Letters To The Editor


August 02, 2004

Mayor's critique reflects concern of many citizens

Regarding Maryland Republican Party chairman John Kane's public expression of outrage at Mayor Martin O'Malley's comment that the policies of the Bush administration are more worrisome to him than al-Qaida, I note that The Sun quoted Mr. Kane as referring to the mayor as a "petulant little child" ("O'Malley's speech doesn't go far," July 29).

Many thoughtful adults in this country are in fact deeply concerned about the administration's policy of pre-emption, for example, which appears to be meeting with limited success in its first application (in Iraq, where it was based in large part on unwarranted assumptions).

They believe this policy, in fact, poses grave dangers for this country and the entire world.

There is, then, a logic to the mayor's words that would seem to absolve him from charges of either petulance or childishness.

Mr. Kane, unlike the mayor, attacked the man and not his ideas. His intemperate and undignified remarks are an ugly example of politics at its worst.

Thomas S. Spencer

White Hall

Security spending goes to wrong front

I think Mayor Martin O'Malley gave an excellent speech Wednesday night at the Democratic convention ("O'Malley's speech doesn't go far," July 29).

Our president has squandered and is continuing to squander billions of dollars and thousands of lives, both coalition and Arab, on a war to depose one dictator for people who only want to install another dictator.

This money could have been better spent on providing our country with the resources we need to protect ourselves from terrorists.

Ruby Lam


Thwarting problems that create terrorists

The Sun's editorial "Thwarting the terrorists" (July 23) deserves special praise for highlighting the recommendation in the 9/11 commission's report calling upon the United States to understand the forces driving Islamist extremism and to work to counteract them.

But more important is the editorial's astute assertion that more than half the battle against terrorism can be won through human rights and education and not just through military force, whether it is overt or covert.

Significantly, the editorial's recommendation dovetailed with Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's repeated call to the developed world to do more to alleviate poverty and improve education, health and other social conditions to give the dispossessed and marginalized youths of the Islamic world hope and a better deal for their future, the lack of which is the recruiting tool of extremists and religious bigots.

The editorial indeed does a great service in unraveling the complexity and underlying impetus of terrorism and providing the light of hope to Muslim youths that can wean them away from hopelessness to the path of economic and educational empowerment.

The time has come for all of us to come together to drain the swamp and deny extremists the breeding ground for recruitment.

Talat Waseem


The writer is press counselor for the Embassy of Pakistan.

Arafat and Mugabe hamper their people

G. Jefferson Price III correctly states that "[Yasser] Arafat is no Gandhi" ("Arafat's departure would benefit his people," July 25).

Indeed, I think Mr. Arafat should be compared to President Robert G. Mugabe of Zimbabwe.

Although Mr. Mugabe did succeed in driving out many of the whites in Zimbabwe and taking charge of their farms, he has turned a country that was a breadbasket for Africa into a land of starvation. Mr. Arafat has also hindered the advancement of his people.

And both men are motivated by the same vision. They think they are the state and that their survival in power is more important than the progress of their people.

The Palestinian Arabs are smart and industrious, as are the people of Zimbabwe. Both could live in peace and prosperity if their leaders truly cared for them.

Just as driving out the whites didn't help the Zimbabwean people, so suicide bombings against Jews will not help the Palestinians.

The "settlers," whether Christian or Jewish, are not the problem in either place; the problem is the self-serving and corrupt leadership.

Rabbi Leonard Oberstein


Nonsensical names can be bad business

What's in a name? Everything, when it comes to marketing one's business.

Reporter Tricia Bishop's article "Cooking Up Your Company Name" (July 27) captured only one facet of the total impact that branding has had on company marketing in recent years. And as customers become more savvy and discerning in their product purchases and service choices, it's imperative that a company ensure all points of contact with the customer are consistent and positive and make an impact.

And since a company name is often the first point of contact one has with a company or brand, it is becoming more and more important that the name be memorable and capture the spirit of the business.

People should be forewarned that although making up names may be fun, a nonsensical name is typically followed by a nonsensical business strategy.

Shayna Iglesias

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