Teens and DrugsScott Shane's article in the Aug. 30 Sunday...


September 13, 1992

Teens and Drugs

Scott Shane's article in the Aug. 30 Sunday Sun, "Drug Dealing Lures Flood of Teens," underscores the problem with the way our society approaches its drug problem.

Why should a teen-ager work for $4.25 an hour in some legitimate enterprise, when he or she can net around $1,000 a week selling drugs?

We need to take the economic incentive out of the illicit drug industry and direct more public money toward making drug abuse a public health issue.

American society must be more willing to discuss alternatives to the failed war on drugs. We need to resurrect the dialogue that people like Mayor Kurt Schmoke tried to generate a few years ago.

onald E. Alper


Hollywood Agenda

Cal Thomas expressed the belief in his column that "Murphy Brown" is part of a great liberal Hollywood conspiracy. As evidence he cites the bashing Dan Quayle got at the Emmy Awards and will get (he obtained an advance copy of the season premiere script) on Sept. 21.

Mr. Thomas is either naive or engages in wishful thinking.

Hollywood does not have a liberal agenda, it has a ratings agenda. Those people are in business to make money.

When ratings are high, they make money; when ratings are low, they lose money. It's just that simple. Ratings are just another national opinion poll.

Dan Quayle started it all when he lashed out at a fictional TV character. When "Murphy Brown" writers lash back, it is not out of malice (they could have kissed Dan Quayle for the ratings boost he gave them). It is because they know the longer this idiocy drags out the more money they make.

In this polarized election year there is no middle ground. Cal Thomas, a humorless arch-conservative, is proclaiming you're either for us or against us. He vilifies Hollywood's product as the cultural equivalent of tons of raw sewage.

His complaint isn't really with Hollywood but with the American people who stubbornly refuse to think like him.

David Bakker


Friends in Need

Where are our so-called friends, like Mexico and other countries, which we helped when disaster befell them? When they had natural disasters, the American people rushed aid and help.

Yet now that our people in Florida need help to rebuild, no one is coming to our aid.

These countries could at least offer some men to help rebuild; they don't have to give money, just physical help.

Harriet E. Mitchell



When Hurricane Audrey struck Cameron Parish, La., in June of 1957, it was one of the worst up to that time. It was not as big or destructive as Hurricane Andrew, but it did kill more than 500 people.

Yet President Eisenhower had federal troops on the scene the same day Audrey hit the Gulf Coast of Louisiana. Ike was a real commander-in-chief, but he never boasted about it as President Bush is wont to do. Oh, how we need a leader!

Harriett F. Fisk



I would like to make a contribution to the disaster area in Florida.

I do hereby authorize Congress to deduct and send to Florida my share of federal tax money that is given to foreign countries against my will.

It's time to stop worrying about foreigners and to start taking care of Americans. It's our money.

arl S. Justice


There's No Place Like Home

The Maryland State Board of Education has determined that day care is a more preferable environment for five-year-olds than their own homes.

As of this school year, kindergarten is no longer an option for stay-home mothers to choose for their children: It is mandatory that their children attend.

It is, however, still an option for working mothers: Their children do not have to attend.

The new law states that if a child is enrolled in full-time day care, he or she is not required to attend kindergarten before first grade.

Apparently, children are less well-off in the care of their own mothers than they are in the care of "working" women: women who draw a salary for supervising the children of strangers.

The assumption is that the parent/child relationship, with its opportunities for the child's individual enrichment, is inferior to that provided by the day care worker, who must divide her attention among as many as 10 children.

As a working woman who decided to delay her own career for six years so as to supply her children with the best possible day care provider -- their own mother -- I resent the politically motivated declaration that my care for my own children is not appropriate, whereas that provided by paid strangers is.

The Maryland State Board of Education's message is loud and clear: The best place for our five-year-olds is in the school system, the second best place is in day care, and the worst place is in their own homes.

!Susan Hubich Cleveland


Non-Partisan Rally

The editorial in The Sun (Sept. 3), "Wrong Choice This Time," contained a false allegation in its first sentence which rendered the whole piece misleading and unfair.

The League Of Women Voters did not join "Democrats in a demonstration in favor of abortion rights."

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