Flood MoneyAt this time no one can accurately measure the...


August 09, 1993

Flood Money

At this time no one can accurately measure the true cost of the physical damage and human suffering caused by the floods in the Middle West.

With our bulging national debt, where can we find the money to help solve this problem?

Let's look in a new direction to our foreign aid commitment.

First, estimate the total loss as accurately as possible.

Second, calculate the percentage each recipient is receiving of the total foreign aid.

Third, apply the same percentage to determine which each recipient will have his share reduced to finance the total loss. It is not asking each country to pay anything -- it is asking each country to receive less.

Charity begins at home.

Frank Chandler


Going South

With the Mexican government and U.S. corporations spending over $50 million dollars in the most expensive lobbying effort Congress has ever seen, chances are that the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will probably squeak through the House of Representatives and the Senate this fall.

Major newspapers like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal have gone out of their way to convince the American people that NAFTA will be of enormous benefit to all of us, creating jobs and getting our economy back on track. I think I know what they're smoking when they make these arguments and they definitely inhale.

NAFTA is a cooked-up scheme sold on the premise of getting our industry moving again, for which it will be very effective. This treaty officially encourages U.S. corporations to move their investments and our jobs to Mexico. And we have so little left to give!

There's only one U.S. company making TVs here, one motorcycle company, one maker of telephones and one American flag manufacturer. No American worker makes tennis rackets, baseballs, basketballs, videocassette players or fax machines.

Lowering all barriers to investment, NAFTA encourages investment dollars to get the biggest bang for their buck. The average Mexican worker makes 63 cents an hour. The future is clear. In order to maintain the few good paying American jobs we have left, our wages under NAFTA will have to be competitive with Mexican wages. You can just hear American companies telling their workers, ''Either take a cut in pay or we're heading South.''

Supporters of NAFTA tell us that by investing in Mexico, Mexican workers will be able to start buying American made goods. The average pay of a Mexican workers averages out to $29 a week. Don't start shipping those new Chevys quite yet.

The Wall Street Journal recently questioned 455 top U.S. corporate executives, and 55 percent of the biggest employers said they're planning to shift some production to Mexico if NAFTA goes through.

Once again, Congress, the corporate lobbyists, the newspapers and President Clinton, a supporter of NAFTA, take us for fools and lie to us. NAFTA will make a few people some big, fat bucks and leave the rest of us in the unemployment line.

Two members of our Maryland Congressional delegation have come out against NAFTA, Kweisi Mfume and Helen Bentley. If NAFTA passes, and your job goes south, just remember who was responsible.

Peter French


No Justice

"Justices uphold sending refugees back to Haiti" was a recent headline.

To use any form of the word justice is a misnomer, as justice was not served.

McNair Taylor



It is a pity King Solomon was not presiding in court the day custody of Jessica DeBoers was given to her biological parents. I have no doubt her adoptive parents would have willingly given her up, while her biological parents would have cut her in half.

Karen Edwards


Real Women

''Clinton's Real Women'' are a myth (The Sun, People section, Aug. 1). To be real, a woman does not have to be ''commandeering,'' or rude -- as in refusing to follow the protocol of accepting a young man's arm when offered by a military escort. How foolish this ''real'' woman must have made this young man feel! The article deals in stereotypes, which we should be above by now. A woman who paints her nails is not necessarily unreal, nor is a woman who prefers ''Mrs.'' less real than a ''Ms.''

Character is the issue, once again, not pants and pantsuits.

I am the mother of three successful businesswomen, and my daughters and I say ''thank you'' when a door is opened for us. Are we somehow ''unreal'' women?

Patricia Brookhart

Hunt Valley

President Clinton has recognized the talents and achievements of many women and given them the professional opportunities which they have earned. While The Sun attempted to acknowledge the growing role of women in the White House, it fell into the usual trap of sexism. The women employed by the Clinton administration were lumped together as monolithic objects, whose depth does not extend beyond their choices of fashion, food and exercise.

This article, which would be more suitable in Glamour or Cosmopolitan, raised several questions.

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