Letters To The Editor


October 27, 2006

Bush's failures push liberals into outrage

It's hard to know where to begin a critique of Victor Davis Hanson's column "Liberals gone wild" (Opinion * Commentary, Oct. 20)

Is it where he criticizes Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton for exercising their constitutional right to free speech to, in Mr. Hanson's words, "harp about the sins of the current administration"?

Or it could be his accusation that the liberal media have been driven by their frustration of Mr. Bush to "clinical madness," or where he lists Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a soldier who lost his life in a misbegotten war, among the "feral Democrats."

However, it is Mr. Hanson's remark that liberals "work to ensure that isolated moments of Republican ineptness (Mr. Bush strutting on a carrier deck in a flight suit) and wrongdoing (repulsive e-mails from a perverted Rep. Mark Foley) blare out as the only issues of the day" that sent my blood boiling.

Foley-gate aside, the Bush presidency has hardly been a case of a few isolated incidences of ineptness. The Bush presidency has been a constant showcase of ineptness.

From an education bill that leaves many children behind, to a Medicare drug plan that favors pharmaceutical companies, to a foolish and losing war, to not capturing Osama bin Laden, to deficits and misguided tax cuts, to undermining our constitutional rights, to Abu Ghraib and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, this administration has been inept, divisive and negligent.

It might be true that Mr. Bush has driven liberals mad.

But that's not because liberals are flawed. It could very well be because we liberals love our country and hate seeing what Mr. Bush and his administration are doing to it.

Paula Baranowski

Havre de Grace

Slander of liberals has really gone wild

Victor Davis Hanson's shrill slanderfest in The Sun was a disgrace ("Liberals gone wild," Opinion * Commentary, Oct. 20).

Using terms as "polite" as "crazy," "rabid," "unhinged," "clueless," "foaming news head" and "clinical madness" to describe liberals and describing their criticisms of Republicans as "shrieking," "harping," "slandering" and "pathological hysteria" (to name just a few of his epithets), Mr. Hanson probably set a new low for thoughtful commentary.

After years of being lied to, manipulated and fed propaganda by the Bush administration, intelligent Americans should be able to see this class warfare as the disgusting farce that it is.

William Hettinger


According to Victor Davis Hanson's column "Liberals gone wild," liberals are: shrieking, exhibiting themselves, rabid, lashing out, slandering; also unhinged, almost to the point of clinical madness, uncontrollably ranting, intolerant of free speech, pathologically hysteric; also savage, unruly, Frankensteins, feral and monsters.

Indeed, someone's gone wild here.

Tom Horton


The writer is a former Sun reporter and columnist.

Blame educators for failure to learn

Why are we so puzzled as to why there is a need for remediation in English in the freshman classes at four-year colleges ("Freshman unreadiness on rise," Oct. 19)?

The fault lies at the feet of the colleges that prepare teachers of English, the department heads of English in schools, and the departments of education at the federal and state levels.

They need to get together and demand that oral and written grammar be taught at all levels.

Many successful people who had undereducated parents can speak, read and write standard English. So don't blame the problems on students' home lives. Besides, children are sent to school to be educated.

Many of today's youths emulate and idolize artists in the mass media who use improper English in their creations.

Maybe creative teachers could take a rapper's song and analyze it to show how many of them are poorly spoken and written.

Lola J. Massey

Owings Mills

The writer is a retired teacher in Baltimore's public schools.

State does prop up Baltimore's finances

The writer of the letter "Governor sees city as stepchild" (Oct. 19) was very critical of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. for a comment he made during the recent debate with Mayor Martin O'Malley.

The governor made the remark after listening to Mr. O'Malley's boast of the great financial position the city enjoyed compared with the financial status of our state.

Mr. O'Malley failed to mention that this was possible only because of the multimillion-dollar infusion of continuous financial support to the city from the state.

When does a "half-truth" become a lie?

If Mr. Ehrlich did not consider Baltimore part of the state, why would he waste so much of the state's resources trying to assist the city?

The truth is that, as the governor said, without the help of the state, the city would definitely be "done."

J. Burke


Gossipy reporting sullies Sun's hands

After reading Wednesday's Maryland section, I had to get up from the desk and wash my hands - not because of the ink that rubs off from the paper, but because of the dirt that has become so common in the newspaper.

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