Political WhiningA May 15 letter writer reminds me that...


May 26, 1993

Political Whining

A May 15 letter writer reminds me that recently we've been hearing a lot of whining from conservative commentators over President Clinton's right to attend services at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington.

I wonder if we would hear similar cries of outrage if Pat Robertson had won his bid for the presidency; according to some biographies, Robertson avoided combat duty in Korea because his influential father pulled some strings. If this proved to be true, would these same commentators bring this to our attention? Call me a cynic but somehow I doubt it.

By the same token, will right-wing commentators take note of the fact that the American Civil Liberties Union is defending Eden Jacobowitz over his "water buffalo" remark at the University of Pennsylvania? I doubt that as well. I've heard nary a peep from them when the ACLU has defended anti-abortion protestors' right of free speech.

I guess in these peoples' case, if you can't be fair, you might as well be consistent.

Steve Stiles


Magnet Schools

The arbitrary and capricious decision by Baltimore County Executive Roger Hayden to withdraw funds from the proposed magnet Sudbrook Middle School just several months shy of its opening is outrageous, short-sighted and racially provocative.

The magnet school concept is long overdue in Baltimore County. It is a concept which seeks excellence in students and teachers. It teaches to strengths. It provides equal opportunity to people of all races and creeds to seek the school which fits the student best. It provides the opportunity for parents to choose a magnet school over a private school.

The current system of school districts, supported by Mr. Hayden and his mentor, former Superintendent Robert Dubel, only further teach to the lowest common denominator student and perpetuate racially separated schools and racial conflict.

While I understand that many in the Hayden administration were officials under the former education regime, it is still beyond me how Mr. Hayden can continue to ignore increasing enrollments, bureaucratic education and racial uneasiness.

I urge Mr. Hayden to retreat from his position and let the school system change. The citizens of Baltimore County cannot afford to let the school system stagnate. It must change if our students are to be competitive in higher education and in the marketplace.

Lawrence A. LaMotte

Owings Mills

The writer is a member of the Maryland House of Delegates.

City's Victims

I agree in principle with Mayor Schmoke's plan to require future Baltimore City workers to reside in the city. However, the mayor must legislate and enforce strong housing laws to protect both homeowners and renters who desire to work and live in Baltimore City.

Recently, I made a unilateral decision to work and live in the city after 30 years of living abroad and in other American cities.

A year ago in April, I purchased a condominium through a city homeownership project. Our family looked forward to being able to participate in the life of an old, historic community. However, our dreams were shattered by the problems we experienced with the builders of our condo.

We are now the victims of a city housing program. For more than one year we have been trying to have the builders and the local sponsors of the project honor their contract warranties.

Baltimore City has many home ownership programs, but they are poorly administered. Our condo is an example.

Carole Owens Lupunga


The Free Enterprise System Can Work

I read the "Memo to Hillary: Try a Single-Payer Plan" by Spyros Andreopoulos (Opinion * Commentary, March 23).

I am constantly amazed at the number of individuals who fail to recognize the premise that America is built on the free enterprise system.

The system is not perfect and requires legislative intervention at times to maintain fairness; however, the suggestion that government bureaucracy is the answer to our health care "crisis" is way off the mark.

How can anyone refer to our government as a more efficient alternative to manage our health care system? We are $4 trillion in debt and growing by the minute.

Let's set the record straight. The insurance industry, on its own, did not make health insurance cheaper for the healthy and more expensive for those in poor health.

The businesses and individuals demanded lower costs because our citizens pressured carriers to lower costs for those who had little or no claims. There is no magic in this in that they, of course, had to raise costs for the unhealthy. Unfortunately over time, the competition for healthy insureds became intense, thereby costing the unhealthy more and more.

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