Letters to the Editor

The greater concern

I watched news on TV all day April 10-11. Hours and hours have been spent reporting on the probable consequences of the outrage caused by Don Imus' insults toward the Rutgers women's basketball team, along with the dropping of charges against the Duke lacrosse players.

While no one would think of these issues as unimportant, just how important are they compared to the death and destruction ongoing in Iraq?

I submit that reporting the killings of Iraqi citizens, women, children and babies be as worthy of the same number of hours as that of verbal insults and false charges, even to the point of our leaders who have caused this devastation being in danger of losing their jobs instantly just as Don Imus is.

When I was a kid we had a saying which went something like this. "Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names and faces will never harm me." Translation: Bombs and guns kill, but insults can be forgotten or forgiven over time.

Perhaps our country is more concerned about our sports mentality than we are about our Christian commandment: "Thou shall not kill."

Helen Condit