Feud in TowsonEditor: After reading your Dec. 19 article...


January 03, 1992

Feud in Towson

Editor: After reading your Dec. 19 article regarding the feud between Baltimore County Police Chief Cornelius Behan and Sheriff Norman Pepersack Jr., I must respond.

Our police force is one of the finest in the nation.

Chief Behan has received numerous acknowledgments to reinforce this fact. He does not deserve this annoyance from the sheriff.

Mr. Pepersack should concentrate his efforts on improving the present functions of his office.

Or perhaps the county could save some money by eliminating Sheriff Pepersack's position and putting the duties of the sheriff's office under the supervision of the police chief.

S. M. Sheesley.


Unsafe Sex

Editor: Contrary to Thomas Cole's criticism (letter, Nov. 25) of Cal Thomas' Opinion * Commentary column (Nov. 12), Mr. Thomas obviously believes not only that human beings can make ''rational decisions about sex,'' but also that our young people need not consider themselves doomed to lose the inner freedom needed to make those rational decisions.

That inner freedom, moreover, once injured by any kind of disordered sexual experience, can be recovered to a very large extent by diligent effort (and, many religious persons would say, with a more-than-human help).

Mr. Thomas' point is that truly rational decisions preclude the use of condoms as ''safe sex.'' For there are very serious scientific reasons to believe that their use is only ''somewhat less dangerous'' -- by no means ''safe'' or even ''safer.''

You don't have to be a Ph. D. in biology to know that condoms fail even at the hands of very well-instructed, mature, married persons motivated for at-times desperately serious reasons to avoid pregnancy.

Planned Parenthood's own figures put that kind of condom failure at 10 percent -- and this in spite of the fact that the ovum is alive for only about three days and (because of overlapping sperm life) can be fertilized for at-most ten days of the month.

The HIV virus, in contrast, is present in an infected person 100 percent of the time. That would at least seem to amount to a 30 percent chance of lethal infection from an HIV carrier.

Perhaps a more accurate scientific estimate than this can be made, either up or down. It would be welcome. In the meantime, many young persons are saying to promoters of ''safe'' sex: ''Whom do you think you're kidding? Yourselves?''

Mr. Cole's critique looks suspiciously like very lame excuse-making from an older generation -- children largely of the '60s sexual revolution -- who have been worshiping at the feet of an ancient idol: unlimited access to sexual pleasure.

Is it not just possible, however, that like all false gods, this one too eventually wants blood-victims -- and gets them?

Frances Bosch.

Glen Burnie.

GOP Values

Editor: Republican candidate for Congress, Lisa G. Renshaw, complained that Congressman Wayne Gilchrest has ''abandoned the principles of the Republican Party.'' One of Ms. Renshaw's backers, Richard Andrews, said, ''In Congress, Wayne Gilchrest has rejected Republican values.''

Mr. Gilchrest's sins were detailed in a letter denouncing his votes on gun-control, wetlands and abortion legislation. Since he voted to require a 7-day waiting period on gun purchases, to protect wetlands and to allow women to make their own decisions about abortion, that letter defines for everybody what is meant by ''Republican values.''

Carleton W. Brown.



Editor: For certain, George Bush can look forward to one big growth industry in 1992. Ambassadors!

Quentin D. Davis.



Editor: I found your editorial, ''The Conspiracy to Murder JFK,'' to be a weak attempt to counter Oliver Stone's movie.

Your characterization of those historical events not only insulted my intelligence but implied that I and others who find fault with the official dogma are susceptible to paranoia. You, of all people, should know better than to publicly diagnose a medical condition.

You did, at least, include the most important line of the Warren Commission, the disclaimer: ''on the basis of the evidence before it.'' The problem is that, according to documented accounts, the best evidence, the president's body, had been tampered with. David Lifton's book, ''Best Evidence,'' examines the conflicting government reports, and discusses the effect of using tampered evidence to write the famed Warren Commission report.

Based on Lifton's examination of government records and not Stone's movie which I have not seen, I honestly believe there was a conspiracy to murder JFK. A crime which continues to stifle the spirit of this nation. The evidence is overwhelming. Yet the succeeding governments continue to ignore the obvious, and newspaper editors silence commission critics as people suffering from mental delusions.

Michael T. Hargadon.


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