Your editorial headline, "Gansler's gaffe" (Aug. 14) may grab the reader's attention, but it is totally misleading. Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler said nothing wrong or unseemly in his remarks first reported by another newspaper. The full context of those remarks, which to your credit you point out in the middle of the editorial, supports the fact that he said nothing for which he needs to apologize.

I don't know Mr. Gansler, and at this early point in the campaign for governor, I am not his supporter, but I would bet he is not racist. Predictably, however, the self-anointed free speech police climbed onto their ever-ready soapboxes to whine and denounce.

Have we sunk so low in our political discourse that a white candidate cannot even utter the word "African-American" without facing knee-jerk criticism?

Get a grip, people.

Sandra L. Wighton, Baltimore