A DisserviceSen. Alfonse D'Amato's pidgin English remarks...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

April 19, 1995

A Disservice

Sen. Alfonse D'Amato's pidgin English remarks about Judge Lance Ito have offended not only Japanese-Americans but have also done a grave disservice to our great nation.

Many of us do not like the endless news coverage of the Simpson trial any more than the senator.

The senator can use his powerful position to change the judicial system instead of ridiculing Judge Ito in such a disgusting manner. His act is not befitting a statesman, but a punk.

In this intensely competitive world we need unity of all races in our country.

Asian Pacific nations are rapidly rising economic powers. Instead of stereotyping and stupidly making fun of them, we must learn their languages and cultures in order to compete.

Yu-Chen Lee

Baltimore

Tax All Tobacco

It is no secret that drug use, including tobacco, is a problem among teens in Maryland. It is also no secret that taxing is one of the government's methods of stopping kids from using tobacco products.

But what hope does Maryland's youth have when the government allows tobacco companies to pull more and more kids into becoming addicted to their product?

Smokeless tobacco is currently not taxed by the Maryland government. I do not believe that this situation should be allowed to continue.

Smokeless tobacco is more addictive than cigarettes and has the same potential as cigarettes to cause long-term dangerous effects. But cigarettes are the ones that are taxed heavily in an attempt to slow the use of them by teens.

It's also a fact that one-fourth of smokeless tobacco users are under the age of 21.

Tobacco companies are now producing products with flavors such as cherry. It's obvious that the new flavors are an attempt by tobacco companies to pull more kids into becoming addicted to their product.

Encouraging addiction to tobacco cannot be allowed to continue. Something must be done. Tax chewing tobacco.

Daryl Stokes

Owings Mills

Art Travesty

Here is a major reason why cable could never replace the public broadcasting system, particularly for music lovers:

On April 6, A&E presented a memorial performance of Mozart's Requiem, recorded amid the ruins of Sarajevo. It was a brilliant performance and should have been deeply moving. But it was so tattered by commercial interruptions (after the "Dies Irae," yet!) as to be unbearable.

Such mistreatment of great art is a travesty which should not be allowed.

Sarah G. Hendrixson

Baltimore

A Clean Sweep of Metaphors

Now that the strike is settled and our national metaphor can resume, the editors of this paper have a chance to be of great service to us all.

You can hasten out to the old ball park and, before the season gets under way, knock a few metaphors over the wall.

To start with an easy one: take a swing at "level playing field."

This, for example, is what those wanting to send them arms say the embattled Bosnians want.

Think how much good a level playing field did the Chargers! If Bosnia were a level field, the Serbs would have wiped them out years ago.

Now pitch a "quagmire."

It's what mountainous, rock-hard Bosnia would be, if we sent troops there. It's what arid Somalia was -- and I recently saw a suggestion that the Turks would stumble into one if they kept chasing the Kurds in mountainous Northern Iraq. Knock it out of the park.

For a change of pace, let's try a simple cliche: "window of opportunity."

This is what everyone wants who yearns to defenestrate someone. It is the basic desire of every cat burglar.

Bat it far away before some pundit says again it is what a change in government in West Meshuga offers our State Department. Offer, in its place, "trapdoor of despair" and "skylight of hope."

While you are compiling the rest of your list (you can't expect your readers to do all the work), prepare your reporters for the next time a politician promises to do something for the "middle class."

If the "hard-working middle class" is specified, ask what's planned for the lazy ones. Ask also if anything is planned for the lower and upper classes.

At the moment the populace is divided into the middle and under classes and we seem to have lost both the filthy rich and the undeserving poor.

Maybe, just maybe, you can get them to stop describing everybody from the hamburger flippers to families earning $200,000 a year as belonging to the middle class.

It's worth a shot, anyway.

Warren W. Morse

Chincoteague, Va.

Affirmative Action is Good Policy

This letter is in response to the editorial "Expanding Affirmative Action" (March 26).

Your editorial seems to suggest that Governor Parris N. Glendening and the General Assembly are out of sync with the growing political climate around the country that says affirmative action is an unpopular and dying philosophy.

You stated that times have changed and inferred that the governor should step in line with the wave of sinisterism and mean-spiritedness that is sweeping the country.

I choose to applaud the governor for his vision and insight into what will make Maryland a place where all of its people, black or white, can prosper.

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