It's true that seeing things as either black or white is easier (Joseph Bell's article "Flap Over . . . Censorship . . . as All or Nothing," March 3). But aren't there some shades of gray involved in any discussion of censorship?
Regarding the arts, or the shelves of the public library, I agree that everything should be available for the choosing, like a well-stocked buffet. We need artists and writers to help nudge our comfort zones. The Rev. Lou Sheldon, Sen. Jesse Helms, Rep. Rohrabacher et al, may orate as they will, but many of us feel that what artists and writers do is crucial to what we perceive as civilization. The arts must be nurtured, and thus funded.
What about censorship in a different sphere, in the upbringing and education of our children? Can there be no discussion of age limits? Lots of parents feel that setting limits for young children is an OK-thing, even necessary these days. Can't we be opposed to censorship yet careful about the steaminess or violence-level of the films our kids see? If a teacher in the family life curriculum goes beyond the bounds of reasonableness, are all parents who squawk guilty of advocating censorship?