Reno's choice for law post a good moveHaving just watched...

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March 29, 1993

Reno's choice for law post a good move

Having just watched our new attorney general, Janet Reno, interviewed on NBC's "Today" show, I'm moved to count our blessings, which are too numerous to fully count.

Ms. Reno offers evidence that our political system has matured beyond the strait-jacket of sexism that bound our Founding Fathers, who frankly espoused the notion that a woman's place is in the home.

We see that, like charity, she should begin in the home but not necessarily end there. The hand that rocks the cradle still rules.

Ms. Reno's folksy demeanor, political savvy and prudence appear to be innate but are grounded in having endured the slings and arrows thrown at people who offer themselves for election, rather than mere behind-the-scenes political advisers like Edwin Meese.

In the recent history of the office, too few attorneys general have Ms. Reno's practical political, administrative and prosecutorial grounding in such full measure.

Former President Bush's final attorney general was one of his proteges from his CIA days, certainly not a bad background. William Barr did at least a grade B job, I'd say.

Mr. Reagan's last attorney general, kept on by Mr. Bush, Dick Thornburgh, had some of Ms. Reno's political grasp and experience despite the verdict last rendered against him in his Senate race by Pennsylvania's voters. But who else among our attorneys general in the past 12 years could match resumes with Ms. Reno?

Finally, looking forward some years, will this first woman to hold one of the original great offices of our always-innovating republic find that she must choose between appointive federal office and elective office in her home state of Florida? The federal judiciary or Florida's governorship or the U.S. Senate?

In short, whither Ms. Reno? Whatever her ambitions, she has the talents to succeed, but time will tell. We as Americans have a stake in her future achievements, and of course, all people of good-will wish her Godspeed!

Lincoln A. Folse


Get down to basics

Now is a right time to get down to basics. Another, different, theme is needed to serve as a city slogan. That theme should continually energize people to reflect on its wording and meaning.

My proposed slogan focuses on two factors -- reason and action. Both of these are greatly needed for the present and the future as they have been throughout ages past.

I have discussed the proposed slogan with a cross section of age groups and they agree it merits serious consideration for adoption by and for Baltimore City.

In my opinion, and by the consensus of those polled, any other themes can be subsumed under the following slogan: Baltimore: A City That Thinks and Then Acts.

Melvin S. Wachs


New curriculum

It would be a great public service for The Evening Sun to take space and time to expose the new multicultural curriculum to be taught in the Baltimore City public schools beginning in September.

Parents will or should be interested in seeing what their children will be taught, and the texts to be used as primary and recommended reading.

Such a gross overhaul, as has been approved by the School Board, deserves to see the light of day in minute detail . . . nothing less.

Richard Frank


Disgusting article

I can't imagine why you gave so much of your paper over to such a disgusting story as the one that appeared on March 6.

The article was entitled "Suspect wrote 27 pages about hurting prostitutes" and proceeded to go on and on in graphic detail about how some of them were hurt.

Perhaps you thought you were performing a public service by supplying an instruction manual for all the unstable, violent people to use on some other unfortunate woman.

As educated as you obviously think you are, you must realize by now that human beings, both sane and insane, have a "copycat" mentality. Very few people think for themselves.

They get all of their ideas from what they see and hear. Please do a better job of editing next time.

Edith Boggs

Bel Air

Dred Scott wasn't politically correct

I am troubled by efforts to rewrite or obliterate portions of our history which don't measure up to contemporary perceptions of moral standards. Such I believe is the case with two recent columns by Wiley A. Hall concerning Chief Justice Roger B. Taney and the Dred Scott decision.

Mr. Hall says we should remove statues honoring Justice Taney because he was a "bigot" whose opinion was "a deliberate and malicious misreading of history of the intent of the Founding Fathers."

I believe Mr. Hall will find that it is he who is misreading the intent of the Founding Fathers as it relates to the institution of slavery.

The history of the debates at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia reflect the vigorous differences over the abolition of slavery. Compromises had to be struck to get ratification in the Southern states. Justice Thurgood Marshall once described this compromise as a covenant with the devil.

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