Mona Charen is a right-wing reactionaryRegarding the 18...

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April 01, 1994

Mona Charen is a right-wing reactionary

Regarding the 18 boxed column inches you granted Mona Charen for "Rent for the wealthy" (March 23), the column obviously was of narrow relevance to readers of The Evening Sun, dealing as it did with the injustices of an archaic rent control system that has undergone unending politicization for over a generation in New York City.

But you were not put off by the lack of regional or national relevance of this peculiarly local issue. You saw that Charen, the fundamentalist, right wing emissary of reactionary, conservative Republicanism, was really concerned with bashing the current Democratic administration.

You saw that after 500 words of innocuous description of a typical New York absurdity, Charen wasn't the least concerned with resolving the rent-control problem.

You saw clearly that her attribution of blame fell on "people like the Clintons, who believe that government should manage markets to help people" -- never mind that the Clintons were mere children when New York City rent control was enacted.

Never mind that this stupid regulation survived 12 years of Reagon-Bush conservatism without a peep of criticism from Charen, who claims to have been twice abused by it.

And finally: God help us if anyone in the public sector tries to help people!

But you knew your readers would instantly see through this perverse babble. Thank God for freedom of the press -- I can't wait for the next Mona Charen character assassination.

She is a lot more fun than Bob Dole. Keep up the good work, and the next election could be a blast.

William H. Phillips

Ellicott City

Money wasted

President Clinton sent Congress a $14 billion, five-year re-employment act. History shows that this program won't produce positive results.

Food stamp recipients were trained with agricultural aid. A study for the department found that our tax dollars were wasted.

Young men who received instruction under the Job Training Partnership Act did not earn more than those who fended for themselves. This fact was confirmed by a private study.

After losing jobs to foreign imports . . . numerous workers were retrained under the Trade Adjustment Act. An evaluation for the Labor Department found they did no better than those who simply sought employment.

The people who business trains earn more than government trainees.

Many of us feel that it would be better to extend unemployment benefits than to create another bureaucracy.

The national debt grows because our leaders believe that if you throw a lot of money at a problem it will go away.

Joseph Lerner

Baltimore

Bill's all right

I was proud of the president at his recent news conference. Whitewater is no Watergate. President Clinton said that "cooperation and disclosure is the order of the day" and laid out all of his tax returns the next day.

The Republicans are suspicious, as well they might be: Nixon and Reagan both evoked executive privilege and stonewalled for years.

Both lied to the American people -- Nixon about the Watergate burglary of the Democratic National Committee headquarters and Reagan about trading arms for hostages and aid for the contras in Nicaragua.

With President Clinton we see only honesty, guilelessness and openness. Republican Robert Fiske is conducting an investigation and will make a report.

Let's get on with Clinton's program -- fighting crime, reforming health care, creating jobs, revamping welfare. The American people will not settle for less.

David Armacost

Baltimore

Talk English

In response to your March 25 editorial, "Do We Need An 'Official' Language?" the answer is yes.

We have to look only to Canada to observe the damaging and divisive nature of language barriers between people of the same nation.

One has only to make phone calls to businesses serving the public in parts of Metropolitan New York or Washington or Miami to be greeted by persons who cannot communicate in English, or who, in the worst case, are contemptuous to anyone who would dare to speak to them in English.

When proponents of other languages for purposes of government, law and commerce become predominant in a given area, the results are prejudicial to English-speaking people and damaging to all parties.

Now is the time to clarify the unwritten assumption, and to make English the official language of Maryland and the U.S.

Such legislation will protect all citizens from existing communication problems and those that might develop in the future.

The use of English as commonly accepted in no way precludes the use of other languages at home or among friends.

All persons of ethnic background have the right to be proud of their heritage, to protect same and to pass on traditions to succeeding generations.

They do not, however, have the right to force their language and traditions on others.

English has been the unifying force that has permitted people from so many lands to live in relative harmony within the United States.

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