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make it easy to registerIn discussing voter...

September 18, 1991

Fight apathy; make it easy to register

In discussing voter apathy, Maryland's Democratic Party chairman Nathan Landow is right when he says, "Many people just don't give a damn anymore because they see government in the hands of a small group of powerful individuals."

Silver dollars rather than silver tongues are controlling the political process. It's pathetic to imagine that less than half of the eligible voters are expected at the polls in the '92 presidential election. Mr. Landow, and the Democratic Party, deserve credit for advocating procedures to make voter registration easier.

Why not entice eligible residents to register by including voter registration forms with applications for driver licenses and public assistance? Why not end the state's practice of purging nonvoters from the rolls every five years? Why not have same-day registration? The foundation of democracy is majority rule. Without a mandate from the majority of the people, those who are elected shall have difficulty governing.

If we are to continue to have a government of the people, by the people and for the people, we must take action to insure that the majority of individuals eligible to vote do so.

Grason Eckel


Doubting Thomas?

Your Sept. 12 editorial, "Good questions," asserts that "the right of access to safe and legal abortions is no less important than the right to a discrimination-free society."

The affirmation or denial of this proposition by Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas is suggested as a litmus test of his fitness.

Now that Thomas has told us that his writings and speeches promoting "natural law" were not seriously intended, what possible comfort could be derived from his answer to this proposition, one way or the other?

Even if Thomas affirmed it in "unequivocal terms," what basis is there for believing him?

Gregory Lewis


Abnormal behavior

Concerning your editorial, "No license to hate" (Sept. 9), I felt I must write to inform the public the facts concerning the Baltimore County Human Relations Commission's recommendation to include sexual orientation as a protected category.

On April 3, a vote taken resulted in a 6-6 tie, which has the effect of a "no" vote. However, in what Joseph Matricciani, commission chairman, called "sleazy" tactics, the pro-homosexual members called for another vote at a meeting last month while all but one of the opposition members were absent.

I am certain that the majority of the citizens of Baltimore County feel that homosexuality is abnormal behavior and an affront to the traditional, basic family values many of us employ in our lives, and most people do not believe our county government should institute laws condoning such immoral activity. How can our government officially approve laws protecting the rights of homosexuals while their physical activity is in violation of the law?

Christopher Graham


No comparison

Sometimes Dan Berger is fairly entertaining in "On the Other Hand." At other times, his "one-liner" non-sequiturs fall flat. Example: Sept. 11 ` "If Lithuania can evict the Russians, the Philippines has the right to kick us out."

Sorry, Mr. Berger, 45 years of American colonization of the Philippines cannot even be humorously compared with 45 years of the Soviets' rape, pillaging and oppression in Lithuania.

Joseph B. Rector


Thomas' example

The meanness that leads Wiley A. Hall III to call Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas "Uncle Thomas" can only be measured by his own concluding phrase, "reassuring racists."

To suggest that Clarence Thomas has somehow succumbed to white society implicitly contradicts the evidence: Clarence Thomas is a man who, while disadvantaged at birth, has risen above his station.

It is Wiley Hall who "reassures racists" by denigrating Thomas and by implying that he has somehow defected and become "too white" to remain a black man.

Wiley Hall's tiresome mantra, depicting "the black as victim" is just another cheap shot at black people ` men and women, such as Clarence Thomas, who succeed in rising above their stations and in so doing proving the Wiley Halls of this world wrong.

Jim Denney


Evasive rhetoric

In speaking of "natural law," is Judge Clearence Thomas (like Lewis Carroll's Humpty Dumpty) telling us, "When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean ` neither more nor less?"

Mary O. Styrt


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