Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

August 09, 2005

Cartoon linking Bush, monkey defies decency

The next time The Sun wants to editorialize about the presence of so much mean-spirited, personal animosity in our county's political culture, it might think about how it is contributing to the problem.

If the Aug. 4 cartoon suggesting that the president looks like a monkey is not a personal slur, what is?

I do not agree with everything President Bush says and does, and I am a firm believer in Darwinian evolution. But I had hoped that this sort of political commentary was a relic of times past.

Fortunately for The Sun, it can hide behind the excuse of "freedom of speech."

But if it really wants to make political discourse a matter of issues, not vitriol, it should think twice before adding this kind of muck to the discussion.

John Newell

Annapolis

Just when I thought that KAL and The Sun could not sink any lower, they did it again with the depiction of the president as a monkey (editorial cartoon, Aug. 4).

The Sun's poor taste is exceeded only by its lack of decency. The fact that the editors may strongly disagree with the president on most issues does not justify such exceptionally poor taste.

What happened to the world-class newspaper that The Sun used to be?

James M. Panopoulos

Parkville

Evolution isn't issue scientists dispute

I believe that KAL's Aug. 4 cartoon addressing President Bush's idea that evolution and "intelligent design" should be taught together in the classroom insulted the monkey.

Intelligent design is nonscientific at its core, is supported by creationists and is based on faith, as opposed to evolution, which is based on science.

The theory of evolution is an overarching organizing principle central to all of biology.

The term "theory" is used in science not for an educated guess but to describe an explanation that is well substantiated after many experiments and observations.

This is not even a matter for debate within the scientific community.

Ronni Pearl

Lutherville

Installing Bolton is another arrogant act

As if we needed another example of the arrogance of the administration, we now have President Bush's recess appointment of John R. Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations ("Bush installs Bolton as ambassador to U.N.," Aug. 2).

Ignoring facts and opinions of others, as the president did in going to war in Iraq, this appointment demonstrates Mr. Bush's boss-of-the-ranch mentality: Who cares about anyone else? I'm in charge here.

But this country could use some friends around the world, and it's highly unlikely that Mr. Bolton is the man to bring this about - as many of Mr. Bolton's former colleagues do not have good things to say about his temperament and ability to be diplomatic.

Go back to the ranch, Mr. Bush, and just be boss of the cowboys. The world will be a better place.

Ellen Apple

Pikesville

Bolton will carry plenty of clout

President Bush did what any competent CEO would do when faced with an underperforming operation - send in a tough administrator to straighten it out or close it down. And contrary to The Sun's assertion, John R. Bolton goes to the United Nations with immense clout ("Prove us wrong," editorial, Aug. 2).

He has the backing of a president who is resolute and acts on his beliefs, his nation controls 25 percent of the organization's budget and he represents an American public that is fed up with U.N. corruption and ineffectiveness.

If Mr. Bolton can't fix the United Nations, then it is unfixable and the only rational response is to abandon it and seek other ways to deal with the world's many issues.

William D. Sauerwein

Phoenix

Is staying the course a sane strategy?

"We will stay the course. We will complete the job in Iraq," President Bush said last week ("Plans to trim U.S. forces in Iraq reflect administration concerns," Aug. 6).

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results," Albert Einstein said.

Sig Seidenman

Owings Mills

Get back to the days of shows with scripts

Nicholas Leonhardt was exactly right in his column about reality TV ("Teenagers feed reality TV beast," Opinion * Commentary, Aug. 2).

Reality TV is sucking all of the creativity out of a medium that is supposed to be creative.

Reality shows cater to the lowest common denominator, and the fact that they are such a popular trend unfortunately shows the ignorance of the current viewers.

Those of us who remember (and I am only 28) the days when a show was actually created miss those days. Now on every channel you turn to there is another dumbed-down, ridiculous reality show.

I don't know why people want to watch other people's houses get built or watch other people look for love on television. Lack of a creative mind, perhaps? But let's get back to the days of creating a character, a theme and a storyline.

We live real life everyday. We don't need to get home at night and turn on the TV to find more real life.

That's what the news is for.

Damon M. Costantini

Baltimore

Firing Lee Mazzilli sends wrong signal

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