End of SovereigntyThe real issue of the North American...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

September 28, 1993

End of Sovereignty

The real issue of the North American Free Trade Agreement is national sovereignty -- not jobs or free trade.

What is in the works down the road for the U.S. and the rest of the western hemisphere is similar to the unification plans for Europe.

Nations become states. There is a common currency, merged economies, open borders, free trade and unlimited immigration. Control is exercised by appointment of super national bureaucrats with the power to overrule local, state and national laws.

Under the Supreme Council of the Western Hemisphere the United States and the other countries will no longer control their own destinies.

Gone will be the safeguards of the U.S. Constitution, including free speech, free press, civil rights and private property rights. The Supreme Council starts with economic control. Then, as former President Nixon would say, "Grab them by their economy, and their hearts and minds will follow."

Honest free trade is worthwhile. High tariffs to protect inefficient producers penalize buyers in the protected country and sellers and taxpayers in the exporting country. However, a few exceptions to free trade for reasons of national defense or policy are understandable.

But we don't need NAFTA's 2,000 pages of detailed regulations and agreements enforced by a budding Supreme Council to have free trade. Simple nation-to-nation agreements will do. You lower your tariff, and we will lower ours over whatever timetable causes the least disruption.

The big plan of the international elite is to have three trading blocs -- European Union, American Union and Pacific or Asian Union -- each run by a super national body such as a Supreme Council. This triumvirate would be the new world order operating out of the United Nations.

Already you can see the parts falling into place -- a European Union, our troops under foreign control, treaties subjecting our citizens to international jurisdiction and now NAFTA.

Do not fall for the ridicule leveled at the opposition to NAFTA. Those selling out the sovereignty of the United States are the misguided or unpatriotic ones. NAFTA Is a bungee jump with the cord tied around your neck.

George W. Bauernschmidt Jr.

Severna Park

Fishing Choices

I am writing in response to your Sept. 12 article, "Hordes of baby rockfish in bay are biggest crop in 40 years."

I don't understand why charter boat customers should be allowed to keep more fish than recreational fishermen. Aren't their reasons for catching the fish also recreational?

But I do think the charter boat season should be longer because different people fish each day, and I think everyone should go fishing in a bay or the ocean some time.

I really don't think that just because the rockfish are plentiful this year it means we should all go out and kill them. If we kill them all now, instead of waiting a few years, it might take even longer for them to repopulate.

No one should be allowed to fish in areas where the fish population is in danger, especially recreational fishermen (including charter boat renters).

These fishermen don't use the fish for anything more important than stuffing them and hanging them on the wall. At least commercial fishermen use the fish they catch.

I think recreational fishermen should fish for fish like bluegills. Because of their small size, bluegills aren't good for commercial fishing but are plentiful and taste good.

Leslie C. Reed

Baltimore

Unfair Attacks

Today we are being constantly reminded of the virtue of fairness. In labor relations, in sports, in politics, in race relations, in health and so on.

But what is fairness when media reporting can destroy an individual's reputation without so much as a by your leave?

Is it fair that this can result from someone's right to denounce another in public and still remain anonymous?

The famous make better targets for such actions, although no one is really immune. When a well known contributing member of our society is vilified in the press, and the law states that his accusers may not be identified, then where is the fairness in our society?

It is indeed a travesty to protect an accuser, when his or her accusations can ruin the reputation of any individual.

Even though vindication may occur in the end, there is no question that a doubt has been created in minds of many people.

It is no wonder that America has become the home of a money hungry legal profession when such actions contribute to the inclination of a get-rich-quick society.

Otto C. Beyer

Ellicott City

Methadone Abuse

Recently, The Sun carried a picture of containers of methadone stolen by an employee with the purpose of illicit sale. This situation had produced a tragedy -- the death of a small child.

In the Sept. 9 Sun there was a list of recommendations by Mayor Schmoke's drug task force. No. 1 on that list was to make methadone more readily available.

It seems to me that for the above situation to be possible there had to be some very casual handling and little, if any, accountability.

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