Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

October 18, 2002

Cartoon offends by comparing Sharon, Hussein, KAL's Oct. 13 editorial cartoon was yet another example of biased and anti-Jewish feeling expressed by The Sun.

It is deceitful to cast Prime Minister Ariel Sharon as a Saddam Hussein-style terrorist. And the cartoon makes fun of President Bush and the United States' relationship with its sole democratic ally in the Middle East, Israel.

The Sun should realize that anger about this cartoon and other anti-Jewish or anti-Israel cartoons is widespread throughout the Jewish community of Maryland.

KAL's cartoon is not only not a joke, it is offensive and shameful.

Michael Isaacson

Baltimore

KAL's Oct. 13 editorial cartoon entraps us into the thought that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's behavior is the moral equivalent of Saddam Hussein's. It also implies that our president's attitudes are hypocritical and self-serving.

I realize that political cartoons are meant to stir controversy and discussion. However, I believe KAL has crossed the line here, and that his cartoon will stir up the kind of anti-Semitism currently being expressed in Europe.

The Sun has a responsibility to its readership to avoid such inflammatory rhetoric, whether expressed in words or, more graphically, in emotion-producing cartoons.

Norman Goldstein

Reisterstown

What a day for The Sun (Oct. 13).

First, KAL equates Ariel Sharon with Saddam Hussein. Nothing new here -- unfortunately, I've come to expect such an attitude from KAL.

Then I turned to the Sunday comics and came upon "The Boondocks," where our president was compared to Hitler.

Have you no shame at all?

Michael Langbaum

Baltimore

Cartoon reminds us of Sharon's failings

KAL's very clever and courageous Oct. 13 cartoon reminds us that, while most Americans support Israel, there are aspects of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's leadership that we need to be mindful of.

My congratulations and thanks to cartoonists KAL and Mike Lane for their interesting and powerful work.

Niel Carey

Ellicott City

Downplaying killings committed by Israel

If Palestinian gunmen had killed six Israelis last weekend, The Sun would have run that story on Page One. But the Oct. 14 Sun reported that Israeli soldiers had killed six Palestinians, including a 4-year-old child, a 56-year-old woman and a man killed by a booby-trapped telephone that exploded in his hand.

And where did The Sun run this story? Way back on Page 9A ("Phone explodes, killing Palestinian militant," Oct. 14).

There is nothing remotely even-handed about such news placement. But it is what The Sun seems to do consistently with the Middle East.

Jack G. Goellner

Baltimore

Twisting murder to political purpose

Eight people are dead. Two more are injured. And the killer is still on the loose.

Maryland's gubernatorial candidates wisely promised not to politicize these events in a closely contested race -- until Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend broke her promise and started running an ad in Montgomery County in an effort to paint Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. with the sniper's brush ("Sniper shootings now topic in race," Oct. 13).

This is politics at its dirtiest and basest. And Ms. Townsend has revealed her true colors, as she uses these crimes as an opportunity to make political hay.

William N. Allred

Eldersburg

More gun control means less violence

I am a middle-class professional and a registered Republican. However, I sincerely feel we need more gun control in the United States. And I agree with Clarence Page that these laws should be federal so people cannot skirt them by simply traveling to another state ("This is why we need ballistics registry," Opinion*Commentary, Oct. 11).

Common sense tells us there would be fewer murders and other crimes if guns and ammunition were strictly regulated. And that it would be easier to catch shooters if we had better records of who purchased guns and ammunition.

We have the technology. Why don't we use it?

Bill Simmons

Columbia

What of shootings here in Baltimore?

The sniper shootings are horrible. But why do these get so much more press than the more than 200 people murdered this year in Baltimore?

Cinta Porter

Hunt Valley

Lack of diversity hurts state's GOP

I agree with one thing David Tufaro said in his letter "Racial rhetoric mars Townsend campaign" (Oct. 12): "We need a governor who will focus on results, not divisive rhetoric."

But I disagree with his assertion that Republicans have been "locked out" of Maryland and Baltimore government.

The real reason there are so few elected black Republicans in Maryland is because the Maryland Republican Party has apparently never cared enough to cultivate racial diversity in its own ranks.

And Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., an elected Republican official in Maryland for 16 years, must bear some of the blame.

Amy Grace

Baltimore

Protesting the gall of state Democrats

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