No excuse for a feminist double standardColumnist Anna...

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November 03, 1994

No excuse for a feminist double standard

Columnist Anna Quindlen ("Same old math," Oct. 25), letter writer Olivia Morris ("Unfaithfulness: A capital crime?" Oct. 21) and other bleeding-heart feminists don't like Judge Robert Cahill's sentencing Kenneth Peacock to "only" 18 months in jail for killing his wife after he found her in bed with another man.

Isn't it funny that these same crybabies offered no

condemnation for the vicious act of mutilation Lorena Bobbitt performed on her husband?

In fact, the only thing the feminists complained about was that Ms. Bobbitt had to serve a whole month for her crime.

The bleeding hearts argued that because Ms. Bobbitt was mistreated by her husband she shouldn't have had to serve any time at all.

Why should a woman be applauded for committing a barbaric act of violence, while a man who acts upon his rage is castigated as a fiend?

I don't condone the latest fad of "justifiable" violence. But feminists set the standard; they should have to live with it.

It seems to me that Mr. Peacock killing his wife for her alleged infidelity is no more than 18 times as bad as Ms. Bobbitt castrating her husband for his alleged abuse.

oward Peterson

Annapolis

Exemplary youth

Congratulation to Gary Gately for sharing Teddy Paige's attempt to live his dream, thus beating the odds against so many young black males caught up in a world of crime, drugs and eventual death ("From gang member to high school leader," Oct. 10).

Teddy, like many young black males, had been exposed to all aspects of crime at a early age. With the absence of a strong male role model in the home, many youngsters fall prey to undesirables in the street, often leading to lost dreams and destruction.

Teddy is to be commended for his strength and courage in resisting the temptations that are so much a part of our youth today.

He not only had the courage to beat the odds of falling prey to a life of street crime and destruction, but he had concern for his family.

That he helped his disabled mother with household duties and provided for his younger siblings showed a strong sense of love and concern for family.

More programs such as Futures, which gives inner-city youth an opportunity to dream and fulfill those dreams, are needed desperately.

If more black youth were exposed to the counseling, home visits, culture trips and summer jobs this program provides, there would be more Teddy Paiges making positive headlines.

Teddy's surrogate father and mentor, Clinton Miles, should be commended for being a positive force in Teddy's life.

Because of Mr. Miles' caring and concern, Teddy's temptation to the street was abandoned.

To Mr. Miles we say, "Thank you. May your concern for black youth be an example to others who dare to reach out to help someone fulfill their dreams."

As for Teddy Paige, his struggle to succeed in life and make his dreams a reality has been an inspiration. Clearly, he is to be commended for his perseverance.

Thelma D. McMillan

Baltimore

Female prisoners

In the Oct. 26 article about prison boot camps, a state spokesman said the boot camp system is having trouble finding women prisoners to help boost enrollment because "having someone scream and holler in your face is a problem for some of the women," and he noted that "many have been abused by ex-husbands and boyfriends."

Where is it ordained that women must be shoe-horned into programs designed for men, without regard to their different backgrounds, problems and needs?

Meg Ferguson

Baltimore

Nonpartisan nod

I was not surprised, but I was nevertheless chagrined, to see your endorsement of Richard Bennett for attorney general.

The probability of this was clear when you endorsed Eleanor Carey in the Democratic primary. It was clear to me that you were sacrificing Joe Curran to The Baltimore Sun's need to appear nonpartisan.

This is to say nothing against Richard Bennett. He appears to be competent and intelligent, but nothing he has done and nothing he has said in this election season has established that he would make a better attorney general than Joe Curran. Joe Curran has been an exemplary and independent attorney general, and there is every reason to believe that he will continue that performance.

Your rationale -- that 36 years in public life is enough -- appears on the same page as your endorsement of Louis Goldstein, whose long service is extolled as a basis for re-electing him as comptroller.

The old chestnut that "a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds" generally refers to positions that change over time as facts develop or the speaker matures.

If the definition of an intellectual is the ability to hold mutually inconsistent positions simultaneously, then The Baltimore Sun is certainly an intellectual's newspaper -- a startling notion.

To be nonpartisan is a nice goal, but it shouldn't be achieved at the expense of a dedicated and competent attorney general who, I expect, will continue to display those attributes in office for the next four years.

ieron F. Quinn

Baltimore

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