Credibility problemI am a young working woman who strongly...

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February 11, 1994

Credibility problem

I am a young working woman who strongly believes in the empowerment of the feminist cause, but when a woman uses the hard-won tools for feminist advancement to further a political cause, I become totally disgusted.

Recently, in an election year, Niculina Robinson filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, accusing Roger Hayden, Baltimore County executive, of sexual harassment.

In doing so, she destroyed the credibility of many women in the work force who have been harmed or discriminated against in some way.

In an insidious attempt to demolish the political career of Mr. Hayden, Mrs. Robinson might have intensified the plight of many working women as they strive to protect themselves when they are victimized.

A victim of sexual harassment myself, I am familiar with the humiliation and anger that result from unwelcome verbal or physical advances.

The experiences infuriated me so that I immediately went to the proper authorities to stop the abuse. Within one week, the authorities responded to my complaints, and the harassment ceased.

I remained in employment with the company on good terms with all parties and worked productively without further problems.

Women do have the right to speak out against abuse of this kind, and it is their duty to contact the authorities as soon as the incident occurs in order to receive the proper response.

Mrs. Robinson, in waiting more than a year to file a complaint with the EEOC, helps to destroy the credibility of all women who are victims of sexual harassment.

isa A. Waidner

Baltimore

Disgrace

I think that the singing of the National Anthem at the Super Bowl was a national disgrace. I did not recognize it.

If it cannot be sung correctly, it should be dropped.

The national anthem should be done for all of us. No one has any right to change it as they see fit.

Barbara Cross

Baltimore

Gun controls

can lead only to anarchy

I disagree with Fred Davis' comments on gun control in the Feb. 3 Forum.

But I agree with state Sen. Walter M. Baker, D-Cecil, when he says, "Banning guns has nothing to do with crime, and the moment we let them [the anti-gun groups] get their foot in the door, they will try to push the door open and absolutely ban everything."

Mr. Davis says, "Such comments are an insult to honest people . . ."

I suggest Mr. Davis need only look back to recent history to find the truth and wisdom of Senator Baker's words.

In the 1980s, a mayor of San Francisco decided gun registration would allow police to track criminals' weapons. That sounded like a "reasonable bit of gun control." The mayor assured the people he would never use registration to go after the law-abiding citizen's firearms.

That mayor kept his word; "he" never went after an honest citizen's guns. However, "the foot was in the door."

After the next election, a new mayor, Dianne Feinstein, took office. She decided San Francisco should ban the possession of all handguns. Any person owning a handgun was to take it to a police station and drop it off. No compensation provided. How would you feel owning a customized, competition handgun worth over $1,000 and being told to drop it off for destruction?

When less than 1 percent of the handguns were turned in, what did the mayor do? She ordered the police to go to the "gun registration lists" to see who owned handguns. Although this registration law was only enforced for about 13 months, it does show why gun registration is a bad idea.

What happened to Mayor Feinstein, who wanted to use gun registration lists to confiscate law-abiding citizens' guns?

She is now U.S. Senator Feinstein. And she is constantly pushing for more gun control, including "registration." Law-abiding gun owners, given Senator Feinstein's past record, do you trust her when she says, "I won't come after your 'target pistols' or 'hunting weapons'"? I don't.

Yes, Mr. Davis, Senator Baker's words are true and right on target.

Robert L. Totten

Severn

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I am at once amused and disgusted by those who would crucify Sen. Walter Baker for his honest and factual beliefs regarding useless gun control.

If one were to believe the bawling, caterwauling proponents of more and more gun grabbing, disallowing legitimate gun ownership would solve most of society's ills.

There would be almost no suicides or domestic violence. Crime and mass murder would decrease to infinitesimal proportions. The violent, arrogant street scum and dope dealers would dry up. Paradise would be upon us. Everyone could live in peace.

Guess again.

The prohibitionist philosophy that pervades the anti-gun pacifists obviously a failed ideal. It has not ever been proven that anyone bent on ill dealings is detered from a chosen vile act by the lack of a particular tool. Substitution is the watchword. Anything can become a weapon. Everything from a common pencil to one's own blood can be lethal.

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