Clinton's PromisesAs the heat of Whitewatergate...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

April 02, 1994

Clinton's Promises

As the heat of Whitewatergate intensifies, I see, hear and read with greater repetitious rage and fury by the Clintons (both the elected and unelected family members) the promotion of the need for health care reform -- a plan, in the words of the president, that will provide "universal health care coverage for all, that can never be taken away."

The president's promises disturb me and should frighten every taxpayer. The intrusion and takeover by the government of our health care carries with it the inevitable corresponding assurances of increased regulation, inefficiencies, less quality service, excess costs, fraud, higher taxes and never-ending uncontrolled government expansion and spending.

I am reminded of former President Ford's comment that a government strong enough to provide for all our needs is strong enough to take everything away from us.

Joseph B. Geyer

Baltimore

A Little Help

Much thanks to Susan Reimer for her piece on tracking in the public schools system (March 10). My daughter attends a Baltimore County elementary school where the students are grouped for math. My daughter is in a math group that proceeds at a slower pace.

Thanks to Ms. Reimer, I've finally got the real scoop on the evil grouping system.

Not only is my daughter a "poor learner," but she is subjected to the "poorest teachers" and "the most banal curriculum."

The public school system in Baltimore County has apparently consigned her "to a group that is not expected to succeed," where she is relegated to "worse than second-class citizenship" and doomed to failure.

Gee, and all I thought was that she needed a little extra help in math!

Lori A. Brozek

Reisterstown

Urban Mediocrity

For 45 years, I lived in and loved much of Baltimore City, so I was excited to read in The Sun March 11 of the possible plans for the Inner Harbor -- the grass knolls in the shape of a crab, the proposed blue crab lights, the continuation of the brick walkway (to which we have contributed) to other parts of the harbor.

We need more imaginative structures that will take away the terrible mediocrity of a cityscape and the upscale shops that make every urban scene a carbon of another city.

Marjorie B. Jones

Cockeysville

No More Lies

During the 1992 election year, Whitewater paperwork was being shredded. Subsequently, more paper was shredded.

No more fraud and lies. Trashy, devious people must not be allowed to trash our national integrity. Their whitewash will never cover the truth.

Thomas H. Mehnert

Annapolis

Innocence Lost

They got on the Metro after I did, two girls.

One had a huge purple balloon and both had crowns from Burger King. They were talking as they took their seats across the aisle from me.

At first their conversation was about their crowns. One girl put her crown on her head, and it slipped down over her eyes.

They both thought that was funny. Then the other girl said:

"I saw [I didn't hear the name] get shot."

"You did not."

"I did, too. And I heard it," making her finger like a gun.

"It went, pow."

What has happened to us? Four-year-olds talking about death instead of dolls?

Richard Krebs

Westminster

Dangerous Words Are the Beginning

I am an orthodox Jewish-American and proud of it. I am also enraged and saddened at the recent events at Howard University.

Having recently graduated from Howard's dental school, I feel the need to respond to the ongoing plague of hate emanating from the very halls founded on racial equality.

I was once asked in my sophomore year by a classmate (and a member of the Nation of Islam) if I considered myself to be white or Jewish.

"Of course I consider myself to be Jewish. Being white is simply part of my genetic background. If I were from Yemen or North Africa, I would be dark skinned and still be Jewish."

"Yes," he responded, "but being white allows you greater movement in this society and acceptance by non-Jewish whites."

He had a point, yet I am different, since I nearly always wear a yarmulke. I removed it only when I attended classes at Howard.

Why remove something I consider part of me? For two reasons: To be a white at Howard was challenging enough, but to be white and openly Jewish would have placed me under academic and in physical jeopardy.

My safety was always in question. Not more than 100 yards from the dental school, Louis Farrakhan would spew his repugnant rhetoric.

I rarely left the confines of my building and avoided the undergraduate campus completely. I simply never felt secure.

There are individuals like Malik Zulu Shabazz, strolling the campus and freely espousing dangerous and idiotic statements. Yet, he is admired and loved because he announces what some blacks think and feel.

And as long as a speech is sprinkled with slavery and oppression, it's OK to throw in anti-Semitism as well. But what is truly frightening is Mr. Shabazz's belief that true anti-Semitism is strictly violence-based.

In his own words, "If we were preaching anti-Semitism, you would see the results of that in the harming of Jewish people."

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