Pope of the World
I just received my copy of TIME Magazine [June 7], and I couldn't believe my eyes. Is it just a quirk of fate or coincidence that Vol. 81 No. 23 has on its cover Pope John the 23rd, who died at the age of 81?
JUDITH WEBER Milwaukee
Pope John had become the Pope of the world, not just Christ's Vicar on Earth to us Catholics. This wonderful man in his short reign became a loved figure; his death has cast a gloom over mankind.
FINBARR SLATTERY Killarney, Ireland
Why mourn the passing of John XXIII? Shouldn't we rather thank God for lending him to us for over 81 years? I do. And I am not a Catholic or even a professed Christian.
E. A. FRANTZ, D.D.S. Cedar Lake, Ind.
The American Jewish Committee is persuaded that Pope John's brilliant spirit of humanity and fraternity that made such a difference in the world of public affairs will continue to radiate in the relationships between man and his fellows for many years to come. May his memory continue to be a blessing.
A. M. SONNABEND
The American Jewish Committee New York City
Grand Old Game
I only wish there were a Republican presidential candidate [May 31] who could speak with quiet authority.
Romney strikes me as coy, Goldwater as bluffing, Rockefeller as shrewd, crude and lewd. I cannot abide Kennedy's policies, but I give him credit. He continues to sell himself personally, as he did over his infinitely better qualified opponent, Richard Nixon.
ANN WARDLAW Madison, Wis.
Under no condition would I now vote for Governor Rockefeller if he ran for President-or anything else!
Give us Barry Goldwater and we'll vote for him the way we voted against the wheat program.
WILLAH M. WEDDON Stockbridge, Mich.
I would never consider Governor Rockefeller's divorce and remarriage as factors in evaluating his desirability as President. What I do regard as relevant is the question of honesty, which the evasion of New York's laws raises. He showed he lacks the political honesty to attempt to change a law he disagrees with, and lacks the personal honesty to abide by a law he is sworn to uphold. If he were President, one can only wonder which laws he might use his wealth to evade.
JOSEPH J. JUDGE New York City
Well! It looks as if Senator Goldwater's chances for the Republican presidential nomination in 1964 aren't dead after all [June 7]. Governor Rockefeller's supporters are finding it tough to bury Barry.
KENNETH A. LUND Chicago
Take a Sherman
My friends and I are puzzled by the expression "to take a Sherman" [May 31]. Would you explain?
RUTH WADLEIGH Westboro, Mass.
>It derives from General William Tecumseh Sherman's famed turndown to a supporter at the 1884 Republican convention: "I will not accept if nominated, and will not serve if elected."-ED.
By the Light of the Moon