Nature's delicate balance limits mosquitoes, people

ROGER SIMON

August 09, 1993|By ROGER SIMON

Letters, calls and the roar of the crowd:

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Ed "Spider" Olshesky, Berlin: Please be more careful when you use entomological references in the future. If you encourage the killing of spiders, would we not have an abundance of mosquitoes?

COMMENT: No. You forget there is a balance to nature. God made spiders so there wouldn't be too many mosquitoes. Then God made people so there wouldn't be too many spiders. Then God made cigarettes so there wouldn't be too many people.

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Arlene Banks, Glyndon: In your article on [Joseph Gallardo, convicted of rape, whose house was burned down by his neighbors hours before he got out of prison] you should have not only called the people "arsonists" but "stupid."

What they should have done is caught him first, tied him up, severed the family jewels, put him to bed, set it on fire, then run like hell!

COMMENT: One would think that Gallardo's victim would agree with you, but she does not.

His victim, who was 10 at the time of the crime and is now 16, told a newspaper that Gallardo's crime against her was "molestation, not rape."

"Other than that, we were good friends," she said. "He was practically a brother figure. I think they are torturing him. I don't think he deserves it."

The victim's mother said she never wanted Gallardo to go to prison and wishes he were still a family friend.

"I would love to still be friends with him now, but after what he has been put through, I doubt it is there," she said.

Yet this is the same man whose name and picture police put on a warning poster when he was due to be released from prison, telling his neighbors that he was "extremely dangerous" and has "sadistic and deviant sexual fantasies which include torture, sexual assault, human sacrifice, bondage and the murder of young children."

By encouraging vigilantism, the police did the community no service.

Nor, Arlene, does your "solution" of castration and murder.

Because if we act just like the bad guys, how does anybody tell us apart?

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Edward M. Kennedy, Boston: Over the years, you and I have stood together in many great causes for our nation. But rarely have we faced a mission so important as the one we share today.

The issues upon which I have built my career in politics -- jobs and economic growth, health care, education, civil rights and economic opportunity for all -- now stand at the center of our national agenda.

That is why I am writing you today to ask your help in winning re-election to the United States Senate and shaping a new future for our nation.

By supporting my campaign with a personal contribution of $25, $35, $50, $100 or even more, you can help me prevail and enable me to continue to wage these critical battles for our nation's future.

COMMENT: Ted, I was reaching for my checkbook, when I happened to see a story in Roll Call, the newspaper that covers Capitol Hill, headlined: "Kennedy Took Most Incoming Cash This Year Among All Senators Up for Re-Election in 1994."

Although to your credit you accepted no contributions from political action committees, you still raised more than $2.2 million in the first six months of this year.

And, I believe, you also have a considerable family fortune.

I, on the other hand, have gathered in no contributions this year and have no family fortune. So I was wondering: If you wrote me a check, do you think I could take a crack at saving the nation?

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Larry Shanet, Baltimore: Can you tell me when the next Simon Says column will appear? I find them in line with my own thinking. When I called The Sun, I was told only you know in advance when they will appear.

COMMENT: The future dates of Simon Says column are a closely guarded secret. If we released the dates in advance, people would buy the paper only on those days.

This way, we sucker you into buying our rag all year long.

Just this once, however, I will make an exception: The next Simon Says column will appear next Monday.

Unless, of course, something important happens with NAFTA.

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