CompromisesEditor: I love compromises.Governor Schaefer...


October 13, 1991


Editor: I love compromises.

Governor Schaefer and Eli Jacobs should have called the stadium the Memorial Babe Ruth Stadium at Oriole Park in

Camden Yards.

Ruth Cullison.


Bunch of Clowns

Editor: I cannot understand why our congressmen seem so unconcerned when the American public views them collectively as a bunch of clowns not worth the effort to vote for or against.

I see no effort on the part of either the House or the Senate to start an internal reform that is so obviously needed. It almost seems as if those politicians consider the voters too stupid to worry about.

The recent revelations about the private bank for the House and the unpaid food tabs at their exclusive dining palace are a case in point. But far more serious is the three-ringed circus the Senate has made of confirmation hearings, the most recent travesty being the consideration of Judge Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court. They allow groups for and against to parade before them either asking to be given sainthood or burned at the stake. All in full view of the voting but unconcerned public.

I hope a massive voter turnout all over the nation will vote this ''American aristocracy''' out of power so some fresh, new faces can clean up the cesspool our Congress has become.

R. M. Hackney.


Trouble in Haiti

Editor: The overthrow of the democratic government of President Jean Bertrand Aristide of Haiti is profoundly troubling and disquieting. There is no justification for the coup orchestrated by the Haitian armed forces under the command of Brigadier Gen. Raoul Cedras. President Aristide, elected overwhelmingly by the Haitian people, should be restored to office immediately.

It is encouraging that President George Bush and Secretary of State James Baker have spoken forthrightly, urgently and precisely in urging the restoration of President Aristide to power. I hope, too, that the Organization of American States will respond promptly and firmly in response to President Aristide's plaintive call for assistance.

In the final analysis, given the recalcitrance and lust for power by General Cedras, if stiff diplomatic measures fail, the OAS should undertake multilateral military force to restore stability, order and the legitimate government of Haiti. Justice and the necessity of peace in the Caribbean region require it.

Samuel L. Banks.



Editor: I am appalled by the apparent short-sighted thinking of the leaders of business, industry and government.

The laying off of employees in order to ''save money'' and to return to budget balance is for the short term and immediate advantage only.

The economic fall-out from this policy is the increasing number of unemployed. These unemployed no longer have the purchasing power to buy the products they formerly helped produce or the services they rendered. As the number of jobless grows, so can this recession turn into depression.

One pertinent difference between the '30s depression and this so-called recession is that in the '30s low prices prevailed, while at the present the cost of living remains at a dangerous high

level and creates worse problems for the jobless and the poor.

Joseph Carmel.


Israel's Choices

Editor: Ray Jenkins wrote a column in the Sept. 22 Sunday Sun entitled ''Israel's Choices.'' He gave Israel no viable options other than to return all the land it captured in a war it did not start.

In the same edition, a letter was printed which contained an outright and boldfaced lie. The writer, W. A. Heidecker, stated, ''What right has Israel, or any other foreign government, to demand $10 billion from the U.S. Treasury.''

You must know that this is a distortion of the fact that Israel has requested only loan guarantees in that amount and not $10 billion from the U.S. Treasury.

Merrill B. Lehman.



Editor: Ray Jenkins is correct that Israel will have to make a choice in how Judea and Samaria (West Bank) will ultimately be treated. However, he errs when he offers Israel only three choices.

Expulsion, his first listed choice, is absurd in the minds of Jews all over the world -- despite the forced departure of Jews from Arab countries.

Outright annexation, giving the Arabs full Israeli citizenship, would by its very demographics fundamentally alter the nature of the Jewish state and is not a desirable or practical alternative.

Mr. Jenkins' third choice -- an Israel ''impos(ing) a system which would be virtually indistinguishable from South Africa-type apartheid'' -- is not the only other open choice to Israel. To insist that it is is ugly, unfair and incorrect.

Such a suggestion does not begin to consider the range of all the various possibilities of real autonomy following good-faith, direct negotiations between the parties involved.

It is dirty pool for Mr. Jenkins to gratuitously use apartheid to describe a society which has just spectacularly rescued over 14,000 Ethiopians and is now engaged in an unprecedented effort to absorb them.

ene Silberman.

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