The two in one cheap shot at Cornel West and applause for Larry Summers leaves me gasping for air ("Cornel West: Summers was right," May 24). Rupert Murdoch will want to hire who- ever wrote the editorial parodying West's legitimate disgust with a president who has difficulty uttering the words "poor" or "unemployed." The Wall Street Journal must have a beat for someone who, in the same breath, took the opportunity to heap praise on Summers, the man ousted from Harvard's presidency after insulting women and African-American faculty, and the man who, while deputy secretary and secretary of the treasury, eviscerated the Glass- Steagall Act that might have stood in the way of the Wall Street financial meltdown.
JERRY MELDON Medford
The writer is an associate professor in the chemical and biological engineering depart- ment at Tufts University.