Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

October 12, 2004

A vicious attack on the character of the president

Although I have known for some time that The Sun shows biased support for liberal issues and liberal candidates, it reached a new low with E. L. Doctorow's column "The unfeeling president" (Opinion * Commentary, Oct. 6).

This article is the most vile, hate-filled, mean-spirited, uncharitable and judgmental article I have ever read in any publication.

I don't know how any decent and righteous person could approve of what Mr. Doctorow wrote in his article. The Sun should be ashamed of itself and apologize to its readers and especially to the honorable president of the United States of America, George W. Bush.

I just wish that Baltimore had another newspaper to offer to its citizens, one that would indeed be fair and balanced with objective, just and charitable articles.

Loretta J. Hoffman

Timonium

E. L. Doctorow's column "The unfeeling president" is a textbook example of slander, thinly disguised as an op-ed article.

Reasonable people may disagree. But when someone maligns another person's character and declares him morally vacant based on accusations about his feelings and the look in his eyes that cannot be verified in any mutually agreeable way, that writer is engaged in slander and character assassination more worthy of hate propaganda than publication in a legitimate newspaper.

Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, and thankfully we live in a country that guarantees everyone's right to express his or her opinion.

But for a newspaper of The Sun's stature to accept and circulate such unfounded libel is a serious error of judgment.

Rosemary Warschawski

Baltimore

Doctorow captured president's hypocrisy

Thank you for publishing E. L. Doctorow's stunning cri de coeur ("The unfeeling president," Opinion * Commentary, Oct. 6).

As a writer who has received numerous literary accolades, Mr. Doctorow expresses the tragedy of our nation and the war in Iraq when he writes of the "dead young men and women who wanted to be what they could be."

They were born, breathed the air of our planet, were bathed by its sunshine and dreamed dreams for their future. They promised to give their lives for our country, never imagining they would give their lives for the crusading fantasies of an ideologue.

More than 1,000 of them - our sons and daughters - are dead. And President Bush sent them to their slaughter while professing to be pro-life.

His hypocrisy is astounding.

Elizabeth Keeling Carter

Baltimore

E. L. Doctorow's column "The unfeeling president" so accurately and eloquently articulated my thoughts about President Bush that I was nearly brought to tears.

It perfectly explains the reasons I feel such anguish about the direction this country has taken in the last three years under Mr. Bush's leadership.

What hurts even more, however, is that enough of my fellow Americans are themselves so unfeeling, or have been so successfully misled by the climate of fear stoked by this administration, that he may very well be voted back into office.

For that I shed real tears.

Kelley Davis

Monkton

Cruel policies show Bush is `unfeeling'

There are reasons to believe that the character of President Bush's was accurately described in E. L. Doctorow's column "The unfeeling president" (Opinion * Commentary, Oct. 6).

An examination of his history and policies confirms the Doctorow analysis.

During six years as governor of Texas, Mr. Bush authorized the executions of 152 convicts, including some mentally retarded individuals.

And Mr. Bush's policies of extreme tax cuts, which have heavily favored the wealthiest Americans, will strip away future revenues needed for programs that provide a safety net for all Americans.

Mr. Bush also offers no real agenda to help the 45 million Americans who lack health insurance, a number that grows year after year.

The evidence is that he doesn't care.

Raymond S. Gill

Crownsville

Sun's debate analysis echoes Democrat spin

What in the world was a Sun staff member watching when he concluded that Sen. John Kerry had a "clearly superior showing" Friday night ("Kerry's counterattacks keep Bush off stride," Oct. 9)?

This has to be first-class Terry McAuliffe-style spin.

Robert Curtis

Bel Air

Bush seems unaware of how people live

In Friday's debate, President Bush mentioned a woman who got $10 worth of medicine for $1.14 with her Medicare prescription card ("Bush, Kerry turn up the heat," Oct. 9).

I don't know many seniors who have $10 prescriptions. The wonder drugs that keep us going these days cost anywhere from $100 to $300 a month.

Does Mr. Bush also think gasoline still costs 89 cents a gallon?

It appears that Mr. Bush has no idea how the rest of us live.

Denise Barker

Timonium

Sen. Kerry's clarity dominated debate

I watched the second presidential debate, and I was left with one question: Why was the president hectoring everyone ("Bush, Kerry turn up the heat," Oct. 9)?

Is it because he hates to be questioned? Is it because he doesn't have real answers? I think it's both.

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