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August 26, 1991

Pro-life fight akin to '60s rights protests

In response to the abortion protests occurring in Wichita, Kan.: Isn't it funny how times have not changed? Pro-lifers are no different than the civil rights activists of the 1960s.

As a country we became appalled at the laws and rulings that discriminated against black people. One, the Dred Scott decision, said that blacks were non-persons with no rights. Later, we had colored-only water fountains and colored-only sections in restaurants and buses. We saw the stupidity in these laws and soon began to protest, and many times riots broke out.

Police were brutal to the protesters ` hitting them with clubs, hosing them down with fire hoses and arresting them. However, it was OK for the police to do all this because the protesters were breaking the law. But the people continued to fight the laws because we knew the laws were wrong. After many years of protesting, the laws finally changed to what we know is right.

Today, pro-lifers in Wichita and all over the country are protesting laws against the unborn that we know are equally wrong. Like the black people in years past, the unborn baby is treated as a non-person with no voice and no rights. We are picketing and protesting just as they did during the civil rights movement. And, just as they did during the civil rights era, the police are brutalizing and arresting the pro-lifers.

Again, it is OK for the police to do this because pro-lifers are breaking the law. We even have President Bush and Sen. Robert Dole telling us this is not the way pro-lifers should be acting, because the right to abortion is a law. But pro-lifers will continue to protest and fight abortion laws because we know they are wrong. The only difference between today and the 1960s is that the laws have not yet changed for what we know is right.

Claire O. Rhoads


;+ For another analogy, see article below.

CRABS ends

As many of you already know, CRABS has not been renewed for next season. Wednesday at 9:30 we air "The Best of CRABS" from our seventh and final season.

It's been a strong seven-year run, and thanks to our audience we go out at the peak of our popularity. CRABS is the most popular series ever produced at Maryland Public Television, and during the past year we've drawn larger audiences than almost the entire PBS schedule.

From the beginning, the idea has been to spotlight local talent, do a unique brand of satire with a decidedly regional flavor and bring new viewers to MPT. We succeeded on all counts and managed to pick up 21 national and international awards in the process, including seven Emmys.

Unfortunately, we have not been able to turn our popularity into cash. We are grateful to the Baltimore Spice Company for its faithful underwriting of CRABS. Though generous, its support never paid the full cost of the show, and MPT has elected to no longer make up the difference.

CRABS, though, is not dead. We'll be back in re-runs, and there's a possibility of commercial syndication which, if successful, would mean new episodes. We're pitching some ideas to PBS.

My personal thanks to you, our audience. Your support and enthusiasm for CRABS has made it possible for us to do the country's only regional comedy show for seven wonderful years.

Dick George



The writer is producer of CRABS.

Carter vs. Bush

If people thought things were a mess under Jimmy Carter, I wonder what they think now.

As we look ahead to 1992 - and unless things get better - we should all ask ourselves, is the country headed in the right direction?

Robert Hoover


Nuclear threat

Thank you for the article in the Aug. 13 Evening Sun on the secret North Dakota fire that could have resulted in an accident worse than Chernoble. It stated that only the direction of the wind kept fire from the plane's thermonuclear weapons.

This article reminded me why we must rid the world of nuclear weapons: How many other airplanes carry nuclear weapons? What about submarines?

These weapons are not making us safer. We could better use the money to improve our cities.

Carol Solomon


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