Racial politics: Bush exploits quota issueGive George Bush...

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June 19, 1991

Racial politics: Bush exploits quota issue

Give George Bush his due. At least the man's consistent. He wants to be the "environmental president," yet after 30 months in office, his record in environmental matters remains largely rhetorical. He wants to be the "education president," yet he has failed to introduce a single piece of major legislation that seriously speaks to the crisis in American education. So it is really not so surprising that, to quote Congressman Tom McMillen, Bush "wants to be the civil rights president, but he doesn't want to pass the civil rights bill."

According to the president, the issue is not civil rights; it's quotas. This is strange, as the bill specifically does not "require, encourage or permit an employer to adopt hiring or promotion quotas." In addition, the revised bill makes it significantly easier for a company to defend itself against allegations of unfair hiring practices.

Recall from last fall's campaign the image of the president with his arm around Sen. Jesse Helms. Now what could the president have learned from the good senator? Perhaps this: One can still win elections in the United States by suggesting that black men and women will be taking jobs and promotions from whites - still win, that is, by practicing racial politics.

The Democratic civil rights bill of 1991 is not about quotas. It's about the "F" word; it's about the continuing struggle to ensure fairness in the workplace. Do give George Bush his due ` in his insistence that fairness is a code word for quotas, he is, once again, demonstrating consistency. George Bush knows all about code words. Remember Willie Horton?

John M. Hansen

Ellicott City


On June 6, a law-abiding citizen was gunned down on the parking lot of a local area mall. Why? For a lousy $10! How sad and yet how disgusting it is when we learn the alleged gunman is on parole from our prison system. Another beautiful person's life snuffed out because the bleeding-heart members of the Maryland Parole Commission allowed a misfit back into society.

This is occurring with regularity. It must be stopped! The Maryland Parole Commission, and the chairman, Paul Davis, must be held accountable for this action. Our elected officials must get involved. However, we hear nothing from them.

John C. Zaruba


I am compelled to speak to the recent brutal murder of a friendly, caring, and God-loving" grandmother on the parking lot of Westview Mall. Although the immediate clamor for strengthening mall security was quite predictable, public outrage should center instead on our convoluted system of justice that is ineffective in deterring crime and punishing criminals. This comes as no surprise, however, when one considers that the criminal justice arena is replete with judges, lawyers, legislators, parole boards and others who wield enormous authority but have virtually no accountability for any lethal consequences of their impotent laws, plea bargains, probated sentences and faulty decisions.

Powerful people in key positions are well-paid for exploiting a system that is badly flawed and fails to ensure the protection of law-abiding citizens. I've heard it explained that society should be grateful simply because these officials are doing the best they can. Nonsense! Criminal injustice has reached epidemic


Stephen E. Evans

Ellicott City

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