Ironic TwistI find it ironic that the Republican Party...


February 12, 1993

Ironic Twist

I find it ironic that the Republican Party, which was founded on the principle of civil rights for all Americans (versus the Democrats, who called blacks "subhuman, who enjoy being slaves"), now leads the charge against women and gays, while a Southern Democrat picks up the original Republican themes.

The first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, stated during the 1860 presidential campaign that his election would be ". . . a step forward, a single stroke of the clock toward a future time when all people, the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the grave and the gay, of all sexes and tongues and colors and conditions, would be guaranteed liberty and equality of opportunity before the law."

President Clinton, like President Lincoln, is emerging as a true leader in the area of civil rights and fairness.

How ironic that under this president we may have a kinder,

gentler nation after all, while the Republican party fights him all the way!

Elliott M. Simons


Shame and Blame

Ahmed G. Awad (letter, Feb. 3) describes his sense of shame regarding your Dec. 29 editorial, "Israel's Deportees." He goes on to mention the pain felt by the large number of Baltimore Muslims over the alleged soft touch Israel receives from The Sun.

I do not recall Mr. Awad feeling shamed in print when Kuwait deported 300,000 Palestinians during the Gulf War.

Why is he so concerned that Israel has not made any evidence public regarding the current deportees' level of extremism now? Was he equally concerned when no evidence was forthcoming (or solicited) from Kuwait?

Mr. Awad attempts to compare the plight of possible terrorists with the homeless of Baltimore. However, he probably wrote his letter prior to the agreement by Israel to allow approximately 100 deportees to return.

As of Feb. 3, the deportees have rejected this overture. Do you think that even one homeless Baltimorean would reject a home if offered?

Israel deported these men because of their ties to the cause of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas). I refer you to the Hamas Covenant which calls for the destruction of all Jews, and which blames all Jews for the French Revolution, the Communist Revolution, World War I and World War II.

The covenant embraces the vile and libelous Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a document that most thinking people disregard as garbage.

Robert S. Rosenfelt


Nun Too Good

The Feb. 1 Today section carried an article entitled "Nun stories, and then some."

The author chose to quote well-known people who had complaints about Catholic schools of yesteryear.

I am a product of the Catholic schools of the 1950s; certainly the schools and the nuns were not perfect, but this article is skewed toward portraying both in a stereotypical manner.

"Nun stories, and then some" hardly mentioned the superb job Catholic schools are doing today.

Obviously many parents believe that their children benefit from Catholic education because enrollment in the Archdiocese of Baltimore is growing despite rises in tuition.

I believe that The Sun was unfair to Catholic schools and to the women who gave their lives to educate me and many of my generation.

Nancy Kurek


Lottery Odds

William D. Reddy's discussion of the odds of the keno game (letter, Feb. 1) was correct and interesting.

For the reasons he gives against wagering on keno, in the last 12 years of living in or near Maryland I have bought only one lottery ticket.

I don't play the lottery because I know I lose if the "winning" number comes up. If I bet a dollar on a 3-digit number, the probability that the number will come up is one in a thousand. If the game were fair, and I had the number, I would be paid $1,000, but in Maryland I would be paid only $500. I would lose $500.

If I bet a dollar on a 3-digit number, one of two things will surely happen. My number may not come up, and I lose one dollar. Or my number may come up, and I lose $500. If I lose a dollar I am annoyed, but not badly hurt. If I lose $500, I am really angry.

I did buy a last-minute ticket on the recent El Gordo lottery, because newspaper reports stated that the guaranteed payouts were going to exceed the ticket sales. That turned the argument above on its head, and I bought a $5 ticket. Oddly, that ticket ended 65, I was paid off $25, and so I "won" $20.

I am not upset that I was not paid $500, on the 99-to-1 odds that a two-digit number will be drawn, since the two-digit possibility represented a betting value of 2 and 3,4,5, and 6-digit, and grand prize betting values exceed the $5 invested.

Mr. Reddy may more accurately figure the total value of the ticket, but I believed it was more that $5, or I would not have bought the ticket.

I think my approach to lottery betting is logical, but this will convince no one, and no fewer lottery tickets will be sold because of me.

I wish that were not so. I feel deeply that the lottery does take unfair advantage of those least able to afford to play.

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