Save the PlanetI first became aware of Greenpeace when I...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

July 20, 1995

Save the Planet

I first became aware of Greenpeace when I saw a photograph in a national magazine of a Greenpeace volunteer sheltering a Harp seal club with her body.

She and hundreds of others had come to stop the slaughter with no weapons other than raw courage. Above her stood a man with a club, who, if her skin had been worth anything on the open market, would have just as soon clubbed the volunteer to death as the cub she was protecting.

I first became a member of Greenpeace when France blew up the first Rainbow Warrior and murdered the photojournalist on board. It was my measly $12 per month gift -- and a million more like it from around the world -- that floated the Rainbow Warrior II.

I know whereof I speak, therefore, when I say that Philip Terzian's Opinion * Commentary piece, "Extortion Doesn't Pay, For Once," (July 17) was an outrage.

Without Greenpeace, there would be no harp seals, no international whaling ban, no drift-net ban, no dolphin-safe tuna. Without Greenpeace, there would be toxic effluents still being dumped into Chesapeake Bay.

Mr. Terzian may wish to live in a world where nuclear testing is still permitted, but I do not.

Greenpeace does not gum up the works for the hell of it or for the fun of it. They do it to save the planet. And I say, God speed.

Lynda Case Lambert

Baltimore

Maverick

I would very much like to express my appreciation of the work of Kal in The Sun.

Kal can say more in one political cartoon than most op-ed writers can say in a year of mindless, gutless, babbling columns of printed words.

To me, Kal's work outclasses all editorial writers I've come across in 25 years of reading newspapers, magazines and books. His political cartoon work is in itself worth the price of your newspaper.

Kal's work without question speaks the truth, something that's been slowly decaying if not dying in America's newspapers.

Kal's work is a lone voice in a sea of twisted thoughts based on greed and arrogance by the newspaper community that has lost so much credibility that the concept of "watchdog" of government and corporate scandal should be changed to "lapdog."

The truth in Kal's work far exceeds the mindless, gutless babble of the other writers by far. Kal is a maverick of honesty among the folly of the herd.

Don Holmes Jr.

Baltimore

Poor Taste

Stephen Hunter's review of Lana Turner's life was a disgrace to The Sun.

Apparently lacking any historical perspective, he demeans her no less than 11 times, insulting her looks, her manners, her repute among her peers, her sexuality, her talent, etc. Over and over again, he shows his own crass insensitivity.

For example, in the matter of talent: What sensible person would judge a teen-ager who became the sex symbol of a generation by the same criteria that a serious actress is judged? You displayed incredibly poor taste in publishing this venomous display.

Kate Green

Baltimore

Judging Justice Thomas

I have noticed that many liberals and your newspaper seem to decry Justice Clarence Thomas as a traitor to all blacks by what some liberals consider a hypocritical decision against affirmative action (i.e. Clarence Lusane's July 13 Opinion * Commentary article, "Clarence Thomas as 'Judge Dread' ").

I feel that Justice Thomas is not only a good role model for young blacks, but also for all young Americans.

Justice Thomas is where he is today not because of affirmative action and government handouts, but because of his hard work, devotion, faith in God, and vision of success which he did not let go of.

Justice Thomas represents two things: an ideal citizen and a superb Supreme Court associate justice.

Justice Thomas worked for what he achieved and believes in the core values and principles on which this nation was founded as echoed in the immortal words of Jefferson, Adams, Washington, Lincoln, and other prominent Americans as well as in the lives

of ordinary citizens.

As a justice, his job is not to appeal to the black liberal bloc but to interpret the Constitution of the United States in letter and in spirit. Justice Thomas believes in the slogan which adorns the Supreme Court's facade, "Equal justice under law."

He believes that America is a land of opportunity, not based on quota systems and ratios but on the idea that you are the one with the power to better yourself.

He grasps what many Americans forget: that jobs are not rights but things to be earned by hard work, determination and qualifications. Both he and I believe in an American society in which the content of your character is examined, not your skin color, race, sex or creed (which affirmative action does).

Both he and I know the negative impact of telling a group of people that they don't have to work so hard for what they get in life, that government will take care of it.

Kenneth A. Shepherd

Severn

Mega-Vitamin Peddlers Ignore Science

I am writing to applaud Colleen Pierre's nutrition column of June 5, and respond to Dr. Frank Criado's letter of July 9.

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