One more irritation in this broiling summer: the media have now invented a heat index to make us feel hotter than we are.
It is not enough that they hype, exaggerate and blow up every news item, from Bill Clinton's haircut to Madonna's hemline. By trying to make events seem more exciting than they actually are, they end up trivializing everything.
Hey folks, the weather is not World War III. I don't need an urgent-looking Doomsday screen-crawl on my TV set to tell me about some "Storm Watch." I can look out my window.
I don't need the media to tell me to stay in the house and drink water because, though it is only 100 degrees out, I will feel it is 120.
I know how hot I feel. In fact, I often use a little auto-hypnosis to convince myself that it's not really that bad. Think snow.
The Sun has consistently biased its articles about firearms and crimes toward the firearms and not the persons using them in an illegal manner.
The Sun has made it painfully obvious that it is anti-gun and wishes to ban access to firearms. From banning the legal sale of firearms in the classified ads to naming the semi-automatic handguns used in crimes but not naming the firearm when it is a less "sexy" revolver, shotgun or rifle.
The straw that broke my back was the articles on the Black Talon bullets.
These were the most biased, inaccurate and misleading articles I have read. Using inflammatory terms such as "rips through flesh" does nothing to impart facts.
Having tiny bits of metal hang off a bullet does not make it any more lethal. A hollow point bullet is designed to expand and release most of its energy in its target. From what I have read, most 9 mm hollow point bullets were not expanding and therefore passing through their target.
I assume the Baltimore County police are switching because they have found that Black Talons do expand reliably.
Everyone should understand that when any bullet is fired at a person, it can kill. Attributing deaths to a specific bullet is like saying a certain car model is the cause of death.
While it is true that some cars perform worse in accidents, all cars may cause death in an accident. It sounds like The Sun is saying that the police shouldn't switch to a different bullet because they might kill someone.
They don't call it "use of deadly force" because someone might break a bone or get a cut. Also, police departments didn't switch from .38 specials to 9mm for a "fatter bullet." They switched so they could have 17 shots versus 6 with similar or better bullet performance.
Bruce C. Meissner
I feel compelled to respond to the letter by Andrew M. Sherling June 17. He is quite critical of Carol Goldbeck, principal of the Institute of Notre Dame (IND) high school, concerning the cancellation of Mary Pat Clarke's scheduled commencement address for IND.
While it is often too easy to be critical of the performance of others, it remains true that a number of sometimes unforeseen factors enter into the making of decisions.
During the 1980s I taught for seven years at IND, and both worked with and observed Mrs. Goldbeck during that time. I have found over time that it is indeed rare that one can truly say that someone is both very fair and "nice," as well as thoroughly professional.
Carol has given 100 percent to IND over the past decade. I believe that her decisions have always had the best interests of the students at their core.
I am sorry that groups such as Defend Life feel that they can provoke actions which will affect many people and special occasions, but reasoned and appropriate responses are the responsibility of administrators.
Carol made the choice which she felt was the best for a dignified and joyous day, and I feel that this was the best choice given the circumstances.
Louis J. Maresca
The Clinton administration, with the eager assistance of the Rostenkowski-Foley-led House of Representatives, enthusiastically supported by Maryland's four Democratic congressmen, has assured us that only "millionaires" will bear the burden of President Clinton's "deficit reduction plan."
Those who are single, receiving Social Security and earning more than $25,000 annually should know that the amount of their Social Security income subject to tax will increase by 70 percent under the Clinton plan. This applies also to retired couples whose combined annual income exceeds $32,000 per year.
Congratulations, the number of "millionaires" in America has been miraculously increased since President Clinton became president. Remember that thought when you struggle to remit the taxes required by your 70 percent increase.
But take patriotic comfort in the knowledge that President Clinton has officially and formally declared, indeed has mandated, that according to the 1993 White House, and the Democrat Congress, you have forever joined that elite company of individuals known as American millionaires, and you can boast that you have been chosen to bear the burden of Clinton's "deficit reduction plan."
But be of good cheer. Somewhere along about 1995 President Clinton assures us he will get around to actually cutting expenditures.
Meanwhile, remember that if something takes place that he has not foreseen, and plans for these "cuts" do not materialize, you may well enjoy the honor of paying federal income taxes on a full 100 percent of your Social Security earnings. Then you might even be declared by President Clinton to be a billionaire.
C. R. Jones
The president's recent decision to bomb Iraq was done more for his image than for retaliation.
The loss of human life in this operation is appalling. President Clinton seems to have forgotten a basic childhood lesson that two wrongs do not make a right.
Gary H. Cassel
Boos for Baltimore Fans
The All-Star Game is supposed to showcase the sport of baseball. It's supposed to show how it is a gentlemanly game and a game of grace and of skill. The display by the fans in the Baltimore stands was pathetic, degrading and embarrassing to any true fan.
Cito Gaston deserved to be there, just as his six World Series champion players and one future Hall of Famer did. Three of those seven were voted in by the fans across North America.
John Olerud and his remark-able average should have received a standing ovation from lovers of the sport, not boos from sour-grape pseudo-fans.
The "tomahawk chop" against John Smoltz was disgraceful. Why humiliate a player who was supposed to be enjoying a golden moment in his career?
Granted, Cito could have put Mike Mussina in. However, I don't believe it was a malicious act aimed at the Baltimore fans. Remember, Mussina warmed up of his own accord, and he was not the only American League pitcher not to make it into the game.
Let's just hope that when the Orioles win a World Series, the fans at the following All-Star Game treat them with the respect and admiration that they deserve.
Baltimore, you have a beautiful stadium and a classy team.
It's just too bad you don't have the fans to match.
I really thought last year, after our Canadian flag was flown upside down, that Americans could not sink any lower.
But I was wrong. The Baltimore people managed to do just that.
Congratulations. You must be very proud of booing players from the same league as your own team.
Ignorance is bliss, I suppose, but perhaps you did not know the Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series in 1992.
Perhaps you also did not know the manager of the team winning the American League pennant can pick whomever he wants, and three of the seven Blue Jays there were voted in by the fans.
If you are not happy your players did not get picked, I suggest you win the World Series and then your manager can pick whomever he likes.
The Baltimore Orioles come to Toronto on July 27. Because of the rudeness of the people of Baltimore, your players will now probably have to put up with booing here in Toronto. It's just too bad, as the players don't deserve it. Hopefully, it will be another 35 years before you get another All-Star Game.