Plastic MoneyHarold Wright (letter, Nov. 21) obviously...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

January 02, 1995

Plastic Money

Harold Wright (letter, Nov. 21) obviously never worked or managed on the merchant's side of a retail counter.

Cash is and continues to be ever more expensive and dangerous to accept, much more so than credit cards or any other type of electronic exchange.

Happy is:

The clerk who still has only credit card receipts -- she'll never be held up.

The assistant manager who makes the bank deposits and carries no gun because his deposit bag contains only checks and other non-cash instruments.

The shift manager who does not need to worry which of his clerks is light-fingered, since all his store's sales are non-cash exchanges.

The business owner whose expenses have fallen since fewer controls, watching and security are needed, and efficiency is increased due to computerized credit card transactions. Every honest retail merchant looks forward to the day when cash is as extinct as a rotary telephone. I wonder if Mr. Wright is still dialing numbers.

Richard A. Berman

Baltimore

Firing Elders

I am appalled by one of the latest decisions of President Clinton. I am referring to the firing of Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders.

What appalls me is that she was fired over comments she has made, throughout her working as surgeon general, that were "reflecting differences with administration policy," and the president's "own convictions."

Well, if the president decided to take action on someone every time they gave their opinion, and it was to the president's disliking, then we might as well bury the First Amendment and exhume the fascist flags.

The comments she made on masturbation were of no threat to the American public. Dr. Elders was obviously not beginning the fight for a change in government to anarchy.

She merely made suggestions, and good suggestions, if I may add. Students today are being faced with the horrors of AIDS, and they need to be educated in alternatives to the risk of having sex.

It's about time that someone stepped up to say that we need more education if we are going to overcome problems in the world, but unfortunately our speaker has been silenced.

It was also brought up that Dr. Elders had made some "negative characterization of the Roman Catholic Church."

Well, I hate to remind you, but there is supposed to be a separation of church and state, but by the latest arguments of prayer in school (and decades of religious implementation into our lives), it's obvious that the government doesn't have a firm stand on such separation.

So if the nation's government can ignore the separation, then why can't an individual in the government express their feelings of the church?

On the subject of masturbation, the Roman Catholic Church regards it as shameful, and then also has strict rules on sexual intercourse.

So now the government and the church, working together at last, are supposed to be some kind of experts on the human body.

Neither one of the two on their own, nor together, should interfere on how an individual's body works, but should be sympathetic and fair in educating all people, with people like Dr. Elders in the foreground.

Doug Mowbray

Baltimore

Culture of Death

So now we put Paul Hill to death. Abortion doctor kills unborn babies. Pro-lifer kills abortion doctor. State kills pro-lifer. Abortion is a culture of death. Where are the winners? None that I can see.

Unborn babies die. Abortion doctors living in dreaded fear, dying and families fractured. Mothers who aborted living with guilt and RTC doubt. (Yes, post-abortion syndrome lives). Pro-lifers in jail and now one sentenced to die.

I am pro-life and believe that abortion truly "stops a beating heart." However, I do not condone violence and believe the battle must go on peacefully.

Pro-lifers certainly have not exhausted all legal avenues, worked hard enough in our churches and communities and prayed enough for an end to the struggle.

Lastly, if the doctor and escort had not been in the grisly business of abortion, would not both be alive today with their families?

And could not Paul Hill be convinced that peaceful pro-life work is certainly in the movement's best interest and be a strong advocate for the cause?

Remember, the majority (in my opinion 99 percent) of pro-life work is non-violent.

Robert E. Corbett

Cockeysville

Pass the Bucs

The Dec. 19 Sun's front page highlights Peter Angelos' efforts to buy the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and bring them to Baltimore. He should be praised for his efforts to keep professional sports in Baltimore for public enjoyment. Yet, to me, his professional football effort is a slap in the face for the efforts and achievements of Jim Speros in fielding the Baltimore CFLs with their first-year accomplishments.

It is also refreshing to have a football team whose players enjoy the game and are not striking to increase their middle-class incomes.

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