'Do,' not 'Due'The Sun's editor who wrote "Hoyer's...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

May 26, 1994

'Do,' not 'Due'

The Sun's editor who wrote "Hoyer's Archives" (editorial May 11) should be immensely relieved that among the oldest traditions of newspaper publishing is that the editorial writer remains anonymous.

For surely he/she would be mortified to have The Sun's readers know the identity of the writer who failed to understand the difference between due and do.

In the second paragraph the editor wrote, "So the agency made due with an outdated building . . . " The rule, sir, is that you don't "make due," you "make do."

Now I might ordinarily be willing to overlook this careless gaffe as simply an inadvertency in a time-pressure day. But The Sun, I see, has re-launched its campaign of derision and defamation aimed at Dan and Marilyn Quayle. It did this by selecting an insulting cartoon for publication on May 12.

Dan Quayle, as all recall, had a problem with "potatoe." Yet here is a Sun editor, with, no doubt, impressive educational credentials, who had a mental block with the correct use of "due" and "do."

And let us remember, too, that earlier this year Vice President Al Gore, Jr., with the most expensive education money can buy, St. Albans and Harvard, was unable to translate correctly our national motto "E pluribus unum." He got it exactly backward.

As a 50-year reader of The Sun I've noted that in recent times it has succumbed all too frequently to preachy editorials. You'd find it particularly healthful, I believe if, occasionally, you'd ingest a generous slice of humble pie.

And by the way, the archives you wrote about are not Hoyer's, as you worshipfully referred to them. They are the National Archives . . .

Martin W. Mayer

Arnold

Steak Dinner

I must take issue with Roger Simon's May 15 column.

What Mr. Simon fails to understand is that anti-hunting demonstrations are never peaceful. I commend Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., for supporting mainstream legislation that attempts to protect the constitutional rights of hunters.

Mr. Simon has done the readers of The Sun a great disservice by casting his lot with a fringe group, Fund for Animals. The fund represents a very vocal minority that attempts to force its beliefs and view of morality on others.

Its members would like to take the life of a deer or the life of a laboratory rat and elevate it to that of human beings.

The bottom line is that whether it be under constitutional law or natural law, animals are not entitled to any rights.

If the animal rights activists want to do something useful, they should fight to end human suffering throughout the world. In the meantime, I think I'll buy my wife a fur coat and take her out for a steak dinner.

Tom Dougherty

Crofton

Drunk Drivers

I for one am fed up with all the talk of the lawmakers and their "cracking down on drunk drivers." Obviously the current tactics of fining, suspending their licenses and even in rare instances jail time aren't working. I think it's time for more drastic measures.

With the jails being overrun as it is, the driving-under-the-influence criminals do not do much time. Obviously suspending a person's license isn't doing the job since there are so many repeat offenders.

Why not impound the car the person is driving at the time? Perhaps this will give the driver some incentive not to drive drunk if that means going to the car pound to bail out the car.

Linda Campbell

Columbia

Sour Note

Sometimes it pays to be ignorant.

I was part of a very appreciative audience at a concert by the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, I was part of a very appreciative audience which gave two call-backs and a standing ovation to Robert Macht after the first performance of his work, "Kreast Baru."

In his May 12 review, Stephen Wigler not only omitted this response by the audience but healso took exception to Mr. Macht's "prefatory remarks" and labeled the work "harmless" and called it "New Age elevator music."

Happily, my uneducated ears and those of the audience found it delightful. I thought the gamelan ensemble's sounds truly delicate and lyrical.

With the performance of the Mozart and Mendelssohn, this concert was a charming finale to a truly excellent season by Anne Harrigan and the BCO.

Unlike Ms. Harrigan's consistently fine performance, Mr. Wigler's generally positive review seemed to be marred by this one sour note.

Nancy L. Boyce

Glen Arm

Job Criteria

In a May 20 article detailing congressional hiring statistics, The Sun singled out Rep. Helen Delich Bentley's hiring practices.

In its use of broad population statistics, The Sun has failed as usual to be accurate. Such statistics, however popularly applied, fail to take in consideration actual job requirements -- education specialty and level -- and the actual number of available applicants meeting those criteria.

As someone who spent more than 10 years actively engaged in && structuring affirmative action programs as well as measuring their effectiveness within a large corporation, I reached a single conclusion.

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