As Mass Transit Goes, So Goes CrimeRe: Your editorial...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

April 23, 1995

As Mass Transit Goes, So Goes Crime

Re: Your editorial about "Carroll's Mass Transit Future" (April 10). You guys just don't get it.

Most residents of Carroll County have moved here to be "five miles beyond the bus line." The extension of mass transit would, in their minds, only extend the crime, car theft, low-income housing woes, etc., to their backyards and obviate the reason for relocating. The property values of homes near the line would sink like a stone.

As a life-long liberal, it hurts me to say that where mass transit goes, crime is sure to follow. Pikesville-Towson, Ferndale-Linthicum are communities that have seen increases in property crime with the advent of rapid transit conduits for the miscreants.

Should it surprise us if Carroll County residents would rather endure gridlock than awake to find their vehicles have been made victim to "unauthorized use"?

Until the politicos can be made to understand that the middle class of this state is scared, and damned tired of being scared, and suburban flight is just the personification of this fear, mass transit extension to Carroll County will only result in relocation to Frederick County or southern Pennsylvania.

Richard Liebno

Reisterstown

Stop U.N.'s Child Treaty

On Feb. 16, Madeline Albright, representing Clinton administration policy, signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. This document is part and parcel in a string of documents and treaties that have been signed and ratified by the U.S. Senate that are eroding our constitutional rights.

The globalists, i.e., George Bush, Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich and other members of Congress, of the Trilateral Commission and the Foreign Relations Council are working to bring about the New World Order. To accomplish this scheme, the sovereignty of the nations and the patriotism of the citizens must be destroyed.

In June 1992, U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali declared that the "time of absolute and exclusive sovereignity has passed," and called for an expanded global U.N. role. Part of the expanded U.N. global role is accomplished through the Convention of the Rights of the Children.

The declaration is made up of 54 articles. I am going to highlight some of the articles that should cause you to be opposed to its ratification:

* Article 3 states that "in all actions concerning children . . . the best interest of the child" is paramount. The method to ensure that children's interests are protected will be the courts and social service workers who will be empowered to regulate families based on their subjective determination.

* Article 4 states that the government "shall undertake all appropriate legislative, administrative and other measures to implement" economic, social and cultural rights. It will mean even more of our tax dollars going to foreign giveaway programs.

* Article 13 declares that children can "seek, receive, and impart information and ideas in print, art or through any media" without parental control. Parents will no longer be able to protect their children from ideas and images they find offensive.

* Article 14 guarantees children "freedom of thought, conscience and religion." Under the article, a child could seek protection from religious training within the family.

* Article 28 states that education is a "right," not found in our Constitution, not only universally free, but compulsory -- as part of public schooling. There is no mention of home schooling or Christian education; one must conclude that they are outlawed under this treaty.

* In Article 29, the state is to direct the education of the people it governs toward the philosophy of the New World Order, socialism.

* Finally, Article 43 establishes an international committee of 10 experts competent in the fields mentioned within the document who will oversee the progress of the implementation of the treaty. You can be assured that the committee members will be socialists.

To illustrate why we need to urge the U.S. Senate not to ratify this treaty, this year the U.N. issued a report stating that England was not moving fast enough to implement the terms of the treaty.

In particular, the British are not doing enough to prevent family and school disciplining of children. The U.N. report demands that the British outlaw corporal punishment in the schools and chastisement of children at home by parents and childminders, British for baby-sitters. Is this what we want for our country?

I urge every citizen to contact Sen. Jesse Helms, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, demanding that it not ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child. . . .

Even if it is not ratified this year, those who support it will bring it up for ratification next year. We need to be vigilant on this issue.

Gary W. Bauer

Hampstead

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