I thought that Ramesh Thakur’s statement in his article “Seven global lessons from a teachable event” was excellent — clear, unbiased, valuable for all to read. I’ve followed the Gates case carefully because I once lived in Cambridge, Mass., know the area of the arrest, and am retired from Harvard University.

If Thakur omitted anything, it might be the feeling of superiority — even to the point of arrogance — that is found in some Harvard professors. I suspect that this attitude might have infected Gates and affected his attitude toward a white, middle-class, relatively uneducated police officer.