- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 3, 2001

Microsoft editorial is masterpiece of disinformation

Your July 1 editorial "Breaking up is bad to do" is a masterpiece of disinformation. Either you did not properly comprehend the ruling in the Microsoft case or you deliberately misrepresented the findings in the case.
You stated that the court found that Microsoft is "hardly a monopoly," Not so. Of U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's four findings of fact, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia struck down one finding, remanded another and upheld two. Among the findings that were upheld was one that stated that Microsoft clearly is a monopoly.
The court took issue not with Judge Jackson's findings, but with his conduct. His behavior clearly was prejudiced and out of bounds, and the Appeals Court has reprimanded him accordingly.
However, Microsoft's actions, which brought about this case in the first place, require correction. The Court of Appeals has not removed all penalty from Microsoft's shoulders but instead has decided to place the responsibility for determining the appropriate remedies into the hands of a more objective party.

RICHARD C. HUTCHISON
Fairfax

Supreme Court supportive of tobacco-industry 'predators'

Considering last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling rejecting Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco and its latest ruling voiding Massachusetts regulations that barred tobacco ads within 1000 feet of schools and playgrounds, I must come to the following conclusion: In the ongoing battle of Big Tobacco vs. America's children, the Supreme Court's right-wing majority comes down squarely on the side of the predators ("High court holds U.S., not states, can restrict tobacco ads," June 29).

EDWARD L. SWEDA JR.
Senior Attorney
Tobacco Control Resource Center
Boston

Why should we reward Milosevic's supporters

Former Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic finally is in prison in The Hague. I am amazed, however, that the West has agreed to respond with more than $1 billion in aid. It seems Western nations have forgotten that while Mr. Milosevic was the instigator and prime mover of the wars in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo, he had the fervent backing of the majority of Serbs. His paramilitary forces including Vojislav Seselj, a former military commander and the leader of the ultranational Socialist People's Party, who still sits in the Yugoslav parliament have committed the most heinous crimes imaginable in Croatia and Bosnia. Yet so far, many of these evil people have not even been indicted. Mr. Milosevic had many willing executioners. Should they be rewarded?
Yugoslavia's economy is in ruins because of Yugoslavia's own actions, the result of waging wars against its neighbors. The Serbs did not show any concern for their neighbors' economies or for the material and physical damage, the killing and ethnic cleansing of hundreds of thousands of non-Serbs. Now all this should be forgotten and the aggressor should be awarded large sums of money?

HILDA FOLEY
Santa Ana, Calif.

Pro-Beijing professor more adept at humor than logic

"Cornell should have principles. Cornell should have morals." So thundered Temple University math professor John Chen the other day ("Lee visit to Cornell draws pro-China protesters," June 29). Cornell University's offense? It honored Lee Teng-hui, the democratically elected former president of the Republic of China (Taiwan). Mr. Chen's pro-Beijing position is hilarious and obscene, but one of the great things about the United States and Taiwan is that our professors can spout nonsense without ending up in a "reform through labor" camp.
Temple University is known best not for its math department, but for a famous alumnus, comedian Bill Cosby. Is it any wonder? It obviously teaches humor better than logic.

MICHAEL PARANZINO
Rockville

Natural science pushing back borders of faith

The assertions made in your July 2 editorial "Science begets irresponsible notions" sounded awfully familiar. You claim that "the latest research fits into the long-running pattern of science trying to displace religion." The Catholic Church said the same thing about Galileo. Perhaps we should remember that more often than not, science has been right and religion wrong.
The Texas woman who murdered her children is asking us to believe she is possessed by the devil. A few hundred years ago, no one would have doubted such a claim. Today, however, science has shown the nature of mental illness, and most people dismiss her "possession," recognizing that she is a sick person struggling to make sense of her illness. Is science trying to displace religion by providing us with models to explain mental illness?
Similarly, science seeks to explain the supernatural hallucinations and mystical experiences used to "prove" the existence of God. This, I think, is a good thing. Perhaps we could learn to take ourselves a little less seriously and be able to reduce violence and intolerance in the future.

NEAL BREITENBACH
Washington



Your editorial "Science begets irresponsible notions" has been written before by religious apologists through the ages every time science has made hash of a favorite religious doctrine, such asthe Earth-centered universe, the six-day creation and, in this case, the fact that spiritual feelings can be accounted for by stimulation in a particular part of the brain.
Science is nothing more than a search for a consensus on how things really are. As such, it will continue to run counter to many religious precepts, which are, after all, how man dreams things might be.

MAX M. BROWN
Sarasota, Fla.

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