This is in regard to a column and an op-ed that you published Thursday. When I saw the headline titled, "Political system influenced by sociopaths” (Oct. 17) then saw Dan Rodricks' name and busted out laughing thinking he had an epiphany!
I was shocked to see a virtual conversation involving Wayne Gilchrest waxing about the good old days of moderation while Rep. Andy Harris is presented more as an ideologue and far to the right. Having met and known about him, he does share his beliefs, holds himself accountable to the public, and really states his cases well.
In another op-ed column, writer Leonard Pitts Jr. chides Dr. Ben Carson on his use of the term, “slavery” in reference to his belief on health care reform as “sadly unremarkable,” then accused him of adhering to some hidden tablet of its usage and misusage ("Beneath contempt," Oct. 17).
I looked up the definitions of slavery and there are several including, “2. : submission to a dominating influence.” I feel that Dr. Carson used it appropriately to express his feelings about opinions about health care reform and the effect it will have on us.
If it is between Mr. Pitts and Dr. Carson, I have to go with Dr. Carson. My fear is that he is proven right, and being a brain surgeon, always had to make sure he is right. Both men are not only doctors but good people as well and since you seem to be on the opposite side of such learned people, wonder if I would believe you when you tout how great this heath care reform will actually be.
Michael W. Kohlman, Baltimore