Ultimate sacrificesIt is ironic that we of middle age make...

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November 29, 1990

Ultimate sacrifices

It is ironic that we of middle age make war with others of middle age and we both send our children to fight and die for our ideals.

It is we who should lay down our lives to preserve the generation that comes after.

Most causes are never so honorable that sons and daughters should be sacrificed to preserve the ostensibly noble institutions of peace.

In this time of impending conflict, let us not be so hasty to lose our greatest treasure; more potent than oil; yet born of this earth; of and beyond ourselves.

Without our progeny, our humanity becomes diluted, our blood thinned, until we as a species are no longer.

Reflect and judge carefully. These are critical times.

Jay Harris


There is something we can do to help prevent the Persian Gulf crisis from becoming another Vietnam.

Call and write President Bush and our elected officials often. The White House Comment number is 202-456-1111. Or write President Bush at the White House, Washington, D.C. 20500. The Congressional Switchboard (202-224-3121) will give you Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Paul Sarbanes or your representative's number. Or write them at the Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510, or House Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20515.

The turnout is increasing at the weekly peaceful demonstrations at the White House each Saturday. There is a silent vigil from 12 to 1 p.m. and a picket and rally from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

The British Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament has called for demonstrations at a war memorial in the capitals of all nations on Dec. 2. The special gathering in Washington is to protest the escalating confrontation and will be held at 2 p.m. at the Vietnam Memorial.

Demonstrations were the key factor in stopping the Vietnam War. Let's stop the gulf war before it gets started.

etty Schroeder


It has been reported that Barbara Bush is wearing a bracelet with the hypocritical inscription "Operation Desert Shield ` A Call To Freedom." Let me suggest a piece of jewelry that would be a more accurate representation of the American presence in the Persian Gulf: a pendant consisting of two clear glass vials, one containing a few drops of oil, the other a few drops of blood, both suspended from a ponderous leaden chain.

J. B. Kehl Jr.


EEOC priorities

As a husband, father and grandfather who is also a staunch feminist, I abhor sex discrimination. If Rudy Miller was fired for demanding equal pay, WBAL should be challenged and Ms. Miller should prevail.

My concern is this: Should the resources of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission be involved in a discrimination case on behalf of a woman earning in excess of $141,000 in 1988, and who is still working and can use her own resources to pursue her rights? At a time when the federal budget, especially in the civil rights area, has been slashed, the EEOC needs to use discretion in determining which issues to pursue. Clearly Ms. Miller's rights must be protected, regardless of her income. It seems equally clear that EEOC is using its very limited resources in this case because it wants the publicity, rather than in the pursuit of justice.

Rudy Miller has the talent and resources to pursue her own cause. The EEOC needs to reassess its priorities.

Barry Tevian Whitman


Hussein's duplicity

It is humorous that King Hussein of Jordan complains that President Bush is not protecting Palestinians who are under Israeli rule when he killed hundreds of Palestinians, which led to the creation of the Black September movement.

Also, The Sun said that President Bush was not offended by the content of King Hussein's speech but by its timing. What about the Saudis' open letter King Hussein reminding him that for 19 years Hussein had the West Bank under his control and did nothing for the Palestinian people? (Apparently, the Saudies are better historians than Bush.) Suddenly King Hussein is the champion of the Palestinians. How short are our memories, and why do we continue to support this upstart king in Jordan?

Joseph Haus


Ecker remains loyal to his mandate

Earlier this year, Governor Schaefer was informed by Financial World magazine that Maryland would receive its award for outstanding fiscal management. Today, the state budget deficit approaches a half billion dollars.

Dennis Rasmussen was honored by City and State magazine as the nation's top county executive. Apparently, the voters of Baltimore County disagreed.

Most recently, Uri Avin, the director of Howard County's Planning and Zoning Department in the Bobo administration, was awarded a prize for comprehensive planning by the American Planning Association. One of Chuck Ecker's only campaign promises was to replace Avin. He's clearing out his desk.

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