Carter's DeedJimmy Carter, often derided in the past and...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

July 06, 1994

Carter's Deed

Jimmy Carter, often derided in the past and recently criticized The Sun and others for meddling in foreign policy, has given President Clinton an opening to maneuver out of the dangerous and growing gridlock with the North Korean regime, and at the same time achieve the U.S. objective of de-nuclearizing North Korea.

Mr. Clinton had become increasingly boxed-in with regard to his options vis-a-vis North Korea. The choices had been narrowed to two: sanctions, dangerous and unworkable as China and Japan will not support them; and military force, which could precipitate the very situation it purports to prevent.

Mr. Carter, a true statesman and expert negotiator, whose position gives him the flexibility the Clinton administration lacks, has allowed the adversaries to save face, offering North Korea the diplomatic recognition it desires, and giving Mr. Clinton the chance to capitalize on this opportunity for a negotiated settlement and at least the perception of international statesmanship.

Critics charge that North Korea may later drop out of the talks or renege on an agreement. While this is arguable, it is conjecture. To continue the hard-line posturing while failing to explore alternatives when they are presented would be unconscionable.

North Korea is hardly the only nation which might make "irrational" use of nuclear weapons and is highly unlikely to do so. The real threat is here and now, a particularly nasty war involving not only the United States and North Korea, but likely South Korea and possibly Japan and China as well.

For now, Jimmy Carter has defused a potentially catastrophic HTC situation and bought Bill Clinton some time to deal with this formidable adversary.

R. E. Lee Lears

Annapolis

Fathers

It was enjoyable to see Sara Engram place men in a somewhat favorable light (column, June 19), even as a token gesture on behalf of Father's Day. But please, can't we avoid all the nurturing pap which she uses in her "studies show" column?

In the past, fathers provided offspring, mainly the males, with instruction on shooting, hunting, driving, sex, swearing etc., while mothers did all that stuff about nurturing.

Today it is different. Children are not supposed to be instructed in such barbaric behavior as hunting etc., so males have largely lost their main function except as whipping boys to exonerate single-mothers who do not discipline children.

We all know that mothers are bread-winners, more educated, and some even have senses of humor. We can see that mothers are gradually replacing fathers in all the important categories.

Mothers dress like males, drive like males, cuss like males and apparently can drink them under the table as well. The only thing they still retain is their phony techniques in dress and makeup used to attract a man, which is still the uppermost aim of the female psyche.

But it won't be long before we will have baby supermarkets where women can select children with all the correct genes. No husband will be needed. And sexual activity will retain its proper place as a recreational pastime.

I guess Ms. Engram felt obliged to acknowledge males, even though their place in society continues to diminish. To go a step further than Mike Littwin (column, June 17), Father's Day will soon be surpassed by Arbor Day in the hearts and minds of nurturing Americans.

You'd think after a couple thousand years of raising kids within the family that we would have gotten on the right track by now.

I guess we still need all these social scientists to explain the proper relationships within what we loosely define as a family.

God help us.

R. D. Bush

Columbia

Ticket Scalpers

Ticket scalping is not a time-honored tradition, as its advocates would have you believe, but a nuisance to the fans, ball club and city.

While scalping is the result of the free market system, it results in honest people being unfairly taken advantage of. Scalpers make a killing on good seats for those games which are in hot demand, such as opening day or the All-Star game.

To increase profits, scalpers buy as many tickets as they can for those hot seats. The average fan is held hostage to scalpers' ransom on game day.

Scalping is an oddity to the sports world. Imagine being greeted by a confrontational hustler trying to pawn off two balcony seats to the opening of the Baltimore Symphony at Meyerhoff Hall?

What about standing outside the Lyric chanting, "Need two! Need two!" And when was the last time you felt comfortable selling your extra ticket to "Jurassic Park" on opening night?

Think about the absurdity of scalping your plane tickets at Baltimore-Washington International Airport on Thanksgiving. "Yeah, I know $3,000 is a bit high. But today is the day before Thanksgiving, and these two tickets are on the last flight to leave for Miami before the airport closes down for this blizzard!"

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