To the Editor:

Sep 052005


Your editorial Friday sensibly advocated more effort to help those stranded on the Gulf Coast. But your headline, predictably, enjoined us to FIGHT ANARCHY. (And indeed, stopping the looting of businesses in New Orleans took precedence over rescuing people.)

Americans don't seem to get the distinctions between hunting (prey), fighting (foes), competing with rivals, meeting challenges with effort or just achieving great deeds (for Mozart, this didn't even involve much effort!).

Instead we always are told to fight cancer, hunger or terror (when the challenge is to protect our homeland). I always expected our media to refer to Mother Theresa's aggressive efforts to fight misery.

Dan Lyons

Fort Collins resident

 Posted by at 5:00 pm

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