Guilford GatesMy letter is one with questions.After the...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

August 25, 1994

Guilford Gates

My letter is one with questions.

After the discovery of Dr. Walter Loch and his wife brutally beaten, one of the neighbors said that Guilford should be a "gated community." I believe she said something about her tax payments, but I can't remember her specific words.

I do not live in her city. Do my state taxes help pay for her community roads and police, or do the other city residents help pay for her community roads and police?

Or do the well-to-do Guilford residents pay taxes unto themselves?

Several years ago, there was something in The Sun about Gibson Island being shut off from public access, but its roads were maintained with the public tax money. What ever became of that? Is the situation still the same?

I wonder if perhaps Guilford territory is really not faced with the issue of race (as has been said) so much as the issue of class.

Deborah J. Harrison

Aberdeen

A-Bomb Unneeded

Columnist Theo Lippman Jr. argues (Aug. 15) that the atomic bombing of Hiroshima that killed 100,000 people, mostly civilians, should not be considered an atrocity because the use of atomic bombs brought "victory" and saved the lives of all those who would have been killed in the invasion of Japan that "probably" would have been necessary without the bombings.

So he implies that the politicians are right in denouncing the Smithsonian Institution as "anti-American" for presenting contrary information.

Although Mr. Lippman's statement of the facts are as we were told repeatedly since 1945, they are false.

Admittedly, it is difficult to find the truth because the U.S. government's own inquiry into the effects of the atomic bombings was not widely publicized, but it exists as a public document, "U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey." The survey investigators reported to President Truman:

"Based on a detailed investigation of the facts, and supported by the testimony of the surviving Japanese leaders involved, it is the survey's opinion that certainly prior to 31 December 1945, and in all probability prior to 1 November 1945, Japan would have surrendered even if the atomic bombs had not been dropped, even if Russia had not entered the war and even if no invasion had been planned or contemplated."

This conclusion that the nuclear destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki probably was not needed to end World War II before the invasion of Japan scheduled for Nov. 1, 1945,was ignored because it is more comforting to think that our nation's acts of violence are fully justified.

But even if our government's own assessment of the facts had squared with the story handed the press about the atom bombs bringing victory, Mr. Lippman's call for a celebration of the mass violence of the atomic bombing is unfortunate in a society where the impulse to individual violence is unusually strong.

Maybe there is a connection between the rationalization of our society's acts of collective violence and heedless individual behavior.

Carleton W. Sterling

Baltimore

Anyone But

I refer to your Aug. 21 endorsement for governor and your choice of the issues. But there are new issues now: The welfare mess, crime, education, and one underlying cause of all the above that nobody wants to talk about -- individual responsibility.

Socialist intellectuals have been preaching lifestyles management by government for 30 years, and see where we are.

Parris Glendening is preaching more of the same as a true "Clinton Democrat," as Peter Jay says. What we will have is bigger welfare, more crime and bigger government to do all of this.

According to your endorsement, Helen Bentley's strong point is her ability to attract jobs to the state.

What she has attracted is work due us. Remember, government contracts are paid for by Maryland citizens in the first place. What she has attracted is a share of of our own tax dollars.

What does she know about welfare? Or about the education of children? Or about state government organization? Or about crime prevention? Or about state budgets?

The Sun endorsements give one clear messages to this voter: Vote for any one but Mr. Glendening and Mrs. Bentley.

Fred Mott

Towson

Make Crime Pay

Let's see: 100,000 new law enforcers for $30 billion. That's $300,000 per law enforcer. How many criminals will this take off the streets of America, put into overcrowded prisons? Do you really believe it?

I've got a surer, more cost-effective suggestion. Let's pay 100,000 criminals $200,000 apiece to permanently leave the U.S.A. That not only takes criminals off the street, but saves taxpayers $13 billion.

Or is the real agenda just more pork and welfare?

Thomas R. Middaugh

Millersville

A World-Class Children's Museum Downtown

On several occasions, I have visited the Baltimore Children's Museum at the Cloisters and, frankly, I can't wait for the move to downtown Baltimore.

Baltimore deserves a Children's Museum that meets the needs of the majority of its population and is equal in stature to the Maryland Science Center and National Aquarium.

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