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August 09, 1993

Petty attack on Confederate Banner

It was a cheap publicity shot for Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun D-Ill. to attack the United Daughters of the Confederacy by pushing to have the Senate withdraw its support for the 95-year-old patent of the UDC insignia containing the symbol of the Confederate flag.

When there are so many problems facing our cities and public school systems, it would seem that Ms. Moseley-Braun could better concern herself with them rather than stoop to such pettiness as attacking a group which honors its ancestors who fought and died for the Southern cause.

My own forebears were among the 90 percent of Southerners who didn't own slaves, but whose devotion to duty will long be remembered in history for their bravery and sacrifice. It is my hope that the U.S. Senate will vote to renew the official government patent for the UDC insignia.

Margery W. Harriss

Baltimore

The writer is president of Baltimore Chapter 8, United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Israel's rage

Israel has the right, as any other sovereign nation, to defend itself against belligerent forces, but has it gone too far? Israel retaliates with the same bitter rage, but with greater intensity.

It proclaims that its attacks on Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon are in response to rocket attacks on northern Israel, but the damage is far more widespread.

Israel does not use the infamous cruise missile with pinpoint accuracy. Instead its uses long-range artillery, helicopter gunships and its naval armada to decimate suspected terrorist camps and surrounding areas.

The bombardment exchange between the two countries killed incidental Lebanese and Israelis. The Middle East is again the ideological battle-ground where nationality and religion reign over reason.

The fragile peace talks could be jeopardized by this recent outburst of hate, since Israel's hostile neighbors were reluctantly willing to talk peace before these incidents.

Forming a consensus between warring countries may be difficult to achieve, but it is far more monumental to teach our fellow man to tolerate the beliefs of another.

Neil R. Moores

Reisterstown

He had a gun

The main lesson for me to draw from Vincent Foster's tragic suicide by gunshot wound is this. The difference between him and me is that when he felt overwhelmed and despaired, he had a gun.

Arthur Milholland

Silver Spring

Thanks for help

A short time ago, the car we were driving broke down while getting onto the Baltimore Beltway at Exit 20.

Thanks to a wonderful young man who stopped and let us use his car phone, we were able to call AAA for help.

Later, he came back with a cooler full of soda and iced tea to help us withstand the grueling heat.

He wouldn't take anything, but we are extremely grateful to him and to all the kind people who helped four females trying to get back home to New Jersey.

I hope he reads your wonderful paper.

Thanks!

Rita Labrecque

Little Silver, N.J.

Unable to take care of themselves

The Sunday Sun Aug. 1 contained an article by Lauren Siegel, a social worker with Health Care for the Homeless. It was a tragic story of two people who had established a relationship.

One is a young girl, now 20 years old, at times emotionally ill enough to be hospitalized, and HIV and TB positive.

The other is a 34-year-old male, illiterate, with a prison record, a drinking problem, a temper. He also is HIV and TB positive.

Both have IQs between 50 and 60, were homeless and unable to take even the simplest steps to improve their lives. Obviously, there is little chance that either will be able to get or keep a job.

They abandoned one baby when it was an infant, and she has since had another child.

No one with any compassion can fail to feel for these unfortunate people who lack the mental and emotional resources to make a life for themselves. And the thought of what will probably happen to their children is horrifying.

I must take exception, though, to Ms. Siegel's assumption that there is something wrong with a society that doesn't automatically have a program ready-made for this couple.

I applaud Ms. Siegel's perseverance and dedication to her job and am happy that she has been able to provide some assistance for these people. But I would suggest two things to her.

One, that she use her obvious skills in getting things done to honestly assess our current system. Perhaps we do not need increased funding but simply need to get the resources available directed to those who truly need them rather than to those who simply expect them as a fact of life.

And two, that she realize that, even if the system were ideal, there still won't always be an answer to every ill, especially when the people involved are unable to cooperate in any meaningful way.

There will always be tragedies. There will always be those for whom we feel compassion but whose lives neither we nor the government can fix.

Carol D. Williams

Phoenix

It's the quality, not quantity, of talk shows

Ron Smith, in his letter of July 28 takes exception to my Other Voices piece of July 19.

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