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December 13, 1991

Pearl Harbor and the holiday spirit

The 50th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor is now history and Rep. Helen Delich Bentley's resolution calling for the Japanese government to formally apologize to the U.S. before Dec. 7 has fallen on deaf ears.

To demand an apology after half a century seems superficial, since most such expressions of regret have a hollow ring.

Helen could resume smashing Toshiba radios to emphasize her discontent with Japan's economic policies but she ought to avoid bashing Japanese vehicles because many are owned by Washington bureaucrats.

As Christmas approaches, I had envisioned one of America's toy manufacturers mass-producing miniature remote control "Helen Bentley dolls," who, with menacing hammers, wobble from under the Yuletide Christmas trees and systematically destroy Japanese appliances in the true holiday spirit.

Kelton Carl Ostrander

Woodlawn

As I read the article "Pearl Harbor stirs mixed emotions" (Dec. 3) I was reminded of everything I recently learned in my high school U.S. Studies class. Throughout the lesson on Japanese relocation during World War II, we were asked to examine each side of the issue and take a stand. My view was that the Japanese were treated unfairly during the war considering that most were bona fide U.S. citizens.

Moreover, I agree with the reparations that were given to the ex-internees. Even though the small amount of money they received cannot begin to piece together what they lost during the war, it can at least assist them in their present needs. It is the duty of the U.S. government to somehow show these people that it is sorry for the unnecessary hardships that were forced upon them.

Even though I disagree with the relocation, I am glad to see that people are looking ahead and not lingering on former events. As Mary Sugiyama was quoted as saying, "there's no time to be bitter. I believe it's more important look forward than to live in the past."

Sheri Happel

Ellicott City

Crucial battle

While America is remembering Pearl Harbor, I think back to another event that also occurred 50 years ago. The mighty German army was dealt its first major defeat. Stubborn Russian resistance finally sent the Germans into retreat.

Americans should feel fortunate that we did not experience fighting as was seen in Russia in the winter of 1941. Over 5 million men, women and children died that year, and nearly a million died in the Russian counterattack of Dec. 2, 1941, alone.

If the Russians had not stopped the Germans during that week, Moscow would have fallen and the world would be quite different today. From this point of view the battle for Moscow overshadows Pearl Harbor in the outcome of world events.

Dane Lynch

Parkville

Survival skills

On reading the article in the Nov. 26 Evening Sun o evictions, I was reminded of a cartoon in the New Yorker. A littl

kid is sitting at the feet of his elder, and the gentleman is counseling, "Always remember, Johnny, the best things in life are free, but the very best cost a lot of money."

I sympathize with the parent who lamented that her kids were used to the very best but now have to do with seconds. Not to worry. Those of us, now 60-somethings and children of the Depression, grew up on seconds and hand-me-downs. The lesson some of us learned from it was thrift and frugality. Serendipitously, we learned to use our imaginations to make something wonderful out of nothing and in the process to expand creatively. What would have been the need for that kind of growth if everything had been handed to us on a silver platter?

Times are tough now, but for us seniors the lessons learned back then have become survival skills.

Rosinda Alexander

Baltimore

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