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October 05, 1991



Editor: Ronald Reagan was never so popular as when he invaded Grenada.

George Bush's popularity rose to enormous heights when he invaded Panama. It soared to astronomical heights when he invaded Iraq.

Mr. Bush has recently condemned Fidel Castro and the Cuban government in a manner reminiscent of Ronald Reagan's denunciation of Daniel Ortega and the Nicaraguan government.

If in 1992 the economy has not recovered and a Democratic opponent with a viable domestic agenda is nipping at the heels of George Bush in his bid for re-election, will he invade Cuba?

$ Leon Peace Ried. Baltimore.

Right to Secede

Editor: Recent letters comparing the secession of the Soviet republics to the attempted secession of our Southern states omits a very important difference. Although forgotten by many (and ignored by more), our states have always had the constitutional right to secede.

This is why we called them ''states,'' which at the time meant ''independent, sovereign entities.'' This was implicit in the agreements by which several accepted membership in the Union.

It was exercised in 1814 when the Hartford Convention hinted at secession to bring the War of 1812 to a halt. Thomas Jefferson, in his Virginia-Kentucky Resolutions, recognized the right (or duty) to secede if member states were not in agreement with the rest.

Before the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln stated publicly that if the Southern states wished to secede, there was no power or authority given by the Constitution to stop them.

Yet with all these guarantees, they couldn't leave peacefully, or at all. Quite a difference.

' Richard G. Ballard. Sparks.

No Toy Guns

Editor: As a mother, I was appalled to read about a girl being shot by her sister who was playing with a gun. These ''accidents'' happen too often because parents don't teach children that guns are dangerous.

Passing more laws to ban guns is not the way to solve this problem. The Second Amendment gives every man, woman and, yes, child in this country the right to possess guns for self-protection. Our goal should therefore be to teach responsible use of a gun to everyone, including children, at an early age.

We have six children, the youngest one now six years old. They all know what a gun is, how to use it, and how not to use it. They consider all guns to be ''loaded'' and not toys.

We do not allow ''toy'' guns in our house because we want our children to understand that guns are not to be played with. Real guns kill people and other living things.

eggy Monaghan. Baltimore.

Gun Thoughts

Editor: This letter is in response to the critics of Michael Olesker's Sept. 17 column on gun control.

James Fite asks why Mr. Olesker doesn't ''crusade'' against automobiles, Israeli Uzi manufacturers and alcohol, all of which play a part in violent deaths?

Heroin is injected by 25,000 addicts in Baltimore City every day. Would Mr. Fite support legalization and free distribution of heroin since addicts are shooting it anyway?!

Proponents of loose restrictions on the possession of firearms consistently justify their position on the basis that criminals will always find a way to obtain guns. Since when do two wrongs make a right? This logically bankrupt argument implies that the possession of guns by honest citizens will deter criminal activity. Who is kidding whom? Reasoning like that is reminiscent of such Cold War policy gems as ''first-strike capability'' and ''peace through strength.''

Opponents of gun control have a dream. They have a dream of American cities where honest citizens arm themselves with firearms and dare criminals to make their day.

Perhaps they will rename Baltimore and Washington D.C. ''Tombstone'' and ''Dodge City.''

!Melanie M. Snyder. Baltimore.

Cutting Police

Editor: The Maryland State Police have been dealt two demoralizing blows in the past several months.

The failure of the judicial system to send a message of clear and exact retribution for the murder of Trooper Ted Wolfe left the department just a little more vulnerable to the horror the officer and his family suffered. Budget cuts that will abruptly end the careers and financial security of 83 state troopers sends the message that they are expendable and less valuable.

We live in an era of increased crime and violence. Not many people want to go out alone in the evening to buy a gallon of milk or even take a walk. Consider then the courage and dedication it must take for these men and women to have made the commitment to be on the front line of defense in these dangerous times.

It is increasingly apparent that when we the citizens want something like a new stadium, we find the money to get it. Very few people objected to buying lottery tickets to finance the venture. Perhaps we should consider a similar strategy to maintain our police.

)Patricia Dockman Anderson. Baltimore.

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