After 2 NerosI was bitterly disappointed by the negative...


March 05, 1993

After 2 Neros

I was bitterly disappointed by the negative response of the leaders of the Republican Party to the recently announced economic program of President Clinton.

After two Emperor Nero Republican presidents fiddled while the U.S. economy burned, I had hoped that the initial response of the Republican leadership would be that of statesmen and not politicians.

Instead former Rep. Vin Weber stated, "We might lose elections if we don't successfully recapture the tax issue."

Evidently the Republican Party has not gotten the message from the electorate that was expressed so eloquently in November, namely that this is not the time for politics as usual. Get the budget mess cleared up.

The immediate attack by the Republican leadership on President Clinton's economic package indicated that obstruction, delay and political manipulation would be the name of the game in Congress.

I would suggest that if the Republican Party wishes to recoup its losses in the recent election, it should be seen as an instrument of cooperation in improving the long-term economic situation and not as a classical spoiler.

We have had enough of Emperor Neros in the government.

Nelson Marans

Silver Spring

Stones and Bullets

Dr. Emil Kfoury, in his Feb. 24 letter, correctly describes the physical composition of plastic bullets and the severe damages they can inflict upon their victims.

There is, however, one glaring omission in his detailed report and statistics on the use of plastic bullets, and this is the comparison to stones.

Stones do kill, and the word kill is entirely absent from his description of what plastic bullets can do.

Moreover, one has to wonder why so many of the victims are children. Where are the men?

One reason for it could very well be the presence of TV crews. To send kids to the "front lines" of the intifada surely offers good copy to the viewer, and it is a tool for shaping world opinion.

It must also be pointed out that those inhabitants in the territories who strive for a peaceful solution and co-existence with Israel are often summarily executed by their "brethren" with the use of hatchets, knives and hacksaws.

Leo Bretholz


Rewarding Arnick

I am outraged at your Feb. 17 editorial, "Arnick's Strategic Withdrawal." The editors of The Sun advocate that John Arnick should be rewarded for his arrogance, lack of professionalism and bias. Why should he be rewarded?

You suggest that the governor should hire Mr. Arnick for his "kind of expertise," especially in his relations with the legislators.

The image of the legislature has been tarnished by its belated and reluctant coming to its senses about Mr. Arnick's unacceptable behavior. Business as usual in the state capital has been exposed. The last thing legislators and the citizens of Maryland need is Mr. Arnick lobbying in Annapolis.

The Sun is irresponsible in advancing the theory that the way to succeed is to use derogatory and vulgar language, and demean others. The citizens of Maryland do not owe Mr. Arnick anything. He should return to private life.

If he wants to hold public office, he should run again and let his constituents be the judges of his past actions.

Miriam Doherty


Pleasant Surprise

. . . I am a resident of Baltimore City and have read the many stories in the The Sun detailing the serious problems in our city public schools. It was with some apprehension that I recently accepted an invitation to speak to the social studies classes at Lake Clifton-Eastern High School.

I have worked as an educator with pre-teens and teen-agers for many years and have taught in two well-known private high schools in the Baltimore area.

Rarely did I encounter whole classes of students who were as attentive, responsive and articulate as the seniors at Lake Clifton.

The three one-hour class sessions I led were in the law education program, where class sizes are large and attendance is good.

The students were well prepared (with materials and ideas), their ability to focus on the important issues of the topic was impressive and their questions and answers were insightful. Their knowledge of legal terms and principles was quite thorough.

Between classes, one of the students proudly took me to see their moot court, a large room well appointed with a judge's bench, witness stand and attorneys' tables, where the students try cases they have prepared and researched.

Lest the reader think that all this wonderful interaction was taking place only between me and the students, I must mention their teacher, Donald Koch.

He is truly a master teacher, is always totally involved with the students, even with a guest speaker in the room (not an excuse for him to head to the coffee pot).

He has worked hard to prepare a comprehensive educational program for his classes and has high expectations for them. His response to my positive comments was, "I'm very proud of my students." . . .

Sandra Winters


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