Veteran UpsetThe Oct. 6 report about the "love-in" which...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

October 18, 1993

Veteran Upset

The Oct. 6 report about the "love-in" which transpired in the Essex Division of the District Court of Maryland between Judge Charles E. Foos III and a group of recidivistic "anti-war" (anti-American?) protesters was greatly disturbing to me as a World War II veteran of over four years of service.

No punishment was imposed upon these protesters, who have many times been charged with trespassing, malicious destruction of property, etc. The cases of some of them, who were actually in contempt of the court's processes by failure to appear, were placed on the inactive docket.

Had the views of this crew -- judge and defendants -- that "war is senseless" prevailed in the early 1940s, we would all still be marching to the cry of "Heil Hitler!"

John O. Herrmann

Baltimore

Cruel and Unfair

I am sorry to say that anti-Semitism is alive and well in Baltimore. One recent morning on the subway on my way to work downtown, I had the unpleasant opportunity to witness a display first hand.

One black man was explaining to another how Jews have control of all industry. He went on to explain to his traveling companion that the Jews are the reason that the black people are oppressed; that they band together and work together to keep others out.

In my 30-something years of being Jewish and proud of it, I have come across many forms of prejudice and anti-Semitism, and it still stabs me to the quick to hear or see it. If the opportunity had arisen, rather than just overhearing the conversation I would have liked to have participated.

The main point I would make is although I could easily spend all day defending my Jewishness with facts and opinions, more importantly people should note that stereotypes are unfair and dangerous. Stereotypes and prejudice are the reasons for holocausts and riots.

As a member of a race that has been stereotyped and prejudiced against as long as the Jews, I would think the gentleman who made those comments should be able to realize that generalized comments against a group of people are cruel, unfair and only serve a negative end.

Before opening his mouth to demean another race, religion, nationality, etc., he should fully consider the subject to be discussed, the facts, the opinions and personal knowledge. He might find some redeeming qualities there that would cause him reconsider his opinion.

How better to learn to live as one people, in peace, without prejudice, than for each of us to take the first step ourselves and take the time to meet someone a bit "different" than ourselves, whether the difference be in race, religion, nationality or whatever.

I hope that the gentleman on the subway will come to realize that his bias is hurtful, cruel and unfair and that the best way for people to live and prosper together is to lead lives following the principles of fairness and mutual respect.

Shelly Shannon

Baltimore

Attitude

In a Sept. 24 column, "Feminist Ms. Take," Cal Thomas claims that "feminists assert that women cannot achieve complete liberation without a career, an abortion, a divorce and an attitude."

This is a false representation of the feminist viewpoint. Feminism involves choices for women, and does not endorse one choice over another.

It is obvious that Mr. Thomas has an attitude, and it is one of stereotyping and bias against feminists.

I would hope that Mr. Thomas, as a spokesman for the religious right, would be truthful and more Christian-like in his viewpoints.

Fred Davis

Pasadena

Bill Shepard

Reporter John W. Frece's article on a proposal to build a gambling casino on Indian-owned land in southern Maryland (Sept. 30) quoted various candidates for governor on their opinions.

He quoted Parris Glendenning, Mary Boergers, Ellen Sauerbrey and Mickey Steinberg. He said that two candidates (potential candidates), Robert Neall and Clayton Mitchell "could not be reached for comment."

What about Bill Shepard? Did Mr. Frece try to reach him? Or is he purposely ignoring a topnotch candidate for governor who got 40 percent of the votes in the last election against William Donald Schaefer?

This isn't the first time this has happened in The Sun. Why can't Bill Shepard get fair treatment from your staff writers?

David E. Boyd

White Hall

Trouble Abroad

Thousands of our citizens are hungry, homeless, without medical insurance or unemployed. Yet our government continues to send troops, money, supplies, etc. to countries around the world.

Our illustrious president continues to police, feed and clothe various nations and increase our taxes on the premise that he is trying to reduce the national debt. Our boys are being murdered to no avail.

Our first president, George Washington, said we must "avoid foreign entanglements."

! America, wake up!

Douglas E. Clark

Kingsville

Communications Contract Handled Fairly

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