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March 18, 1991

A bigger role for Maryland in 1992

The Maryland Democratic Party and its chairman, Nathan Landow, deserve credit for addressing the important issue of the timing of Maryland's presidential primary.

Maryland's "Super Tuesday" experiment in 1988 was a complete failure. The average time spent campaigning in Maryland by a presidential candidate was 1 1/2 days because candidates had to be in 19 other states during the same two-week period, including such large states as North Carolina, Florida and Texas.

In order for Maryland voters to have the maximum impact on the presidential nominating process, the Maryland Democratic Party has requested the General Assembly to pass legislation this session to hold the 1992 primary on the first Tuesday in March, when no other presidential primaries are scheduled.

Maryland's primary would come after the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary. Hence, Maryland could become a major player in the presidential nomination process. By voting in March rather than in May, Maryland would not be in the position of merely ratifying a choice already made, nor of casting an ineffective protest vote.

The proposal to move the primary to the first Tuesday in March, if enacted, would give Maryland voters the strong voice they deserve in the selection of our next president.

Grason Eckel


When homeless die

In regard to the article about Gene Rhodus, "In burial, homeless man finally gets resting place" (Evening Sun, Feb. 3): Two things stuck out. One, Rhodus had a family and was homeless. Two, an article was written about a homeless man who had died.

The Evening Sun should be given an award for writing an obituary about this gentleman, but what about the many other homeless people who have died? The Evening Sun should write about all the homeless who die and give each and every one of them the same kind of attention which was awarded to Rhodus. As a result, people would come to realize what a threat to life homelessness is. Living in a cold, uncaring world with nothing but newspapers and thin clothing to keep you warm will get you only one place: a "John Doe" drawer in the city morgue.

udy Wlazlowski


Climate of fear

The recent string of armed robberies continues throughout Baltimore city and surrounding counties. I know a lot of people who are scared to go shopping, to gas stations, supermarkets and restaurants.

It's a shame that innocent, hardworking citizens have to be frightened by shotgun-toting hoodlums. I will be delighted when the police arrest all of this gang and its criminal mastermind.

Myron Nock


Cinematic purist

Recently, the House of Delegates proposed a bill that would prevent moviehouses from showing commercials before the start a movie. I agree with this bill. If I want to spend an evening viewing commercials, I can stay home and watch television.

Stacy L. Shifflett

Owings Mills

Light rail critic

Greater Baltimore Committee President Robert Keller's uncritical boosterism of the flawed Central Light Rail Line reminds me of the people who sent the space shuttle Challenger up without checking the "O" rings and launched the Hubble Space Telescope with an incorrectly ground mirror.

The facts of this particular project suggest that it is unable to accomplish any of the recognized goals of mass transit provision of fast, convenient transportation built at a reasonable cost and with minimal damage to the environment.

I am not sure how Mr. Keller can justify his support for the project in light of the information produced by the MTA on the cost effectiveness and environmental impact of the CLRL, other than as a gesture of loyalty toward the governor. This is a project that will serve as a nationwide model of how not to attack mass transit problems.

George Gross


Term limits

Maryland's two senators voted to kill curbs on Senate committee spending and allocate the savings to Head Start programs for disadvantaged children. Apparently they are interested in reducing the deficit only if it is politically advantageous, such as their attempt to deny President Bush funds to finance Operation Desert Storm.

To curb this type of outrageous behavior, Maryland needs a law as soon as possible limiting senators and members of Congress to two terms.

Charles E. Hesson


Post-war politics

I applaud President Bush's declaration that "not one dime of American taxpayer money [will go] to rebuild Iraq." I only wish the president had sounded more harsh toward the Jordanians who bad-mouth America, teach even their babies to hate us and idolize [the president of] Iraq. Similarly, if Saddam Hussein is the Palestinians' hero, let them have each other. Like the Jordanians, they're showing hatred of the U.S. and Israel and love for him.

I don't see how they could ever be trusted to exist as a peaceful, VTC sovereign neighbor to Israel. One hopes we will not force Israel to establish a Palestinian state on the West Bank. I vote for pushing the Palestinians into Jordan and Iraq.

M.D. Robinson


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