End of ApartheidEditor: How the world changes. The United...


March 27, 1991

End of Apartheid

Editor: How the world changes. The United Democratic Front (UDF), which led the decade-long fight to end apartheid in South Africa, has closed its doors for good.

The UDF understands that President F.W. de Klerk has made good on his word to realize the stated goals of the UDF: The release of anti-apartheid leaders, the lifting of bans on dissident groups and the return of political exiles.

With these tasks accomplished, they felt there was no longer a reason to continue operations. This is but the most recent evidence that the era of apartheid is over.

If the UDF, perhaps the most prominent organization involved in the fight to end apartheid, finds that the situation has improved drastically enough to cease operations, it is only appropriate that the United States follow that lead.

We should be embracing the reforms of South Africa and working for their continued success by becoming involved in the process.

ohn B. Wetzel.


'Hypocrisy'? Ha!

Editor: A response to the Feb. 27 comments of G. Raymond Valle on "Hypocrisy in Suburbia." I can't shed any tears for a teacher who works an eight- or nine-hour day for nine and a half months a year for a starting annual salary of $26,000 (Baltimore County). Those hours total far less in a 12-month period than hours worked in any other full time job or career. The teachers' benefits are also excellent.

A teacher's education costs are the same as those for any four-year college degree. Continuing education is necessary in most career fields.

As to the poor teachers whose "pay is so inadequate that they are forced to work other jobs during the summer months," those weeks to work the second job are a luxury many others would love to have. Second jobs for most people are hours worked in addition to an eight-hour day, five days a week, 12 months a year.

The education budget is about half of the county's total budget. Every increase seems to go to teacher salaries. Teachers moan, groan and "go public" because they have to buy some supplies out of their pockets; don't we all when we want an item not supplied as standard equipment by our employers?

Private school systems do a superior job of educating students while paying their teachers lower salaries than public school systems, proving higher salaries do not mean better teachers doing a better job of educating our young people.

Education is the future of this country. Increasing teachers salaries is not the solution to the problems in the public schools.

B. L. Emery.


Exemplary Donor

Editor: This writer would like to recommend that the ''Marylander of the Year'' for 1991 be Ed Eckenrode (news story, "Giving platelets is special for donor after 100 times," March 8).

This fine man has donated his platelets over 100 times.

His dedication to this outstanding cause deserves the highest recognition of this community.

In my mind Mr. Eckenrode represents the finest in human behavior.

Edgar P. Silver.

Baltimore. Editor: All human beings make errors. Surgeons call theirs cadavers, attorneys call theirs inmates and diplomats call theirs wars.

In journalism, your errors are spread out for all to see. Since criticism comes easier than craftsmanship . . . your editorial staff will continue to receive some brickbats.

Joseph Lerner.


First Tuesday

Editor: 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 a day and a half.

The reason was that they had to be in 19 other states in the same two week period, including such large states as North Carolina, Florida and Texas.

In order for Maryland's 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 1991 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 can become a major player in the presidential nominating process. By voting in March instead of May Maryland will neither ratify a choice already made nor cast an ineffective protest vote. Maryland deserves to be an important presidential battleground state.

Grason Eckel.


Obstacles to Arab Democracy

Editor: Now that the Persian Gulf war has ended, Americans would love to see Arab states democratize.

Kuwait, which benefited the most from our military largess, has promised democratic reforms. But the type of democracy we have in mind may not be viable in the Arab states or be compatible with the tenets of Islam.

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