Televised TrialCarl Rowan gives six reasons to televise...


October 17, 1994

Televised Trial

Carl Rowan gives six reasons to televise the Simpson trial. I suggest that each day's proceedings be taped in a closed court and auctioned off at the end of the day. So far, the local and national media yypes and hucksters seem eagerly cash-ready for every tidbit of truth, rumor or falsehood.

Besides, Los Angeles will need the money to build a visitor

center outside the courthouse after the trial.

Quentin D. Davis


We, the People

They still don't get it. They're still complaining about losing the lobbying bill. But all they mention is the part about accepting gifts. Can't they just say no?

They avoid talking about the part that did it in. The ''grass roots'' provision was a real in-your-face action and showed a contemptuous attitude toward those the Congress was elected to serve. The strong public reaction responded partly to the attempt to ram it through -- an ambush strategy -- as something added and buried in the conference report. The bill probably would have passed otherwise, without these last minute additions.

And never mind that Sen. Carl Levin assured us that religious organizations were exempted. When I read the actual language the exemption wasn't that assuring. A politically appointed bureaucrat, whose duties and procedures weren't even thought out yet, would decide just which organizations, employees and issues qualified as religious. The confusion alone gave good reason to kill the bill until it was ready.

But the biggest insult was to be told the people couldn't express their concern. Only when you register as a lobbyist can you talk to your congressman? As much as you want? No way! And we should praise the individual citizens who choose to devote more than 10 percent of their time to the affairs of our country, not make them criminals because they speak up.

I find it ironic but entirely appropriate that grass roots communication from ''We, the people'' killed the grass roots provision of the lobby bill. I believe the Founding Fathers would be proud.

Wyett H. Colclasure II


Teen Smokers

Does the state of Maryland really feel that it can control teen smoking? As of the first of October, any minor in the possession of any tobacco product can face a civil fine of $25 on their first offense and up to $100 for later infractions.

It seems to me that this law would create two problems. First, the police already have their hands full with larger, more serious crimes. In addition to their already busy work day, they would be required to stop any minor who has a tobacco product. This to me seems like a very time-consuming job. Why can't the police dedicate themselves to more serious problems?

The second problem that would occur as a result of this law would be the fact that if the minors couldn't have any tobacco products, they would want them all the more. This could cause a serious strain on the relationship between the police workers and the teens.

I understand that there are certain rules to be followed on school property regarding tobacco products. If someone is caught at school there are consequences resulting from this violation, and I can accept this. However, I feel that once a student is off school property and wants to have a tobacco product they should be able to do so. I feel this issue should remain between minors and their parents rather than minors up against the law.

Brett Johnson


District Vote

As a recent college graduate and current Charles Village resident, I would like to applaud the efforts made by the organizers of the Charles Village Community Benefits District.

Since arriving in Baltimore slightly over two years ago, I chose to reside in the Charles Village community because of its unique small-town charm and friendly atmosphere. Quite appropriately, these endearing qualities eventually proved to be representative the city of Baltimore as a whole.

I have learned first-hand about the sanitation problems and persistence of the criminal element that are adversely affecting local Charles Village businesses, housing occupancies and the overall safety of its residents. I myself have been threatened at gunpoint for money.

What I feel would amount to an even bigger injustice would be to allow this distinctive Baltimore City community to decay into anonymity by ignoring the seriousness of the problem. The Charles Village Benefits District program offers a realistic, community-based solution to this concern.

Robert Bakin


North Caricature

I have no clear knowledge of the part that Oliver North played in the Iran-contra affair, whether he was derelict in his duty or heroic.

It would be helpful to read a dispassionate account of the occurrences, but where is such an account to be found?

Certainly not in The Sun, which encourages its cartoonists in the belief that they are making a valid political statement against North by grotesquely exaggerating his dental shortcomings.

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