Dr. Bruce Ivins wrote several letters to the editor. Below is a list of letters he wrote to The Frederick News-Post dating back to April 12, 1997:
End of 'dialogue'
Originally published Aug. 24, 2006
Rabbi Morris Kosman is entirely correct in summarily rejecting the demands of the Frederick Imam for a "dialogue."
By blood and faith, Jews are God's chosen, and have no need for "dialogue" with any gentile. End of "dialogue."
Study suggests genetic component for homosexuality
Originally published Dec. 29, 2004
Readers of The Frederick News-Post were recently informed via letter to the editor ("Gay marriage not supportable," Dec. 26), that "the newest studies indicate that you are not born gay."
I'm a scientist, as well as a married heterosexual, and I'd be very interested in learning what those "newest studies" are. Hopefully they are based upon scientific study, rather than political, social, cultural or religious ideology. I wonder if the letter writer is familiar with an article in the December 2004, issue of the Journal of Genetics, entitled, "Excess of Counterclockwise Scalp Hair-Whorl Rotation in Homosexual Men." The article (in pdf format) can be found at http://www.ias.ac.in/jgenet/Vol83No3/jgdec2004-jg639.pdf.
The author, Amar Klar, (a geneticist who works in Frederick) states in the final sentence of the study summary, "These results suggest that sexual preference may be influenced in a significant proportion of homosexual men by a biological/genetic factor that also controls direction of hair-whorl rotation."
It's a very interesting paper, regardless what side you take on the debate of how individuals gain their sexual preference.
Conservative Christians now feeling their oats
Originally published Nov. 21, 2004
I would like to comment on the letter to the editor, "Wants off Christian Nation Express," of Nov. 12.
I am certainly pleased that the writer is dedicated to service in the love of God, even though I find her theological focus on agony and suffering rather than the hope, joy and salvation of the resurrection to be puzzling.
Whether Americans like it or not, the results of the presidential election have propelled charismatic and evangelical Christians into new heights of political power. Many of those individuals would agree that the laws of this nation should be compatible with the Gospel, if not actually based upon it.
whether we're on the "Christian Nation Express" or not, we all need to be ready for a wild political ride these next four years through a landscape of issues deemed important by conservative Christians.
Originally published Nov. 9, 2004
I read Deborah Carter's column of Nov. 7, "Election blues," and I have three comments for the good woman, and for everybody else, as well.
First, it's clear that views like hers would put Jesus on that cross again. Second, thy loom and churn best be still, come the Sabbath. Third, you can get on board or get left behind, because that Christian Nation Express is pulling out of the station!
Meachum right, well almost right
Originally published March 18, 2002
I don't usually agree with Roy Meachum's opinions, but his "Catholic tragedy" (March 13) was quite on the money almost.
The Roman Catholic Church should learn from other equally worthy Christian denominations and eagerly welcome female clergy as well as married clergy.
Argumentum ad hominem
Originally published March 27, 2001
At a recent meeting reported on in The News-Post ("Mayor's unity meeting ends in insults," March 21), Tim Schramm was reported to have faulted certain public forums as "... unproductive, because people use them to promote private agendas." Noted local lawyer and activist, Daniel Mahone, responded by loudly and repeatedly calling Mr. Schramm a "jerk." It is unfortunate that Mr. Mahone had to resort to an argumentum ad hominem, rather than present his opposing views in a reasoned and cogent manner. Mr. Schramm must feel pleased that his argument was of sufficient merit to compel Mr. Mahone to attack him rather than what he said.
Originally published Feb. 5, 1999
Well, I've switched from WFMD to WTOP (1500 AM), thank you very much. Capstar booted Mike Gibbons off the "Morning News Express" and disposed of the "Mitchell and Miller" program. The company dealt with other persons and programs at the station in a similar manner.
In their place they have given us profanity, racial insults and listener abuse. I tuned into WFMD's "John and Ken" program a few weeks ago. One of the hosts unashamedly used "G--d---" on the air, then a few moments later told a caller, "You talk like a black person!".
A few days later I tried WFMD's "Mike Gallagher" program. He referred to some of his listeners as "pinheads."
Capstar owes a special apology to African-American residents of the area, and local businesses should seriously rethink their commitment to sponsoring racial insensitivity, profanity and abuse on WFMD..
As for me, I find the news, weather and sports format of WTOP to be quite acceptable -- and far more civil.
Moral views not a new trend
Originally published March 5, 1998
Among the front-page articles in The News-Post of Feb. 27 was a rather ominous one entitled "Panel OKs funding for assisted suicide."
The news report dealt with a decision by the Oregon Health Services Commission that assisted suicide should be funded by state taxpayers. Commission chairman Alan Bates excoriated those whose beliefs led them to oppose the commission's decision, and asserted that "religious opponents have no right to impose their moral views on others."
From that statement it is clear that Dr. Bates' knowledge of medicine is substantially greater than his familiarity with American history.
Even before America was a nation, there was strong opposition to slavery from the religious group known as the Quakers, or the "Society of Friends." They were steadfast in their belief that slavery was a sin, and this belief led them to be actively involved in the Abolitionist Movement and the "Underground Railroad" in this country.
We should all be thankful that these religious opponents were quite willing to "impose their moral views on others."
In more recent times we need look no further than those ministers, rabbis and priests whose beliefs brought them to the forefront in the battle against forced, racial segregation in America. Despite real threats to life and limb, they persisted in their efforts to "impose their moral views on others."
Today we frequently admonish people who oppose abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide or capital punishment to keep their religious, moral, and philosophical beliefs to themselves.
Before dispensing such admonishments in the future, perhaps we should gratefully consider some of our country's most courageous, historical figures who refused to do so.
Appalling lack of knowledge
Originally published April 12, 1997
As a reasonably scientifically literate private citizen living right across the street from Fort Detrick, I found The News-Post editorial of April 7, High tech news, to be appalling.
In words that would do a tabloid proud, the editorial writer expressed horror that vaccines might be manufactured at Fort Detrick. These vaccines would be against bubonic plague, ebola and anthrax genuinely nasty stuff. No argument there. But then in the next paragraph we get, Having these kinds of society-leveling agents next to a major city and not far from the nations capital ... doesnt make a lot of sense. Incredible.
What is being proposed is a vaccine production facility, not a lethal biological agent production facility, the only way I can think of being seriously injured by anthrax or plague vaccine is to get plunked on the head by a vial of the stuff. As for the agents of these important diseases, arent they already present in small quantities at Fort Detrick, being studied in laboratories under very high biocontainment conditions? I personally welcome the proposed vaccine facility and knowing that vaccines are different from the bacteria or viruses against which they are directed, I dont fear it one whit.
It is disappointing that The News-Post editorialist lacked the knowledge to write an informed column. He used the word stupidity in reference to a community that would accept the vaccine production center. Stupidity is a fine word. In this instance, however, it might be better applied to The News-Post editorialist.