Since he is from Boston, I shall forgive Mr. Shribman his oversight of facts so important to the history of Baltimore. At least he didn't mention Betsy Ross.
A. H. Bishop III, Baltimore
The writer is vice president of the board of directors of the Star Spangled Banner Flag House.
Have we more compassion for dolphins than humans?
The Sun's article about the death of the dolphin Halley was ironic ("Liver disorder kills dolphin at aquarium," May 25).
According to Brent Whitaker, the aquarium's director of animal health, Halley was suffering from a rare liver disease; her weight had dropped by one-third, and she was in pain. Thus, Mr. Whitaker decided to euthanize her.
When Dr. Jack Kevorkian attempts to help people in similar situations, who want to end their lives and give him their permission to do so, he is arrested, charged with a crime and imprisoned.
What a sad comment about a society that shows more compassion for the animals in its care than for the humans.
Hal Glatter, Baltimore
Hillary Clinton will serve country in any office
In their Opinion Commentary column, Jack Germond and Jules Witcover take the widespread view that Hillary Clinton should reconsider her reported decision to run for the Senate from New York in 2000 ("A Clinton Senate run smacks of contempt for first lady role," May 26).
It seems rather insolent to suggest, as Mr. Germond and Mr. Witcover did, that aides to the first lady would be overwhelmed by the task of distinguishing campaign expenditures from the normal operations of her office.
But the bigger error in their thinking lies in the suggestion that a fundamental difference exists between the roles of first lady and senator.
As a senator, Ms. Clinton would continue to champion the causes she espoused as first lady.
We must transcend these homespun attitudes that confine our representatives solely to parochial spheres.
As first lady, Ms. Clinton's "role" is essentially to serve the national interest. Regardless of her post, she will continue to serve the country.
Joseph C. Gutberlet, Towson
Pub Date: 6/04/99