Civil rights and liberals' problemsIn response to the June...

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June 13, 1991

Civil rights and liberals' problems

In response to the June 5 editorial entitled "George who?": If the editors of The Evening Sun feel they know more about th civil rights bill than our own president, then why are they not running for public office?

Because George Bush is an impeccable man who has proven to be right on every major issue thus far, these liberals must embark on a fishing expedition in order to sling mud upon our president.

This is a common problem among liberals. Most of them feel that in order to make men equal, they have to pull down those on top. This can be seen especially with their tax proposals. With a heavy tax upon the rich, they will be brought down to the level of the "common person." This is no solution! Equality is obtained much more advantageously when others are built up to the level of those on top.

The Evening Sun crossed the line of good taste on June 5. It all but called the president of the United States a racist. This was unsupported bashing. Others, including an ex-president, were also slung with mud in order to make the 1992 presidential race more equal. Don't tear down our president! Try, if you can, to build up a Democratic candidate, if those are your goals.

Finally, I don't know who you were referring to when you wrote, "When the final votes are counted ..., we hope that all 1 members of Maryland's congressional delegation will be on the side of civil rights...." I certainly do not wish to be associated with that "we." I hope my fellow Americans agree.

Benjamin M. Scholes


Your editorial, "George who?" (June 5), in which you compare President Bush to George Wallace with regard to civil rights, is totally irresponsible.

Your also say that the Supreme Court wrongly interpreted the law passed by Congress more than 27 years ago.

I am curious how you knew what was in the mind of Congress 27 years ago. I am sure there has been some turnover in Congress in 27 years.

You completely ignore the word "quotas," as if anyone who mentions it is a racist.

I hope this bill is passed, and it will be poetic justice when The Evening Sun is sued by a job applicant because of race.

If you are sued, you'll have to pay your lawyers, win or lose, and if you lose, you'll have to pay actual and punitive damages. Does your newspaper want this law?

Michael J. Manley


Women's rights

When an issue can generate such emotions that are followed by actual violence, we must call a halt and take a hard look at what is involved. What are the real issues in choice vs. non-choice in the matter of abortions?

Why should a matter of a woman's right to her own body and privacy become an issue in the public realm? It is such a short time since women won the right to being classed as human, thinking, rational beings and out of the realm of chattel. Now, instead of being enabled to continue on the path to dignity and integrity, women would be denied the sacredness of their right to life by those claiming the sacredness of a fetus.

The real issue here is not the saving of a human fetus, but the giant step of denying a woman her right of being. If this issue continues through the legalistic arena, it is only a few steps to denying women the right to vote, to run for office, to own property or even to have money. From one step, the rest can follow easily.

Josephine W. Johns


Helping and healing

Randall Balmer's article "New Age is old hat" (editorial page, May 29) casts aspersion on many sincere seekers of truth, both by emphasizing the materialism of the "New Age" and by talking of Americans' tendency to develop religious systems "with little regard for internal contradictions or inconsistencies."

Balmer does not acknowledge that there are adherents of many esoteric teachings, both Eastern and Western, none of whom would call themselves "New Age." There is the Theosophy Society itself, mentioned by Balmer. This society does not advertise for members nor does it accept fees for its teachings. There are many variants on Buddhism. There are Cabalistic and Mystery schools; followers of Dion Fortune, of Paul Foster Case. There are native American religions, nature religions, magical schools.

Adherents of these religions do not operate for profit and have as their goals the coming in contact with that part of themselves that is of the gods and the helping and healing of others.

Dorian Borsella



The NRA shrilly charges that if you're for the Brady bill, a minor delay for a gun buyer, you are only a step away from advocating the licensing of all firearms. Eventually, it claims, this could even lead to a public demand that every handgun be taken off the street.

I hope the NRA is correct.

Roger C. Kostmayer


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