Dole misses mark sniping at 'Travelgate'U.S. Sen. Robert...

the Forum

July 23, 1993

Dole misses mark sniping at 'Travelgate'

U.S. Sen. Robert Dole, the Kansas Republican, is like a shark that smells blood in the water.

He is spending his valuable time trying to convince the American people that the "Travelgate" affair at the White House is the moral equivalent of the Watergate scandal.

Senator Dole seems more concerned with the alleged conflict-of-interest involving the travel office than he was about the Iran-contra scandal or former President George Bush's policy (National Security Directive 26) of developing an alliance with dictator Saddam Hussein.

It is obvious that the Clinton administration badly mishandled the White House travel office.

But does this political error rise to such a level that the powerful minority leader of the U.S. Senate has to spend his time trying to get special counsel appointed to investigate?

Senator Dole, who says he is greatly concerned about the cronyism that went on there, should ask himself: Did my wife Elizabeth get appointed to the job of Secretary of the U.S. Labor Department because she was best qualified person in America for the job?

Or did her political connections, including the fact that she was married to a senior U.S. senator, have anything to do with her appointment by former President Ronald Reagan?

Perhaps Mrs. Dole's marriage to Senator Dole had nothing to do with her appointment. I'm sure Senator Dole and other Republicans will say that it did not. But most Americans assume that it didn't hurt Mrs. Dole to be married to Senator Dole. Was this cronyism?

There are far more important issues for Mr. Dole to be focusing on. The economy, war, nuclear proliferation, pollution, the AIDS epidemic and health care, racism, poverty and hunger. Americans want solutions from Washington, not power-plays.

Senator Dole would be wise to use his leadership position to work constructively with President Bill Clinton and leave the partisan political attacks on the handling of the travel office to others.

Grason Eckel

Baltimore

Shelter not enough

In reference to "Homeless may get a have to sleep off drugs and alcohol," (The Sun, June 22), I would like to offer these comments.

Addicts and alcoholics do not need a resting place only. They are just like you and me or any one else who has temporarily lost focus and is in need of some assistance in regaining their direction. To merely offer them a place to sleep it off withbout providing an option to change their direction or present situation is an atrocity.

I am in favor of the proposal to have members of the business district make a major contribution in the funding of such a venture. The drug abusers and alcoholics that roam the downtown business district are a part of our society. Some are our friends and family members. Why should we not render assistance in helping them to become a functioning part of society rather than a dysfunctioning part as presently thought of by many?

alerie Lumpkin

Baltimore

Distorted figure

I write to share some thoughts regarding J. Bernard Hihn's letter and its appearance, entitled "Summer fleshpots," in The Forum of July 13.

While I do not take issue with the writer's point, I do take issue with the accompanying illustration -- boxed to make sure we'd all notice. A quick phone call reveals that the illustration was a reprint of a drawing by an Evening Sun staffer.

It is most interesting to note that the letter, as it appeared in print, was not gender specific. The Evening Sun, however, by selecting this illustration leaves no doubt as to its interpretation of the writer's intent.

Perhaps it was an unintended peek (so to speak) at the newspaper's, and thereby our culture's, attitudes toward those, especially women, who do not meet our largely media imposed image of the perfect body.

Noreen T. Startt

Baltimore

Letting off steam

On July 7, an article appeared concerning the USS Coral Sea, which was both sad and amusing.

The story was indexed on Page 1, quote: "USS Coral Sea steams to Baltimore salvage yard," which would imply that she was proceeding under her own power . . . Actually, she was being towed.

The reporter called the carrier a diesel-powered ship. Not so, as all carriers are propelled by steam turbines, even the nuclear-powered ones, which use a nuclear reactor as fuel to heat the steam, which turns the turbines.

Near the story's end, the reader was informed that the ship was engine-less, as the Navy had thoroughly stripped the ship. But, she had "steamed" from Philadelphia to Baltimore!

Jack Kelly

Overlea

Expanding Pine Ridge Golf Course

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