Violence in the name of religion wrought terror and 0...

Letters to the Editor

July 03, 1998

Violence in the name of religion wrought terror and 0) destruction

Was it unintentional irony? Virtually everything that needed to be said about the "Christian Soldier" gun store ("Where religion, guns mix", June 20) was contained in the same edition of The Sun. The article on arms in Northern Ireland, the source of so much bloodshed and grief, is, after all, about a nation of "Christian soldiers" that just can't quite agree on the definition of "Christian".

It isn't the ownership of guns that worries me. It's the people who somehow tie the concept of weapons and power in the more general sense, with the justification of their own particular world view.

Whether we are talking the Crusades, the Holocaust or more recent examples like the Middle East, Afghanistan, India-Pakistan or our own plague of church bombings, the world has seen far too much violence perpetrated in the name of religion.

Charles M. Goedeke


Hosts should keep guests from getting drunk July 4

To prevent guests from getting drunk at your parties, serve high-protein foods such as cheese, nuts and meats, which absorb alcohol.

Place buckets of ice around the bar and living room to water down drinks. These tips may protect hosts from lawsuits involving third parties.

In order to enjoy the Fourth of July in a safe and sane way, heed this advice: "He who goes forth with a fifth on the Fourth may not come forth on the Fifth.`

Joseph Lerner


Glaucoma awareness can help detect sight problems

I was very pleased to read Kirby Puckett's recent letter regarding the "Don't Be Blindsided!" campaign, which offered free glaucoma screenings throughout Baltimore. We commend Mr. Puckett for his dedication to getting the message out about the importance of early detection in the treatment of glaucoma.

The Maryland Society of Sight was one of the agencies offering free vision screening at several sites in Baltimore during the campaign. The society conducts free vision and glaucoma screenings during the year as well as distributing free information on glaucoma and other serious eye diseases.

It was a pleasure to work with Mr. Puckett on this very important campaign. I hope people will heed his message and have their vision screened for the early signs of glaucoma. If people would like free information on glaucoma and other eye diseases, they may call the Maryland Society for Sight at (800) MSS-EYES or (410) 243-2020.

!Michelle Gelkin, M.D.


The writer is president of the Maryland Society for Sight.

Golf course of the arts at home on Rash Field

Cheers to the city of Baltimore for putting the unique Maryland Art Place Art Links miniature golf course at the Inner Harbor's Rash Field.

This is a wonderful way for residents and tourists to combine fun and local history, and it is a much, much better golf course than the one installed in the same place last year. Each hole was created by a local artist and reflects an aspect of Baltimore or Maryland history. It's a completely original, utterly creative and definitely delightful resource.

I plan to play there regularly, and I hope lots of other people will, too. I also hope it becomes a regular summer fixture of the Inner Harbor.

!Ruth E. Thaler-Carter

Federal Hill

Climatic scene earns slot for 'Guess Who's Coming'

I read with interest Richard Roeper's article "Film pickers failed to do the right thing" (June 21), which questioned the selection of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" in the American Film Institute's top 100 movies list.

While this movie was probably selected because it focused on a major social issue, interracial marriage, it also contains one of the most incredibly fascinating scenes in film. Spencer Tracy plays a liberal whose daughter falls in love with a black man.

Tracy initially has misgivings about the proposed marriage, but in the movie's climatic scene, Tracy proclaims that their marriage may work, if they have half the love for each other that he (Tracy) has for his wife, played by Katherine Hepburn.

The camera then focuses on Ms. Hepburn, whose face is awash with tears. These are real tears as Tracy and Hepburn had been having a long-standing love affair, and Hepburn knew that in real life Tracy was dying of cancer and that this was the last great performance of his illustrious movie career.

That scene alone earned "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" a place on the top 100 movies list.

eon Reinstein


'Gone With the Wind' was fiction, not history

Gregory Kane's column "GWTW overblown, offensive, mindless" (June 27) disturbed me much.

Surely Mr. Kane must realize that Margaret Mitchell's masterful novel is fiction and not history. And as such, David Selznick's equally masterful film is not a docudrama.

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