ChampionDominique Dawes won five gold medals in the...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

September 07, 1994

Champion

Dominique Dawes won five gold medals in the National Gymnastics Championships.

A short article appeared on the third page of the sports section.

If this young lady had been white, her picture would have graced the first page of that section (or maybe the front page).

What a burden we people of color must bear!

$Patricia Spaulding Taylor

Baltimore

Leave Cuba Alone

Can anyone tell me what Fidel Castro has done to harm this country?

L Has he several times attempted to assassinate our president?

Has he ever invaded this country, kept a small portion of it as a stronghold, and then attempted another invasion?

Is he even now threatening to invade at a moment's notice?

Has he imposed an ever-increasing deadly embargo against this country, thus strangling our economy?

Does he blast his propaganda by radio over our land, inciting the people to discontent and emigration?

No. These are all things which the U.S. has done or is doing to him and to Cuba.

Isn't it amazing how successful our propaganda is -- apparently even more so in this country than in Cuba? It is able to convince us that Castro is the one who is the monster.

Does he have a modified Communist regime in a hemisphere of capitalists? Yes, but so what? Is that harming us in any way?

As for Castro's human rights violations, they are certainly no worse than those of Israel, which we support to the hilt.

We have, through our strangling embargo, made life in Cuba so tough that many Cubans are fleeing. Previously it was primarily the rich who wanted to leave, but now others must follow in order to survive.

Once we have gotten rid of Castro, all the porno, gambling, and other "sin" activities of businessmen in the "invisible international cartel of finance and power" can take up as before in Cuba.

But is this goal something that you would think worthy enough to starve Cubans for, and perhaps risk lives in an invasion? I hope not.

Doris Rausch

Columbia

DePazzo's Views

What kind of an elected official characterizes large groups of people whom he has never met, or even is certain actually exists, as requiring instructions in cleanliness and honesty?

Is this perhaps the sign of a guilty conscience? Or perhaps a sign of the contempt he holds for the public in general, the people who thought enough of him to keep him in some sort of office for years?

Maybe Lou DePazzo has just been working too hard and needs a few years off to get his head back together.

Gary A. Kerner

Pasadena

Africa's Problems

Faced with problems of political collapse and economic regression, how realistic is the call for African unity written by A. R .M. Babu (Opinion * Commentary, Aug. 30)?

Nations like Uganda, Somalia and Rwanda have not prevented tribal warfare from breaking out within their borders. Has a larger nation like Nigeria, with even more tribal factions, really done much better?

As Mr. Babu knows, even modest efforts like the proposed East African Federation have not been accepted by those rulers whom he rightly castigates for having failed to build on the colonial legacy which provided Africa with the right tools for development, even if they have not been properly used since independence.

It's not revolution that those countries want but peaceful development and a higher living standard.

Those goals are more likely to be achieved if African leaders would spend less time seeking political solutions for their problems and more time on educating their people on the necessity for doing the hard work of development, within a framework of respect for the rights of others that all major religions try to inculcate.

John Nelson Snell

Towson

Barricades and Crime in Guilford

As 18-year residents of Guilford, we have followed the recent discussions of neighborhood security with great interest.

We became particularly attentive when the street closing plan appeared, since our street is one of those to be closed.

It is our understanding that this matter now rests with the city, having been approved by the officers of the Guilford Association.

After much thought and discussion, we would like to state our opposition to the street closing proposal. Our reasons include the following:

* The proposal is clearly and unambiguously racist in form, if not intent.

* The economic impacts of the proposal have not been investigated. Speaking for one household, it will be more difficult for us to reach various merchants that we routinely use along the Greenmount-York Rd. corridor.

It will be much more difficult for several people, who augment their incomes by doing odd jobs for us, to reach our home.

* Response time for emergency vehicles, which often enter Southway from Greenmount Ave., will be appreciably lengthened. We understand that this matter has not been studied.

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