Letters to the editor for 6/4

June 04, 2002

Cloning will save lives

To the editor:

In the coming weeks, the Senate will vote on the issue of therapeutic cloning, which could help save millions living with incurable diseases and conditions. Somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) is fundamentally different from human reproductive cloning. It produces stem cells, not babies. No sperm is ever used. The cells are not transplanted into a womb. And therapeutic cloning could allow patients to be cured using their own DNA.

People deserve a chance at life. Unfortunately, politics has gotten in the way. When the Senate votes, it will decide whether or not to make this research illegal and hence throw patients and researchers in jail for pursuing it. The lives of millions literally hang in the balance. A vote against therapeutic cloning is a vote against patients with incurable diseases and a vote against hope.

Cheryl Felent


Bush matching Clinton in truth department

To the editor:


I read in the Hightower Lowdown after Sept. 11 that our foreign diplomats had said the Taliban would be gone in the fall. While this was reported in the international press in late spring 2001, it was not then or since reported in the domestic press. Since there was no basis for an attack on Afghanistan prior to Sept. 11, it seems this administration knew a great deal more last summer than Congress or the domestic press have questioned about the events to come. In other words even with a lot of investigations, we will enjoy a cover up yet again.

Indeed I have also read that George W. Bush has been likened by Republicans to FDR. The analogy appears more apt. Both are known as very helpful presidents. George W. helps the rich, FDR helped the poor. Both apparently knew beforehand of attacks on our country and did nothing to prevent them. Both will be or were successful at a cover up.

While I was too young to vote for or against FDR, George W. earns my disdain for his lack of honesty, fairness or capability as well as what appears to be his hypocrisy. He can read the lines he is given almost as well as the last great fake in the White House, Ronald Reagan. Republican office holders may have to support him. The rest of us may want to see deeper questions asked and the whole financial status quo examined.

If things actually get uncovered about Sept. 11, will we find out that George W. can exceed even Clinton's exaggerations?

Eldon Winston

Martinsburg, W.Va.

Jocks keep beating system

To the editor:

I could have written the letter Mr. Thomas wrote about the Richmond case and how he beat the system.

We have special laws for sport jocks. Fooling around with dope in a school is bad business. But even if the school system has a tolerance, the court didn't. I have kept a folder from around the country for the past 17 months. Six of these sport jocks have gotten away with a variety of offenses.

They always have a way out or a poor excuse, but it works.

I wonder if they were an every-day guy on the street, whether they would get the same break. I don't think so.

Frank B. Slavin

Chambersburg, Pa.

Fast music is cool

To the editor:

On April 22, my fourth grade class went to the Maryland Symphony Youth Orchestra. The music was wonderful. I would like to thank Citicorp for sponsoring the trip. I would also like to thank the Maryland Orchestra for playing the best music I heard.

My favorite piece was "Capriccio Espagnol" by Rimsky-Korsakov. The music went fast and I like fast music.

My friends and I had fun listening to the music, I hope other boys and girls get to go like I did.

Romaine Lady


Great performance

To the editor:

On April 24, our class and others went to the Maryland Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert. We had a great time. I want to thank Citicorp for sponsoring our trip to the orchestra. I also want to thank Conductor Elizabeth Schulze for letting the orchestra play for us.

My favorite piece was "Capriccio Espagnol" by Rimsky-Korsakov. I really enjoyed hearing them play that song because it was fast and interesting. I really enjoyed it.

Casey Nicole Crowley


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