Fat CatsEditor: Once again our dedicated fat cats [in the...


August 12, 1991

Fat Cats

Editor: Once again our dedicated fat cats [in the U.S. Senate] decided they needed a raise. So in the dark of night, in secret meetings, they voted themselves a $24,000 addition to their salaries.

One wonders how these cats felt sneaking home, avoiding seeing the many citizens sleeping in doorways, in and around empty buildings, plus the ones beginning the long bread lines.

Where else in this country can anyone working in a plant not ask, but just vote themselves a raise?

Reuben Kramer.


Bush's Bad Trail

Editor: President Bush, in retrospect, has blazed a new trail in the area of foreign policy, and for this he is to be commended.

However, foreign policy is not the only area for which the president was elected to pontificate. No area in our national life cries out for attention today as does the problem of race and the historical concepts related to race.

Unfortunately, it must be said President Bush has in reality done little to solve the dilemma of race and the ramifications related to this area. For example, the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court presents a paradox to blacks and to others. How can Judge Thomas attack affirmative action principles -- especially since these actions helped him arrive at his destination.

Further, the selection of Carol Iannone as a member of the National Endowment for the Humanities was not a wise and prudent move by the administration, especially since she attacked the black author Alice Walker, considered by some to be excellent in her field.

The president claims he supports civil rights. However, he considers the Senate's civil-rights bill a quota bill. Were this not enough, Secretary of Commerce Robert Mosbacher claims he will not adjust 1990 figures related to the census, even though mistakes have surfaced.

Certainly, cities and urban communities and minorities will be hurt as a result of this action. One wonders if the president and his administration are not turning the clock back in relationship to civil rights. President Bush's speech at the University of Michigan earlier this year on his support of civil rights and his anathema to hate groups seemed fine.

However, the president seems to be saying one thing in relation to race and the complexities of race and doing by his actions something else. If the president is knowingly attempting to retard the civil rights movement in this day and age, he is making a grave mistake.

John A. Micklos.


Illegal Searches

Editor: In your July 21 editorial, ''In Other Days under Other Flags,'' you correctly condemned the Supreme Court's having given police powers that ''. . . in effect, suspend constitutional guarantees . . . even though the officers have no reason to suspect the people . . . have done anything unlawful.''

But The Sun endorsed Maryland's use of police roadblocks. How can one instance be ''a classic unreasonable search and seizure of a citizen without a warrant and without probable cause,'' but not the other?

Don Cogswell.

Queen Anne.

Hizzoner Defended

Editor: In your front-page story on July 17, you viciously castigate Gov. William Donald Schaefer for his renovation of the governor's mansion. You state that he "replaced, recovered, reupholstered, refinished, repainted, repaired, repaved, replanted, rewired or simply rejected" everything in the mansion. Perhaps, instead of constantly berating a man who has contributed more to the welfare of this state and its citizens than just about any other public servant this century, for once The Sun should shine its spotlight on Mr. Schaefer's startling successes since starting his service to Maryland citizens.

Thomas S. Bozzuto.


Overboard on Rec Centers

Editor: I was just one of the many parents to read in The Sun July 17 that North Harford-Woodhome was on the list of recreation centers that ''should be closed immediately.'' We all felt shocked and numb.

The day before my son and daughter had returned from North Harford's day camp -- their arms laden with crafts and artwork. My 8-year-old learned sportsmanship from the soccer clinic, and my daughter gained self-esteem from North Harford's baton class.

It was unbelievable that the city could even think about closing a recreation center that is clearly one of the most successful. The number of activities and the number of students enrolled is second only to Gardenville Rec. And we are second to none in volunteer and parent involvement.

The city needs to look at ''site-based management'' for recreation centers as well as schools. Each community has different needs, resources, volunteer participation, etc. Don't penalize our recreation center because another isn't operating efficiently.

Also, don't try to pacify us with ''Fun Wagons.'' They offer unstructured, one-shot, one-day attempts at keeping kids busy. We want quality programs for our children -- we want our recreation center to stay open and not just for the duration of the election.

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