Shameful EditorialYour May 21 editorial "Jackie" should...


May 28, 1994

Shameful Editorial

Your May 21 editorial "Jackie" should cause you great shame.

Mrs. Kennedy Onassis throughout her public life demonstrated intelligence, strength and courage. No matter the circumstance, she conducted herself with elegance, poise and dignity.

For The Sun to have coupled Mrs. Onassis with Richard Nixon, who was bigoted, dishonest, self-pitying and mean-spirited, is to me incomprehensible. And to gratuitously inject Hillary Clinton into the editorial and describe her as ''a Yale-trained lawyer and policy wonk" was equally offensive.

Mrs. Onassis had qualities that earned her the right to stand on her own. There was no need to compare her with anyone. For The Sun to have done so was unnecessary and inappropriate.

Sara W. Levi



The May 13 letter by John A. Micklos urging all Marylanders to visit the War Memorial Building was fine and informative.

However, as a member of Branch 6, Baltimore, Fleet Reserve Association, I was disappointed that we were omitted from the list of veterans' groups that meet there.

Our nationwide organization has been meeting there once a month (now first Friday at 8 p.m.) since 1924, along with our Ladies Auxiliary.

Our membership consists of active duty and retired career Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard men and women.

Charlie Kish


Who's a Slob?

I take great offense to Michael Olesker's reference (May 24) to me and all the other ''slobs'' who spend our Preakness day in the infield. On the third Saturday of May for the past 17 years, you could find me at the third turn inside the fenced-in ''zoo.''

In my 17 years, I have never been involved in a fight, never held a ''show us your [anatomy]'' sign, and have always driven home sober. Furthermore, I am far more knowledgeable about the Triple Crown, the Preakness and Pimlico than he ever will be. In my 17 years, I have brought nearly 100 visitors to Baltimore for the Preakness, many of whom had never been to our great city but now return regularly.

I resent the fact that, based on one trip to the infield, Mr. Olesker now claims to be an expert. In the past, he has tried to represent himself as a ''regular guy.'' Well, Mr. Olesker, regular guys don't have press passes that allow them full access of Pimlico Race Course, nor do they have invitations to each of the corporate tents for a little wining and dining. Luckily, however, the regular guy is still welcome at Pimlico on Baltimore's biggest day, for a mere $20. Twenty dollars that, when multiplied by 50,000, means a lot of revenue for Pimlico and for Baltimore.

Don't blame Pimlico's problems on some over-zealous college students who lose control for one day out the year.

The Preakness is for all of Baltimore, not just those who are privileged enough to not have to purchase a ticket. Next year, Mr. Olesker should stay in the clubhouse and write a column about all of the colorful and exciting people in there.

And while he's at it, why not purchase a ticket instead of using that pass . . . just like the rest of us slobs.

John Kastner


ID Cards

At the recent CardTech/SecureTech Conference held within the Washington Beltway's world of its own, several federal agencies including the Post Office and IRS began detailing their proposals for a national identification card for every American.

The agencies propose that each person have to have the card to deal with any federal agency. The card is proposed to be a ''smart card,'' containing electronic storage of all information available about each person.

Not only will this result in another invasion of the privacy of all Americans, it illustrates the complete insensitivity of federal agencies to privacy concerns.

Equally wrong is the lead in this proposal being taken by the Post Office. It can't even deliver the mail properly.

Imagine its attempting to organize, maintain and handle a database of information about all Americans with even a modicum of security and confidentiality.

`Charles R. Carroll, Jr.


Minority Hires

Having worked in two of Mrs. Helen Bentley's campaigns for Congress when I was a registered Republican, I can attest to the fact that her failure to employ minorities in her congressional office is due more to the demographics of her district rather than any conscious attempt to exclude them, as your May 20 article seems to imply (''. . . only Bentley has no black or Hispanic aides. The Sun, May 20, 1994).

The writer Michael A. Fletcher (no relation) seeks to criticize Mrs. Bentley for her ''oversight,'' yet praises Congressmen Kweisi Mfume and Albert R. Wynn for their following the same practice )) which Mrs. Bentley obviously follows: Hire those who help in your campaign or are in some way connected to your constituency.

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