Response distorted meaning

Published: Monday, January 27, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 27, 2003 at 12:19 a.m.

In his letter (Jan. 20), J. Meyer ridicules Maurice Clarett, the Ohio State running back, and my praise of him (Jan. 9) for his social justice conscience.

Meyer is, of course, entitled to his opinions, but he is not entitled to totally distort what I wrote.

He claims to quote me as speaking of "the sacrifices of the millions of people living in poverty" and then asks "exactly what is the nature of those sacrifices?" He goes on to say, "I suppose one could speak about the sacrifices of millions of people living in affluence. But, that wouldn't make any sense either."

Well, I did make sense because I did not say what Meyer claims. He only missed by one letter, but in doing so he totally distorted my point.

I had praised Maurice Clarett for his anger that "we can't feed the homeless or the poor." I then blamed our failure to do so on the president and Congress. They are, I said, more concerned with giving "tax cuts to wealthy individuals and corporations" and to funding "an enormous military buildup and expanding the reach of American military power into every nook and cranny of the planet. . . . The sacrifice of millions of people living in poverty and homelessness means nothing to them."

I did not speak of the sacrifices made by the impoverished, I spoke of the government's callous indifference to them, of its willingness to sacrifice them.

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