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April 14, 1993

Yeltsin's foes liberals, not conservatives

Some liberal news media keep on referring to the opponents '' of Boris Yeltsin as "conservatives." This is a misnomer.

While Yeltsin desires a free market approach, just as desired by U.S. Republicans, his opponents want a return to the discredited communistic philosophy. This is certainly a left-liberal direction, not a conservative option.

While Yeltsin wants a reduction of the impact and size of government, as desired by our conservatives, his opponents want more government interference. This, too, is certainly a hallmark of the left.

Yeltsin opposes the self-centered government bureaucracy. His opponents contain many of those stiflers of private initiatives. Again, the characteristic of the left.

Yeltsin wants improvements. His opponents cling to the past. Once more we have the characteristic of those who label themselves as liberals, and pine away for the good old days of bigger and better welfare states and new methods of shoveling tax money at imagined problems.

Many other comparisons can be made. The desire for collectivism, the abuses of parliamentary procedures, the use of popular discontent based on past governmental policies to reinstate those disastrous approaches, are only a few examples. All of them fit our deluded Democrats; all of them are the antithesis of the Republicans.

To label Yeltsin's opponents as "conservatives" is clearly as vicious a lie as any promulgated by politically correct misologists.

erner F. Furth

Abingdon

Justice fails

The recent incident in Sonora, Calif., in which a distraught mother shot and killed Daniel Mark Driver for sexually molesting four young boys, one of whom was her son, reflects on the current judicial system of our land.

The statement of Assistant Sheriff Michael Costa, "If we condone that as a society we can just throw the rest of the system away," may not be such a bad idea.

A law is a law only when it is enforced. Law-abiding citizens view most of the present judicial system as a Hollywood production: Actors acting out a courtroom scene with no intention of executing appropriate punishment for the crime committed.

In many instances criminals are given more rights than their victims. Consequently, they do not fear to break the law.

Law enforcement personnel are being discouraged from using any kind of force on the criminal element because of law suits filed against them. A clear example is the recent awarding of $4.3 million by a New York court to a thief shot in the back by a New York Transit Authority Police while mugging an elderly man. Obviously crime does pay.

Taking the law into one's own hand is certainly not the answer. But it can happen when the system fails to consider the seriousness of crime and its consequences.

tewart W. Deal

Ellicott City

Scarce tickets

In recent years, I have become very fond of attending Oriole baseball games and visiting the many attractions in Baltimore. The trip was always well worth the 200-mile drive.

I was fortunate enough to attend the last opening day at Memorial Stadium and the first game at Camden Yards. It was not easy to get tickets to these games. I am especially grateful to Eli Jacobs and the Baltimore Orioles for honoring my requests for a ticket.

I hoped to attend this season's opener and I sent a letter to the Orioles by registered mail. However, my efforts fell short this year.

I can't blame the Orioles for selling tickets in advance. However, it would be helpful if the Orioles left some tickets for sale a few days before each game. This would give many fans a chance at tickets.

L Currently, only standing room tickets are sold on game days.

There are many new fans at Camden Yards but I count myself as a former fan.

I wish the Orioles and the great city of Baltimore the very best in every endeavor.

I miss you dearly!

Joseph Gusky

Portsmouth, Va.

Double taxation

There is no doubt that we should reduce the federal deficit and also the national debt. However, raising funds by taxing any part of the second half of Social Security payments is not fair and has the effect of double taxation.

I do not object to taxing the first half of Social Security payments, as the recipient never paid any tax on the cost of purchasing the first half of Social Security benefits. The employer did deduct the cost as an expense and thereby reduced his income tax.

The cost of the second half of the Social Security benefits was paid by the employee with after-tax earnings, since this cost was not allowed as a deduction when computing the employee's income tax.

John Simms

Towson

Guns of El Salvador

In a March 26 letter, four nuns wrote to commemorate the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero and the recent murder of Sister MaryAnn Glinka with a call for more gun control.

El Salvador of 13 years ago is a good example of a state where only the army and the police were allowed to have modern military firearms.

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