Bosnian war is a religious conflictHistory repeats itself...

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September 16, 1993

Bosnian war is a religious conflict

History repeats itself. In my youth we heard of the killing of Protestants in Northern Ireland by the Catholics. Then the reporting of this slaughter shifted. The killing went on, but they started to call the Catholics the "Irish Republican Army" and the attitude of the world changed toward the killing.

Now we have the slaughter of the Muslims in Bosnia. And they are already calling the Orthodox Christians "Serbs." This is like calling the Mormons "Utahs."

We spent a few weeks in Washington this spring and while there I called every newspaper and magazine in the phone book and asked the people in the editorial departments, "Who is killing the Muslims in Bosnia?" The answer I received was the same: the "Serbs and Croats." They are afraid to state that the "Christians" were doing the killing. Why?

Ethnic cleansing is an attempt to remove a religious group. Why don't they tell it as it is?

My ancestors were French Protestants, and they were slaughtered in the same way for the same reason. It has happened before and it may happen again unless we stand up for the rights of all people no matter what religion they profess.

John S. Angevine

Massena, N.Y.

Keep it simple

There has been a lot of controversy about a nickname for Baltimore's hoped-for football expansion team.

Here's a solution: do away with all the goofy names and call them the "Baltimore Football Club."

Joseph T. Kasprzak

Baltimore

Bureaucracy

There is nothing wrong with the federal bureaucracy. Clearly, there are far too many managers.

Were the number of managers to be cut in half through grade reduction or attrition, a 250,000-position reduction could probably be achieved without any further pain being caused.

A ratio of 14:1 vs. the current 7:1 would achieve this end. The only caveat is that it would be unfortunate if potential retirees were paid bonuses simply to reduce the active worker rolls, while simultaneously increasing the federal retiree rolls. In that case we would end up with little more than a paper transfer.

In the past, the Democratic-controlled public employee unions and their congressional supporters have resisted efforts by Republicans to reduce the bureaucracy.

So too have various public and social advocacy groups, which have feared that insufficient regulation and definition of power and monitoring would lead to abuse and loss of "rights."

With a Democratic president now at the helm they no longer have any excuse. Now is the time to effectively reduce the bureaucracy.

Alton D. Durham

Baltimore

Drunk driver

After reading of the 41-year-old alcoholic woman who killed a 16-year-old girl with her car, I was left with the following questions:

* Why have a five-year jail sentence attached to killing someone while drinking and driving if the entire prison time can be negated by a judge?

* Why measure a person's blood alcohol level if being more than doubly drunk doesn't influence the penalty?

* How can there be any deterrence to drinking and driving if the perpetrator is allowed to stay free, which includes going to work, after killing someone?

Even though a driver who is drunk doesn't kill intentionally, where does responsibility for one's actions begin? People know the penalty for drinking while intoxicated. Five years in prison for irresponsibly killing seems in accord with a life sentence for intentional killing.

Richard I. Sniadach

Baltimore

Land of jobs

"California cars" -- another incentive for manufacturers to relocate outside Maryland.

A pure environment is a wonderful dream, but can we, the workers, afford it? And will job opportunities go elsewhere as basic transportation costs continue to climb?

The land of pleasant living must be balanced with the land of jobs and affordable living.

David Heston

Glen Arm

Why we don't need football

At the risk of being unpopular, I have compiled the top 10 reasons why Baltimore does not deserve a football team.

Excuse me, David Letterman.

1. Will generated revenues from the team help combat Baltimore's social problems?

2. Will minorities and women-based organizations be fairly represented in all phases of contract arbitration?

3. Do Baltimoreans need year-round jobs, or just seasonal ones?

4. What will become of Memorial Stadium? A parking lot, maybe?

5. Historically, did Baltimore support other professional teams? Where do the Bullets and Colts play sports?

6. The Orioles almost flew the coop, didn't they?

7. How hard will Baltimore fight to keep a football team?

8. Is Baltimore prepared to pump millions of dollars into a venture that may go the way of the Fishmarket or the Power Plant?

9. Rhinos already have a job in the zoo, don't they?

10. Will Ross Perot spend $200 million campaigning for general manager? What about Rush Limbaugh as a tackling dummy?

Brian D. Vismale

Baltimore

Cable rates

For the past several years I have watched Comcast Cablevision in Baltimore County raise rates every year, claiming increased expenses without justification or competition.

Now it offers recent federal regulations as justification for raising prices and lowering service.

Unfortunately, Baltimore County has guaranteed Comcast the right to raise prices without fear of competition.

The only hope for the consumer outside the expense of an individual satellite dish is the bill currently in Congress to allow telephone companies to transmit cable TV signals.

Every TV addict should write to his representative to allow some competition into the industry by letting the phone company compete.

Charles D. Connelly

Baltimore

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