Take it back?Let's see if I'm correct: Jerry Brown is...

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May 20, 1992

Take it back?

Let's see if I'm correct: Jerry Brown is going to "take our country back." From who? Why, Big Money and Big Corporations!

Pat Buchanan will "take our country back" from liberals, Afro-Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Jews, women, gays and perhaps ETs!

Now Texas billionaire Ross Perot has joined the chorus and will "take our country back." Hmmm? From the other billionaires who run our country?

And once these candidates have "taken our country back," who will they give it to?

Gerald Ben Shargel


Computers could link kids, parents

Why does it cost so much to adopt a child? Where are all the children who need homes? How can we find these children? Is there some way to bring together a couple who wants a child (or children) and a needy one? Wouldn't it be less costly for these children and taxpayers to live in a permanent home instead of the state continuously putting money into foster care?

My husband and I want to adopt a child (or children). In our research into this, we found the cost to be enormous! For example, a home study alone by a private agency starts at $750, up to about $2,500, plus yearly updates. This does not include legal fees, physical needs of the child (ie. bed, clothes, etc.) nor does it include the cost involved with a page of adoption requirements (i.e. FBI check, medical exams, police report, autobiographies, etc.)

If we opt to go through the county or city, we may be on a waiting list for a year or more with no guarantees. Add onto that the time (and cost) involved with the rest of the adoption requirements.

Isn't there a quicker, less costly route to meet the needs of the deserving child and couple to find each other? I would rather invest my time, money on the child (or children), not just the acquisition of said child.

How can a middle income American family afford to adopt? Maybe we need a computer with all the needs of the couples and children to find the answer. If a computer is used for people to find dates, why not for people to find each other? Any suggestions from your readers would be appreciated.

Barbara Gardner


Perot's chances

Due to a lack of leadership, our political system has been turned into a smoke pit full of fungus.

H. Ross Perot insists that he can clean out the cesspool in Washington and make the U.S. operate better with a lot less waste. The public sector does not prefer George Bush or Bill Clinton. Therefore, the third party candidate has a chance to get elected . . . if he runs a campaign based on reason rather than rhetoric.

Joseph Lerner


Road to extinction

This is a time of deep sadness for all who care about future generations of humans and the Earth community as a whole.

In an ominous, precedent-setting action, the Bush administration is moving to reduce the protection of the Endangered Species Act from the northern spotted owl, opening part of its Pacific fTC Northwest habitat to logging.

In so doing, the administration has chosen the short over the long term. Logging the old growth forests can provide a few more jobs for a brief time.

But what happens when the forests are gone? Automation in the logging industry has cost far more jobs than protecting the spotted owl's habitat.

In the final analysis, people can be retrained. Most species do not have that luxury. And extinction, when it comes, is forever.

Do we have the right to knowingly doom another species to extinction in order to protect a comparatively few jobs for a comparatively brief time?

The issue, of course, is not the spotted owl per se, but the preservation of species diversity and intact ecosystems versus short-term economic gain. We do not wish to see it, but chances are that every species we kill or allow to become extinct is a nail in our own coffin.

Nor is the destruction confined to the West. Throughout Maryland, our rapidly dwindling forests are being cut to make room for development despite attempts by lawmakers to slow the attrition. The echo of the chain saw's roar and the crash of falling trees reverberates from one side of this country to the other.

Thomas H. Harbold


American tragedy

The tragedy in Los Angeles serves as a chance for American society to examine itself. Do police abuse their power? Is the justice system colorblind? Has racial tension increased rather than diminished since the turbulent 60s?

The answers to these questions are not apparent. What is apparent is that urban America is disintegrating before our eyes, like the burning structures in L.A. The rioting and looting is inexcusable but it is obvious that many in society are fed up with the ills of inner-city life.

It is time for honest, hard-working people to win out over the crack-dealing, street-corner scum. The Korean shopkeepers in L.A. were guilty of nothing more than working hard for a better life for their families -- of wanting to live the "American dream." Yet they were victimized much the same as Rodney King was.

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