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August 12, 1993

On the budget only rhetoric has changed

This paper constantly describes the deficit reduction bill with phrases like "the largest deficit reduction bill in history" and "necessary to reverse the budget gap created by the Reagan tax cuts."

How short is your memory?

Only three years ago, the "necessary" 1990 package (which allowed the deficit to grow by $50 billion) was designed to "cut" the deficit by $496 billion over five years mostly by trimming defense spending, raising taxes on the "rich," cutting $45 billion out of Medicare, capping some discretionary spending, taxing gas another nickel and depending on low interest rates to decrease payments on the debt.

The 1993 plan is strikingly similar and, by its own calculations, leaves the deficit at $213 billion and adds $1 trillion to the national debt by 1998. This is change?

JTC With the Clinton administration's class warfare only the rhetoric has changed.

R. Earl Grace

Baltimore

Israel's duty

America applauds the Israeli Supreme Court in conceding the fact that John Demjanjuk is not Ivan the Terrible.

Had the trial been held in Texas, U.S.A., the mitigating testimony which was presented after 30 days would not have been accepted, and the accused would have been condemned to death. Israel is to be commended.

However, the case against Demjanjuk should not be closed so that Israel will not be accused of falsely arresting a Nazi war criminal.

Not to retry Demjanjuk for his other alleged crimes is to compromise all future efforts of apprehending and prosecuting others similarly accused.

Israel is writing its history. The country must not allow it to be tainted or distorted. It must do what is right and just.

Ellie Fier

Baltimore

Reform needed

I am sure there are many like myself who are outraged after watching the July 29 "Prime Time Live," which outlined the cushy retirement program Congress has quietly put into place for its members.

I am sure many Social Security participants will share this anger.

Our representatives espouse that more is taken out of Social Security than is contributed. Poppycock.

If that money contributed had been allowed to grow at prevailing interest rates, I would venture to guess every nickel taken out would be earned.

Another example of a Congress badly in need of reform.

. Tyler Kohler

Timonium

Harsh realities

Regarding Stephen Hunter's July 30 article, "The Untold Story," I too long for more of the satisfying "Casablanca"s of old. But today's art of movie making appears to be telling us something.

This is an era in which a newly elected president keeps none of his campaign promises, high school children carry guns to school, illicit drug use continues to flourish and the economy is in danger of collapsing.

The movies of which Stephen Hunter writes, sadly but accurately, reflect the fragmented, irrational and incomplete society in which we live.

Aren't we all a little puzzled?

Janet Drue-Manson

Lutherville

Children's needs get only empty rhetoric

We have all heard over the past months the debate on whether to allow gays in the military. I wonder whether anyone heard the recent report on the number of men in the military who have chosen not to pay the child support they owe? These men, reportedly, have suffered no monetary or legal consequences for their decision. I believe I am not alone in seeing something very wrong in a nation that believes the issue of sexual preference deserves more attention than the needs of children.

I remain amazed at what appears to be our government's preoccupation with what goes on in the privacy of our home. In a discussion about gays in the military, we hear words such as safety, protection and our future, and I feel angry. I, for one, have always believed that our children need to be safe and protected and that they are our future.

I know there are people whose passion and conviction for the rights of children are as strong as the voice of the military, and I am angry they are not given the same attention or the same forum in which to share their views. I have yet to see the kind of media coverage about our educational system or the effects of child abuse that I have seen regarding our military or electoral process.

Are we really more concerned about the sexual preference of the men and women in the military than whether our children are safe, healthy or educated? How long can we listen to rhetoric about our national priorities and family values and accept that when it comes to children our only concern seems to revolve around the unborn fetus?

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