Editor: The unprecedented vote of black voters in Louisiana coupled with the vote of national, concerned and thoughtful white Louisianians prevented David Duke, a peripatetic, unctuous, meretricious peddler of hate and racial-religious divisiveness, from winning the gubernatorial election in Louisiana. The most distressing and disturbing aspect of the election was that a majority of white voters in Louisiana cast their ballots for David Duke, notwithstanding his racist and neo-Nazi proclivities. Their vote represented a painful transmogrification of the fundamental principles of liberty and socioeconomic justice for all.
The historical truth is that it was the remarkable coalition and solidarity of black churches, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and black sororities, fraternities, institutions of higher education and civic groups, casting 96 percent of their vote for Edwin Edwards which saved Louisiana from national disgrace. A grand huzzah to the black voters of Louisiana who, in spite of onerous and heavy societal burdens, refused to go fishing on election day.
The black vote in the Louisiana election shows the power of the ballot. The ballot, to be sure, is a sure route to socio-economic, educational and political empowerment.
Samuel L. Banks. Baltimore.
Editor: David Duke. What a character.
It's bad enough someone like this is part of the Louisiana legislature. Someone with his background running for governor is frightening. It's even more frightening that it took a run-off election to defeat him.
A record number of Lousiana registered voters turned out for their election on Nov. 16. The people of Louisiana should be congratulated for such a high turnout. They proved that participation in the voting process does make a difference in the outcome of an election. This proves that our democracy does work.
It is shameful that it takes an undesirable candidate to draw people out to the polls, especially when the main reason most people voted was to cast a vote against that person. It's even more shameful when the person they do vote for is the ''lesser of two evils.''
What ever happened to ''good, qualified people'' running for public office? Is public service dying as a profession? Let's hope not.
The whole point of democracy is to get involved. Let us remember that we have a system that is operated by the people, for the people.
Without voter participation our system of government will not produce the results we as a people want. It is only through the ballot box that we can make a difference.
Richard L. Bolgiano. Towson.
Hypocrites and Gun Control
Editor: Walking through an area mall, my friends and I were talking about the hunting season for deer. A woman behind us decided that she would butt into our conversation.
She told us we were murderers and rednecks and that we had no right to kill these poor, innocent animals. Her last statement was that no one should be allowed to have guns of any kind. I
then asked the woman what she had for lunch. She said she had eaten a hamburger.
What really gets on my nerves are these hypocrites who preach about animal rights and then eat meat themselves.
As for guns and gun control, I and persons like me have the right to own any weapon we wish as long as it is within the parameters of the law and the constitution.
% Thomas G. Atkins. Dundalk.
Editor: Why has the state deficit become a political hot potato that none of our legislators wants to touch?
Why has balancing the budget been put on the backs of state workers and the welfare recipients?
No one of course wants the sales tax increased, but this would be a fair and equitable solution and would affect everyone in the state, rich and poor alike. Many other states that did not have a personal state income tax now do.
But no, our legislators do not want increased taxes because we have an election year coming up.
The president and governor are only allowed to run for two terms, but our legislators can run forever. Why? Because they would have to vote for their own limited terms and, of course, they will not do that.
! Lynn Bechtel.
Editor: Recently I had the pleasure of a three-day visit to your fine city, the first in many years. I would like to compliment your mayor and city planners for the excellent revitalization that has .. been accomplished and is presently going on.
I am handicapped and use an electric three-wheel vehicle. With the help of the thoughtfully provided curb cuts and ramps, I was able to visit the aquarium, the harbor tour and the many restaurants and shops of the Inner Harbor as well as the Mount Vernon and Fells Point areas.
Finally, I would like to express my appreciation for the kindness and hospitality extended to me. Total strangers were quick to offer unsolicited help if they thought I might need some assistance.
As you gather, I have become a fan of Baltimore.
`Anthony J. Denning.