Abortion ThreatRecently, Catonsville was bombarded by...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

July 06, 1992

Abortion Threat

Recently, Catonsville was bombarded by anti-abortion pornography, and as residents of Catonsville my family and I would like to let it be known that the acts of radical extremists are having an impact. More and more Marylanders are becoming disgusted by the tactics of these radical abortion foes.

In reality, their greatest accomplishment is to mobilize voters to vote "yes" on the abortion rights bill in the November referendum. The shocking tactics of these groups may prove to be a wake-up call to previously sleeping voters who have wrongly thought that their rights were not being threatened. The threat is real.

By voting "yes" on Nov. 3, we can all help to continue to guarantee those rights. This is an area of our lives we can no longer take for granted. Don't get caught napping -- be sure to get to the polls on election day to preserve your right to choose.

Jacqueline Colianni

Catonsville

Inconvenient

Thanks for Cal Thomas' column, June 15, concerning the film, "A Private Matter." I totally agree with him.

It seems as though life itself is becoming a disposable commodity along with the rest of the disposables we use to make our lives more convenient and comfortable.

We don't feel like washing the dishes, so paper plates are used. No more deposits on glass bottles; much too inconvenient to return them. Disposables will do.

Convenience seems to be at a premium these days. Heaven forbid that anything or anyone should interfere with our convenience.

Over 1.5 million abortions take place in America each year and most of them are done because it is an inconvenient time to have a child.

I'm too young, I'm too old, I have a career, I have enough children, I just can't afford it. Where has our reverence for life gone?

If we can terminate the life of a handicapped child in the womb, how far are we from terminating the life of the handicapped who are with us?

Then, of course, there are the elderly. Who will decide when they are disposable, too? And on it goes.

Where will we draw the line and let God decide matters of life and death?

Loretta Ducote

Baltimore

Budget Buster

Your June 21 editorial, "Sacred Cows or a Balanced Budget," show how much the billions unnecessarily lavished on a hollowed cow called the Pentagon are ignored.

Was this an oversight, or do you seriously propose that the trust fund for Social Security and Medicare be plundered to balance a guns-not-butter budget of which it is not even a part?

Some such campaign seems afoot. On June 24, you ran a syndicated column by Richard Reeves, who accused seniors of breaking the social contract and trying to stiff the young. Nothing could be more ludicrous nor less accurate as a description of today's elderly, who as young people were the original drafters and guarantors of the social contract Reeves acclaims.

What really robs today's young people of a future is the enormous interest they will have to pay on the trillions spent on arms budgets for Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama and the Persian Gulf.

To balance the budget, your editorial writer might propose a key clause of the social contract -- really equitable taxation. Today, that translates into taxing the rich -- particularly including the corporations that super-profited from those trillions in arms sales, which really busted the budget.

Howard B. Silverberg

Baltimore

Spend on Kids

The Sun's recent series of articles on the Baltimore City schools revealed many needs: good teachers earning a living wage; adequate materials; adequate buildings; adequate programs for at-risk kids.

The series, though, never dealt with adequate preparation -- of students.

Back in the Dark Ages of 1959, when I secured my first teaching position, the educational philosophy maintained that in order to teach a kid, you must first get his rear end in a seat. Nowadays, the seat can be a beanbag chair on the floor but the philosophy remains. Teachers need students who are capable of enough self-discipline to learn.

Until there is a way to teach fathers and mothers to be parents, there will be children who are not ready to learn, and the schools will continue to shoulder the blame.

The Head Start program is only a beginning. Our country needs to spend far more money on its future -- its kids.

Janet Olsen

Columbia

No Comparison

Your June 27 editorial concerning the implementation of the Prince George's County pesticide notification law did not fairly represent the lawn care industry's view of the issue.

We feel we have a better solution than pre-posting. In addition, your comparison of our industry to the tobacco industry is totally unjustified.

First, we don't deny there is a problem or at least a perceived problem. However, with pesticides, we are dealing with fear of the unknown. I don't think you can say the same for tobacco.

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