Simply IncorrectThe recent decision of the U.S. Senate to...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

August 20, 1993

Simply Incorrect

The recent decision of the U.S. Senate to deny the United Daughters of the Confederacy an extension of the design patent on their logo is a prudent gesture and not an "act of political correctness."

Although a number of excellent arguments have been made to establish the theory that the Civil War was not strictly based on slavery, these arguments fail to acknowledge the entire history of the Confederate flag. If the Confederate flag had died at Appomattox, these arguments would have weight.

However, the Confederate flag is not just the flag of Robert E. Lee, Jeb Stuart and Jefferson Davis. It is also the flag of Lester Maddox, George Wallace and Bull Connor. Unlike their Confederate predecessors of the 1860s, these racists of the 1960s are universally regarded as obstructionists to what Dr. King called "the true meaning of this nation's creed."

Nonetheless, the letters I have read in The Sun (Aug. 4, 9 and 11) regarding the flag have not even acknowledged this fact, much less asserted that any of the sons or daughters of the Confederacy ever objected to the flag's use by such individuals.

A nation that honors Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with a holiday and continues to sanction a racist symbol is nothing less than hypocritical, and an organization that bases its argument on what happened 130 years ago and ignores what happened 30 years ago is simply incorrect and not politically incorrect.

Dennis Olver

Chestertown

U.N. Fiascos

Your perceptive editorial, "U.N. Authority in Bosnia," Aug. 11, highlights the problem inherent in placing U.S. foreign policy in the hands of the U.N. secretary general.

Unfortunately, this traditionally figurehead position has now been arbitrarily elevated by the current occupant to a dictatorial decision-making status.

The last line in your editorial summarizes the dilemma: "In allowing precedents to be set to attain short-term objectives, Washington should take care not to jeopardize long-term interests."

The position of secretary general during the cold war between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. was normally occupied by individuals with little or no authority but acceptable to both sides. Most of the Secretary Generals came from small countries with limited ,, political experience even within their own nations.

The succession has included such forgettable figures as Trygve Lie of Norway, Dag Hammarskjold of Sweden, U Thant of Burma, Kurt Waldheim of Austria, Javier Perez de Cuellar of Peru and now Boutros Boutros-Ghali of Egypt.

Two of these office holders were of questionable moral and ethical background, Kurt Waldheim as a former Nazi officer during World War II and U Thant accused as a violator of human rights in his own country.

With the abrupt end of the Cold War, the current U.N. Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali has seized the opportunity to impose his biased views unilaterally on the members of the U.N., usurping the power of the Security Council and the General Assembly not only in placing troops in Bosnia and Somalia but also in making decisions without consultation with the member states.

It is ironic that in a time when the U.S. is considered the world superpower, we have permitted a single individual with limited credentials to determine the actions not only of the nations of the world but also of our own military.

For the U.S. to allow this situation to occur was the height of folly, for which we are paying dearly in the fiascos in Somalia and Bosnia.

Nelson Marans

Silver Spring

Overlooked Crafts

We are writing to protest your paper's continued indifference to the congressionally-declared "Year of American Crafts." Even in the flood of publicity accompanying the recent Artscape festival, there was only a single line in reference to the existence of that declaration.

The "Year" is more than half over and The Sun has yet to take any action to publicize local craft people and craft organizations, or to call attention to the existence of the population of crafters in the Baltimore area.

As members of that community, we deplore the lack of interest which your paper has shown toward this vital and creative field of art. Crafts are not a second-best subculture, but rather go hand-in-hand with the fine arts. We reasonably expected our only major newspaper to help in the promotion of this event.

We hope that all members of the craft community will join us in protesting this indifferent attitude. More importantly, we urge The Sun to reverse their position and dedicate some of its feature space to the promotion of this "Year of American Crafts" and the resources which our area provides.

Kim Tyssowski

Baltimore

The writer is president of the Potters Guild of Baltimore, 22 other members of which also signed the letter.

Ridiculing Catholic Doctrine

The editorial cartoon of Aug. 13 would seem to be just another example of your hostility to Catholicism. What is so astonishing is that it so closely follows upon the blatantly offensive, anti-Catholic cartoon run in your July 18 edition.

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