Bembry's ArticlesMy attention is usually focused on two...

LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

June 13, 1994

Bembry's Articles

My attention is usually focused on two sections of The Sun. One, the sports section, specifically for basketball and tennis, and two, the editorial section, for the analysis of important issues and enlightenment.

It is ironic that recently, some of your best social commentary has come from a sportswriter, Jerry Bembry. His articles on racial bias against black college basketball coaches and his review of "Rage of the Middle Class" by Ellis Cose were extremely topical, while doing a great job of articulating concerns and feelings of many blacks.

The black community can benefit greatly from the discourse and critical thinking that is a by-product of the efforts writers such as Mr. Bembry.

Therefore, it is important for The Sun to continue to nurture and develop its minority talent, especially as a mechanism to convey the minority perspective.

Vernon A. Reid

Baltimore

Sacrifice

In his June 6 column, Mike Littwin writes of the sacrifice that took place during the D-Day landings. He is moved by the "willingness of those men to give their lives for a cause."

He then asks "what cause . . . is worth dying for now?"

Mr. Littwin states that he might have gone off to Spain in the Thirties to fight fascism.

He thinks that the know-nothings will hound Clinton because he was a draft dodger. He also feels that the thousands who died in Vietnam died for nothing.

It is interesting to note that those who protested the Vietnam war felt that they were foreign policy and military experts while they were of draft age and hiding in college.

Mr. Littwin fails to mention that the war in Vietnam was one of many of the steps that broke the power of communism and brought about the end of the cold war.

When genocide took place at the end of this war, the protesters were strangely silent and inactive.

Recently, a young Marine officer friend of mine returned from a dangerous assignment with the U.N. forces in Cambodia. They were clearing the countryside of leftover land mines. Their brave acts have saved many lives.

Where were the protesters of the world during this humanitarian action?

Mr. Littwin does not seem to be concerned with another legacy of the Vietnam war protests.

Should our armed forces again hit the beach, it will again be the children of the less affluent who will do the dying for those who enjoy the major share of all that our country has to offer.

Charles S. Wehner

Baltimore

Ballistic Over North Korea

I tend to agree wholeheartedly with Carl Rowan's column, "Getting Tough with North Korea," but I am not sure that he has gone far enough to elucidate the mystery as to why President Clinton and his advisers seem to be going ballistic over this matter.

If North Korea's neighbors are not getting so openly excited or exercised about it (and may oppose efforts by the U.S. to obtain sanctions against North Korea), why is our government dealing in such hyperbolic rhetoric?

After all, there are a number of countries in the world that have the capacity for making nuclear devices. Not all of them are free of the possibility of becoming loose cannons.

India and Pakistan came very close to a nuclear exchange in the recent past.

Obviously, efforts to put the genie back in the bottle will be doomed to failure in the long run, despite the likes of nuclear non-proliferation treaties.

However, I have a suspicion that this matter is driven by another consideration, which Lawrence Eagleberger let out of the bag on the MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour, June 2. He mentioned the inevitability of other countries in the region obtaining nuclear device capability, including Japan, if the North Korean situation is not rolled back.

Now there is a thought to ponder. We, who once used nuclear weapons against Japan, will eventually have to contemplate that the most powerful economic power in the Western Pacific will have to rearm -- as we withdraw militarily from the area (witness the Philippines).

A whole new ball game awaits.

George T. Bachmann

Westminster

Only 1 Race

George B. and Betty L. Merrill (letter, June 4) are to be congratulated on their 25 years of so-called "interracial" marriage.

Their otherwise excellent letter is flawed when they write: ". . . people of other races; . . . other mixed-race couples"; and use the word "interracial" at least nine times.

The Merrills are enlightened human beings who wish to ". . . strive for a race-neutral society." I have been contending that this can only be achieved when all human beings think, speak and write that there is only one race -- the human race.

We must stop thinking, speaking and writing of ourselves as belonging to different "races"; being "interracial"; "multi-racial"; "bi-racial"; "mixed-race," etc.

The Merrills do themselves, their children and all of us a disservice with this archaic, dehumanizing and inferiorizing usage.

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