Brock Can't WinYour Feb. 1 editorial entitled "Governor...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

February 07, 1993

Brock Can't Win

Your Feb. 1 editorial entitled "Governor Bill Brock" alluded to, but did not sufficiently emphasize, the "death wish" exposed by that element of the Republican party that seeks to impose "national figures" on the Maryland electorate.

Time and again, these imports have won statewide primaries with the support of the Republican National Committee and its Maryland affiliates. None of these "imports" can beat a "home-grown" Democrat. That will be equally true of Bill Brock.

Mr. Brock's candidacy comes from the same people who gave us Linda Chavez and Alan Keyes.

Both were excellent candidates, and deserved to be elected. They knew enough Republicans to win the primary, but not enough Democrats to win the election.

If the Republican party hopes to win in 1994, it must discourage Mr. Brock's candidacy. If he files, Republicans should unite to deny him the nomination.

Edward L. Blanton Jr.

Baltimore

The writer was the Republican nominee for attorney general in 1990.

Delegates' Duty

Your Jan. 12 editorial, "They Just Don't Get It," clarifies the reason you have always supported the worst candidates available to the electorate each year.

When America is crying out for statesmen instead of political hacks, you criticize the Baltimore County delegation for voting their principles rather than compromise what they know to be right by kow-towing to William Donald Schaefer.

That they vote because of their principles rather than a re-election priority was evidenced by the very incident you cited: their support of moving the teacher Social Security ost from the state to the county, where it more properly belongs.

He who has the authority to set the salary of teachers should have the full responsibility of paying all of that cost. This was a vote, I might point out, that will very likely be un popular with many of their otherwise strongest supporters.

Could it be -- whoa, wait a minute for a truly refreshing idea -- could it be that the Baltimore County delegation is actually casting their votes for what they perceive as best for Baltimore County and the state even when it's different from what you and Gov. William Donald Schaefer perceive as best?

When it comes to wise, untainted perception, they get it in perfect focus. Au contraire, Sun -- it's you who just doesn't get it and probably never will.

Carolyn Gelazela

Parkton

AH; Question of Value

The Jan. 17 Parade magazine suddenly put American society into context. In the Q&A section I read a question asking how much Barry Bonds will make each time he is at bat this season.

The answer to the question, much to my complete dismay, was $11,253 each time he steps up to the plate. This figure is based on the fact that the Giants will play 162 games.

This number would not be so staggering to me, if I had not spoken with a friend just two days prior to reading the article. The friend graduated from a Jesuit college last spring. He chose teaching as his career and is now at a small Catholic school in lower West Virginia.

He called to talk because he was depressed about his current living standards. This well-educated person who is teaching religion to children, our future, only makes $10,500 a year. That is $753 less than Mr. Bonds makes per at-bat!

If comparing these two figures does not turn your stomach and answer the question why America is going downhill, then I do not know what will. A professional baseball player makes more money for each at-bat than does a well-educated person who has chosen to teach the Bible to our future generations.

Can anyone possibly give justification to this situation?

Sean A. Frontz

Baltimore

Less Than Men

If Bill Clinton had a little more military experience -- like any at all -- he might understand the fundamental reason that his proposal to welcome homosexuals to the armed forces has met with such anguished resistance.

Combat forces, above all else, must have an intense pride in who they are and a deep sense of solidarity and loyalty among their members. It is only pride in being a man among men and the fear of being dishonored in the eyes of respected comrades that compels men to face the horrors of warfare.

The warrior mystique has been recognized by every student of war from Julius Caesar to modern military sociologists as the paramount reason that men stand and fight when every nerve in their bodies screams at them to run away.

This is the reason for the initiation rites, the uniforms, the flags, ceremonies, medals, honors for the fallen and reverence for history. Soldiers must feel that they are called to great honor.

Some homosexuals may be as brave as lions and paragons of manly virtue, but they are not perceived as such by most American men, who regard them, instead, with disdain that ranges from amusement to horror and revulsion. Homosexuals are seen as less than men, fundamentally dishonored, certainly not comrades one would choose with whom to face the ultimate challenge of manhood.

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