Doubts about Bush's fitness to lead U.S.Now that the...

the Forum

December 26, 1991

Doubts about Bush's fitness to lead U.S.

Now that the Persian Gulf war is over and the patriotic euphoria is abating, all but the most ardent Bush supporters are beginning to realize as they feel the pain of this serious recession that the president is totally unfit for his job.

Even in the international arena Bush has failed. After killing 200,000 Iraqi civilians and condemning 170,000 orphans and children to starvation, Saddam Hussein is still alive and well. After bombing 2,000 people in Panama, that country's U.S.-backed puppet leader is a clone of Gen. Manuel Noriega. Our tax dollars still suppress liberation movements in Third World. And on and on.

Plainly speaking, Bush needs to initiate another war. Perhaps with Cuba, perhaps with Libya. Then he and our generals and defense secretary could praise our troops and satanize the enemy with the usual sanctimonious, patriotic zeal. Then, after killing hundreds of thousands of civilians, our troops could come home to parades, wonderful speeches and no jobs!

Thus, if in the next Republican National Convention, Bush finds himself standing between a right-wing lunatic and a neo-Nazi Ku Klux Klanner, he'll be squirming in a bed of his own making.

I'd like to suggest an amendment to the Constitution that would allow Mikhail Gorbachev to be nominated by the Democrats. He may be available in January.

Gerald Ben Shargel

Reisterstown

Prison alternative

Why not give nonviolent prisoners a break, while saving money for our state and helping the environment or the poor at the same time?

Electronic surveillance is the way to go. Let these prisoners out to work on projects to save our state money, such as better housing for the poor. Some very talented prisoners could get fulfillment of their now messed-up lives while incarcerated.

Lawrence M. Chester Sr.

Parkville

Drugs, not sex

As the author of a six-year study and report titled "The REAL Cause and Cure of AIDS," I recently wrote a letter to the Forum in response to one by David S. Page titled "AIDS conspiracy?" (Dec.9). My edited letter appeared in your paper Dec. 16, but The Evening Sun inadvertently distorted my chief argument and most vital conclusion due to the omission of several very important words in one of my statements.

Without repeating the error of omission here, let me, rather, emphasize and repeat my original statements to The Evening Sun which were carefully constructed so as not to mislead, or provide a scientific basis for contention or ridicule.

After six years of AIDS research, I am convinced beyond any reasonable doubt that it is not transmitted sexually.

The disease of AIDS that results in death is, in every case, directly related to long-term illicit (or medically-prescribed) oral, nasal and/or intravenous drug abuse. It is the drugs themselves that destroy one's immune system not any virus! This is why the doctors are right when they confirm that no one has ever died of AIDS (i.e., the HIV). People only die from AIDS-related illness, which, of course, is exacerbated by long-term drug use.

Everett G. Jarvis

Baltimore

This is in response to the Dec. 16 letter by Everett Jarvis concerning AIDS and HIV transmission. It would be nice if sexual intercourse did not spread the HIV virus. But the theory that AIDS results from drug abuse ignores the facts.

There is no evidence that Kimberly Bergalis was an addict; she died from an AIDS-related illness. There is no evidence that Ryan White abused drugs; he died of AIDS-related illness. Those people who have had the misfortune of being infected with the HIV virus through transfusions demonstrate that the virus is carried in the blood. That many of these people have developed AIDS-related illnesses and died indicates that AIDS is not the long-term effect of drug abuse, but a disease. Certainly drug abuse is a co-factor; the virus can more quickly destroy an immune system that has already been weakened by drug abuse. But to say that sexual intercourse does not transmit the virus, and consequently the disease, is irresponsible.

We are all at risk for this disease. All we can do is reduce our risk. If a person is not going to abstain completely from sexual intercourse or is not in a long-term, monogamous relationship, then use of a condom is essential.

Charles E. Haller

Baltimore

Spirit of the season

This is in answer to Marcie Handler's Dec. 17 letter, "Christmas displays" [which laments the association of winter with symbols of the Christian holiday].

I am a 68-year-old Christian grandmother. I do not belong to any organized religion. Ms. Handler seems so bitter and intolerant. I doubt she represents the young Jewish community; I doubt there are many young Jewish people who share her intolerance. Most of all, I know her religion is not so fragile that the sight of a Santa Claus or a Christmas tree could shatter.

When I see the Star of David, I see a brave people who have survived against all odds so that Judaism would survive. And I thank God for such people.

Because of Ms. Handler's letter, I shall make a special effort this holiday season to thank God for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the pilgrimages to Mecca, etc. I shall say a special prayer for all who participate in these events.

I do hope Ms. Handler will see fit to join me in that prayer. God loves us all unconditionally. Couldn't we all try to do the same?

M. Deise

Baltimore

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