Northern IrelandI believe Robert D. Drager's letter March...


March 24, 1994

Northern Ireland

I believe Robert D. Drager's letter March 9 is confusing a legal election with the infamous Ulster Covenant signed by 200,000 fanatical Orangemen, defying the British government's home rule for Ireland. This occurred in 1912, before World War I.

It was limited to Ulster, not all the counties of Ireland. It was treasonous to the crown, but not one person was arrested or imprisoned under the Crimes Act of 1887, which was still in effect at that time.

However, in January of 1920 there was a general election which resulted in a sweeping Sinn Fein, republican victory.

Of the six counties of Unionist Ulster, two, Fermanagh and Tyrone, voted a majority for Sinn Fein. In Derry (Londonderry), supposed Unionist stronghold, Sinn Fein, even electing a Catholic mayor.

In Ulster as a whole, all nine counties, 23 towns elected republicans and 22 towns went Unionist. Out of 206 council governments throughout the whole of Ireland, 172 returned with a majority of republicans.

All, at first meeting, repudiated the right of the British local government and established an Irish government to run their own affairs. See articles printed by the London Daily News written by Hugh Martin, a British journalist, for reference.

These results clearly exploded the propaganda of a united Ulster and served to intensify British acts of barbarous suppression, including cold-blooded murder of duly elected officials, arson, rape and mayhem.

A thief who steals, even after 400 years have passed, is still a thief, and the theft is still a theft. And even 800 some odd years is not enough to legitimize a claim based on calumny and thievery.

The citizens of Great Britain are weary of shouldering Ulster's load, and perhaps their Parliament may make some adjustments to the Welfare Six Counties. You see, they can no longer add to the coffers as they did in years long gone.

J. M. Conner


AAA Rates an F

I wish to question the American Automobile Association service, or lack thereof, in the northeastern section of Baltimore City.

I believe that AAA of Maryland needs to take a serious look at those under contract to render assistance in that area.

One should be able to expect better than I received on a recent Friday evening.

Discovering a flat tire while leaving for an early dinner engagement -- in good weather, I might add -- I made a service call to AAA and was given an approximate waiting time of an hour and a half.

Numerous calls later and with no truck response in 2 1/2 hours, I phoned AAA to cancel the call for that evening, deciding to try again the next morning.

On Saturday morning, I made another attempt to obtain assistance from AAA by phoning around 7 a.m. At that time, I was told that I would receive a telephone call prior to the truck's arrival as the operator could give no time estimate.

Finally, after no response (and being unable to reach a human at AAA in three or four attempts, including remaining on hold for several 10 to 15 minute intervals) 80 minutes later, I called a local towing and service center -- which responded in less than eight minutes. Within the hour, I was back home with my tire repaired.

As a single female, the purpose of my AAA membership is to obtain assistance under such circumstances in a reasonably allotted time frame. Perish the thought that I would have been stranded elsewhere, rather than in my own parking lot.

To say that this experience was a major inconvenience would be a gross understatement. When next my AAA membership expires, I do not intend to renew it.

Anne T. Freeman


Plantation Hands

Complaints of racism in Maryland state government by black workers ignore one very important point. No doubt the complaints are valid, but white state employees also suffer the same problem under black managers.

I have white friends in state government who feel like plantation hands under their black managers. Even their black co-workers are outraged at times over some black employees being unjustly favored by these black managers. Yet the black managers deny they are racist.

Until we all embrace Dr. Martin Luther King's dream, no doubt this problem will continue to exist.

Government needs to take a tougher view when such complaints are made.

Equal opportunity should apply to all, regardless of race, religion, color or creed.

Michael Hinterberger


Cable Ball

When comparing my monthly cable bill with friends who have cable service outside Baltimore County, our charges are pretty much the same for October through March. But as soon as Oriole season begins, the bill from Comcast Cable grows by almost $15 per month, or $105 for the baseball season.

So while other cable company customers have Home Team Sports included on their basic package, Comcast decided that Baltimore County residents should not. So we end up paying 60 percent more for the same service.

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