Latin ConcernsEditor: Three cheers to Michael Olesker and...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

May 15, 1991

Latin Concerns

Editor: Three cheers to Michael Olesker and Roger Simon. Finally I am hearing someone state the facts as they are.

We as Hispanics will be the largest minority in this nation by the year 2000, yet little is being done about the lack of communication, cultural difference, unemployment, housing, etc. The issue in Washington and in other major cities is not people with knives but years of disregard of the community, which has been pushed aside and is with little or no political clout.

What do you say to your wife and children after repeatedly coming home with empty hands, no food, no cloths, no job? Even worse, you don't understand the language to communicate.

We are not all illegals. You don't have to call the Immigration and Naturalization Service every time a Latino asks for work. The public must be educated.

Here in Baltimore we are working hard to prevent any kind of reaction to the events in Washington. We have invited the police, the mayor and others to our churches and community events. They have come. It is a beginning, but we have a long way to go.

We need help in education. We need employment, opportunities.

The nation has a recession, we have a depression. If we don't work together and this situation continues, it will inflame unrest again. Not only in Washington but in other cities as well.

Let us work together in peace, for the better of our nation. That's the way it should be, that's the way God intended it to be.

Rev. Angel Nunez.

Baltimore.

What Lies Ahead?

Editor: If the article by Eileen Canzian (May 8) on the plight of the single mother living on welfare and in a temporary shelter was designed to arouse sympathy toward her, it failed to hit the mark. Although it evoked sympathy for her unfortunate children, it left too many unanswered questions, including that of how we can best aid the children of this nation born into situations such as this.

The article stated that this mother relies on public assistance totaling $565 a month. It is impossible for a family of five to live on $565 a month. What other public assistance programs does Ms. Morris depend on to support herself and her children? I am sure she receives food stamps, housing assistance and benefits from other programs for which she qualifies. Would this money be better spent on foster care for these four children?

Why does this 28-year-old, able-bodied high school graduate not find work to supplement or replace public assistance? Are there no members of her family or in the families of the father of these children who can assist in child care for the younger children while the older ones are in school so that this mother could work? Could Ms. Morris care for other children of working mothers to earn an income of her own? Couldn't the fathers be forced to pay child support?

The larger question is what lies ahead for these four children whose eyes looked out at us? Are they being taught responsibility for one's own actions? Are they being encouraged to achieve in school so that one day they will become contributing members of this society? Are their futures filled with promise?

Or in years to come will her sons emulate their fathers and will her daughters follow in the footsteps of their mother, recklessly bringing children into the world with no thought of their futures? And so it remains that the only solution in their minds and in the minds of the liberal establishment is more and more public money?

Jill Williams.

Hunt Valley.

Judging Quayle

Editor: You do all thinking readers a grave disservice by your constant de-evaluations of Vice President Quayle.

Your recent editorial was mean-spirited and completely unnecessary, not to mention devoid of substance. You offered no empirical evidence, only a very weak postulation to support your claim that Mr. Quayle is unqualified to carry out the duties of president.

What factors make the vice president unqualified? I challenge you to produce just one.

The Sun and its fellow whining liberals need to get off the vice president's back. As a U.S. senator and as the nation's No. 2 man, he has done extremely well despite what you and other uninformed souls would have citizens believe.

President Bush works with Mr. Quayle every day and has full faith and confidence in his abilities and talents. I'll take the president's observations over the media's any day.

eldon Freeman.

Baltimore.

410's Costs

Editor: The C&P Telephone Co. of Maryland has announced that on Nov. 1, customers in the eastern part of the state will have a new area code (410), whereas those in the western part will retain their current area code (301).

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