Solidarity DayEditor: On Aug. 31, the United Steelworkers...


August 24, 1991

Solidarity Day

Editor: On Aug. 31, the United Steelworkers of America will be participating in ''Solidarity Day '91,'' in Washington, D.C. This is a day for all working people to stand together and be heard as one voice, to let government and big business know that we will not be silenced.

Many crucial issues are to be addressed on this day; health care reform, workers' rights, striker replacement, union busting and our commitment to achieving a better life for working families. Basic rights are sometimes taken for granted, but step back and look around, we are loosing more day by day.

There are some people who can't see past the end of their nose, they figure if they don't acknowledge problems they will go away. This is not true in the real world, and if we don't wake up and smell the coffee, oppression -- in the true sense of the word, is what we have to look forward to.

I have been advocating this cause for some time now, and the response I have been receiving usually comes down to: ''I have something else to do'' or ''I don't have time.'' I say, ''time is all we have'' and ''tomorrow is promised to no one.'' If you're not here tomorrow, what are you going to leave your children, what legacy will they have when big business and the rich have it all, what quality of life are they facing?

The country stood together through Desert Storm, but believe me there is no bigger storm than the one that is brewing right here on our own American soil. If you believe in what I'm saying, come stand beside me on Aug. 31 and together our voices will be heard.

Robert G. Maxwell Sr.


Lottery Questions

Editor: At the outset of the Maryland lottery, the three and four numbers were visible and selected from a chute before they were mixed in a cage for a final result.

Among the members of the Trenton Democratic Club we arwondering why the format was changed? Now the numbers are seen already being mixed in the cage. It is impossible to see if the numbers 0 to 9 are all there. While there is an observer on hand, he sees what we, the public, sees.

We believe they should revert back to the original format. It would certainly place the lottery commission in a position beyond reproach.

Irving Davis.



Editor: Theo Lippman Jr. in his Aug. 7 column offered a narrow and unpersuasive argument suggesting that the Democrats need a Grover Cleveland and not a William Jennings Bryan as a presidential candidate. Lippman's flawed analysis compared the ''conservative times'' of Grover Cleveland and William Jennings Bryan to the conservative trends today only to promote a conservative Democratic candidate for 1992.

Lippman identified Cleveland as the most conservative Democratic president since 1850 but failed to elaborate whether or not his second administration was successful. Cleveland's policies were ineffective in terms of resolving the panic of 1893; he did not enforce the Sherman Anti-Trust Act (1890), and he used federal troops to end the Pullman strike of 1894.

Further, Lippman ignored the political consequences of Cleveland's setbacks on the presidential election of 1896 as well as future elections. The Democrats were unable to win again until 1912 and Woodrow Wilson's victory was certainly due to the Republican split between Taft and Roosevelt. The Democrats are better off without a new Grover Cleveland.

The Democrats followed Lippman's advice by nominating conservatives such as Alton B. Parker (1904) and John W. Davis (1924) and still lost. Adlai Stevenson said that ''he would rather lose the election than mislead the people.'' The Democrats should just accept presidential election defeats until a strong party leader emerges with national priorities. Lippman is right in asserting that Mario Cuomo believes that the party needs a new Franklin D. Roosevelt. The problem for the Democrats is finding

the new FDR.

Robert Edwards.



Against Guns

Editor: What is wrong with this country's thinking? Shoot-outs in the streets and kids carrying guns are common occurrences. Doesn't the NRA comprehend the dangers of lack of gun control?

Guns don't shoot themselves and obviously there are people who do not control their use of firearms. Therefore, take away the firearms. Why take that chance with peoples' lives?

No, guns are not necessary in a civilized society. What does that say about the NRA? People on diets avoid food, recovering alcoholics avoid bars and heart attack victims are told to avoid stress.

There are some people who should and must avoid guns. According to the Constitution, to bear arms is a right. But a right is also a privilege and some people are not entitled to a privilege of this sort.

B. J. Freeman.


Eat Tort

Editor: I read with disappointment your Aug. 15 editorial supporting Dan Quayle's attack on the legal system. He certainly has started early to woo the votes of Chambers of Commerce members across the country.

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