LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Conservatives show no interest in conservation

Cal Thomas' column on a University of California, Berkeley study of conservatives ("A liberal misdiagnosis," Opinion Commentary, July 30) failed to explain the reason that the last thing a conservative thinks about is conserving anything. The study did not explain it either.

Many conservatives call concerns such as that about global warming a mere hoax; they also dismiss other concerns about the environment as the mere rantings of those crazy environmentalists.

Endangered species of plants and animals? Who cares; there are plenty of other plants and animals. Protect Yellowstone National Park and other natural treasures from building encroachment and snowmobile damage? The Earth can take care of itself.

While claiming that they do too care about a clean, safe environment, conservatives disregard it when they vote.

The last thing a conservative thinks about is conserving anything.

Carleton W. Brown

Elkton

Singling out gays isn't very tolerant

If Cal Thomas wants to dispute that conservatives are intolerant of "outsiders," he must first take on conservatives who seek to bar legal recognition of same-sex partners ("A liberal misdiagnosis," Opinion Commentary, July 30).

Conservatives in Congress single out gay Americans by proposing a constitutional ban on them ever having the legal rights of married couples. This does nothing to diminish the image of the selfish, intolerant conservative. I wonder if the assumptions of the study that Mr. Thomas cites are really so far from the mark.

Andrew Hunt

Bethesda

GOP uses police to harass its foes

Twice in recent months, Republican legislators have ordered federal law enforcement authorities to pursue Democratic legislators for refusing to comply with GOP demands.

In the first incident, Texas Republicans instructed state police to round up Democrats denying them a quorum in the state legislature. When that failed, the Texans - encouraged by House Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay, a Texan intent on reshaping the Texas legislature to his liking - enlisted the Department of Homeland Security, a federal agency with more legitimate responsibilities, to track the Democrats.

The second incident occurred in July in the nation's capital, when Rep. Bill Thomas, the Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, ordered the Capitol Police to disrupt a meeting of Democrats ("GOP congressman acknowledges 'poor judgment,'" July 24).

Every American, regardless of political view and affiliation, should demand an end to such appalling uses of law enforcement by a majority party against its political opponents.

Charles W. Mitchell

Lutherville

Mass murderer is no pussycat

The Sun's July 31 editorial cartoon depicted the old Iraq under Saddam Hussein as a pussycat.

This pussycat tortured and murdered thousands of innocent people, gassed tens of thousands of Kurds and Shiities and Iranian boys to death and paid Palestinian suicide bombers to do their dirty work. Quite a pussycat.

At the same time, the cartoonist again demonized Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, who is an honest and very intelligent individual. Do I detect some anti-Semitism here?

No more mass murderers depicted as pussycats, please.

Leo Young

Baltimore

Israel's wall infringes on its neighbors

Here is a way to solve all the problems in the world: Build a wall, but on the other person's property. Having a problem with your neighbor? Build a wall - on his or her property ("Bush softens opposition to Israeli barrier," July 30).

Imagine what would happen if Mexico, without asking us, built a wall on U.S. property that encircled and cut off from the United States many American families.

If Israel insists on solving its problems by building a wall, let it build it on its own territory, so it doesn't infringe on or provoke other peoples.

B. A. Zalesky

Columbia

Telemarketers still can't hear 'no'

Why do the telemarketers want to sue the government ("Appeal challenges wider do-not-call list," July 29)?

The people bringing forth the lawsuit must be the same arrogant and ignorant telemarketers who can't take no for an answer. Evidently, they can't figure out that the residents who are joining the do-not-call list are not going to buy their product anyway.

I applaud the government for providing this list. Now if it only enforces the rule, that will be great.

Kevin B. Hagner

Severna Park

Risky behavior adds to incidence of HIV

Given recent news about the rising incidence of HIV among gays and bisexuals, doesn't it seem very ironic that there is a massive push by gay activists for society to accept the gay lifestyle and gay marriages as "normal" ("New HIV cases among gay, bisexual men rose in 2002," July 29)?

I would think that there would be public warnings issued that such gay sexual practices are very risky, and that HIV could be stopped in its tracks if such gay sex practices cease, along with a cessation of drug use.

John A. Malagrin

Baltimore

Renewing interest in horse racing

The Sun ran a nice editorial about Seabiscuit ("Seabiscuititis," July 25). No one expects the primary (or even subsidiary) purpose of The Sun to be that of a cheerleader, but renewing interest in horse racing is a worthy goal.

The industry is more important than most people realize - and the game is more exciting than most people realize.

Seabiscuit also happens to be a very good movie.

Thomas F. McDonough

Towson

The writer is chairman of the Maryland Racing Commission.

John Higham helped history come to life

The Sun's fine obituary of John Higham did not include Mr. Higham's many contributions of his time and service to our community ("John Higham, 83, author, Hopkins history professor, American culture expert," July 30).

For more than 20 years he was a board member of the Baltimore Museum of Industry, and at his death he was a member of the Archives and Research Committee.

His influence is reflected in museum exhibits that inform visitors, especially schoolchildren, of the wide variety of the origins of our citizens who emigrated to Baltimore and contributed to the industrial and economic growth of our city.

And as his colleague, Johns Hopkins professor Ron Walters, stated in the obituary, Mr. Higham helped us understand why history matters.

Harriet G. Bank

Baltimore

The writer is chairwoman emeritus of the Baltimore Museum of Industry.

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