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Vatz: I don't discriminate against Democrats

Towson UniversityDemocratic PartyExecutive BranchKen UlmanMark Twain

I believe it was an English preacher, Charles Haddon Spurgeon (and not Mark Twain, to whom the saying is often attributed), who once said, "A lie travels 'round the world, while truth is putting on her boots."

Blaine Taylor states that I have failed to invite to speak in my classes "anyone of whom [Mr. Taylor is] aware from the other major political party in the Free State..." and that if I won't "invite the current representative or governor representing Towson's congressional district and the state then [I] should go – now." ("Vatz is a taxpayer-supported agent of bias," March 19.)

How many Democrats do I invite to my classes? Let me count them:

1. Sen. Jim Brochin, a Towson Democrat, speaks twice a year.

2. Del. Stephen Lafferty, a Democrat from the 42nd District, will be speaking in my persuasion class next month.

3. A top aide to Democratic Howard County Executive Ken Ulman speaks to my classes twice a year.

4. I have had the excellent First Lady of Maryland (and Towson alumna) Katie Curran O'Malley speak to my classes. She has a standing invitation to come back, and I hope she brings her husband.

I believe Governor Ehrlich is the only Republican politician who speaks in my classes. There is one other speaker who lectures my classes (on the criminal justice system), and she is a Democrat, too.

How could Mr. Taylor have known this? Tough research question. He could have asked me. I have seen him on campus, and my e-mail is hardly a secret.

Richard E. Vatz, Towson

The writer is a professor of political rhetoric at Towson University.

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