Referring to Dave McNary’s Jan. 25 article “A Center of Discord” (rhymes with McCord, doesn’t it?), I must say the article smacks of media McCarthyism when it singles out one individual, Kent McCord, as the prime motivator for any and all opposition to approval of the proposed TV/Theatrical contract. (Is this to imply that all others who opposed are lemmings?) This dovetails nicely with the article’s citing that McCord is already the producers’ pariah within the union. I would ask the administration and the membership: Is it their belief that union democracy is interpreted as “my way or the highway?”How can president Melissa Gilbert and secretary-treasurer James Cromwell so casually dismiss Kent’s and the others’ opposing the proposed contract as “pursuing a political agenda — preparing to walk our membership over a cliff for purely political gain.” What gain? What garbage! This is not the first time such language has been used by this administration and you can be sure it won’t be the last. Similar language was used against Scott Wilson, Tom Bower and David Jolliffe for their lawsuits, implying nefarious reasons for their actions. I know these gentlemen well, have worked with them for years and know without any doubt that each and every one of them have put their reputations, their careers and their personal finances on the line, gaining nothing from this act other than to strive for the greatest functioning of the union for all its members. Kent McCord was invaluable to my presidency, nay to all presidencies, and for his union stances over the years suffered career standstills and NO political gain. I will always regard him as the best union mentor a good president could find. So when he chooses to oppose a contract that does not improve the approximately 16¢ per DVD to be split amongst the actors in it with management having made more than $30 billion last year on the sale and rental of DVDs, how can Gilbert and Cromwell hold their heads up at uttering such calumny? The purpose of the guild is to protect its individual members, not to target them. Asner was president of SAG from 1981-85.