Awful NewsEditor: David Duke garners 44 percent of the...


November 14, 1990

Awful News

Editor: David Duke garners 44 percent of the vote in the Louisiana Senate race. President Bush vetoes the civil-rights bill under claims that it is a quota bill. Clayton Williams is barely defeated in the Texas governor's race after stating, among other things, that "if rape is inevitable, the woman should sit back and enjoy it." John Silber, in the Massachusetts governor's race, makes racist and age-discriminatory statements, and is barely defeated. Jesse Helms wins!

This year's elections give me a very sick feeling in the bottom of my stomach. Were the gains made by under-represented, i.e., minority, groups in the '60s and '70s a charade? Will the '90s be like the Reagan '80s where "Bubbaism" rises at the expense of certain sectors of the population? This is a time for groups which have been historically fighting for their rights in this land to sit back and look at the way the tide is turning and reflect.

The government appears to be no longer interested in what is right. Because people like Jesse Helms are elected and David Duke, Clayton Williams and John Silber are almost elected, those with blatantly racist, sexist and age-ist views will become more and more overt about their feelings instead of hiding them.

There are two years until the next nationwide elections. We cannot keep taking three steps backward for every step forward.

The Supreme Court is failing in its responsibility to protect the minority over the wishes and whims of the majority. President Bush, who originally opposed the 1964 Civil Rights Act, whose voting record on Civil Rights while in the Congress was "iffy" at best, and who gave us the Willie Horton campaign commercials, does not seem to be backing up his campaign rhetoric -- is there some kind of pattern with that? -- of being different than his predecessor in civil rights. And finally the Congress, with David Duke, the poster child for racism, watching, failing to override the presidential veto on the civil-rights bill, shows us that its members cannot be counted on either.

Women, blacks, senior citizens, religious minorities, etc., should all be concerned and begin to unite. Alone, it will be difficult to ensure that "Bubbaism" does not run rampant throughout this country. Together we can dictate the future. Although we do not possess the monetary power that other groups possess, we all possess the individual and collective right to vote, and a lot can be done at the ballot box in 1992.

Kevin R. Blackwell.


Great Publicity

Editor: I would like to thank the Howard County parents who raised such a furor over elementary school children reading C.S. Lewis' "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe." The excellent publicity they gave it in citing it for "graphic violence, mysticism, and gore" will probably send armies of children rushing to the library shelves, so I will refrain from pointing out that, to all but the most witless reader, this book is a blatant allegory of Jesus' death and resurrection -- an event which, it is true, was fairly mystic and gory.

Lewis' books are beautifully written, humorous and imaginative. I loved them when I was little and my children love them now. To try to ban these books -- now that's obscene.

Mary A. Shoemaker.


Door Opened

Editor: I just read your article ''Help for a New Life'' (Oct. 10). How enlightening! I was not aware there was a Women for Sobriety group in the area, although I had known something other than Alcoholics Anonymous existed for women.

I called the number and attended my first meeting recently at Sheppard-Pratt Hospital. I feel like a door has been opened for me, and maybe this will be the help I have been looking for.

M. Gnagey.


Bitter Questions

Editor: I am appalled, bitter, outraged, angry, incensed, livid, disgusted, fed up, shocked, insulted and sad. How dare members of the Congress in times like these go ahead with plans to renovate the congressional beauty parlor, kitchen, health club and restaurant?

How dare they raise their own salaries nearly $30,000 a member, the steepest raise ever?

All this they dare do in the face of reductions in social services to the poor, the elderly and the children of this country. Having been a school teacher, I have seen first-hand the effects of malnutrition. How can we teach hungry children? How can we expect the poor and the elderly to live without sufficient food, shelter and medical care?

Hundreds of thousands of people in this country are starving and homeless. As the cold weather approaches they will be freezing on our streets. How long do our so-called representatives think the American people will put up with this?

Lee Hartman.


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