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Thomas: the qualities that matter

The opinion-page column "Thomas Nomination Was Well Calculated," July 23, represents what many articles have said about the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court. It seems that the primary consideration is his skin color and then what he will do for all others of his particular skin color.There is going to be discrimination, hatred, and fear as long as we think tribally or in terms of skin color. What about Mr. Thomas's ability as a human being? Is he honest, just, merciful? Does he respect the Constitution? Is he morally courageous? These qualities are what matter. B. A. Baumgardner, New York

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