Who's Gone Mad?In your July 22 editorial, "Have Clinton's...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

August 11, 1993

Who's Gone Mad?

In your July 22 editorial, "Have Clinton's Critics Gone Mad?", in reference to the reaction of President Clinton's new policy on gays in the military, I think it is you who have gone mad.

Why should you expect gays and lesbians, who are taxpaying Americans, to be satisfied by seeing members of their community continue to face discrimination in the work place? The issue of gays in the military is really one of equality and justice.

President Clinton's new policy still relegates lesbians and gays to second-class citizenship by treating us as less equal and under a different standard of justice.

The new policy, like the old one, is a powerful government symbol that maintains that if you are homosexual you are not as deserving of America's privileges or responsibilities.

World history is abundantly full of examples where people have reacted with great anger when government treated some people with less dignity.

Are you equally baffled at the reaction of the colonists during the Boston Tea Party?

Alan George Stephens

Baltimore

The writer is a board member of the Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Veterans of America.

Inane Comments

If Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun of Illinois wishes to become enraged, riled, or otherwise ''rippling with anger,'' this Daughter of the Confederacy suggests that she direct her bile elsewhere.

There are mountains of right and just causes that need far more immediate attention from her than having a hissy-fit over an insignia that has nothing whatever to do with her.

I am thoroughly ashamed of those senators who could not recognize how utterly ridiculous her arguments were.

The Sun has clearly shown its stupidity in its inane comments on the ''irrelevance'' of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

As to equating it with ''belles, beaux, magnolias, ante bellum melodrama" and a 1939 movie, you do not know what you're talking about!

Virginia H. Sollers-Hoffmaster

Baltimore

The writer is secretary, Baltimore Chapter No. 8, of the Daughters of the Confederacy.

Severed Ties

This letter is in reference to J. D. Considine's July 16 article about Vince Neil. Mr. Considine states that ". . . the singer has severed ties to his old band, Motley Crue, and his ex-wife, Heather Locklear."

Get your facts straight: Vince Neil was never married to Heather Locklear. Ms. Locklear is married to Motley Crue's drummer, Tommy Lee. (He's the one surrounded by all the drums and cymbals.)

Kenneth Sands

Baltimore

MARC Service Is Not Great

On behalf of the thousands of MARC commuters, I'd like to take this opportunity to set the record straight on the Mass Transit Administration's justification for the proposed 19-plus percent fare increase.

I commute on the MARC Penn Line from BWI to Washington every day, and I can assure you that the MARC trains are not running 92 percent on-time.

Although the people at the MTA tout this statistic and use it to justify the fare increase, they fail to explain that it is determined based on the train's arrival time at its final destination point -- not points in between.

So, for example, if a train from Washington to Perryville is late at every single stop between Washington and Baltimore but makes up time north of Baltimore so that it arrives at Perryville on time, it's considered on time for the entire trip.

Unfortunately, this happens too frequently. In fact, I can attest to the fact that in the last three months, the 5:05 evening express train has arrived on time at Odenton and BWI only once -- it's usually 10 to 20 minutes late. And, from what I hear, many of the other evening trains are late as well.

The MTA may think it has improved service for MARC riders, but let's face facts -- parking at most stations is horrendous, the air conditioning in the train cars does not work on some days, and on many occasions passengers are forced to stand in the aisles and between cars because there are not enough seats.

And to further demonstrate the MTA's lack of customer service, riders have yet to be formally notified of the plans for the fare increase. We've had to rely on The Sun for information.

Sound like great service? I don't think so. And neither do many of the commuters who ride the trains every day.

We plan on letting the MTA know exactly how we feel about the fare increase at the upcoming public hearings, but we're concerned: Will they listen? The MTA has no governing agency to approve or control fare increases, unlike the utility companies who have the Public Service Commission to respond to.

So how can we be sure they'll respond to our comments?

Susan B. Murphy

Catonsville

Like Japan, Maryland Needs Political Reform

The recent electoral revolution in Japan was driven by the voters' demand to clean up the political process. Maryland voters should stage a similar revolt to apply two major elements of the Japanese reform agenda to our state: single-member districts and campaign finance reform.

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