Rut of OppressionI am disappointed with the media and...


September 27, 1994

Rut of Oppression

I am disappointed with the media and particularly The Sun for Democrat-bashing. When it comes to economic policy and in the face of futile efforts by the Federal Reserve Board to achieve overall and balanced economic stability, Democrats like Sen. Paul Sarbanes are the only hope that the populace has for fair legislation.

The continuous flow of assertions of economic vigilance from The Sun is without reason and is reminiscent of difficult-to-accept state-run propaganda. Perhaps future generations will think of this time as the age of misinformation, a time when conventional wisdom adhered to a set of unworkable principles that were followed by professionals and supported by media.

I don't think our nation's economy will founder on this debacle, but certainly the populace will feel the devastation of oppression before a concerted effort is put forth to reform the theories that perpetuate it. I find it distressful that:

1. It has never been clearly proven that inflation, the main concern of the affluent, is controllable, in the sense that government interest rate manipulation can make a difference without redistributing wealth from the poor to the rich.

2. If inflation were controllable, the most fundamental need would be for reliable economic data. Now the economy is gauged by ill-conceived data that might not be applicable and are of doubtful veracity. For example, the growth of our work-force is about 250,000 per month, which negates the claimed job creation and adds to a growing number of unemployed that, if counted, would put the unemployment rate at about 10 percent.

3. The Fed has lost control of interest rate hikes and must follow the wishes of financial markets. It will hike rates, as usual, until the next recession looms -- probably in 1996. It will always claim to be pre-empting inflation.

Mature and orderly economies such as ours, despite the bungling of central banks, operate within a narrow, natural inflation range, which is linked to certain circumstance and needs no reaction. We see temporary inflation in developing countries, or when a radical change in govern

ment takes place. Other disruptions are when extraordinary shortages of a crucial commodity are played on, frenzy-like, in frivolous markets.

At some point, the populace, with the help of consumer advocates and prudent legislators, will advance to equal distribution of our nation's wealth, wherein there will be incentive to strive for success in the work force. We will climb out of the rut of oppression, even if it takes a court challenge.

Vincent A. Henderson


Unhappy Author

I am writing in response to a review of my book, "Seized," that appeared in The Sun Aug. 26, 1993.

"Seized" considers temporal lobe epilepsy, a common but little known neurological disorder, as a medical, historical and artistic phenomenon.

Your reviewer, Daniel Grant, erred in assuming that I diagnosed TLE in various historical figures. As a journalist -- not a physician -- I would be presumptuous, at the very least, to diagnose any disorder in anyone.

Every diagnosis of TLE mentioned in "Seized" was made by a physician. Most of these diagnoses are in the medical literature, either in journal articles or books.

Dostoevsky, van Gogh and Flaubert, for instance, were all diagnosed in their lifetimes by their doctors. In the cases of more distant historical figures, such as Saint Paul, Saint Joan and Moses, TLE was diagnosed in the past decade by physicians in taped interviews with me, in articles, or in books.

Eve LaPlante


Navy Decision

We read with interest the story of the return of the remains of Navy Captain John R. Dunham (The Sun, Sept. 16), who was a ''navigator on a U.S. reconnaissance plane shot down by a Soviet fighter in 1952.''

Does anyone but me think it is alarming that a Navy captain, a four-striper, a flag officer, who by his rank indicates the education, training and experience normally associated with commanding a battleship or aircraft carrier, was acting as navigator on a routine reconnaissance flight?

If the plane did, indeed, violate Soviet air space, perhaps the fault can be laid to the Navy for selecting one so vastly overqualified and so far beyond navigation school for such a mission. A very poor utilization of manpower qualifications, to say the least.

Richard G. Ballard


Working Diplomat

Whatever one thinks of the terms former President Carter negotiated with the Haitian junta (editorial, ''Winning the Haiti Gamble," Sept. 19), the most striking thing about the whirlwind weekend may have been that while Jimmy Carter was busy averting a military invasion, Secretary of State Warren Christopher was reportedly screening a new Robert Redford movie.

When The Sun says ''by no means should he be brought inside,'' do you mean Mr. Carter or Mr. Christopher?

Patrick Butler


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