Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Regal Titles Bestow No Honor on Drug 'Lords'

I have always been puzzled by the Monitor's insistence on using words such as "lord" and "king" when describing anyone who deals in drugs. As I read "Alleged Death of Drug Lord Could Set Off Power Struggle" (July 7), the respectful titles confused me. To be called "Lord of the Skies," "powerful," "king," "lord," and, as a researcher is quoted, the "first Mexican of the international caliber of the legendary Colombian drug lords ..." would make any man feel like designated royalty or deity.

Perhaps the Monitor will institute a policy of giving drug dealers less glamorous titles - "scum," "worms," or "death-dealers." Do those who deal in drugs truly deserve any awe for their hideous powers? Ann Cornell Writer's note: No story about Amado Carrillo Fuentes would be complete without a reference to the nickname ("Lord of the Skies") by which he is widely known. As for the term "drug lord," it comes from the medieval idea of the lord with unlimited power over his fiefdom. Hardly a positive or glorifying use of the term "lord." My dispatch also referred to Carrillo Fuentes as Mexico's No. 1 "pusher" of drugs into the US, and that term does not have a positive connotation. - Howard LaFranchi, Mexico City Independence days The Home Forum article "Why Fireworks Should Be July 2nd" (July 1) observes that the signing of the Declaration of Independence "wasn't completed until Aug. 2." The signing of the engrossed copy, the one carefully displayed in the National Archives, did not begin until Aug. 2, 1776. It continued at least until November when Matthew Thornton, a newly appointed delegate from New Hampshire, signed. Signing may have gone on until January 1777. The "unanimous declaration" did not become so until July 19,1776, when the New York delegation received permission to agree to the document. Robert L. Hunt Birmingham, Ala. Second-class treatment for singles Regarding the article "Going Solo Is Easy and Adventurous for Today's Travelers" (July 2): I am a widow and like to travel. …

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