Privileged by a historical accidentI would find Michael J...

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December 09, 1991

Privileged by a historical accident

I would find Michael J. Davis' letter (Forum, Dec. 3) on regional government hysterical if I thought nobody would take it seriously. His prediction of massive layoffs can't be a realistic expectation. Because the city is so hard-pressed, there are no economies of scale. Besides, if there were, keeping the status quo would waste the taxpayers' money.

As for the reduction in public services, I can't see why we should honor his wishes. The regional average service level will not suffer. The city will gain by as much as the counties lose. Is he saying that it would be unfair to reduce county services to anything near what Baltimore now has?

There are only two ways of seeing his complaint. Maybe he believes God decreed that we should have a county that looks like a half-eaten doughnut; and that it should provide better services than the city at half the cost. Certainly, the logic for such an arrangement would be known only to God.

The other possibility is that Michael J. Davis is the beneficiary of a de-facto gerrymander, and he's worried that regionalism would deprive him of the special privileges he gets from this historical accident.

Paul O'Brien


AIDS conspiracy?

In the article "Randallstown man says U.S. lying about cause of AIDS" (The Evening Sun, Nov. 7), John Fairhall gives free

publicity to Everett G. Jarvis, who wrote "The Real Cause and Cure of AIDS," and Dr. Robert B. Strecker and his brother Ted, who produced the video, "The Strecker Memorandum." These men preach that there is a government conspiracy to lie about AIDS.

Jarvis is a former computer science teacher at the Community College of Baltimore who now runs a small publishing company from his home near Randallstown. His greatest success is TC book of names and grave sites of dead movie and television stars. So where does it say in this short repertoire that he is an authority on AIDS?

The Strecker brothers allege that AIDS is a government-hatched plot to kill people. They also say that AIDS is transmitted through mosquitoes, and that the virus is too small to be blocked by a condom. What would these gentlemen have us do, not use condoms anymore?

These types of articles can only do harm by stirring up suspicion and disharmony among our citizens. It's quite obvious that these men are trying to earn money at the expense of others' fears.

David S. Page


None of the above

When the citizens of Nevada go to the polls, they may offer a protest vote by checking off a "none of the above" option on their ballots. Many of us feel that every state should permit its voters to enjoy this privilege.

"None of the above" could be a most powerful tool for the public. Just imagine how our corrupt politicians would be insulted if they were defeated by "none of the above."

Joseph Lerner


Government by veto

The longer I wait the more convinced I am that President Bush will not or cannot do the job he was elected to do. I request that he take time out from foreign policy and stay home long enough to serve the people of the United States. Watching his "do-nothing" policy convinces me that our democracy has now turned into dictatorship by vetoes. The veto is in direct contradiction of a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Some of the bills he vetoed would have helped many of the American people get out of the depression.

John Schield


Compensate POWs

Now that The Evening Sun has written, at length, about th injustices done to Japanese-Americans following the attack on Pearl Harbor, how about writing a little something about our American servicemen and women who were tortured in Japanese prison camps both during and after World War II?

Since Congress saw fit to give $20,000 to the 50,000 living Japanese-Americans who were interned, what has the Japanese government done to compensate the American prisoners of war who were mercilessly tortured?

Cheryl A. Linzey


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