Stick with Quayle
Please send this message to President Bush: Keep Dan Quayle. He's your kind of man.
I was pleased to see the article in The Evening Sun July 21 about the Baltimore Community Foundation's recent distribution of $753,350 in grants to area non-profit organizations.
One point, however, deserves correction. The article stated that the Community Foundation is "funded with money from businesses and philanthropic organizations," failing to recognize our scores of individual donors.
Gifts from individuals made up more than 60 percent of the $4.9 million in contributions and pledges received by the Community Foundation in 1991.
Without these generous and dedicated friends, the Community Foundation would never have become the vital resource for this region that it is today.
Timothy D. Armbruster
No more tears for continued city violence?
Where is the outrage? Where are the tears? Is all of our outrage gone? Have all of our tears been shed?
How many Saturdays must we open our newspaper and read of shootings in our community? Recently, it was a vendor and his helper in front of the dental school. Mr. Trikillis, the vendor, was shot in the chest, and Ms. Murzda, his helper, was shot twice in the lower back.
But that was not all. A gunman confronted a manager of a check-cashing store on Reisterstown Road.
Elsewhere on Reisterstown Road, inside the International House of Pancakes, customers were held up by one man with a shotgun and another with a handgun.
We are not finished yet. Another gunman held up a Federal Armored Express driver at Harborpark Cinema at 1:30 in the afternoon.
Now for the big surprise -- police are looking for six different teen-agers with guns. Any outrage left? Nope, just an ordinary news day in Baltimore.
The National Rifle Association would have us believe readily accessible handguns are needed for target practice, or to be kept under our pillows for self-defense. Pure bunk.
We would all be safer without handguns. The sad truth is that because of a total lack of resolve to rid our society of these instruments of death, we are all candidates to become victims of a tragedy. Why do we accept this as our fate?
We all know this is true -- without public safety we can forget about school reform, a new football stadium and thriving downtown business of any kind.
We need the resolve to get rid of guns in Baltimore. The political leadership should wake up and hear that the people want to feel safe in our homes and on our streets. Get rid of the guns. Stop the violence.
Saul E. Gilstein
What the Republicans can do now
The Democrats came out of their national convention revitalized in spirit, centrist in policy, focused on victory and some 23 points ahead in the polls. In Bill Clinton and Al Gore they have a bright, young, hungry and energetic team.
The Republicans won't have their at-bat until next month, and there will surely be many changes between now and election day. What can the Republicans do to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat?
First, have Jim Baker head up the re-election campaign and pull another rabbit out of the hat as he did four years ago when George Bush was 17 points behind in the polls.
Second, play a foreign card that will put the president back in the role of commander-in-chief. Confrontation with Saddam Hussein, military involvement or crisis in Eastern Europe or Haiti and dramatic events in the Middle East are all possibilities.
Third, since a candidate doesn't have to be perfect, but only perceived to be better than his opponent, the Bush-Quayle handlers can bring out the sleaze machine.
While the president publicly expressed his disapproval, Republican operatives can leak an accusation or alleged scandal-a-week for 14 weeks.
If Mr. Clinton fails to fully explain or defend himself each time, he risks losing credibility; if he does devote his energies to shoring up his character he plays into the Republicans' hands and is reduced to defensive tactics.
Finally, strategists can employ a bold device to show that the new and improved George H. W. Bush really does get it and is committed to radical change. He can dump Dan Quayle in favor of an inspiring new face.
Ross Perot is the most obvious vice presidential candidate but Colin Powell, Jack Kemp, Jim Baker or a prominent female are other examples.
The Republicans have nothing to lose because even if Mr. Bush wins he's a lame duck. Many Republican strategists will see the situation in all-or-nothing terms and they will try some if not all of these tactics. The only question is will they work?
Roger C. Kostmayer