Here, Not HaitiPresident Clinton's adviser was right when...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

October 24, 1994

Here, Not Haiti

President Clinton's adviser was right when he sent back word from Haiti that there are three things needed to make a lasting impact there:

1. Disarm the population so that disagreements are not decided with guns.

2. Provide investment in the economy to establish lasting and productive businesses and jobs.

3. Show that democracy can work by having believable elections and getting people to believe that their vote counts.

Right ideas, wrong place.

Are we really unwilling and unable to remove the log from our own eye before trying to remove the splinter from theirs?

Baltimore and other U.S. cities desperately need all of these interventions, but here these ideas would likely be paralyzed by charges of unconstitutionality, racism or favoritism.

What does it say about our political system that these ideas can only be successful in a country not hampered by our form of democracy?

We need action from our government in our own back yards before it is too late, and these ideas would be a good start.

Douglas G. Carroll

Brooklandville

Spineless

For the first time in most Marylanders' memory we have a true contest for the governor's office.

The two candidates differ profoundly on many issues, as one would expect, and agree on a few.

As a concerned citizen, I have attempted to find out where these two stand on many of the issues that interest and affect me, in particular, and the state as a whole.

What irks me is that I have to rely on the media at all when a good old-fashion debate will tell me more about the candidates that a hundred sound bites or newspaper headlines.

Why does Parris Glendening continue to duck substantive televised debates with Ellen Sauerbrey?

Does he feel his position on the issues is weak? Is he afraid Mrs. Sauerbrey will eat him alive face to face? Is he not willing to take any chances?

It has become abundantly clear to me that Mr. Glendening does not have the courage, backbone and conviction to be an effective governor.

In short, he lacks guts.

I am tired of spineless, pandering, kowtowing politicians that are so prevalent in this state and country.

On the other hand, Mrs. Sauerbrey gives me the impression that she is willing to take on anyone or any task, and succeed.

Does anybody truly believe that Mrs. Sauerbrey lacks guts?

Kenny Tyler

Ocean City

New Era

In the Sept. 24 editorial "The Politicians' Puzzle," the final paragraph states that "it is difficult to discern what the people want."

The answer is so simple and obvious that it shows how limited politicians can be.

What the people want is honesty, efficiency, responsibility and dedication.

In the unlikely event (unlikely solely because of greed) that those four characteristics were actually true, then the appalling corruption and criminal waste in present day politics would be a thing of the past.

We could look forward to a balanced budget (in no other way can the horrendous deficit be reduced), a limit to terms of office, elimination of all lobbying/lobbyists (synonyms for bribery), which would go a long way to halt the evil of public "servants" raising their own salaries.`

All these things would usher in a bright, new, prosperous era, in which representative government would, for the first time in many decades, be a fact.

George Cunningham

Chestertown

Towson Tickets

It seems as if Baltimore County is trying to discourage citizens from spending their money in Towson.

It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon as we parked the family car next to the meter. For some reason, parking was free for two hours on the other side of the street. We were ignorant concerning parking meters being in force on a Saturday.

When we returned to the car several minutes later, the ticket had already been neatly affixed to the windshield.

I am a resident of the Towson area and would like to patronize the inner Towson business district, but this kind of deceptive law enforcement has compelled me to take my business elsewhere.

William Hennick

Baltimore

Ignoring Bikers

I was a participant in the 14th Annual Motorcycle Operation Santa Claus Toy Run to help needy children on Oct. 15 (a Saturday) at the General Motors plant on Broening Highway. The weather was perfect, and there was a larger then expected turnout.

Motorcyclists from all over Maryland and the surrounding states came to donate toys, food and money to those less fortunate for the holidays.

The following day I opened the paper with anticipation to see exactly how much had been collected by the Salvation Army.

I was outraged and angered to find not one word about this in Sunday's paper. Here was a collection of over 12,000 people for a charitable cause, and there is no mention of the day at all.

One has to wonder if the reason is that the paper feels a group of "bikers" are not worthy of coverage.

All too often bikers are stereotyped as the dregs of society and always on the lookout for trouble. I strongly disagree.

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