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May 21, 1994

ABA on Williams

Your editorial, "Is Alex Williams Fit To Be a Judge?" (May 16), was very instructive, pithy and timely. My answer to your editorial query is unreservedly and unequivocally yes; Alex Williams is supremely fit to be a federal judge.

I have known Mr. Williams for over 20 years . . . I, too, believe now that he is superbly qualified to serve as a member of the federal judiciary in terms of his judicial temperament, variegated and demanding experiences as an attorney in private practice and later state's attorney for Prince George's County, and his excellent academic credentials . . .

It is totally inexplicable and incomprehensible to me as to why the American Bar Association (ABA) should be in a position to determine what candidates for federal judgeships are considered through the ABA's antediluvian, esoteric and extra-legal rating process (viz., Highly Qualified, Qualified, Not Qualified).

There is, in fact, no constitutional basis for the ABA serving as a gatekeeper or an arbiter for nominees for federal judgeships.

It is my earnest hope, regardless to the eventual rating of the ABA, that Sen. Paul Sarbanes will remain firm and sedulous in support of Mr. Williams . . .

The Senate Judiciary Committee, as prescribed by the Constitution, under the legal principle of "advise and consent," is the proper forum to ascertain the fitness and qualifications of Mr. Williams for a federal judgeship.

The ABA is an onus and anachronism which needs to be jettisoned forthwith in the selection of our nation's judges.

Samuel L. Banks

Baltimore

Vicious Attacks

For many years, Americans have elected presidents and then soon started denigrating them, vilifying them, making jokes about them and lowering them in polls concerning their performance.

Now we have reached a new low. The constant attacks upon President Clinton are the most vicious that I can recall.

The millions of voters who believed that President Bush deserved to be re-elected are gleefully doing their best to tear down his successor.

Apparently they haven't considered the backlash they are inviting. If the next president should be a conservative Republican, that chief executive will get pounded from the election day onward, with no letup.

Where will all this end? Will the American people elect presidents and then run them out of town, one after another?

The consequences to our country and our system of government would be disastrous.

The sooner people stop the vicious attacks, the better for the future of the United States.

Carleton W. Brown

Elkton

Wrong Message

Over the past seven days, the media (print, audio and video) havebeen inundated with references to charges arising out of a baseball- related hazing incident at McDonough School and the actions and counter-actions of various parents.

At the same time the McDonough tennis team swept all six singles championships in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference tournament for the second year in a row. Until last year, this sweep had never happened, not even once.

The event was reported in three short paragraphs on page 12 of your sports section. This disparity in news coverage says a lot about how we grown-ups set examples and send messages to our youth.

We are clearly in a position to impact their thoughts and consistently fail to exercise the positive influence we collectively posses.

The next time we complain about the kids today, we should stop and think how effectively we grown-ups are discharging our responsibility of leadership by bombarding them with negative stimuli through our distorted application of the power to persuade.

John B. Colvin

Baltimore

Letter Criteria

I never cease to be amazed by the clever Sun editors. Just recently, your editorial told us to ignore any accusations by Paula Jones because, after all, her motives are suspect.

So we should not concern ourselves that Mr. Clinton has often been accused of abusing his powerful position as governor of Arkansas to satisfy his sexual urges.

Yet the next Sunday it was okay for The Sun to print a letter in which Michael Kernan claimed that he has positive proof of sexual misconduct in office by then Vice President George Bush.

Is The Sun building a case that Mr. Clinton's infidelity is the norm for the White House? How clever of The Sun to trot out an "expert" to do its dirty work. I am sure that many readers would like to know just what are the criteria used by The Sun to print letters to the editor.

I always assumed that The Sun printed letters which "best" represent a number of letters written to the editor.

But this must not be the case, as I seriously doubt that a lot of experts wrote to The Sun editors having knowledge that the majority of the U.S. presidents were philanderers.

Eric R. Pierce

Reisterstown

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