Better TimesFor over a year, we have been overwhelmed with...


March 11, 1993

Better Times

For over a year, we have been overwhelmed with shouting and screaming about the awful times we have endured since Ronald Reagan was elected president in 1980 and George Bush was unelected in 1992.

Well, it is an indisputable fact that during the Reagan-Bush years, 18 million new jobs were created.

Does anyone, even with only one-quarter of his sanity remaining, believe that the Clinton years will come anywhere near equaling this record? Have you heard anyone in his administration so much as attempting to predict even an approach to such an accomplishment?

It is indeed genuine cause for alarm the way in which so many of us have accepted a re-writing of history by the Clinton propaganda mill as concerns the '80s.

C. R. Jones


Corporate Mystery

It's 1993. We have a brand new administration and a brand new feeling of hope. Those "me-oriented" years of the recent past? "Away," we say. Make room for the globally conscious boomers (new wave thinkers that we are). And yet, there are some vestiges of the '80s that still linger.

The structure of the corporate world is something of a mystery to me. Enacted in order to protect the rights of entrepreneurial individuals, the "corporate veil" has turned the entire process of protection into an unfunny joke.

Basically, we as consumers must have a "buyer-beware" mentality when entering into any consummate business arrangement . . .

The developer of our community . . . never completed our homes according to the Baltimore County Code. However, these same developers start another corporate identity and absolve themselves of any past liability they may have incurred.

An electrical engineer told me that this happens all of the time . .

My only hope for the '90s is that a new consciousness can be raised, not only for the victims of such business atrocities, but for those who hide behind the "corporate veil."

Marcie Caplan

Owings Mills

Taking Life

While the Michigan authorities rush to penalize Jack Kevorkian for assisting people who wish to commit suicide, state authorities in Delaware rushed to assist James Red Dog in taking his own life.

For those who think this contradiction is not real, consider the following:

In both cases,the individuals in question believed that they had a right to choose the circumstances of their own deaths.

In both cases, they chose death because they believed that the continuation of their living would be insupportable and preferred to die rather than endure a life of suffering.

In both cases the individuals had incurable diseases -- in James Red Dog's case, psychopathology exacerbated by chronic alcoholism.

The major difference between the cases is that Kevorkian's clients were terminal; they would have died soon, anyway, had no one intervened to hasten their deaths.

But James Red Dog's illnesses would not necessarily have killed him had he been kept in prison.

In other words, Delaware assisted suicide for a man whose condition was perhaps incurable, but whose death was not imminent.

But doesn't the important difference lie in the fact that James Red Dog had been convicted of murder and deserved to be punished, while Kevorkian's clients were innocent?

If retribution was the goal of the State of Delaware, then it should have refused to grant James Red Dog's request to be executed and kept him in prison for the rest of his natural life.

Red Dog viewed death as a release from suffering, and one cannot punish a man once he is dead.

Even if one believes that individuals have the right to die with dignity, and that the state should not impede or encumber their exercise of that right, it still does not follow that the state has the right, let alone the duty, to assist them.

Thus, the fact that a convicted prisoner "volunteers" to die does not make it right for the state to kill him.

Morton Winston


A Lillian Gish Museum Here?

The Lillian Gish obituary article (March 1) mentioned that the Gish family operated a candy store in Baltimore early in the century.

A few years ago, the Sunday magazine section printed an interesting story with photographs about the Gish sisters' early childhood here.

These roots that the Gish Family planted in Baltimore should be a good enough reason to commemorate Lillian Gish's illustrious theatrical career by erecting a museum here in her honor.

If there is a Babe Ruth Museum, why not a Lillian Gish Museum?

Both gained fame away from a local setting, but the two deserve equal recognition for their accomplishments elsewhere.

Joseph Saffron

Baltimore Ha! That is the sound of me belly laughing over the resurgence of styles from the 1960s and more hideous '70s. Your Sunday pull-out section (Feb. 28) shows how valiantly the fashion writers and editors have striven to present an acceptable face on the ugly, unflattering fashions being offered this spring.

These aren't "fashions," they're punishments. And I don't deserve to be punished.

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