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June 15, 1993

TV and film sex threatens public morals

Network and cable television officials recently have been taken to the congressional woodshed for the excessive and gratuitous violence they beam into the nation's homes.

In front of the cameras, they put on their best remorseful manner and promise to do better next season.

They need to be reminded that there is another issue to be addressed, however: TV sex, which is excessive and contrived in its lechery, immorality and coarseness.

In this case, the pressure on the TV and film media comes not from a wordy but ineffective Congress but rather from disgusted American families, who find the TV conception of romantic love so warped and unhealthy as to be dangerous, especially to young people in their formative years.

Television is a powerful salesman. The TV and film industries are therefore accountable for the unwholesome sex they've been "selling."

They bear a great responsibility for the breakdown of the American family and family morals -- the tragic increase of illegitimate teen-age pregnancies, the spread of venereal disease and the general lowering of public morals.

The American people would like to hear Hollywood's explanations for the part they have played in this grave social evil.

The entertainment media cannot plead ignorance of the facts -- the most recent compilation of such depressing statistics is Bill Bennett's "Index of Leading Cultural Indicators."

The media people have known these facts for years -- and still ignore them.

H. J. Rizzo

Baltimore

Honesty pays

The state of Maryland has proven that honesty pays. Recently we drove to the Motor Vehicle Administration in Glen Burnie to renew our license tags.

Two years ago we willingly purchased the Chesapeake Bay plates at a cost of $20 for each of my husband's vehicles, with the understanding that this was a one-time fee.

Since each vehicle had been used to transport my mother, who lived with us and was wheelchair-bound, we were granted permission to license them with handicap plates.

Mother passed away last September, so we were really no longer entitled to the plates. Yet we were told by the clerk at the MVA that we would need to pay an additional $20 in order to get new Chesapeake Bay license plates to replace the handicap ones.

An additional fee might be justified if we had lost the plates and needed a repalacement. However, this was not the case.

Paying the regular renewal fee and keeping our existing plates -- which should be a privilege we were no longer entitled to -- saved us $20.

So honesty paid, but not in quite the way the phrase was intended to suggest, I'm afraid.

Joyce Hare

Baltimore

Enough

It is high time for the media to call a halt to the lionization-cum-canonization of the so-called Catonsville Nine.

That these seditious idlers have devoted 25 years to aiding and comforting the enemies of this nation is scarcely worthy of the encomiums being heaped upon them.

Their effete agenda is an affront to the men and women who have served our country's interests so valiantly, just as the very phrase Catonsville Nine is an affront to the residents of that community.

As for the anachronistic posturings of these lawless malcontents, enough already.

George S. Carr

Baltimore

Midnight raise

If our legislators in the Congress of the United States are sincerely concerned about reducing the deficit, let them begin by rescinding the pay raise they voted themselves in the middle of the night.

Harvey Lee Gordon

Baltimore

Who's No. 1?

I used to be proud to say that I am a sophomore at Dulaney High School. But with all the negative press we've been getting lately, I've begun to say it a little more quietly.

Most students and parents are not obsessed with class rank. The majority of us work hard and cheer loudly at Dulaney lacrosse games. Most importantly, most of our parents just care about how hard we try to succeed.

All of us were proud when Mandy won the Dial Award. We know that Mandy is an outstanding athlete and an outstanding student. And we didn't blame Mandy for what her father did.

Stan White said that in everybody's mind, Amanda is still the No. 1 ranked student and class valedictorian. Well, I don't agree. I know that Angela Lee is No. 1 in the class of '93.

I have wonderful parents. My father would never sue Baltimore County over my class rank, because my parents and I realize that class rank is not the most important thing in the world.

I'm just sorry that Mandy's parents didn't feel the same way.

Carrie Alice Herschman

Baltimore

Unasked questions

Reporters do not seem to have asked why the black Secret Service officers who were refused service at Denny's segregated themselves in the first place.

Does not the racially self-segregated seating, if that was in fact the situation, suggest that the Secret Service may need to provide sensitivity training for its officers? Or is there a Secret Service regulation defining who may sit where?

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