Why voters will support Perot in '92It is amusing so many...

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July 08, 1992

Why voters will support Perot in '92

It is amusing so many people are jumping on the bandwagon to discredit H. Ross Perot, as if he were no real threat politically. Remember the "throw the bums out" campaign, which resulted in legislation to limit the number of terms a politician could serve? Mr. Perot is coming to Washington to clean out the barn, while the Republicans and Democrats are saying: "Just put a clothes pin on your nose. This is how we do business here!"

American voters are ready to vote for a man who has a vital appreciation of what works in the marketplace. Fixing our economy is not cutting defense and military budgets; these folks need jobs too.

We are paying a high price for a decade of "hands-off policy" regarding domestic affairs. Industry has little incentive to build or expand plants here and the job base continues to decline.

As a nation, we still do not know where we are going. People are calling out for leadership and direction, for national priorities, for purpose, accountability and common sense.

Bill Clinton might as well be running for mayor of Mars; the threadbare liberal mind-set of the Democratic Party has failed our nation miserably.

Yes, minorities and special interest groups need help and consideration, but they do not run this nation. We are now supporting the third and fourth generations of a growing welfare class, even subsidizing immorality.

American voters do not want more of the same. They are ready to vote for an outsider, for an un-politician who doesn't make decisions based on political bias, popularity or his re-election prospects.

Mr. Perot is not polished or pretentious, but he is coming to Washington to get a job done, to lead and to give Americans the long-overdue representation they deserve.

Thomas H. Mehnert


Empower teachers

Sharon Sweeney Keech asks a great question in her column "Who hired you?" (Forum Extra, June 22): "Wouldn't it make sense for teachers to establish a system within their profession not only to discipline their peers but also to offer assistance to teachers who are struggling?"

Quite right, it would! That's why the Maryland State Teachers Association spent five years trying to get the Maryland General Assembly to pass legislation establishing an autonomous, teacher-dominated professional standards and practices board to determine who may enter and who may remain in our profession.

Yet local and state boards of education wanted no part of that. They are content with blaming rather than empowering teachers to define and police their profession. That was also the tone of The Baltimore Sun's articles. Thus the compromise legislation that ultimately passed failed to put teachers in charge of their profession.

Jane R. Stern


The writer is president of the Maryland State Teachers Association.


Sharon Sweeney Keech, in her article, "Who hired you?" (Other Voices, June 22), refers to the fact that only three of 4,500 tenured teachers have been fired as a chance of less than .0001 percent. The ratio of three in 4,500 is about .0667 percent, 667 times larger than the upper limit of her estimate.

There is little hope for our students when a teacher errs by a factor of 667 in a routine decimal calculation.

Paul Slepian


Underpaid heroes

On May 18 at about 1 a.m., I called Baltimore County 911 to request help for my wife, who was experiencing what appeared to be a heart attack. Within five minutes, firefighters from the Parkville station and paramedics from the Fullerton station were at my door.

I must commend these men for the way they conducted themselves, for the care they showed my wife while quickly preparing to transport her. While en route to the hospital, my wife went into cardiac arrest. It was only through the skill of the paramedics that she arrived at St. Joseph Hospital alive.

We were fortunate that the arterial blockage which triggered the heart attack was cleared, and my wife returned home 10 days later.

My thanks go to the staff at St. Joseph, but I am most grateful to the underpaid, overworked and underappreciated public servants who hurried to my home in the middle of the night, and kept my wife alive long enough to receive hospital treatment.

Laurence L. Browning


Specter's payback

During the recent Senate hearings for the approval of Clarence Thomas' suitability for sitting on the Supreme Court, all of America witnessed the attempted discrediting of Anita Hill, who had been subpoenaed to testify.

Ms. Hill will go down in history, I believe, along with Rosa Parks. The Senatorial overkill of Ms. Hill has never been satisfactorily clarified for the simple reason, I believe, that the senators had no justification for discrediting Ms. Hill but were intent on confirming Clarence Thomas for no apparent reason other than that he was an Afro-American. Ms. Hill maintained a most commendable dignity throughout the circus-like proceedings.

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