Bosnia and IsraelThe shameful destruction of the...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

February 21, 1994

Bosnia and Israel

The shameful destruction of the "independent" state of Bosnia proves to the world that any small country must be able to defend itself, and that guarantees and promises are worthless.

It is now two years since it became apparent that Bosnia would be overrun by Serbs and Croats. Yet, the legitimate Muslim Bosnian government has been denied access to arms for self defense.

After horrendous atrocities, numerous deaths and casualties, the world-recognized country of Bosnia will be forced to settle for an insecure, unstable third of its original land area.

For 27 years, foreign politicians and generals, including former U.S. presidents and military experts, have advised the Israeli government that the Golan Heights are indispensable for the security of the country.

Now, pressure from the U.S. and the U.N. is being exerted on Israel to agree to withdrawal from the Golan Heights. Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin has said that Israel would consider withdrawing under a true peace agreement with Syria.

In view of the Bosnian debacle, why should Israel risk its survival on the implementation of promises and guarantees made by the United Nations and the American government?

Bernard Siegel

Baltimore

Greedy Parents

If the parents of children, already enjoying one of the highest standards of living in the world for themselves, were to force their children to work long hours to raise that standard of living even higher, would not this be called "child abuse"?

If the parents of children were to steal future money earned by their children and use it to satisfy their own incessant greed, would this not be called "child abuse"?

In the United States today, we enjoy the highest standard of living in all of history. But this is not enough. We consistently run a government spending deficit. We want more and more, and we are not afraid to steal from our children to get it.

By spending beyond our means, we condemn our children to one of three choices. They could raise taxes to confiscatory rates in the future to pay for our greed. They could create ruinous inflation in order to "pay back" the debt with worthless dollars. Or our children could simply repudiate the debt, and then be faced with years of economic chaos and a total collapse of creditor confidence.

Most likely our children will be saddled with a combination of these factors as they struggle to deal with the crushing debts we create for them, due to our own greed and the willful decision to live beyond our own means, year after year.

In any case, our politicians in Washington are guilty of abusing future generations of Americans to satisfy their own (and our) desire for more and more, without paying for it now.

America was founded, and made strong, by generations of hard-working adults, willing to make sacrifices so that each succeeding generation of children would have a better life to pass on to their children.

Suddenly we live in a country that has abandoned that philosophy and replaced it with a system of government deficit-spending, based on greed, and not afraid to steal from future generations.

To those of us in the middle class, raised by parents used to making sacrifices in order to better the lives of their children, this is odious conduct. Let us find a way to end massive federal spending deficits now.

This is "child abuse," pure and simple.

Iver Mindel

Cockeysville

Impossible Task

This is in defense of our mailman.

Yes, our carrier delivered the newspaper every day during the ice -- from his car window, as usual, and we ice-skated down two sets of steps to retrieve it. Our mailman would have had to repeat this journey over and over again since we live in a rowhouse neighborhood. It would have been an impossible task.

We have a faithful, efficient mail deliverer, and I hope he enjoyed his unavoidable vacation.

P. Potter

Baltimore

Modern Music

I was disappointed to read Stephen Wigler's scathing review (Jan. 24) of the Polaris contemporary chamber music concert.

Aside from vague, unsubstantiated witticisms, the only specific complaints he made were the strident nature of Judith Shatin's "1492," the thin texture and sparse ideas in Leslie Bassett's Trio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano and the nontraditional methods used by the pianists.

These are all viable means of musical expression and hardly cause for such severe censure.

Program music, such as "1492" and "Gabriel's Wing," is by no means a new idea. In "1492," Ms. Shatin communicated the turbulent events of the year so well that it was, indeed, disturbing, in part because of the prevalence of violence in our world today.

This is what artistic expression is about: one human being reaching out to another and conveying some emotion or insight.

Life, regrettably, is sometimes harsh and brutal. "1492" was the expression of this timeless adversity. Surely Mr. Wigler does not expect composers to write only music that he can fall asleep to.

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