Mexican revolt is warning to U.S. investorsI was against...

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January 14, 1994

Mexican revolt is warning to U.S. investors

I was against the North American Free Trade Agreement, as was the majority of working class America. I had traveled to Mexico on personal trips and been horrified at the lot of its working people.

Regardless of what the media and the industrialists told us, the main purpose of the treaty was cheap labor. But the wealthy industrialists forgot one thing: oppressed people revolt.

The revolution in Mexico has started and it will grow unless the oppressive conditions are addressed. The uprising in one province is spreading.

The revolutionaries need not take over the government, just disrupt communications and electrical power and American investments will go down the drain.

The Mexican people confiscated our investments once before in this century. But this time the taxpayers guarantee the investment due to the treaty.

The savings and loan bailout will look like child's play compared to the coming Mexican bailout. But don't worry: Congress will just cut entitlement programs to balance the budget.

Mexico's government should address the horrible working conditions of its people and allow free elections and free unions. Then there would be no benefit in moving to Mexico.

If our industrial base would stop running every few years to save a few bucks, and instead invested in upgrading production equipment, it would be much better off.

George J. Tsigounis

Baltimore

Cesar Romero

Regarding your obituary on Cesar Romero (Jan. 3), which mentioned Cesar's military service during World War II, I witnessed the invasion of the Marianna Islands, Saipan and Tinian in 1944 from the assault transport U.S.S. Cavalier.

Cesar was aboard during this time with no special treatment, nor did he want any. He performed all of his duties in an outstanding manner. He made many lasting friendships with the men in his division.

There have been several ship reunions and Cesar did his best to attend. At the last reunion he spent all three days with us, participated in all the activities and served as vice president of our reunion group.

He touched the lives of countless people and we are all the better for it. We will miss him at our future reunions, but know he is sure to be looking down on us from his crow's nest in heaven, where there are only soft warm breezes, a calm sea and peace forever.

Albert Chesnavage

Baltimore

Zoo Lights

When the Baltimore Zoo announced it was to be open at night for Zoo Lights, I was not 100 percent comfortable with the idea of visiting Druid Hill Park in the dark.

My curiosity got the better of me, however, and it was so delightful that we went again and again.

The lights were fanciful, lovely, even romantic. My husband and I strolled hand in hand while our son raced ahead wearing a glow-in-the-dark halo.

The fact that no animals were present only helped make him more aware of other aspects of the zoo. He climbed the mansion's staircase and found a hundred nooks and crannies to investigate. Even the sub-freezing weather didn't daunt him.

Alas, it will be a year before the Zoo Lights return. But we hope to be there 100 percent confident that Druid Hill can be a beautiful place at night.

Rhona R. Beitler-Akman

Owings Mills

Snow daze

Frustration with the Baltimore County school system compels me to write.

The local news stations did their best to predict a severe winter snow storm recently, and school officials decided to delay school opening by two hours, then finally closed the schools for the day.

What troubles me is the two-hour delay. Working parents have a dilemma when this type of decision is made. Parents cannot go to work until the schools are open, and if they ultimately are closed they must make a quick decision regarding child care.

School officials need to get out of bed a little earlier in the morning, forget the two-hour school delay and make a decision on school closings by at least 7 a.m.

Joseph Fuchs

Cockeysville

Relative value

Rafael Palmeiro was awarded a five-year, $30 million contract with the Orioles, but Thomas Frazier, the nominee for police commissioner, has been offered a yearly salary of only $106,000, about 1.7 percent of Mr. Palmeiro's average annual rewards.

Paul Slepian

Baltimore

Douglass admirer

I read with interest "Baltimore Glimpses" by Gilbert Sandler in The Evening Sun Jan. 4 about W. E. B. DuBois.

I take exception to The New York Times calling DuBois "the most outspoken, eloquent and influential black American."

Is The New York Times forgetting about the greatest advocate of human freedom, Frederick Douglass?

Not only a great black American and passionate fighter against every injustice heaped upon black people, he was a far-sighted statesman enlisted in the "cause of humanity the world over."

Today Frederick Douglass still points the way. He struggled against all forms of discrimination, exposed the peonage system in the South, campaigned against lynching and demanded that the Constitution be enforced.

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