

J. Carmel.


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