Ollie's FolliesAn Oct. 8 letter from Jack Beck complained...


October 15, 1994

Ollie's Follies

An Oct. 8 letter from Jack Beck complained about an editorial cartoon lampooning Oliver North, whom he calls "a distinguished Marine colonel, who fought bravely for his country and then became controversial only because he followed the orders of his boss."

Mr. Beck fails to remember that the orders were clearly against the laws of the United States, as passed by the Congress elected by the people, and against stated policy not to deal with terrorists.

Mr. Beck also forgets that Mr. North obstructed justice when he lied to Congress and shredded documents.

Mr. Beck finally forgets that Mr. North's conviction for these crimes was overturned not because he was deemed innocent, but because of a technicality which most conservative supporters of North would probably object to if anyone else escaped justice in that way.

I heard recently that Mr. North does not recognize President Clinton as his commander-in-chief. He wants to have it both ways. When the orders suited him, he didn't care if the orders were illegal. Now that he disagrees with the president, he wants to forget that he must follow orders from the president.

If the people of Virginia want a man in the Senate who has no respect for the law, and no respect for the people he's supposed to be serving, Ollie's their man.

Carl Aron



I am writing in response to a letter printed in the Saturday edition of the Baltimore Sun on Sept. 24. The letter was entitled '' 'Battered' Fraud'' and discussed the newest panhandling ploy used on the streets of Baltimore this year. The writer felt that the scam was so disturbing that, if things continued in the direction they are going, ''a day is coming when all legitimate pleas for help will be ignored.''

Personally, I do not find it so awful what these women are doing, but the fact that they must lower themselves to do it to survive.

The author worried that a day will come when a stranger in need will no longer be helped. I'm afraid that this day is much closer than any of us realized. If women on the street today must go to such extremes just to get herself and her children food, then apparently the public's willingness to help has already degenerated to a point that is truly a shame to us all.

The writer also states that ''. . . by faking emergencies of such seriousness . . . these women are eroding people's inclination to help a stranger in need.''

The sad part is that these women are not faking an emergency. Anyone starving on the streets is a very serious emergency, one that deserves as much help and assistance, if not more, than a battered woman headed for the House of Ruth deserves.

I feel the worst part about our world today is not that the less fortunate stoop so low in order to solicit money, but that they must stoop so low in order to receive money.

Brittany Deuchler

Ellicott City

Unbalanced View

After reading Roger Simon's Sept. 21 column on Haiti, I wonder whether it is ever possible that this commentator will take a balanced view of a situation.

In his well-slanted ramblings, Newt Gingrich grumps, Bob Dole growls, but Jimmy Carter is tagged as a sure shot for the Nobel Peace Prize. Why doesn't he hold back his servile praise for this past Master of Malaise until the Korean venture actually works out and until Haiti proves not to be a bumble-bramble, unsuccessful adventure?

Why doesn't Roger Simon understand that Mr. Carter is in the give-away business as he paddies from troubled zone to troubled zone with a Neville Chamberlain negotiation manual under his arm. It is quite sad that he has no more Panama Canals to give away.

obert J. Meyer



Ellen Sauerbrey's claim that she can cut income taxes in the state by 24 percent while also giving state employees a 3 percent raise is interesting.

What makes it difficult to believe is that she also plans to eliminate parole for prisoners in state facilities (The Sun, Oct. 2), necessitating more funding for prison construction and higher operating costs for the same.

Ms. Sauerbrey's cut taxes/raise pay/construct prisons contradiction needs resolution. The failure to explain in depth her ability to do both only unveils the fact that this claim is deceptive and simply campaign rhetoric.

J. Steven Wise


Real Life

I read with interest a recent column by Susan Reimer in which she discussed the reasons why her children attend public schools.

Among them was that they would encounter "real life" in having classmates of widely disparate backgrounds.

A disquieting side effect, she noted, was that her kids are beginning to associate being poor, misbehaving and coming from a dysfunctional home with being black.

As the son of public school-educated parents, our six-year-old recently began his elementary education at Gilman. In the years ahead he will meet boys of lower socio-economic backgrounds who attend the school because of their fine intellects, hard work and the motivation of their parents.

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