Wishful thinking on abortion
In your Jan. 24 editorial, you asked: "What is abortion, if not a last resort when birth control has failed?" More than 50 percent of all abortions are second, third and subsequent abortions. That sounds to me like abortion being used as birth control.
The statement, "If a young woman is old enough to make decisions to become sexually active, she is old enough to decide how to handle the consequences of the choice," is totally wishful thinking and just not true. It doesn't take much mature thinking to engage in sexual activity. I think mature hormones could be given the credit. A 14-year-old becoming pregnant needs a lot of support and understanding. Doesn't a family which has nurtured and cared for this girl have a right to know about the crisis in her life? If the crisis were drugs or alcohol addiction, a car accident, failure at school, etc., a family would be the first to hear about the problem. How much more a young girl needs love and support when she becomes pregnant!
The polls I have seen in your own paper show Marylanders do want parental involvement in their daughter's crisis pregnancy.
Abortion on demand is a very extreme position, and time is going to show what a high price these young women and others are going to pay as physical and emotional problems show up in their lives.
Dissent and war
The majority of our citizens have voiced their support of our country on its actions in the gulf. A minority have voiced their opposition, and that is their right.
One must wonder if Iraq's leader has stayed in Kuwait as a bluff, expecting a mass opposition in the U.S. that would keep us from action. Now that there is war, Saddam Hussein certainly is aware of the loud protests, even though they are in the minority. The protestors may harden his resolve to hold out, hoping the cries for peace will get louder and we will withdraw.
We know we will beat Iraq; it just might take longer. It would be a tragic irony if the citizens crying against bloodshed might actually prolong the war and cause more of the bloodshed that they are so much against.
Stanley M. Oring
Not too late
Kenneth Lasson complains that the motives of those who support their country are maligned by peace demonstrators who are demonstrating too late ("The trouble with protest," Other Voices, Jan. 25).
I would like to proffer that those who demonstrate for peace do not think it is too late for those who have not been killed or maimed yet.
Will someone please explain to me how Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. can spend $225,000 to lease a luxury sky box at the new stadium for three years and at the same time ask for rate increases?
E. F. Raymonds
Stop the carnage
The Evening Sun's Jan. 23 editorial, "Swords into plowshares," makes a great deal of sense. First, no one can deny that mass slaughter is taking place on the streets of Baltimore. Further, the time has come to acquiesce to Mayor Schmoke and Police Commissioner Edward W. Woods; a homicide epidemic can be curtailed through the gun-recovery effort. This means enticing citizens to turn in weapons ` for pay. Perhaps no other single factor will spare future victims from death than a reduction in the number of guns on city streets.
The Evening Sun's editorial shows a compassionate and realistic concern for the carnage in Baltimore city. Unless we see a drop in the homicide rate in Baltimore, we may in a short time see a historical and great city pass into oblivion.
ohn A. Micklos
Peter Kumpa's retirement from the newspaper business is a blow to all of us who are "political junkies." His column was mandatory reading for anyone wanting to know what was going on in and around politics and government. I will miss reading him, but at least he won't be too far away as the Senate's historian. Good luck, Peter!
Lawrence A. LaMotte
Jim Lighthizer, you're one lucky son of a gun. You had the best of all possible times, the 1980s, to be county executive of Anne Arundel County. The county was in an economic boom, the tax base expanded, new business located here and the county coffers swelled from tax and fee revenues.
But Jim, you should have let the results speak for you, rather than try to capture it all in writing to the glorification of yourself. It was only through the taxpayers of this county that any of this could have been achieved. The individuals who should be lauded and exalted are the residents of this county!
On behalf of the Republican State Central Committee of Anne Arundel County, I call upon O. James Lighthizer to return to the taxpayers of Anne Arundel County all money paid to produce, compile and distribute the "Lighthizer Years 1982-1990: Achievement Through Strategic Planning" paperback memorial. Considering the sacrifices we have to make as taxpayers, it is only appropriate that you return funds that were never intended for the use of one man's political chronicle.
Laura Green Treffer
The writer is chairman of the Republican State Central Committee of Anne Arundel County.