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April 02, 1991

Court didn't ban praying in public schools

You should not be party to spreading such a misconception!

Russ Seese

Aberdeen

Not a science

Paul Greenberg's column, "A case of scientific heresy" (March 20), erroneously gives credence to "creation science" by treating it as scientific heresy. True scientific heresy is new, competing theory or a variation of a theory based on the use of the scientific method. "Creation science" does not even merit that definition because it is religious dogma disguised, at least partly, as science.

"Creation science" cannot be supported by the use of the scientific method. Over 70 Nobel Prize winners in various scientific disciplines testified before the U.S. Supreme Court that "creation science" is not science. It does not belong in a science classroom even as a scientific heresy.

an Bridgewater

Westminster

Home-front war

Now that the Persian Gulf war has ended and the Republicans are forced to face the war on the home front with increasing unemployment, increasing inflation, the S&L and banking crises, the ever-mounting debt, etc., they are desperately striving to divert our attention by declaring war on the Democrats who supported all the experts in the field of diplomacy, foreign affairs and military skills who had urged sanctions instead of war.

eon Peace Ried

Baltimore

35 and sliding?

William Donald Schaefer's approval rating is down to 35 percent. It's his attacks on little people exercising freedom of expression that has done more than anything to tarnish his crown. Some of what he has written and said to common, ordinary folks has been unkind, and some remarks were probably intended to hurt.

When he does things like that, Mr. Schaefer appears to many as one who oppresses others weaker than himself. Apparently, he can't admit to the connection between such behavior and his declining approval rating.

He used to come across as having respect for people. Yes, we could tell he took criticism to heart. He'd get his feelings hurt. It was an endearing quality then. It made him seem genuine, down-to-earth, human.

He can stop the slide, but if he doesn't turn it around soon, a 35 percent approval rating will look good in retrospect.

Dan Hetrick

Chase

Smoke and pay

Before any local or federal legislators pat themselves on the back for raising taxes on tobacco products for so-called health reasons, they should find out just how much money comes from tobacco taxes and where it goes to help support the state, cities, counties and federal budgets.

If these legislators are successful in eliminating tobacco products from the market, they will also eliminate billions in tax revenues. I have not heard any legislator come up with a plan to replace these revenues.

Fred L. Parsons Jr.

Baltimore

Speaking of fraud

I am appalled at your editorial "An outright fraud" (March 23).

Though it can be said that the Supreme Court has allowed some restriction of the Second Amendment, the confiscation of legally purchased and owned firearms as included in the so-called Assault Weapons Bill is not on one of them.

Your depiction of the NRA is also loathsome at best. The NRA is not the wealthy monster out to undermine the well-being of the people, but an organization of citizens dedicated to preserving the liberties of the people.

Gerald J. Wessel

Ellicott City

'No' to 4 years

Rep. Tom McMillen is starting to make sense with his support of a constitutional amendment limiting the terms of office for members of Congress to 12 years. However, he is dead wrong in his support of changing the terms of office for members of the House of Representatives from two to four years. Such a move would be undemocratic and serve the interests solely of ambitious politicians.

It must be understood why senators have six-year terms and representatives have two year terms. Senators represent entire states with competing interests and concerns. In order for them to make wise decisions, senators must think of the long-term, statewide effects of their actions. Thus, they need long terms of office to insulate themselves from the swiftly changing tides of public opinion.

Representatives represent the people of smaller districts whose internal interests are usually less in conflict. As agents of the people, not the states, representatives are directly accountable to the public will.

Efforts to lengthen the terms of office for representatives will destroy its reason for existence. For ambitious politicians, however, it is a godsend, allowing representatives to run for higher office without the risk of losing their current one.

Gary P. Bunker

Glen Burnie

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