Off the MarkEditor: Carl Rowan's Nov. 9 Opinion...


December 01, 1990

Off the Mark

Editor: Carl Rowan's Nov. 9 Opinion * Commentary article, "Calamity George," was, as usual, way off the mark. Mr. Rowan says the president has put himself in a position where millions of Republicans will never trust him again.

I never thought that Mr. Rowan was that familiar with Republicans to make a statement like that. Which Republicans did he talk to or was he just praying again?

Carl Rowan also thinks that Mr. Bush represents another failed presidency. Which other failed presidency is the dreaming Mr. Rowan referring to? The Jimmy Carter debacle which gave us 9 percent unemployment, 21 percent interest rates, American hostages held over one year, a national defense in complete disarray, no international respect for our country, new jobs nonexistent, and very few people with money to invest or spend; or the Reagan presidency which created millions of new jobs, reduced unemployment to under five percent, built a strong national defense, re-established pride and respect in our country and gave everyone who wanted it a chance to make a buck.

My suggestion to Carl Rowan is not to get too enthusiastic about Democratic chances in 1992 too soon. The possibility is excellent that the Democrats will again nominate someone who is unelectable. Whom does Mr. Rowan suggest run against President Bush in 1992? Republicans should hope that it would be Mario Cuomo, Bill Bradley, Richard Gephardt, Al Gore or some other gloom and doom, tax and spend Democratic "L," or maybe someone from the so-called "new fairness crowd."

Should any of the Democratic candidates mentioned above be nominated, we will all be looking at a Republican White House for four more years.

Aaron Y. Wynn.


End the Slights

Editor: I have often wondered why the media downplays Jesse Jackson's rescue missions abroad. The release of Navy Lt. Robert Goodman from a Syrian jail, the freeing of 48 prisoners from a Cuban prison and 270 hostages from Iraq were the result of skillful negotiations which deserved more than perfunctory coverage.

Adding insult to injury, Roone Arledge, ABC News president, stated that, "Jackson's as much a journalist as you or I are ministers." The fact is that the Rev. Jackson has a reputable background in journalism. He published a weekly syndicated newspaper column in the black press in Chicago from 1977 to 1983. His commentaries were relayed for years on the National Black Radio Network. Mr. Jackson's weekly column for the Los Angeles Times syndicate is widely respected for its logic and clarity.

A man of this stature should not be subjected to media bashing and sneers, but should be fairly recognized for what he is: an eloquent spokesman, a tactful diplomat, a humanitarian and a man of God.

Priscilla R. Evans.


Cold War

Editor: Chernobyl was a warning that nuclear radiation can destroy us and make the earth uninhabitable. This event was a warning that war is totally obsolete.

Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev understood the significance of Chernobyl. This disaster changed not only Mr. Gorbachev's, but the Russians' ''Cold War'' way of thinking. It helped Mr. Gorbachev win the Nobel Peace Prize.

When war does a thousand times more harm than good and does not achieve its purpose -- then war is obsolete.

Of course there are other ways to settle disputes other than the mass destruction of young people on both sides as well as cities, populations and the earth itself and it is our sacred duty to find and follow these ways.

Saddam Hussein should not be allowed to set the agenda for the world. If he is ostracized he cannot last. Certainly not for 40 years -- the length of time the Cold War between the United States and the Soviets lasted. And who can say that the Cold War was not time well spent if it avoided the devastation of modern war.

Charlene Wallace.


Science and Math

Editor: Do Maryland's citizens want to make the Free State America's best? Should we be at the vanguard of scientific accomplishment and technical advance re-invigorating our universities, and providing attractive environment for modern industry?

And while doing so, contribute to the retention by our great nation of its cherished lead in the world of science as proven by its lion's share of Nobel prizes?

The establishment of a Maryland High School for Science and Mathematics will assist in all this. Gov. William Donald Schaefer already announced during the election season that he would revive the idea at the legislature next year. And even prior to his re-election, he had pledged at the 1986 election to seek the establishment of such a school.

I strongly urge our far-sighted governor to place this at the top of his innovative projects with the freshly invigorated legislature. The success of the Baltimore School for the Arts, on whose task force I had the opportunity to serve, gives us the necessary encouragement.

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