Judge Thomas is proof blacks can make it
The nomination of Judge Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court pushes the federal government forward in the spirit of President Bush's All-American agency. Judge Thomas is an honorable and courageous man who has risen from Southern poverty to stand above others as an inspirational role model for the black youth of today. In developing a philosophy of self reliance, he emphasizes his belief that any person of any race is capable of achieving anything he or she wants. All people are capable of fulfilling their own "American Dream," but only if they possess a willingness to work hard enough for it.
Good government is comprised of the individual, and each person's ability, dignity, morality and responsibility as demonstrated within this system must be honored and recognized. This is what George Bush has done for Judge Thomas. He has drawn him into the spotlight to undergo the scrutiny of his peers and the American people. President Bush did not seek to fill a quota, but to maintain diversity on the top court, and by doing so he selected a fiercely independent thinker with a staunch structural interpretation of the Constitution. He chose an individual who will represent all Americans on the highest court of the land in the most objective, responsible and knowledgeable way.
Judge Thomas is a man who has continuously overcome adversity, placing no blame on society or what it represents. Rather, he recognized it, pulled himself up by his bootstraps and succeeded in elevating himself both within the Republican Party and the United States government. As an African American, I am proud of Judge Clarence Thomas and what he stands for. Clearly, he deserves confirmation.
Gregory K. Washington
The writer is chairman of the Maryland Black Republican Council.
U.S. in the Mideast
Your July 22 editorial cartoon made a gross, misleading political statement. It showed Uncle Sam sawing a chain off his ankle which was attached to Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir. The caption read: "I'm freeing a hostage ` Why do you ask?" Since when is the United States a hostage to Israel?
In truth the U.S. is a hostage to Saudi Arabia, not Israel. America does not make a move without Saudi Arabia's approval because the oil men in our State Department care more about their own selfish interests in Saudi oil and Saudi monetary investments in U.S. banks than they do about justice and human decency. Ironically, the Bush administration is a hostage to the Arab leaders who finance terrorism against Israel, an ally who has done more for the U.S. by destroying Saddam Hussein's nuclear reactor.
If your cartoonist wants to really expose a truth, I suggest a cartoon that shows the Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon operating from Syrian-controlled territory and American hostages trying to saw off a chain attached to Syria's President Hafez el Assad and Saudi Arabia's King Fahd. That would remind readers that terrorists in Syrian-controlled Lebanon are still holding six American hostages while President Bush and Secretary of State James Baker praise the Syrian leader and Saudi Arabia for their ** so-called peace gestures.
President Assad has control over Lebanon, and now he wants the Golan Heights and eventually Israel proper. That's the only reason he is agreeing to come to the peace table. The new war game now is piece by piece of Israel, not peace for peace.
Futile gun laws
Your July 17 headline, "2 pen guards held hostage, inmates have 2 guns," says everything any rational individual needs to know to conclude that gun control is a misfire. Despite guards, surveillance cameras, metal detectors and the searching of all individuals and packages coming or going, pen inmates still managed to get guns. If government can't keep guns from criminals in the stringently controlled confines of a penitentiary, how can anyone seriously claim that guns can be kept from criminals roaming unfettered in our open society?
That's not all. It took almost one week for prison officials to locate one of the inmates' guns. If it takes authorities that long to find one gun within the boundaries of a prison, how will they possibly locate what may be millions of semiautomatic rifles earmarked for confiscation from the public at large? The California and New Jersey experiences have shown us that nearly all gun owners are willing to brave even felony penalties to non-violently thwart the confiscation of their legally purchased, peaceably owned firearms.
Before any more gun laws are enacted, perhaps the dreamers who fantasize about the effectiveness of such laws should be required to answer, in practical terms, the questions raised above.
. Richard Lego
I continue to be puzzled by your editorial "Abortion showdown" (July 24).
Is it possible that your editors are misinformed or ignorant about the provisions of this law, or are you deliberately attempting to mislead the public?