As active members of Artists for Choice, a Baltimore-based group dedicated to freedom of expression and a woman's right to choose, we would like to invite Vice President Dan Quayle to be our spokesperson.
According to The Sun, when he was asked how he would react if his daughter wanted to have an abortion, Mr. Quayle stated, "Obviously I would counsel her and talk to her and support her on whatever decision she made." That statement is the essence of the pro-choice position.
Pro-choice means having the opportunity to decide that an abortion is or is not a viable option. Many pro-choice advocates would find that having an abortion conflicted with their own moral code, yet they feel adamantly that they would not inflict this very personal, and often difficult, decision upon any other individual. The pro-choice position is that every woman must choose what is appropriate for herself individually -- and assumes that no other individual is better equipped to make that decision.
What is interesting about Dan Quayle's conversation with Larry King is that he reacted in a very personal way and, perhaps
subconsciously, realized the complexity of an issue often presented as a simplistic morality play.
Use Right Name
I was appalled when I read the "In The State" section of The Sun on July 17.
Although the article had a headline "Truck driver charged in fatal accident," the accused man actually had been driving a pickup truck.
When anyone glances over this they automatically think of a tractor-trailer driver.
I drive a truck across country. My truck has 18 wheels, not four. I am a professional. On behalf of all other professional truck drivers, we're tired of always getting a bad reputation because of articles like this.
Let me explain the difference. A pickup truck driver drives to work or the store. A truck driver makes his or her living in an 80,000-pound rig driving across country bringing you the paper you write on, the ink you use, your car and the gas in it.
I think the paper is being very biased when they classify a pickup driver as a "truck driver."
I think it's about time people start respecting truck drivers instead of degrading them.
Revisionism and Democratic Politics
I have written twice since Roger Simon's column on the "Comeback Kid" appeared (July 19) to try to correct Mr. Simon's slanderous attack on the Democratic Party's vice presidential candidate, Sen. Al Gore, but instead of printing the facts, you continue to contribute to historical revisionism by accommodating letter writer Douglas Hermann's naive parroting of Simon's remarks (July 27).
Mr. Simon well knows, as evidenced from his book on the 1988 presidential campaign, "Road Show," that Senator Gore did not, repeat not, mention Willie Horton or any other Massachusetts prisoner who had been furloughed during the Dukakis administration and committed another crime.
He only cited the questionable practice of furloughs, already a major issue in Massachusetts, just as the injudicious use of parole has come under question in Maryland. It was left to the Bush sleaze team to come up with the infamous ad campaign, using racism to try to attract the white Southern and suburban voter.
Mr. Simon also suggested that Senator Gore "exploited the rift between Jews and blacks" during the 1988 New York Democratic primary. Yet, as Mr. Simon skillfully reported in his book, Senator Gore played the Jewish card, as is expected of Democratic candidates, not the race card.
Senator Gore unfortunately chose to echo the disparaging remarks by New York City's mayor at the time, Ed Koch, who is Jewish, concerning quotes attributed to Jesse Jackson, which were interpreted as being anti-Semitic. Senator Gore later apologized to Reverend Jackson and tried belatedly to disassociate himself from Mayor Koch, realizing he was being used as a stalking horse.
Mr. Hermann refers to Gov. Bill Clinton's criticism of Mr. Jackson and the Rainbow Coalition for showcasing the professed racist rapster, Sister Souljah. Mr. Jackson is not the only black 'N messiah, and to interpret Governor Clinton's criticism of him on this one controversial issue as "playing the race card" is a real stretch, to say the least.
Both Messrs. Simon and Hermann cast aspersions on Governor Clinton for his use of the word "covenant" to describe the pact which he and Senator Gore would like to make with the American people to revitalize America.
If either Roger Simon or Douglas Hermann had an interest in word origins, they would have known that "covenant" was originally legal in nature, referring, as it was used by Governor Clinton, to a pact, contract or vow entered into by two or more people.