- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 25, 2001

Notre Dame's man for all seasons

Paul Greenberg's March 17 Commentary column, "Snake photo solution," tweaked my late father's prose, comparing it to the biggest snake in Arkansas. For years, Mr. Greenberg says, my father's book was his personal winner in the "Snake Photo" competition for literary creation.

Dad would have had a hearty laugh with that and then been done with it; and so will I. But then came, "the late Clarence Manion of Notre Dame [was] a minor but memorable pamphleteer whose obscurities were widely advertised as profound insights."

Your readers deserve to know more.

Dad taught law for 30 years. He wrote many books. Mr. Greenberg's target, "The Key to Peace," sold more than 1 million copies. It examined the religious origins of American freedoms and deserves, perhaps, a more honorable mention. Just last year, commentator Paul Harvey called it "the most important book, besides the Bible, that I have ever read."

President Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed Dad to head a commission devoted to reduction of federal power. In 1954, Ike promised to put him on the Supreme Court (although no seat was vacant). But there was a "litmus test": Renounce the Bricker Amendment and its limitations on presidential powers. Dad refused, Ike fired him, and I grew up on a farm in Indiana instead of inside the Beltway. Thank God. (But thank Ike for Justice William J. Brennan, like Dad an Irish Catholic Democrat, whom Ike appointed two years later.)

In 1959, my father urged Barry Goldwater to write a book and published it when no one else would. Dad even conceived the title, "The Conscience of a Conservative." It was one of the best-selling English-language political tracts of the 20th century.

Dean Manion founded the first conservative radio talk show, the Manion Forum, in 1954. It introduced leading conservatives to a nationwide audience every week until he died in 1979.

Dad chaired the Notre Dame athletic commission. In my youth he often quoted Knute Rockne, another obscure teacher at that rural Indiana campus. My favorite was, "You should never spit on a man's head if you're standing on his shoulders."

These are words to live by, Mr. Greenberg. Thanks for bringing them back to life and for proving them so timelessly true.

CHRISTOPHER MANION

Front Royal, Va.

Female heads still cracking on executive glass ceiling

Similar to our earlier studies, new research demonstrates the ongoing barriers facing female candidates running for high office (Inside Politics, March 20). Yet when women experience bias on the campaign trail, it is not only their loss, but a loss for democracy itself. Moreover, with four of our five most recent presidents having been governors first, voters' reservations about female governors present an ongoing obstacle to women winning the Oval Office. If the pipeline to the presidency is to be open to all, we must continue uncovering the barriers to women's executive leadership.

MARIE C. WILSON

President

The White House Project

New York

Times falls out of Army ranks

As a devoted reader of The Washington Times for almost seven years, I am disappointed and disheartened by the anti-Army bias expressed in recent editorials, front-page articles and cartoons (especially your March 20 cartoon). I retired from the Army in 1999 after 30 years in uniform. I was a graduate of Ranger school and proudly wore the Ranger tab for almost 30 years, although I never wore a beret of any color in my entire career. I believe your paper has done and continues to do a great disservice to the patriotism and professionalism of Gen. Eric K. Shinseki, who has served our country in war and peace for almost 36 years. It's fine to discuss relevant issues and express differing views, but it would be more impressive if The Washington Times devoted more attention to substantive military issues, of which there are many, and less time to echoing the "nattering nabobs of negativism" who dwell on criticism and not constructive critique.

COL. HARRY DOLTON

U.S. Army (retired)

Alexandria

Article euthanized humane treatment

Your March 21 front-page article on the Washington Humane Society is so glaringly biased that it should be obvious even to those who don't support animal shelters that have to euthanize ("Pets get short leash but rats get a life," March 21).

The examples you provide of the Washington Humane Society "endangering the health of D.C. residents" include one incident involving bats released from someone's home, one general complaint from a health administrator and one phone call about the release of a rat from a woman's toilet. Out of four years of records, only these three incidents could be cited. The article neglects to point out that most agencies would not help with a rat in a toilet or bats in someone's home.

If you had relied more on the facts than your obvious bias, you might have added the following statistics:

The Washington Humane Society is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day. It has officers who will respond to calls at any time. The subjects of these calls range from dogfights in alleys to people wanting to give up their animals to wildlife trapped in houses. Because of the Washington Humane Society's continuous hard work, the District's residents know whom to call when they have any animal problem. In any given year, the Washington Humane Society handles more than 15,000 animals. If you know of 15,000 homes wanting animals, I'm sure the Washington Humane Society would be glad to receive their addresses.

No one is denying that complaints have been lodged against the Washington Humane Society. However, yet again, your article fails to point out that such complaints often are brought by people who have just had their animals impounded because of abuse or neglect or by people who tried to adopt a dog and hoped their landlord would overlook the "no animals" rule.

The Washington Humane Society cares enough to check where its animals are going to live. It cares enough to respond to all the calls it receives. It cares enough never to turn an animal away. And it cares enough to euthanize humanely when needed.

If people would do their part to spay and neuter and take care of their animals humanely, the Washington Humane Society would not have to euthanize healthy animals.

JULIA H. MILES

Silver Spring


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