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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

November 12, 1993

Press and NAFTA

Your pro-NAFTA campaign borders or hysteria.

Any agreement that has most Republicans, the elitist press and the fat-cat CEOs of this country in bed together has got to be bad news for the average American worker.

I'd far rather be counted in the company of the Ross Perots, Ralph Naders and Jesse Jacksons of this world.

Your threat to the re-election of any congressman who votes against NAFTA was laughable. The press just doesn't get it.

Haven't you realized yet how contemptuous the American people are of you? I think the press scores just below used-car salesmen in American esteem.

Frances C. Sweeney

Baltimore

Prove Guilt First

The Sun, through its editorials and news articles, has chronicled and presented to its readers the problems related to child abuse and molestation.

It is a fact that this ugly duckling has surfaced to the point that daily we hear many accused of this heinous crime -- unfortunately.

What The Sun has failed to present in detail is the importance of reminding the public that accused does not mean guilty.

Yes, we must prosecute the guilty. However, we must also see to it that the accused is given full legal consideration until proven guilty, and that all evidence is examined with care.

Further, since there is no statute of limitations on prosecution of this kind of crime, all must be ready to evaluate evidence in respect to crimes dealing with abuse. Certainly we must be on guard and take all precautions to protect our children from child abuse and molestation.

In retrospect, let us not forget that all citizens, especially those working with the young, are not child abusers or molesters, nor do they violate the sexual rights and demeanor of the young.

Editors, writers, counselors, social workers and, above all else, law enforcement officials must be careful to evaluate all evidence before we condemn a man or woman of child abuse or molestation without valid evidence.

Careers and the spirit of the innocent can be destroyed after having been charged with this type of crime, even though the individual is ultimately proven not guilty.

Yes, we must guard our young against those seeking to do damage to them, physically or mentally, but we must also uphold the majesty of the law and seek out all evidence so that justice can be done.

John Micklos

Baltimore

Who Is Racist?

Why, oh why, does The Sun print such race-baiting letters as the one written by Samuel L. Banks (Nov. 5)? After wading through such word-gems as: "cogently," "hegemony," "adumbrated" and "societal," his whole article boils down to the usual "Blame it all on whitey" tirade.

Time has passed Mr. Banks by. The letter may be well-suited to the 1960s, but is really obsolete in the 1990s. We're all responsible for the sad state of affairs in our country -- not just "whitey," by any means.

Being a senior citizen, I submit that, in my lifetime, I've never seen so much money, time, aid and concerned general effort directed toward any part of the U.S. population(s) as it has for the past 30 years toward the African-American segment.

Oh, the catch-all phrase is that all this bounty is for "minorities." But let's be honest, that means "black" in most cases. Does all the above sound like "white racism?"

Mr. Banks, however, is right about one thing -- the whole problem is one of socio-economic conditions, rather than one of race or color. It, in most cases, is not one of "race", but of "class." Put simply, thinking people judge others by whether they're "good guys" or "bad guys" -- and good or bad know no color or race lines.

If we can all learn to judge each other by the simple categories of "good" or "bad" and forget the "black" or "white" (or any other shade) -- maybe, just maybe, the race-baiters can join the majority of Americans who get along just fine.

Robert F. Kennedy

Catonsville

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In answer to the letter by Samuel L. Banks concerning racism and it being the fault of the white people, I challenge Mr. Banks and everyone who thinks the way that he does on this subject.

I'll prove to him that he is not only wrong but biased in his opinions.

Racism is not caused by anything other than hatred, and hatred is caused by ignorance.

Ignorance knows no boundary where the various races are concerned. According to Webster's Dictionary, ignorance is defined as a lack of knowledge.

Everyone is ignorant about something, I do believe, Mr. Banks included.

Edward D. Bieretz

Baltimore

Kashmir: Is Self-Determination Perilous?

Your admirable editorial on Indian brutalities in Kashmir (Nov. 1) errs on two points.

One, it is not right to equate Pakistan with India in so far as Kashmir is concerned. Pakistan, unlike India, has consistently supported the right of self-determination for the people of Kashmir.

This has been Pakistan's unchanged position for the last 45 years.

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