Now or Never
Editor: Due to the Gulf crisis, Saudi Arabia is reaping a huge windfall from rising oil prices. We should demand that the Saudis use it to reimburse us for using our forces to defend them.
War is not a desirable option. As a veteran of World War II, I understand the horrors of war. However, as in World War II, some things are more horrible than war.
Saddam Hussein must be stopped. He cannot be allowed to have a strangle-hold on the world's economy. He cannot be allowed to develop nuclear weapons. We will have to fight him sooner or later. Later could be much worse as he continues to develop his arsenal. Sanctions are a trap to break our will and unravel our alliances.
Air and sea power, at this time, could virtually destroy Saddam Hussein. If necessary, we should use tactical nuclear weapons to finish off his ground forces. American casualties could be held to a minimum.
Marvin H. Kolodkin.
Expel Keating 5
Editor: There is good reason to believe that Congress has been corrupted by campaign money and the desire by our elected officials to get and spend ever-increasing quantities in their campaigns.
Many of our elected officials have become more beholden to the larger campaign contributors, frequently out-of-state contributors, than to their ordinary constituents or even their own consciences.
I've seen very little evidence that either house is making an effort to correct the abuses. A large percentage of our electorate is disaffected; barely more than 50 percent vote in presidential elections and perhaps not more than one-third in congressional elections. The rest of us are outraged.
We're now having hearings about the Keating Five, those five senators who were corrupted by the big money offered by Charles Keating. It makes little difference whether these senators acted foolishly, improperly, unethically or even illegally. These five senators have already been judged by public perception and have lost their significance to their constituents and have besmirched the Senate.
I had hoped they would resign, but no, they are stonewalling. They should be expelled. The Senate cannot be permitted to choose between their cronies and their constituents. We should not have government by cozy arrangement.
Condoms in School
Editor: This letter is written in response to your recent articl concerning Baltimore City high schools adopting the distribution condoms. I find this appalling.
The distribution of condoms in high school is sending a subliminal message to those who are not sexually active -- that it's ''okay'' to get involved, as long as you are protected. Those students who are sexually active are aware that condoms can be obtained at hundreds of locations throughout the city in the ''Three-for-Free'' Program.
It is the responsibility of the school system to educate young people in all levels of life. Sex education should include the methods of birth control that are available. However, it is not the function of schools to provide birth control.
Yes, we have a problem with teen-age pregnancy. But, the distribution of condoms in schools may only invite others to get the condoms and become sexually active.
Is this opening ''Pandora's Box''? Will the next step be to give them freedom of choice of their birth control method by distributing birth control pills, diaphragms and spermicidals?
Editor: At this critical juncture in our history, before sending our youth into combat, it is important for concerned citizens to decide whether it would be a just and honorable cause.
I am referring, of course, to the current war hysteria over East Virginia's impending invasion of its neighbor, West Virginia, ostensibly to right a 130-year wrong; that of Abraham Lincoln tearing off part of secessionist Virginia in order to create a pro-union state.
L Several vital issues must be considered by all Marylanders:
1. It is unlikely that another drawn-out living-room war, such as the current one between Baltimore and Annapolis, would be tolerated in this day and age. When the mini-cams display the carnage at the battle of Kings Dominion, how will it affect our resolve?
2. What are we really fighting for? Sure, we pay lip service to the rights of a sovereign state. But one must wonder if our real concern is the instability caused by potential price increases at Busch Garden. Keep in mind, however, that this crisis is our own fault. Had we formulated a sensible amusement park policy years ago, we could not have our lives affected by this blackmail.
3. Effective war demands effective leadership. This requires the mayor, the governor and the state legislature to get along with each other. 'Nuff said.