GOP can't see a naked countryI watched the recent...

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September 09, 1992

GOP can't see a naked country

I watched the recent Republican convention, and the more I heard, the more I was reminded of the story of the "Emperor's New Clothes."

These people cannot seem to bring themselves to deal with reality and constantly miss the "nakedness" of what is going on in this country.

They will not see the destruction taking place in our cities, the booming crime rate, the failure of our education systems and much more. Sure, Ronald Reagan got big government off our backs -- by pushing everything back to the states, and they in turn pushed back at the counties who pulled back from the cities. Remember the programs that the federal government cut? (Can you believe ketchup was designated a vegetable?) . . .

Now we have poor states and rich states again and the people suffer. These people actually believe people change on their own? Not often. If the federal government hadn't pushed for civil rights and for many other programs, does anyone believe we would be as far as we are in this country?

I would rather have my taxes taken through federal programs, spreading them across the entire country, than by cutting federal tax and paying higher state taxes, etc., depending on how rich or poor the state is where you live.

So now we pay the price for the trickle-down economics of the Reagan/Bush administrations. Some American people never want to hear the truth about what is going on. They always want something for nothing, and every time someone stands up and shouts, "The Emperor has no clothes," they are eliminated because most people only want to see what they want to see.

J. White

Baltimore

Will U.S. repeat British ingratitude to a world leader?

Many of America's voters are not old enough to remember back to July 1945.

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, one of this century's greatest statesmen, was meeting in Potsdam, Germany, with Joseph V. Stalin and President Harry Truman to decide on the future administration of Germany when he (Churchill) learned that he had just been voted out of office.

The world could not believe that this venerable leader had been deposed by an ungrateful nation. Great Britain needed rebuilding, and Clement Attlee's Labor Party promised sweeping socialistic reforms.

But, with or without Churchill, Great Britain would be rebuilt. And although a repentant Britain would restore Churchill to power in 1951, he would forgive but not forget his nation's ingratitude.

Is it possible that the United States will repeat Great Britain's ingratitude and depose our national and world leader in favor of a man of no notable leadership ability and dubious credentials?

Our nation's economy is struggling with its wind-down from a prosperity born of many years of military and weapons buildup. To blame our president for that is to blame him for the peace he has wrought.

Regardless of who wins the coming election, our economy will be restored because the cycle of life and the life of a nation changes. But it is hypocrisy to reward the Democrats, who almost denied their president the support he sought at a time when the world was clamoring for his leadership.

Again, will we repeat Great Britain's national ingratitude?

William T. Zeigler

Annapolis This is a plea to all the women in the Baltimore area. I know many of you well. Our children attended school together. Our sons played baseball on the same teams. I've seen you at the grocery store, in church and at the mall.

If you are 35 or older, ask yourself, "Have I had a mammogram? Do I practice breast self-examination? Do I see my doctor regularly?" I hope the answer is yes. If not, please call and make an appointment today.

We need to find these cancers earlier. One of every nine women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Approximately 55,000 women will die in the United States in 1992 from breast cancer.

Please don't wait. And ask the other women in your life to do the same. Tell them you love them and you want them to share in all your tomorrows.

Mary Hornet

Baltimore

The writer is a radiologic technologist who specializes in mammography.

County crime

Isn't it ironic that crime in Baltimore County rose 5.3 percent while our dwindling police force sat in bars watching the little man play video machines?

It's a sad commentary when folks, because of all the stress due to lay-offs and unemployment, can't have a little enjoyment out of life.

I do realize that the money being gambled may be needed at home. But winning eases stress, or just experiencing that feeling of being a winner.

Funny, these officers are not watching the pay-offs from the lottery machines. It seems there is a double standard here!

With budget-cutting and a shrinking police force, all the officers should be out fighting crime and reducing that 5.3 percent.

Another fact should be noted: Baltimore County police officers are county employees whose salaries are paid by the taxpayers. Are we getting our protection's worth?

Anne Bowen

Catonsville

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