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July 08, 1993

Abortion fund is better used for education

I read with interest your article on the ban on Medicaid abortions ("Congress votes 255-178 to maintain 16-year ban on abortions," July 1.)

The pro-choice faction is upset with the unsuccessful attempt to repeal the Hyde amendment in the House, which would have lifted the ban on federally funded abortions.

As a female and a registered Democrat, I cannot say that I'm upset. I work hard and do not want my dollars used to support a "procedure" that I find sickening and cannot condone.

The pro-choice faction constantly and haughtily challenges pro-lifers to stop being hypocritical and start adopting today's children, instead of worrying about tomorrow's.

I offer the same challenge. Instead of weeping and railing over the Hyde amendment, wealthy abortion-rights supporters should offer their money to fund these "procedures" -- which they find acceptable -- until we no longer have a need for Roe.

Remember the popular pro-choice sign, "Keep your laws off my body"?

Well, keep your would-be law off my money. I'd rather have the taxes used for more humane services, like job training and raising teacher salaries.

Jean Fleckenstein

Towson

Catonsville ban

For the second year in a row, the community of Catonsville has won the shameful distinction of having elected to celebrate Independence Day by excluding from their July 4 parade a group of military veterans -- people who have served their neighborhood and country with distinction -- simply because they have had the courage to publicly identify themselves as lesbian and gay.

Judging from coverage of last year's event, it would seem that the majority of those who live in Catonsville do not share the exclusionary view of the civic leaders who organized the parade.

Rather, they embrace the ideal that President Clinton has been proclaiming: If we are to prosper, we cannot afford to segregate ourselves into groups of "them"; there is only "us." As a resident of Catonsville who happens to be gay, I resent having my community viewed as small-minded and bigoted due to the actions of a few individuals, when my experience with my neighbors has proven otherwise.

Perhaps it is time for us to seek leadership for the community from among those who truly espouse the concept of liberty and justice for all.

James R. Moody

Catonsville

Anchors aweigh!

Television works hard to please, and we appreciate it. It decided one anchor was good and then went to two, no doubt figuring two would be twice as good.

Why stop at two? Given time they'll soon give us three anchors.

We'll be busting out of our skins with enjoyment when they decide we should have four, five or six.

J. Small

Baltimore

New bullet reduces public risk

The June 22 Evening Sun editorial on the Black Talon bullet ("Arms race in Baltimore County") reads as an exercise in illogic, conceptual error and untruth.

Briefly stated, the editors' position is that the ammunition falls nothing short of barbaric and should be pulled from the arsenal of the Baltimore County Police Department . . .

Baloney. By definition, a police handgun is a lethal weapon, that is, a martial instrument used solely in response to a clear, present, and deadly threat with the single intention of killing the target.

Contrary to notions inherent in the Evening Sun editorial, police officers are taught to shoot only those "citizens" who pose an immediate and otherwise uncontrollable danger to the lives of others.

Police may not fire handgun ammunition merely with the intent to stun, cripple or subdue. The life-threatening circumstances are therefore incidental to the proper use of any police handgun ammunition.

The lone difference between the Black Talon and other bullets lies in the Talon's ability to perform the regrettable duty of shooting with greater efficiency and effectiveness.

As the editorial admits, the Black Talon greatly reduces the risk posed to police and bystanders by prolonged lethal encounters, stray bullets, ricochets, and "pass through" shots.

Is a Black Talon employed in a legitimate fashion by legal authorities really the unusual, inhumane and senseless bullet imagined by The Evening Sun?

Finally, let's look at the "arms race in Baltimore County." (P Criminals do not need the police to tell them what kinds of guns and ammo to use.

The Uzi, the Streetsweeper, the Mac 10 -- these weapons are the mainstay of the murderous swine who terrorize the Baltimore metropolitan area.

And yet, none has ever been used by the police.

To suggest that the Baltimore County Police Department's decision to buy ammunition already marketed for civilian use will somehow encourage criminality is absurd.

To believe that removing the Black Talon from the shelves of the county arsenal will actually deter criminality is equally silly.

If The Evening Sun's editors truly desire a metropolitan area free and safe from violent crime, then they will do two things.

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