LETTERS to the Editor
Don't Send Parents to Prison
Although it's heart-wrenching to think about children suffering and dying from parental foolishness (Rita Swan, "When Faith Fails Children--Religion-Based Neglect: Pervasive, Deadly ... and Legal?" November/December 2000), the article on prisons should give everyone pause about treating such situations under the criminal code (Andrew Hartman, "U.S. Prisons Mean Money"). Surely humanists can come up with better solutions than "there ought to be a law."
Dale L. Berry Grants, NM
If there are such things as "saints of humanism" then surely Carl Sagan is one (Ann Druyan, "A New Sense of the Sacred: Carl Sagan's `Cosmic Connection,'" November/December 2000).
Douglas S. Bergmann South Orange, NJ
AIDS in Africa and America
Thanks for Anne Trowbridge's interesting article regarding the AIDS crisis in Africa ("Humanity's Challenge: What Each of Us Must Do About the African AIDS Crisis," November/December 2000). Before we start worrying about what we can do, however, we need to educate people in the United States who feel that the AIDS epidemic is no longer a threat. Some of the populace believe that HIV doesn't equal AIDS and are encouraging others to get off their prescriptions. If we don't educate our own citizens, we'll be at the same epidemic level as Africa.
Paul Dale Roberts Elk Grove, CA
On the same day that I received my November/ December 2000 Humanist, I read an article in the Chicago Tribune in which an official with the Centers for Disease Control gave projections for killer diseases in Africa over the next twenty years. According to CDC official Lawrence Green, "Tobacco will cause more deaths than AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, maternal mortality, automobile crashes, homicides, and suicides combined." Speaking at a meeting organized by the World Health Organization, he added, "An official with WHO ... said tobacco companies and their heavy advertising bear the most blame for the steady increase in smoking in Africa over the past decades."
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