Rousing revivalI was terribly elated and exhilarated to...

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October 13, 1992

Rousing revival

I was terribly elated and exhilarated to observe the front-page coverage that you provided the "citywide revival crusade at Camden Yards ballpark."

Your reporter, James Bock, did a superb job in capturing the flavor, spirit and content of the citywide revival crusade. The accompanying photographs were graphic, illustrative, poignant and inspirational.

The Rev. Drs. Harold A. Carter of New Shiloh Baptist Church and Frank M. Reid III of Bethel A.M.E. Church are to be commended for their superior leadership, sagacity and wondrous enthusiasm and leadership that they brought to this historic event.

Dr. Carter and Dr. Reid, in the midst of a lugubrious, troubling and dispiriting state in Baltimore's black community of over 450,000 persons, gave a marvelous and enduring testimony of hope, determination and belief in better tomorrows through a boundless faith in God.

Finally, the faithful who flocked to Oriole Park at Camden Yards, to be sure, represented the proverbial "salt of the earth" of the majority black community of Baltimore and our nation.

The citywide revival crusade conveyed a message which is well known throughout the Baltimore community, as expressed in song: "The storm is passing over, the storm is passing over. Hallelujah!"

Kudos to Dr. Carter and Dr. Reid for daring to witness, in season and out of season, for the dispossessed, the excluded and the disenchanted in the Baltimore metropolitan community. They have given new meaning to the powerful, spiritual admonition: "To whom much is given, much is required."

Samuel L. Banks


Bush deserves 4 more years in Oval Office

President George Bush deserves to be re-elected because of his solid achievements over the past 3 1/2 years.

On the foreign policy front, he has destroyed Iraq's military potential, restored democracy to Panama and, most importantly, worked to preserve international law and order in the wake of the Soviet Union's disintegration. Nuclear weapons have been destroyed and many of our troops in Germany have finally come home.

Domestically, President Bush has kept inflation and interest rates low, nominated two solid advocates of judicial restraint to the Supreme Court, David Souter and Clarence Thomas, and vetoed irresponsible legislation that would have further harmed the economy.

Though he raised taxes once, he, unlike Governor Clinton, has realized that tax increases do not balance budgets. He has also proposed innovative legislation, from school choice programs to mandatory lids on program budgets to fight the deficit.

Unfortunately, most of Bush's proposed legislation has been derailed by the Democratic Congress. It is more than slightly hypocritical of the Democrats to claim that Bush has "done nothing" while they themselves have been the ones blunting his proposals.

President Bush has the ideas and the experience needed to get our country moving again. But he can't do it alone. He also needs a Republican Congress.

The voters in Maryland can help by not only re-electing President Bush, but by also sending Alan Keyes to the Senate and returning Wayne Gilchrest to the House of Representatives.

Kevin Berry


Ross and Jesse

I agree with Jack Germond and Jules Witcover, in their column Oct. 3, that Ross Perot breaks all records for deceit and contempt, and I would like to add some points.

In two campaigns for president, the Rev. Jesse Jackson was ignored and often ridiculed by the media (including The Sun) as a "radical" or too "left-wing." He was certainly not treated seriously, even though the programs and agenda he outlined were far more in mainstream working class American ideology (the majority) than the Reagan-Bush Wall Street gang (the minority).

Mr. Jackson's mistake was in thinking he could be married to the Democratic Party, rather than forming an independent movement. In some ways he traduced the Rainbow Coalition, not realizing that the Democratic Party and the Republican Party were in many ways like Tweedledum and Tweedledee. Representatives Beverly Byron and Helen Bentley (the Tories of the West and North) vote like Newt Gingrich.

However, Mr. Jackson, unlike the mediocre billionaire from Texas, had agendas, programs and plans on how to correct the many ills that beset our nation. Yet Mr Jackson was never able to debate even a vice-presidential candidate. Few would deny that Mr. Jackson would eat Dan Quayle for breakfast in a one-to-one debate.

And if Mr. Jackson would ever debate the oafish Perot, I have no doubt that Perot would start swinging.

All that was and is being given to Ross Perot by our media and our politicians was denied to Jesse Jackson.

One last point: Mr. Jackson was the one mostly responsible for the Democrats' winning back the Senate in 1986. I predict Mr. Perot will go down in history as an insignificant clown (albeit a very rich clown) who tried to buy the presidency in 1992, and made not a dent.

Gerald Ben Shargel


Tax-and-spend Clinton will wreck the country

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