- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 13, 2003

Political correctness discriminates against white males

As a recovering college professor, I see things have gotten even worse on our campuses (“Dishonor on campus” Op-Ed, Thursday). Several years ago in my former career, when instructing at the local version of high-school aftercare, I was told by the provost: “You are a white male; you don’t know how you make women and minorities feel.” My crime was expecting a student to do assigned work.

After 15 years of teaching and watching our once-great university system descend toward the levels of inoffensive kinder kollege, I realized it was time to leave. Sadly, Suzanne Fields’ column indicates we have not reached even halfway to the bottom.

WILLIAM F. KANE

Stockton, Calif.

Cyprus ready for reunification

The high-level reception accorded to the minister of foreign affairs of Cyprus in Washington from June 11-13 by the U.S. government was most appropriate. It reflects the excellent relationship between the two countries and their close cooperation on a number of issues of common concern, including terrorism and the reunification of Cyprus. As Foreign Minister George Iacovou stated, “Relations between Cyprus and the United States have never been better.”

Turkish Cypriot representative Osman Ertug (“Turkish Cypriots should receive equal status,” Letters, June 16) rather than being disturbed by this development, should welcome this manifestation of the common desire to see U.N. negotiations for the reunification of Cyprus resume. The goal is to achieve a comprehensive, functional and viable solution to the division of Cyprus so that our country joins the European Union reunited in May 2004. This will allow the Turkish Cypriots to fully enjoy, along with the Greek Cypriots, the benefits of accession to the EU. As the minister said in Washington, “We look forward to the day when our Turkish Cypriots compatriots will be fully reintegrated with the rest of Cyprus.”

Contrary to Turkish propaganda, the record clearly shows that, as on many occasions in the past, the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community backed by Ankara was to blame for the collapse of the most recent U.N. initiative last March. He remains the main obstacle to the resumption of the U.N. peace process. As State Department special coordinator for Cyprus Tom Weston told the press on June 17, following separate meetings in Nicosia with Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, “Denktash has hardened his position, making it worse.”

On the other hand, the government of Cyprus and the Greek Cypriot community are ready to engage in the U.N. talks at any time because, as Mr. Papadopoulos stated, “We dare to walk along with our Turkish Cypriot compatriots the road to reconciliation, living together in peace and common prosperity in a united homeland”.

For the record, Mr. Iacovou represents the entire Republic of Cyprus, including the area of the republic under illegal military occupation by Turkey since 1974, which keeps our country and people forcibly divided. The so-called “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus,” an illegal regime established in Turkish-occupied Cyprus, and its “representatives,” have no legal or diplomatic status in the international community.

MILTOS MILTIADOU

Press counselor

Embassy of Cyprus

Washington

Faith in accountability

Faith-based programs to fight drug abuse sound like a good thing (“Faith is a key,” Editorials, yesterday), but how are we to know if they really work? Religious organizations only hold themselves accountable to God. But if you’re getting taxpayer money, then as a taxpayer I want those programs accountable to me.

As a taxpayer, I don’t want to spend money on ideas that sound good; I want my money spent on programs that can be supported by hard data showing that they actually work. I didn’t see a single number in your editorial, just a collection of sentiment and opinion.

If you believe that faith-based programs work — then where are your facts? If they do work, then you should be able to find those facts by tomorrow’s edition.

Conservatives are supposed to believe in accountability, but there’s a disturbing lack of accountability for results in today’s war on drugs.

PATRICIA SCHWARZ

Pasadena, Calif.

The McGovernite Dean

After reading Tod Lindberg’s analysis of former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean’s California campaign (“Fireworks from the populist phenom,” Op-Ed, Tuesday) I was tempted to wonder why Mr. Lindberg did not focus on Mr. Dean’s military background. Oh, that’s right. Mr. Dean is anti-military. Mr. Dean is, like most of the left hard-core of the Democrats, anti-national defense unless America is in a weakened state. Mr. Lindberg did cover Mr. Dean’s overall agenda, which seemed to be McGovern redux. Ah, the media in a hot summer.

Even Mr. Lindberg’s coverage showed a ripple of excitement as he covered this opponent of the residing president. His next analysis, as opinion, should point out to his readers just how dangerous Mr. Dean would be for America’s national security.

GLENN KOONS

Long Beach, Calif.

President’s misstatement misconstrued

What is now the well-known misstatement of President Bush in his 2003 State of the Union address regarding Iraq’s purported effort to acquire nuclear material in Africa is a serious miscue for many reasons.

First, let me state my belief that the president is telling the truth when he says that he made his inaccurate statement without knowing at the time that it was false. This does little, however, to mitigate the damage that has been done. Tens of millions of Americans and citizens of other countries throughout the world were watching the president’s address as he began to make the case for an incursion into Iraq. They had a right to expect that he and his supposedly skilled team of advisers were absolutely certain that everything in his speech that was asserted as fact was indeed unimpeachable. We now find that this was not the case, and wonder how such an error could have been allowed to occur.

The misstatement permits those who have opposed the president, both in the United States and throughout the world, to seize on the misinformation, which surely will be distorted and exaggerated. Potential Democrat presidential contenders are slugging it out, often with the apparent goal of determining which of them can be the most hostile and damaging to our president.

Many valid reasons existed for our nation to oust a brutal dictator from Iraq and liberate his oppressed and persecuted people. It is tragic for our nation that one of the reasons asserted by our leader was wrong.

OREN M. SPIEGLER

Upper Saint Clair, Pa.


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