Not Just CharmYour news article headlined "Congress...


October 12, 1993

Not Just Charm

Your news article headlined "Congress charmed by first lady but unswayed" in the Sept. 29 edition of The Sun evoked images of Vanna White smiling mindlessly into a television camera.

The article went on to say that Hillary Clinton presented the health initiative (which she organized) to two House committees -- that she sat alone before the committees reeling off facts and figures.

I am curious as to how "charm" beat out "intelligent," "confident" and "organized" for the article's headline. Focusing on Mrs. Clinton's charm reduces her role in fashioning the health-care plan to that of a smiling spokesperson.

Charm doesn't pass the bar exam. John Kennedy Jr. will attest to that.

Mary Smiley



Your Sept. 27 editorial on the International Olympic Committee's award of host city of the Olympic Games in the year 2000 to Sydney, which was quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald on Sept. 27.

Yes, Sydney is "safe," but far from dull. It is one of the most exciting cities in the world, far safer than the U.S.A.

I have just returned from America and, indeed, I went to Baltimore. I never felt safe in America, and I came home to Sydney to feel safe. Where are your freedom and liberty? Gone.

Which is the dull country, confined to your houses out of fear? Which is the dull country, where you only hear U.S. news? It is hardly surprising, then, that supposedly one of America's leading newspapers made such outrageous and totally incorrect comments.

While you may regard the decision as dull and reliable, the rest of the world sees it as exciting, as the IOC has opted for the city with the best technical bid and the best forum for the athletes.

Your suggestion that Sydney is too far away and that the athletes will be jet-lagged for weeks is absolute nonsense and the sort of comment made by someone totally ignorant of the truth. It is only far away in your narrow mind.

If Sydney with its beautiful harbor, cosmopolitan lifestyle, perfect weather and crime-free society, situated in the middle of the fastest-growing region in the world is dull, what is Baltimore, whose greatest gift to the world was Wallis Simpson? Draw your own conclusion. I know in which city I have freedom, liberty and world news. Yes, Sydney.

Anne Barns

Manly, Australia

Curran's Record

Those of us who keep abreast of state affairs cannot help but be fascinated by Maryland Attorney General Joe Curran, the erstwhile gubernatorial candidate.

Three years ago, Mr. Curran led the campaign to outlaw "Saturday night specials." We all know that law has stopped firearm crime in its tracks.

Now, with Maryland murders approaching 500 for the year, the state's chief law enforcement officer has time to join 25 other state attorneys general in a suit to ban "Joe Camel" advertising and issue an unsolicited informal ruling on whether a car painted with obnoxious symbols can be barred from a demolition derby at a county fair. There's a crime wave out there, Mr. Curran.

Reminds one of the housewife who knocked over her china cabinet in the dining room trying to swat a fly while a herd of elephants was stampeding through the parlor.

Mr. Curran's 1994 opponents could ensure victory by running on the incumbent's record.

Chuck Frainie


Arafat's Heart

King David wrote in Psalm 55 the following thought when speaking of his enemies: "The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart. His words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords."

Let's hope that Yasser Arafat now realizes that Israel will live on as a nation -- forever.

Philip R. Grossman


A 3-Way Race

It is clear, from articles in your paper and others, that Prince George's County Executive Parris Glendening has decided the campaign for governor is a two-man race. You cannot expect someone who lacks basic mathematic abilities to control the state budget. The race for governor is a three-person race.

State Sen. Mary Boergers, D-Montgomery, is not only honest, but she is the brightest and most articulate candidate we have had run for governor, not only in the present race, but in recent history. We finally have a chance to have a worthy governor, which will not only be a new experience for Maryland, but rare in the whole country.

Senator Boergers is not afraid to speak up and take a stand on the issues, even when her position is politically unpopular. We must demand that our next governor not just be another politician. We only have one choice, Mary Boergers.

Kathleen Albertson


Health Plan Defect

If the American public is to buy into President Clinton's proposed health plan, it's going to involve a lot of trust. Trust in Clinton, trust in the government and trust in Congress.

How have these entities done in the past? Well, the gay alliance trusted Bill Clinton with their votes and the taxpayers trusted Bill Clinton to reduce their taxes.

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