April 5, 2013

Richard Cohen’s otherwise good April 2 op-ed column, “Hacks without heart,” included an insult: “The archetypal threat . . . turns out to be a virtual Rotarian — so ordinary, so prosaic, so bloody boring.”

Yikes! He doesn’t know Rotarians or Rotary at all — and I am disappointed that he would casually use an antiquated image to make a point.

Those “bloody boring” Rotarians, joining with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Health Organization, have raised a phenomenal amount of money to bring us tantalizingly close to eliminating polio around the world. Only three countries continue to have cases — Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan, where the numbers are down except in war-torn areas. The astonishing news of thishuge effort earned coverage from many leading media outlets. Did Cohen miss the story? I invite him to attend a Rotary Club meeting.

Mary P. Felter, Arnold

The writer is a member of the Rotary Club of Annapolis.