August 26, 2008

Stop pushing Russia into a confrontation

Ron Smith has given voice to my deep anger and fear as I witness the Bush administration leading us step by step into a confrontation with Russia ("Short attention spans and short memories," Commentary, Aug. 20).

The same day that Mr. Smith's column appeared in The Sun, the Associated Press reported on a U.S.-Polish "deal to install 10 U.S. interceptor missiles just 115 miles from Russia's westernmost frontier," which reportedly prompted a top Russian general to warn that Poland is risking attack, and possibly a nuclear one, by deploying the American missile defense system.

The carnage wrought by invading Iraq pales in comparison with what is coming if we and our representatives fail to stop this blind, mad administration.

Susan Rose, Columbia

Why waste such space on columnists' photos?

What research suggested that Baltimore Sun readers were hungry for gigantic photos of writers?

As an about-to-be-ex-subscriber, I'm aghast at many of the changes in the paper. But none seems as ridiculous as devoting so much space that should be occupied by real information to try to help me bond with the columnists.

In my hometown paper, I crave good writing, good editing and a lot less glitzy, superfluous design!

But alas I'm afraid I'm not going to get that from The Baltimore Sun.

Ricki Baker, Baltimore

Paper's new format is easier to read

I love the new Baltimore Sun format.

We had reduced our daily subscription to weekends only because I could not read the smaller print even with my prescription lenses.

When my husband told me that The Baltimore Sun was changing format, I thought we would find the new type even smaller. I was pleasantly surprised to find I was able to read the articles in the actual paper and not have to resort to reading it online.

Thank you. I appreciate the new format, and I'm sure other vision-impaired individuals do as well.

Paula Baranowski, Havre de Grace

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