Anti AntisEditor: Sincere thanks for your front-page...


December 06, 1990

Anti Antis

Editor: Sincere thanks for your front-page spread on our new wave of anti warriors. It was just the shot in the arm my wavering support of our position in the Persian Gulf needed.

Dave Reich.


Carl Bacharach

Editor: Carl Bacharach died a few weeks ago. His absence seems unreal. He was bright, warm, colorful and caring, rare and welcome qualities in a judge.

An early anecdote of him is that of the legislator on the floor of the House of Delegates years ago, who pretended to have a small secret radio with which he could get voting instructions from his friend, Jack Pollack.

In recent years he was often seen driving an ancient car, enjoying his meals at a deli more than most people, wearing his dark European fisherman's cap, or perhaps lecturing young criminal defendants in an avuncular manner.

He was blessed with a unique combination of elements in his personality -- a delicious sense of humor and a profound belief in the worth of human beings, especially the humble variety.

His decisions were quickly thought out, clearly announced and expressed in pithy language. He hated cant and hypocrisy, ridiculed ostentation and hollowness, and felt strongly that the Trenton Democratic Club has as much right to have a monopoly on ethics as the Gibson Island Club.

I remember his partly mock and partly real fear when an unknown man with a briefcase walked into his courtroom and Carl timidly asked him if he was from the IRS. He was not. The spectators enjoyed it. On another occasion he said to a witness, ''Don't raise your hand and be sworn. We grew up together. I wouldn't believe you under oath or not under oath.''

He refused one time to allow a young landlord to evict a young female tenant when he was convinced that the tenant had granted the landlord sexual favors. In his verbal opinion he announced that this was what was known in law as ''a counterclaim.''

Carl never allowed his judge's robe to affect his feelings for people. He maintained his friendships all his life with clerks, elevator operators, and taxi drivers. It was mentioned that courthouse employees cried when they heard of his death. His well defined sense of loyalty affected his professional, personal and family relationships. This gentle man loved family, friends and people generally. He also had an abiding love of justice, and an equally strong affection for mercy. He was an intelligent and practical judge "who never forgot what human frailty is."

Henry Rogers.


Easy Solutions

Editor: You recently published a letter from Stephen Kranz, a New Orleans attorney, who praised David Duke, the sometime Nazi, national leader of the Ku Klux Klan and defeated candidate for the U.S. Senate. The letter stated that Mr. Duke was supported by ''all segments of the white population'' because he ''represented their social and political attitudes on the 'unspoken' issues'' of the economy, welfare reform and education.

Sixty years ago Adolf Hitler, a man for whom Mr. Duke has repeatedly expressed admiration, spoke to a nation beset by high unemployment, hyper-inflation and disorder. Hitler promised the German people that he would bring about full employment, a stable currency and law and order. Hitler, like his modern day follower in Louisiana, offered only the easy ''solution'' of creating scapegoats.

David Duke has already exceeded the accomplishments of the man he so admires. Hitler, before destroying German democracy, never received more than about 35 percent of the ''Aryan'' vote. In Louisiana 55-60 percent of the white voters supported the former national leader of the Klan.

Alan C. Cohen.


Duke and Hitler

Editor: Having just read Stephen Kranz's letter concerning the people of Louisiana who voted for David Duke, I hasten to respond. Mr. Kranz paints the portrait of an educated, angry and frustrated white population who believe David Duke to be responsive to their concerns. Let us never forget that this portrait resembles that of Nazi Germany and the popularity of Adolf Hitler.

Do all of those legal and medical professionals who believe in Mr. Duke's honesty, sincerity and integrity also support Mr. Duke's other beliefs, which he takes no pains to hide, and which should scare the "h---" out of all of us?

Racism is alive and well, and when we elect officials such as David Duke to public office we then need to examine our society and ourselves to see which direction we are headed and what we can do to save us from ourselves.

Terry McHugh.

Owings Mills.

U.S. Policy

Editor: Your editorial, "The Northern Alliance," Nov. 23, points out that the 34-nation alliance meeting recently in Paris represents less than one-fifth of the world's people, also that it is populated mostly by Caucasians and Christians in a world that mostly is not.

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