Unpublished Letter to the Editor of the Oregonian

Letters to the Editor
The Oregonian
1330 S.W. Broadway
Portland 97201

Dear Sirs:

Georgie Ann Geyer has written many previous commentaries which disparage the peoples of other nations and display a narrow-minded assumption that all things American surpass the manners and morals of foreigners. In her most recent essay, however [“Will Russia be stunted by intolerance?”], she stoops to scurrilous insults of Russians.

A recent poll of young Russian women who were asked what profession they preferred found 40 percent said “prostitute.”

states Ms Geyer.

Can this figure be believed? Are almost half of some tens of millions of people seriously preparing to support themselves by selling their sex? And this in a country where the literacy rate and the number of women active in professional careers exceed those of the United States? It is not simply unreasonable; it is absurd.

Only the ignorant could buy such propaganda.

Ms Geyer’s mangling of the Russian language in her first paragraph, in which she equates “Old Moscow” with storii Moskba[sic] instead of staraya Moskva testifies to her qualifications in Russian studies. It is deplorable that intolerance and ignorance such as hers is displayed in our newspaper of record in the state of Oregon.


M. Meo
Roosevelt High School, North Portland
31 January 1992

About M. Meo

Worked as translator, museum technician, truck lumper, lecture demonstrator, teacher (of English as a Second Language, science, math). Married for 25 years, 2 boys aged 18 & 16 (both on the Grant cross-country team). A couple of scholarly publications in the history of science. Two years in federal penitentiary, 1970/71, for refusing the draft.
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