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December 18, 1992

Bush got off easy in media;will Clinton?

Journalists marveled at Ronald Reagan's "Teflon presidency" before Iran-contra without ever acknowledging that they were largely responsible for coating Mr. Reagan with an artificial protective cover. The news media's reverence for administration sources and agendas continued throughout the Reagan-Bush era, despite a glaring record of corruption and deceit.

During the 1992 election campaign, the Iraqgate scandal rarely made it to the front pages despite massive evidence of the Bush administration's cynical role in providing military technology to Saddam Hussein up to and even after the invasion of Kuwait.

And, as some non-mainstream publications have pointed out, Mr. Bush's involvement in the Iran-contra affair got far less media attention this year than Mr. Clinton's so-called "draft dodging."

How will the media perform during the Clinton presidency? Should Mr. Clinton follow a big-business agenda at the expense of the public interest, there will no doubt be little critical reporting. However, should Mr. Clinton challenge corporate prerogatives, the conservative and centrist pundits who dominate television will surely jump all over him.

H. Desser

Baltimore

Kamikaze attack

In response to Wiley Hall's accusations that we have been criminally lax in our security measures at Valley Gun (Dec.1), I would like to point out some facts to him.

In 42 years of business, we have been broken into only three times. The first occurred nearly 20 years ago, the last two have been within the past 10 months. For a business dealing in extremely valuable items, this seems to me to be an excellent record.

Over the years, we have invested thousands of dollars in the purchase and installation of alarm systems, special construction and other security devices designed to protect both our investment and the public from unauthorized use of our firearms. We have been visited by local, state and federal law enforcement officers who all comment about our excellent security measures.

No, Mr. Hall, we cannot prevent such kamikaze attacks. If someone wants to ram a vehicle through our building, there is little that can be done to prevent it. It is quite difficult to second guess what some lunatic fringe is going to do next.

I do not recall ever seeing Mr. Hall in our shop so I can only assume that he is merely guessing about the extent of our security measures. He does need to get out more often and actually do some research on the subject before he condemns us.

Why did he not express one word of condemnation for the thieves that perpetrated this crime?

Terry Aycock

Baltimore

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The writer is a sales representative at Valley Gun.

Giving should continue all year 'round

Many people have good hearts and give extra during the holiday seasons to those less fortunate than they.

Why should the giving be greater when the cold temperatures arrive and the time to be merry and joyful finds its place on the calendars? The generosity of these people should continue throughout the year, not only during the holiday seasons. When all the Thanksgiving and Christmas festivities wear down, so does a person's caring nature.

All people have problems of their own, but none of these problems could be as great as not having a warm home to sleep or going hungry day after day. Our society has evolved to the point that everybody has become self-absorbed and does not seem to take the time to think about the less fortunate.

There are local charitable organizations which help those in need. More people should contribute to these organizations such as Our Daily Bread without asking questions such as: why?

Heidi Rehrmann

Baltimore

Colorblind views

I am writing in reference to your Nov. 18 article about the opinions of a group of high school students on the movie "Malcolm X."

The opinions of the students and their desire for racial equality are wonderful and should be encouraged, but the writers of the article totally defeated the purpose of the article.

The students said that skin color did not matter, and yet, before each student's name, the writers wrote his or her race. This needless labeling only contributes to further bias and discrimination.

What's the difference between the opinions of a white, black or Asian student? There is none, and until America's press enforces this concept instead of fighting it, racism and discrimination will only gain more support.

Amy Sehman

Ellicott City

Radical idea

Six months or so ago, a black minister participating in a televised panel discussion about crime in Baltimore expressed his view that a possible solution to the problem was to cut off the hands of those who were committing the crimes.

The host and other members of the panel were apparently appalled by the suggestion. And there was no further discussion of it. In light of the ever-increasing number of shootings and murders that have occurred since that telecast, the minister might find an audience more receptive to his suggestion.

Richard T. Seymour

Baltimore

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