Why China?In all the coverage of the Conference on Women...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

September 11, 1995

Why China?

In all the coverage of the Conference on Women in Beijing, it seems strange that few writers are raising an important question:

Why is a conference on women's rights being held in a country that forces abortion and sterilization on women because of population quotas and is known to practice infanticide on females because male children are considered more ''desirable''?

Jennifer Sigman

Baltimore

No Monolith

Carl Rowan's specious Aug. 23 conclusion that "Jews . . . have some code of ethnic solidarity to oppose affirmative action . . ." is offensive and inaccurate.

The majority of the organized Jewish community championed the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and continues to promote affirmative action in the form of recruitment, training and similar efforts to foster equal opportunity.

Historically, many Jews, regardless of their party affiliation, have opposed quotas because of the potential they hold for further discrimination. At the same time, Jewish groups have been outspoken on the critical need to ensure that minorities and women are in the pool of candidates for both employment and educational opportunity.

Mr. Rowan, however, seems to equate Jewish opposition to quotas as tantamount to a fundamental antagonism toward affirmative action.

Unfortunately, Mr. Rowan's sweeping generalizations promote stereotypes and mistrust which can themselves form the basis of intolerance. As we well know, Jews are not monolithic in terms of either their views on affirmative action or their party affiliations.

David C. Friedman

Robert Keats

Washington

The writers represent the Washington regional office of the Anti-Defamation League.

No Gratitude

No one doubts Sen. Bob Dole's war record of sacrifice and bravery.

His grace under fire was displayed in a war in which the United States was attacked. He fought for everyone's freedom of speech and is a genuine hero. There were also plenty of heroes who never came back, but at least they understood what they were fighting for.

In his Aug. 21 letter criticizing Elaine Ross' letter about Bob Dole, Walter Boyd missed the point: The Serbs have not attacked us. Why should we rush to the defense of people who have committed the same atrocities as the ones being committed against them?

Why are we supposed to be the patrolman on the beat for the world? Why should our young men come home in body bags, while their sacrifice nets us nothing more than hate and loathing as per the sterling examples of Somalia and Haiti?

All we got for our body count in the Gulf War was a refusal by Saudi Arabia to allow us to take into custody the Muslim terrorist who murdered Maryland's own Bob Stethem because "they didn't want to offend their brothers."

All we gain from these maneuvers are decimated ranks and a decided lack of gratitude or even respect.

B. Zacharias

Baltimore

Fearless Pilots

I have been reading with interest various articles concerning the black pilots who trained at Tuskegee during the early part of World War II.

As an aerial gunner, flying in B-24s for the 15th Air Force, 464th Bomb Group out of Italy, we had groups of fighters escort us from our base to the various targets in Europe.

From my personal experience, and those of our crew and members of our squadron, we were most happy when we saw the red-nose P-47 fighters serving as our escorts during the period 1943-1944.

While all of the fighter aircraft in that theater of operations were excellent, we felt that coverage afforded by the Tuskegee Airmen was superior.

They were tenacious in combat and protected us, in our slow moving aircraft, from German fighter planes who were operating to destroy us before we reached our targets.

There is no question in my mind that we felt then, as I feel now, that a debt of gratitude was owed to these fearless fighter pilots who distinguished themselves during that period of time.

David H. Preller Sr.

Towson

Safe Numbers

I am writing concerning the Aug. 19 story, "Word from School for Dyslexics: Scores, Enrollment Spell Success." I was certainly pleased to see an article about the Odyssey School in your paper. Being a new school, which has only been serving the public for a year, every opportunity we get to alert the public to our presence is wonderful.

It is a shame, however, that by misquoting me, you may prevent some people from inquiring about our wonderful school.

''And while board members such as Mr. Jones are pushing rapid growth, Director of Education Catherine Rommel said, ''I wouldn't want us to get much bigger than we are now.''

Her quote should have read: ''wouldn't want us to get much bigger than we are now until we move to a larger location.''

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