True IdealsBill Clinton has been the best thing that has...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

November 03, 1994

True Ideals

Bill Clinton has been the best thing that has happened to the productive, hard-working American.

His inept and morally deficient administration has truly unmasked the insidious strategy of putting all Americans into the status of wards of the government.

It has galvanized citizens who would otherwise stand by complacently while their basic rights are being chipped away.

I was taught that if you work hard, save some money and improve yourself, you are then entitled to a better lifestyle.

What the liberal mind-set has taught people is that if you are depraved, dysfunctional, anti-social or looking for a way to relieve yourself of personal responsibility, the government will guarantee you a better lifestyle at the expense of the greedy people who work for a living.

Well, this is one person who did quite well in the '80s and continues to do well.

How?

By working 60 hours a week; not asking government for more than one expects from the government and staying with the true ideals of America: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Bill Rettberg

Bel Air

Gun Views

On page 21 of Parris Glendening's campaign publication, "A Vision For Maryland's Future," the candidate states, "Marylanders should be free to own firearms appropriate for hunting, sport and home and business protection."

Yet he criticizes the choice of prizes in a fund-raising raffle held by the independent political action committee, United Sportsmen for Sauerbrey for Governor.

The first prize is a Beretta shotgun. Yes, the same Beretta Corp. that operates a plant in Prince George's County that employs over 300 Marylanders.

Beretta shotguns are considered to be among the finest shotguns in the world. The particular model offered is specifically designed for the sport of trap shooting -- a sport enjoyed by thousands of Marylanders.

The second prize is a Browning shotgun.

Anyone who has served our country within the last 100 years will recognize Browning firearms for their dependability and excellent craftsmanship. They have served and saved our armed forces in some of the worst conditions a firearm could be subjected to.

For these reasons, Browning shotguns are favored among hunters everywhere.

Third prize is a Makarov IJ 70 .380 pistol -- a reliable, light-weight and easy-to-operate semi-automatic pistol. It is ideal for home and business protection.

Does Mr. Glendening support Maryland sportsmen or not?

We could never trust Gov. William Donald Schaefer, and it is now painfully obvious that Mr. Glendening is cut from the same cloth.

Tim Krahling

Baltimore

The writer is vice president, Stemmers Run Rifle and Pistol Club.

Anyone Home?

Hello, is anyone home at The Baltimore Sun?

Baltimore County citizens tossed out the big-spending social do-gooders at the last election.

What makes you think we want them back?

David Camden

Catonsville

Charter Revision

Voters beware. Question J, the Baltimore City Charter revision, has many changes.

One of the most troubling is the further weakening of the Board of School Commissioners and the Planning Commission. The proposed changes shift more power to the mayor.

They even make the office of the mayor the main selector of the superintendent of schools and the director of planning, thereby moving the School Board and Planning Commission toward advisory boards instead of the intended more independent boards.

While there are many good changes in the proposed charter revisions, I cannot vote for them because of the changes to the above boards. I feel very strongly that these two citizen boards should not be weakened. They are part of the checks and balances of our government.

I urge all voters to vote against J now and wage a campaign to have the charter change broken out by categories so the citizens can vote with knowledge of what they are voting for. This could be done in 1995 during the city elections.

Many community leaders were sent a piece saying J is for jobs. This is very misleading. The jobs issues could easily be voted on as a separate issue in 1995.

Carolyn Boitnott

Baltimore

IQ Book Condemned for Racism

Upon reading the late Richard J. Hernstein's and Charles Murray's "The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life," I felt a keen sense of incredulity and disquieting deja vu.

The authors, in their tendentious, voluminous and mean-spirited 806-page tome continue, in elegant and mellifluous language, to set forth a proposition that black citizens as a group are less intelligent than white citizens.

In essence, Messrs. Hernstein and Murray set forth a chimerical and virulent, racist agenda.

Their book bespeaks an effort made by Arthur Jensen's "How Much Can We Boost I.Q." and by Edward Banfield and William Shockley in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s to portray black citizens as inferior to white citizens in the American politic.

Those noxious, venal and racist theories were thoroughly repudiated by most scholars and academics and consigned to a fitting repose, the scrap heap.

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