Cal Thomas' Right to SpeechI, for one, hope The Sun...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

January 10, 1993

Cal Thomas' Right to Speech

I, for one, hope The Sun continues to carry Cal Thomas on its Opinion * Commentary pages. If anything, conservatives like Thomas provoke plenty of ganged-up reader reactions.

The latest attack on Thomas' pro-life sentiments comes from an exhaustive letter published Dec. 26. Apparently the writer, upset that no column opposed Thomas, is not at all familiar with the format of editorial pages.

Opinion columns do not necessarily come in opposing pairs each day. In researching Thomas' columns back to April, the writer seems not to have noticed the miles of pro-abortion ink spewed by such Sun regulars as Quindlen, TRB, Goodman, etc. or The Sun's own monolithic abortion-rights editorials and columns.

This is still America. Dissenting, even "evangelical," opinions can be allowed.

L. Smart III

Fallston

It Takes 2

In The Sun Dec. 24 you had a letter headlined "Optional Sex." I have a very novel idea on the subject, which I rarely see in print.

The letter writer proposed that ". . . young girls need support of family, church, etc. These groups can teach young girls that the easiest way not to have a baby is not to have sex."

When in the world is some group going to tell the young and not so young men that the easiest way not to produce a baby is not to have sex? Stop blaming only girls!

Margaret W. Todd

Baltimore

Hatreds

In his Perspective article Dec. 20 on Hindus and Muslims, though Ben Barber makes some valid points, to blame the conflict on caste prejudice and belief in magic is to ignore a few pertinent historical facts.

I am not in a position to challenge his statement that most Indian Muslims are converts from the lower caste Hindus. But I do know that during centuries of Muslim invasions and rule there were large-scale forced conversions, most of them not necessarily from the lower segments of Indian society.

Some of the most refined, cultured people I've ever met were Muslims in what is now Pakistan, the kind of refinement not usually associated with anything low. But then, to an orthodox Hindu, any meat-eating person is pretty low.

To ask why the Indians can't be like the Americans (shades of Henry Higgins) is to ignore a crucial difference in the history of the two countries.

This country, unlike India, has been singularly fortunate in being spared the horrors of foreign invasions -- the slaughter and destruction, the looting and raping and the constant humiliation that's the lot of a subject people.

To ask why Hindus and Muslims hate each other is also to ask why Arabs and Jews hate each other, or blacks and whites, or Asians and Europeans, and of course there is the centuries-old Christian hostility against the Jews or the centuries of conflict between the Cross and the Crescent. Let us face it, there is a lot of hatred loose in the world.

Without condoning for a moment the periodic communal hatred and violence marring life in India, it is only fair to add that for a people who have been on the receiving end again and again, the remarkable degree of tolerance on the part of the Hindus across the centuries is impressive.

Ask the St. Thomas Christians of Kerala state, who have lived there unafraid and prospered for nearly 2,000 years, or the Jews who came there centuries ago seeking safety and peace.

The question is not so much why groups and clans hate each other as why after centuries of savagery and the consequent horrendous suffering, humans still visit the same horror on each other.

Why haven't we learned to settle our differences without slaughtering each other? Maybe we'll always be nasty and brutish.

Sara Olcott

Pikesville

Nature's Way

For many years, I rode past the locked gates of what is now North Point State Park and Black Marsh Wildlands when it was owned but little used by Bethlehem Steel. I used to imagine being able to explore those quiet, relatively undisturbed areas.

What wonderful times I have had there since it was opened to the public -- watching fish spawning, a snake sunning itself, turtles ready to dive into a pond the minute they become aware of your presence, birds and the seasonal change of foliage and surrounding farmland.

My family and friends who have been there have found the park very accessible. Senior citizens and the handicapped can be driven almost to the water's edge. For the rest of us, the walk may be a bit too long, but it is easy and you see so much more by walking.

North Point State Park and the Wildlands are fine just as they are. If any new building is to be done, let it be near North Point Road and well out of the critical area. Let it remain a natural park.

There are many well-developed parks where people in search of "easy" recreation and amusing man-made amenities can be found. Don't spoil what makes this place so special for so many people, which is simply the way it is now -- a wonderful educational resource.

Mary E. Chetelat

Baltimore

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