Little MindsI recognize that consistency is the hobgoblin...


October 28, 1994

Little Minds

I recognize that consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, but don't you think it a little bit extraordinary that you support the mandatory retirement of judges at age 70 after endorsing an 81-year-old candidate for the Maryland state comptroller?

Is the governor's office or comptroller's office less demanding or burdensome than that of a judge?

The constitutional amendment to change the mandatory retirement at age 70 for Maryland's judges is wrapped in safeguards protecting against the continued service of those who are no longer able to discharge their duties properly.

It should be approved by Maryland's voters on Nov. 8.

Henry R. Wolfe


Simply Nonsense

In his Oct. 21 Opinion * Commentary piece, Parris Glendening makes the Reaganesque boast that he "cut spending and decreased the size of government" during his tenure as Prince George's County executive.

Nothing could be farther from the truth. According to the U.S. Census Bureau's publication, County Government Finances, per capita spending in Prince George's County increased by 99 percent in real dollars between 1983 -- Mr. Glendening's first year in office -- and 1991 -- the latest year for which census data are available.

This is nearly double the rate of growth of spending in "ultra-liberal" Montgomery County during the same period.

According to Census Bureau data, the per capita tax burden in Prince George's County rose 33 percent in real dollars during the 1983-91 period, also faster than any other Maryland county for which census data are published

Mr. Glendening is the county executive of the most liberal county in Maryland, as measured by the percentage vote for Bill Clinton in 1992 (62 percent), and his taxing and spending record show it.

His contrary statement in The Sun, accompanied by no supporting data, is simply nonsense.

Thomas J. DiLorenzo


The writer is professor of economics, Loyola College.

Great Teacher

It was no surprise whatsoever to read in The Sun Oct. 26 that Professor Stephen Vicchio had been honored with the Maryland Professor of the Year award.

In addition to his full-time duties at the College of Notre Dame, Professor Vicchio has spent many of the last 15 years teaching evening graduate-level courses at the Ecumenical Institute of St. Mary's Seminary & University.

At the "E.I.," as elsewhere in the region, Steve is known for his ability to make students of all backgrounds think deeply about the most profound matters of human life -- about God, love, suffering, living and dying.

It is with great pride that the Ecumenical Institute joins the Carnegie Foundation and the College of Notre Dame in recognizing the gifts of an inspiring thinker and teacher.

Michael J. Gorman


The writer is acting dean of the Ecumenical Institute of St. Mary's Seminary & University.

Why So Defensive?

George Will's warmed-over column (Oct. 13) attacking Anita Hill is so tendentious that one suspects that, deep inside, even he has doubts about Clarence Thomas.

Surely he knows that the fact that the "Long Dong Silver" and "pubic hair" remarks to which Hill testified were previously used in a court case and a novel is no evidence against Hill, because Thomas as well as Hill could have read the court case and the novel. Yet Will cites this fact anyway in his attack on Hill.

Surely Will is aware, although he conveniently does not mention, that Hill reported her story to several people soon after it occurred.

Finally, when Will concludes that "for whatever reason, she did not tell the truth," surely he appreciates that it is significant that there was no apparent reason for Hill to lie, and every reason for Thomas to.

In light of the fact that Thomas won confirmation to the Supreme Court, one wonders why his defenders remain so defensive.

Henry Cohen


Help for Estonia

Robert A. Erlandson writes in "Md. Guard helping to rebuild Estonia" (Oct. 19) that "Maryland Guard units . . . have been advising Estonians on matters as far-ranging as setting up border patrols, dealing with nuclear power plant accidents and fighting elements of organized crime."

Question: After they are done in Estonia, do you think they could advise the good old U.S. how to do that?

H. Randall Miller Jr.


In Defense of Judge Cahill

The furor following Judge Robert Cahill's sentencing of a man who killed his unfaithful spouse in a drunken rage seem to have been taken as an opportunity by the media, political candidates and women's rights organizations.

Without first-hand knowledge of the facts of the case, everyone from radio commentator Allan Prell to Attorney General J. Joseph Curran hit the airwaves with righteous indignation and condemnation.

Judge Cahill was denounced, defamed and vilified without investigation by people advancing their own interests.

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