LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Be careful about labels

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TO THE EDITOR:

Since all newspapers have policies regarding English usage, style and privacy concerns etc. I would like to suggest that you adopt the policy of avoiding Latin expressions in The Rhode Island Catholic.

Some folks might not understand them and you run the risk of typographical errors as happened in your April 1 edition and in another edition just a few weeks ago.

I also think you should publish your policy regarding your criteria for adding your description of a letter writer after his/her signature. John P. Lynch seems to be one of your most faithful readers and certainly one of your most faithful letter writers. To take the occasion of his letter in your April 1 edition to add an explanation which labels his nephew as a pro abortion candidate strikes me as another example of the deterioration of civility and and a decreased concern for truth. Or as the Romans would say "Quod gratis asseritur, gratis negatur. To confuse the difference between "pro abortion" and "pro choice" is an affront to truth and to accuracy.

I think you do the hard working people in the pro-life movement a serious injustice when you are careless about labels.

REV. EUGENE J. MCKENNA

Pastor emeritus, St. Lucy,

Middletown