Ethics of OfficeThe conduct of all appointed federal...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

February 08, 1993

Ethics of Office

The conduct of all appointed federal employees is guided by the laws of the land and certain rules of ethics.

An employee who chooses to violate these rules is subject to legal or disciplinary action. The conduct of the president, as well as all other elected federal, state and local employees, is guided by constitutional laws and the ballot box.

Hillary Clinton has just been appointed to a high level position in order to work on official U.S. government policy.

Let me first state that if President Clinton wants his wife to be a part of his cabinet, that's his prerogative, and I do not contest this whatsoever.

I do feel, however, that Hillary Clinton must be made an official employee of the U.S. government, which means being put on the payroll and being made subject to the same laws of the land that would govern any other federal employee performing the same cabinet-level duties.

During his campaign, President Clinton made big promises regarding ethics. Let's not allow him to bend the rules.

. Dee Merriken

Federalsburg

Who's a Bully?

John Patton Mende's recent letter to the editor in which he smears my wife Linda Grant Morin as displaying "contempt toward the authority of an election officer" by her Nov. 11 letter is evidence that sometimes one person may be found who defends the most outrageous and indefensible abuse of power when it is wielded by official "authority." To Mr. Mende, the merest authority alone apparently justifies any and all behavior . . .

How amazing that Mr. Mende of Cambridge presumes to know %% what happened here on election day across the bay when he was not present.

My wife, eight months pregnant, waited patiently in a voting line, neither expecting nor requesting any special treatment. At the voting booth, an election officer tried to take our four-year-old son from her.

I wish Mr. Mende was present when my wife politely, firmly and simply said "No, I will not leave my son." Had Mr. Mende witnessed this, he could not possibly have made the wild assumption that led him to characterize this sweet, soft-spoken, highly educated and cultured woman as a "bully."

I challenge Mr. Mende to specifically identify the "laws" he claims exist that allow any election official to harass women with young children while ignoring men holding the same children. After all, this was precisely the point of my wife's letter. For his information, election officers are not allowed to screen or otherwise interfere with legally registered voters, regardless of whether they fit the profiles of those more likely to vote for candidates or referendum questions favoring education issues potentially costly to rural counties.

Mr. Mende further criticizes my wife for speaking out because this disregarded consequences. I am proud of her words and actions. We all enjoy (even the cowards) the rewards of the minor victories of everyday patriots who do what is right in spite of the possibility that they may individually suffer consequences.

Those women and children waiting quietly in voting lines across the country may be the very ones who answer the calls to defend, among others, his very right to voice his peculiar hateful opinions against them, while he hysterically waves the flag.

Richard P. Morin

Lusby

Hamas Terror

The Sun's coverage of Israel's deportation of suspected Hamas leaders has been woefully inadequate.

For weeks, the readership has been treated to countless articles and pictures depicting the deportees' living conditions and the "suffering" of their families left behind.

In contrast, the coverage allocated to the families of the five soldiers slain by the Hamas fundamentalist organization is almost non-existent.

Is the treatment of suspected terrorists of more concern than the lives of bereaved families, whose husbands and children will never return?

As a typical example of the coverage, the killing of two additional Israeli soldiers, (bringing the total to seven in the last three months) received a mere two sentences of coverage in the Jan. 31 Sun.

Two lines cannot even begin to let your readership comprehend the depth of the terrorism perpetrated by Hamas, including the killing of the seven soldiers in three months, numerous stabbings of innocent citizens, daily stonings of passenger cars and assassinations of other Arabs.

Additionally, despite the abundance of superficial interviews with the deportees describing their living conditions and self-proclaimed innocence, I have yet to see transcripts of an in-depth political discourse with them.

I suspect that the reason none has been published is because such an interview will reveal their true goals -- namely, the dismantling and annihilation of the state of Israel.

Taragin

Baltimore

Ruling by Edict

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