Though not a member of the Democratic Party, I am appalled by the abuse Vice President Al Gore is suffering at the hands of the media, of which your article "The Big Sleepy" [Style, June 7] is a typical example. You devote seven long columns to hammering away at his allegedly unexciting manner, style of clothes, body language and similar trivia without serious analysis of his character, the issues he stands for and his performance record as senator and vice president.
Surface impressions measured in opinion polls suggest that he is "boring" -- so what? Do we need more excitement in the White House? I shall never forget the answer I, as a young assistant, got from my senior rabbi in Buffalo to my question how to make my sermons more exciting: "If you want to stir excitement, run down Broadway with your pants down." Entertainers need to be exciting, but not leaders and surely not the president of the United States.
-- Joshua O. Haberman
The writer is rabbi emeritus of the Washington Hebrew Congregation.
Since when is the degree of animation in a presidential candidate one of the most important criteria for voters to consider, to be polled about and to be bombarded with? "Is Al Gore boring?" "How boring is Al Gore?" Enough!
The question being asked should read: "Is Al Gore intelligent, dependable and trustworthy?" As a mother of four children in a violent and often trashy world, I don't care about showmanship in our president. Keep the glitz in Hollywood and with Barnum and Bailey. If parents asked their children to name the most important qualities for a presidential candidate, they would be disappointed if "not boring" were listed ahead of "honest, smart, caring, reliable, patient, courageous, full of integrity, decisive."
If Al Gore, vanilla pudding, white paint, public radio and Dockers slacks are all "boring," as your paper suggests, let us add that they are also wholesome, not prone to ethical misconduct and a lasting part of the fabric of our society.
-- Patricia Frensky Orfini