Why Clinton?As a former Washington Post reporter, I am...


May 15, 1994

Why Clinton?

As a former Washington Post reporter, I am aware that:

* The press protected Vice President George Bush when they knew the name and address of his Washington mistress.

* The press protected Lyndon Johnson when they knew of his many escapades -- in office -- including taking a lady upstairs during a state dinner.

* The press protected John Kennedy, though his affairs -- in office -- earned him the nickname Jack the Zipper.

So why is the press frothing at the mouth, straining at its leash and destroying its own credibility to get at President Clinton in any way it can, while the man is doing his best to drag this country, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century?

Michael Kernan


Subsidized Flight

There you go again (editorial, May 7), lamenting the destructible out-migration from the city of the past 40 years and whining because there is probably nothing we can do about it. "Reversing this immense current will be as hard as making water flow uphill," you say. Well, maybe. But it seems to me that there are some very simple and immediate steps we can take to slow down and even reverse some of this out-migration.

The state's housing finance agency, the Community Development Administration, recently increased its allowable maximum mortgage for first-time homebuyers from $88,000 to $110,000.

This means that another generation of young people, who could rebuild our cities and older suburbs, will receive low-interest, government-subsidized mortgages to buy cardboard townhouses beyond the 'burbs.

This is America and people should be able to buy wherever they want, as long as they can afford it.

TC But should we really be giving government-subsidized loans to young people, whom we have nurtured and spoiled since pre-school, to escape the real world when their youth and vitality are so badly needed in our older communities?

CDA has some of the most talented and dedicated civil servants I have ever met.

If Maryland's politicians would heed your words of wisdom, take a look at the larger picture and instruct the good people at CDA to revamp their policies and programs to favor the older communities, we might very well see rivers if not oceans flowing uphill.

Vincent P. Quayle



The writer represents St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center.

Wee-Hour Music

I have been following the dialogue on this page among FM radio's classical music listeners.

It seems there are two types of classical music listeners. One type wants to hear nothing but the tried and true. The other type wants to hear music that is new.

I count myself among the latter category. Unfortunately, most classical radio caters to the devotees of the tried and true.

However, for early music fans there, is a local solution to this dilemma. Dawn Culbertson's "Exploring Early Music" is the best early music radio show I have ever heard.

To the usual disadvantage of Type II listeners, it is broadcast 4 a.m. Tuesdays on WJHU-FM.

Paul R. Schlitz Jr.


Parochial Graham

The Rev. Billy Graham's discourse on the occasion of former President Richard Nixon's funeral struck an embarrassingly parochial note.

In remarks televised to an audience of diverse faiths, Mr. Graham did not speak in the universal spirit of Mr. Nixon's Quaker heritage. Disturbingly, he clearly implied the superiority of fundamentalist Christianity over other religious traditions and dissimilar strands of Christian belief.

Such an emphasis encourages indifference to the insights of other religions and historically has fueled the activity of extremists against Jews and Muslims.

The Bosnian and other tragedies remind us of the dangers in parochialism. At such a public event as Richard Nixon's funeral a more inclusive tone was essential and unfortunately was not present.

Chester Wickwire


The writer is chaplain emeritus and lecturer in religion at Johns Hopkins University.

Puzzling Puzzle

A recent letter highly praised The Sun crossword puzzles. The praise was well deserved, as far as it went.

One must, however, develop a feeling for the limitations of those who make and edit the puzzles.

I doubt that an organic chemist would be pleased with "nonchemical" as a definition of "organic," as appeared in the puzzle of April 26.

George H. Winslow

Ellicott City

Welcome to the Real World, Governor

I want to congratulate The Sun for its insightful May 8 editorial on improving higher education in Maryland by hiring "Professor Schaefer."

Might I humbly offer that Gov. William Donald Schaefer could also teach at Towson State University. I will gladly welcome the new "professor" into our ranks at Towson and become his mentor.

He can become a third member of the 9 x 12-foot office I have shared for my 25 years at Towson.

Three in a room will be no additional burden, since the room is meant for one anyway and we can all adapt.

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