Church Guidelines Out Of Touch
Once again, the Roman Catholic Church is issuing moral and ethical guidelines that are out of touch with real-life painful decisions. Once again, as with contraception, its guidelines will be largely ignored by its own membership.
As a geriatric nurse for 20 years, I have seen families, patients, physicians and nurses struggle with treatment options. Decisions are never easy, even when the choice is clear to everyone. When faced with treatment choices for 80- or 90-year-old family members, few will accept "medially burdensome" treatment because "human suffering has positive value." There is already more than enough human suffering in these situations. We do not have to create it.
As a practicing Roman Catholic, this is just one more issue for me to struggle with.
Karen Quinn Armacost
I am amazed at the naivete of people who propose and campaign for each new piece of gun control legislation. No doubt, guns are misused by people. These same people run through the revolving door of the criminal justice system only to do it again. It is funny, though, that for all the children who die in backyard swimming pools or due to alcohol-related accidents and family violence, I never hear legislation proposed on these areas. Even second-hand tobacco smoke in homes must be responsible for some deaths or at least be responsible for fire-related deaths.
Yes, here in Maryland you do have a 55 mph speed limit on Interstate 95 but nobody seems to adhere to it. Why do people need cars designed to travel at speeds exceeding the speed limit?
Gun control advocates say they want to save lives but they never address any of these devastating issues. They simply want to disarm law-abiding citizens, thereby violating these law-abiding citizens' Second Amendment rights. Even worse, they want to use the same repressive, self-defeating type of legislation that has contributed to our current "war on drugs" fiasco.
In the end, crime will continue to ravage the country because the gun owner you will be persecuting was never part of the crime problem to begin with. By the way, I think trying to legislate those other things I mentioned would be just as ridiculous.
Mark A. McKean
'See No Evil'
In his column, "See No Evil" (Oct. 2), Glenn McNatt states that the first nuclear device was exploded at Trinity, Nevada, on July 16, 1945.
Actually, the first atomic bomb was exploded at Trinity, New Mexico, near Alamogordo.
John L. Zimmerer
After watching the World Series, I have to wonder who cleans up the hazardous waste after the game. Evidently the players are trying for the Guinness Book of World Records on who could stuff the largest wad of tobacco in his mouth or spit the furthest.
Suggestion: Since most are millionaires, maybe they should each have a gold spittoon in front of him.
If only the camera could spare us the sight of one turning over a wad of tobacco much larger than his mouth.
I'm a lover of baseball and part of the little guy who supports them with idolizing devotion.
So, please, you guys on camera, give us a break. We don't need the fringe benefits that take up 25 percent of chewing, spitting, etc.
William A. Chenoweth
Thank you Wiley Hall. Your column on Rush Limbaugh (Oct. 5) introduced me to truth, reason and common sense. After reading your article, I listened to Rush for the first time. From here on, I will be a regular listener.
Rush is great. Rush is right.
'Gettysburg' And Truth About Slavery
This letter is in reference to the big brouhaha about "Gettysburg," the movie. Although I know this is not a popular point of view in this area, I can no longer contain myself.
The romanticizing of the Civil War does not make me misty-eyed nor am I filled with nostalgia regarding "the good ol' days" and the antebellum South. For some unfathomable reason, in my opinion, the rebel soldiers are portrayed as heroic figures with lofty principles who were put upon by the "big, bad guv'ment," causing them to relinquish their "genteel" way of life.
The bottom line is that the plantation owners and farmers were fighting to preserve a "flawed reality" of gentleman farmers and Scarlett O'Hara-type Southern belles (the flowers of femininity, if you would believe the Rush Limbaughs of the world).
This reality was capable of discounting, as human, a race of people who were dragged here, unwilling captives, from halfway around the world just to fulfill this false prophesy. These same people were then systematically stripped of their mother tongue and ethnic customs in a barbarous attempt to strip them of any traces of humanity. Other brutish practices such as stud farming and selling the children of slaves were meant to reinforce this horrible strategy of dehumanization.
The women were used to assuage the lecherous urges of "the masters" so it would be unnecessary to besmirch "the flower of Southern womanhood" before the sanctity of marriage. And, lest we forget, these same women were forced into service as brood mares to increase the landowner's human cattle herd, thereby increasing his net worth considerably. . . .
Any time you have a group of people so devoid of human fellowship that they push another group of people to such a point of hopelessness that they kill their own children rather than have them raised as slaves, the word that comes to mind is not heroics but Hitler.
I equate that period of time in American history right up there with the genocide of the Holocaust. I feel we should tell the truth about it, the whole truth, learn from it and get on with our lives. . . . The Southern power structure of the mid-1800s fought for the right to continue to treat a whole race of people less than human so as to further their financial gains.
Every time an African-American sees a glorification of these individuals, in any guise, we are reminded, once more, of the pain and degradation that was the true reality of that period. Every time someone views a picture such as Gettysburg, I want them to think of Tiananmen Square and the Holocaust Museum in Washington. Think of that exhibit the museum has of the tower of shoes belonging to the victims of the gas furnaces. The only difference is black folks didn't have no shoes.