Despite flaws, America still best of nations
Robin J. Holt (Other Voices, July 2) blames America for the deplorable state of Middle East affairs, and states that America lacks concern for the health care of its citizens, educational quality, care of its children, teen-age pregnancy, infant mortality and childhood malnutrition.
Mr. Holt's statements are without authority. They are misrepresentations and outright prevarications.
He also decries the state of civil liberties in America and recent Supreme Court decisions that permit certain police actions to combat heinous crime conditions that prior Supreme Court decisions nurtured.
I disagree with many Supreme Court decisions, but I am not about to desert the best imperfect nation in a world of imperfect nations.
Mr. Holt rejects America as his country and indicates his distress by flying the America flag upside down.
I suggest that Mr. Holt, in order to optimize his expression of distress, not hang the flag upside down, but hang himself right side up.
August A. Conomos
Ads demean law
I am writing about the July 2 report in The Evening Sun, "Bar group's poll seeks views on lawyer ads."
As a former English teacher, I deplore Janet Stidman Eveleth's statement that, "being a lawyer is a business." She should have said that, "law is a business," or that, "being a lawyer is similar to being a business person." Being a lawyer, apparently, does not assure grammatical speech.
As the daughter of a lawyer, I am upset that Ms. Eveleth would equate law with business. Law is a profession, like medicine or pedagogy, and professionals do not advertise.
Unfortunately, the legal profession is no longer respected; opinion polls now place lawyers at the bottom of the heap. Undoubtedly the screaming advertisements on television and in other media, as well as the aggressive behavior of some "legal eagles," have disgusted many people.
So, if the Maryland Bar Association really wants to improve its public image, it will take a strong stand on the matter of advertising by its members. Such self-publicizing by a few demeans the entire profession.
$Mary Williams Griepenkerl
Of all the fine names submitted for the new baseball stadium, none will be picked. Instead, it will be the least-fitting name, one having no substance, an odd-ball nameplate that will promptly give the many true contributors a sickly feeling and dim their sincere efforts.
#Joseph Thaddeus Kasprzak
No 'easy' anthem
Periodically around holidays the choice of our national anthem is debated. Critics decry its unsingable melody and war themes and suggest "America the Beautiful" or "God Bless America" would be more appropriate and easier on the vocal cords.
"The Star-Spangled Banner" should remain our national anthem for the precise reasons some want to change it. The song presents every citizen with the same challenge America presents. Life in these United States has never been easy. The country's early years were filled with uncertainty, poverty, wars and prejudice. Today we still fight some of the same battles. But despite difficult odds, Americans have succeeded, building this
good land into a great country.
The national anthem is not impossible to sing, just difficult. It requires effort, enthusiasm and skill. It should not be an "easy" song to sing, but like the country it represents, demand the best efforts of those who call it their own.
Even though he became nearly blind, the images Gilbert Byron created were wonderfully vivid. I for one am really going to miss his stories which reflected a lifetime of close observation of the natural world.
Thanks to The Evening Sun for publishing his treasures.
He's no Marshall
President Bush is seeking to replace Justice Thurgood Marshall with a black separatist who identifies more with Malcolm X than with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
The nominee, Judge Clarence Thomas, has felt the sting of racism and bigotry but, unlike Justice Marshall, has become a conservative ideologue who apparently believes in segregation, survival of the fittest, benign neglect of the poor, warrantless police searches and hostility to civil rights as well as environmental concerns.
Both the president and the nation would have been much better off if Mr. Bush had nominated an experienced, scholarly and highly respected attorney or jurist with no history of separatist or anti-civil rights attitudes.
With all the frivolities, overdone jollifications of the war in the gulf referred to as a "successful war" ' flag-waving patriotism, costly parades, yellow ribbons, etc., not to mention the gorging of junk food to celebrate the 4th of July, I wonder how many gave a thought to the sad plight of the hostages.