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July 28, 1994

U.S. should help Haitians only with arms

The United States is not directly involved in Haiti. There is no common cultural link. Any link with that unfortunate country is with France.

The economy of Haiti does not affect the U.S. Nor does it provide a factor in national defense. We are not responsible for them.

That aside, what is happening within Haiti is a holocaust that we can not turn aside from.

It is happening and people are being murdered. It is a situation more like a gang war where one side has all the guns.

The answer is to provide the victims with means of defense for their families and homes. Help them to be fighters for freedom.

These people have more rights to our support of guns than the contras ever did.

J. Martin

Reisterstown

Health care and risk

President Clinton campaigned on the theme of "change," while parading as a moderate.

Now he is pushing a socialist dialectic of change: by throwing away our national moral compass, core American values, overturning social standards and accommodating all lifestyles in the name of rights and freedom. This is organized irrationality.

Voters want Congress to become more conservative on issues of taxing and spending.

Universal health care without enormous tax increases and employer costs is a bare-faced lie (as my grandmother would say). The national debt is already out of sight.

Aggressive socialism seeks to redistribute wealth under the guise of equality, while destroying incentives to produce and compete.

Why should an inefficient federal bureaucracy control 14 percent of our gross domestic product? We want fiscal responsibility and a balanced federal budget, not a Clintonite welfare state.

Universal health care subsidizes irresponsible living. It means that all of us will pay for the rampant health problems of drug

addicts, prostitutes, the sexually promiscuous or perverted, etc. Because we are to recognize everyone as socially, culturally, religiously, sexually and morally equal to one another.

Isn't political correctness wonderful?

Constructive discrimination has been the norm in American society, but is now being changed by liberal judicial activism.

We make personal value judgments every day which affect our well-being. That is to say, certain social/moral behavior is wrong and unhealthy.

Some persons, in fact, do not deserve health care paid for by the rest of society.

Not giving health coverage because a person's general lifestyle or addiction puts them at significant risk? Yes, as a means of correction and control in a society that is self-destructing.

Thomas H. Mehnert

Annapolis

Offensive cartoon

I was offended by the editorial cartoon caricature of the "religious right" July 16.

That cartoon in no way represents me or anyone I know who is a conservative, evangelical Christian.

I do not understand why we have become the only sub-group in American culture that it is OK to treat like this in the media.

Your paper would be in serious trouble, and rightly so, had you depicted women, homosexuals or a racial group in such a derogatory way.

We are often criticized for imposing our beliefs on others. Is this not exactly what any vocal sub-group does?

When other groups stand up for what they believe in, they are praised. When we do that, we are condemned or made fun of.

Certainly, any group has its extreme elements that embarrass the whole. I try to not judge the whole by this part, yet this is what you have done to us in your cartoon.

The fact that some have distorted the Gospel with hate does not take away my right to let my relationship with God color my beliefs and to stand up for what I believe in.

I believe that your paper owes those of us on the "religious right" an apology for misrepresenting us in this way.

Dan Stinchcomb

Randallstown

Smoke in your eyes

It is encouraging that the workplace in Maryland will be smoke-free. It is not surprising that the tobacco industry has decided to file suit to block this action.

The tobacco industry is perhaps the biggest obstacle to sensible public health advances in this country.

Tobacco advocates tried to force their will upon the public in North Carolina by pushing a "smokers' rights" bill through the legislature. Even here, in tobacco country, it has backfired.

Local smoking ordinances and a growing demand for clean indoor air now blanket North Carolina. Even in Winston-Salem, the heart of tobacco country, community leaders have begun to confront this issue.

Maryland is simply on the cutting edge of a movement whose time has come.

Tobacco advocates lament the economic impact of such strict smoking regulations as those in the Maryland workplace and contend that separate sections for smokers are the answer.

Hanging "No Smoking" signs will be orders of magnitude cheaper than installing special ventilation systems and absorbing the additional energy costs that they would entail.

The people of Maryland should not worry about losing money from these smoking restrictions.

Instead, they should worry about what they will do with all of

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