Did the Voters or The Sun Throw a Tantrum?I am writing in...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

November 21, 1994

Did the Voters or The Sun Throw a Tantrum?

I am writing in reference to the article, "The child-like electorate throws a tantrum" (Nov. 10).

I very much doubt that we would have seen this headline had the Democrats swept both the House and the Senate. The fact that you chose to run this sort of article on the first page reveals The Sun's liberal bias.

In it, you quote politically correct academicians who are actually quite condescending. The last time I checked, I was still living in a democracy, where the electorate has both the right and the obligation to vote for candidates who reflect their views.

The "message of the people who won on Tuesday" was not, as you state, "I'm going to help you take care of yourself. Don't worry about others." Rather, people are tried of having Big Government intrude on all aspects of their lives.

It is too bad that the reality of the election results discomfits the editorial staff of The Sun and those individuals who are quoted in the piece, but that is no reason to insult what is probably a majority of your leaders. And please, next time try to keep the editorials on the editorial page, where they belong.

Susan Z. Tham

Millersville

Why are your front page "analysts" like Susan Baer as arrogant as Speaker Tom Foley, Sen. George Mitchell, President Clinton, and the Democrat legislative and executive leadership? Isn't it time your people recognize that they and the above leadership people are the spoiled children the public just rejected?

Some of the unconscionable abuses the 40 percent of the voters reject based on integrity include:

1. Fast track voting on controversial legislation.

2. Bypassing debate on critical issues.

3. Omnibus legislation that steals from taxpayers.

4. Abusive use of filibuster.

5. Smothering legislative changes that would improve democratic access to governance.

6. Initiation of anti-democratic action like the "Hush Rush" bills, in addition to the above five items.

7. Passage of bills whose contents too often are unknown even to most of those voting on them in Congress.

8. Lack of "truth in legislation" executive summaries on each proposed law.

The significant 40 percent of the voters who vote, or try to vote, based on the probable effect of legislation action on both people and the country are being read out of the debate by all of the above acts of the legislative and administrative actions of the national government and the judicial branch.

This stacks the deck against the people. The result is people with near-criminal records or criminals can end up working for the executive or be in the judicial or legislative chain. The result is a destructive action against the voters.

Please note that Castro, Hitler, Stalin and most other tyrants have also considered the populace to be spoiled children. If your people get their way, and if actual suppression of freedom of the press should result, you will be the last to understand what happened.

It is very dangerous having people that have mental fixations or blocks, like Ms. Baer and too many of your reporters, in these influential positions.

Keats A. Pullen Jr.

Kingsville

This is to thank you for the very excellent analysis of the recent election contained in your front page article by Susan Baer. It is the best, and I believe, the most accurate analysis of the current mood that I've seen or heard this week.

Given the reality that is discussed here, I am increasingly convinced that the answers to the social, emotional and spiritual problems of people at all levels of our society don't lie primarily in governmental programs, but rather in the efforts of individuals and of private humanitarian organizations, and most especially our religious organizations.

When we tackle problems in a more personal way there is not only likely to be more sensitivity to the need and the appropriate means of responding to it, but in addition, not only the receiver of help, but also the giver of help, is transformed in the process.

Governmental programs tend to be very impersonal, very rigid and very bureaucratic. Consequently, neither the giver (taxpayer or staff) nor the recipient feels satisfied or transformed in a positive way. More often cynicism ensues at all levels, which our recent election results clearly demonstrated.

Ours is a frightening world because everything is changing so fast and because we are instantly aware, in living color in our living rooms, of disasters everywhere. But we wouldn't feel so helpless if we were each individually involved in responding to some of these problems in a very personal way.

When we see the positive results, however small, from each of our efforts, we know that we are neither helpless nor impotent.

Louise Meister

Columbia

Hateful Emblem

It is ridiculous that with all our problems we have a controversy raging over the Confederate flag. In his Oct. 6 letter, G. Elliott Cummings defends the Confederate flag flay as "honorable," "patriotic" and a symbol of "brave men," "sacrifice," etc.

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