Coming to TermsThe Sun's editorial staff seems overjoyed...


June 07, 1995

Coming to Terms

The Sun's editorial staff seems overjoyed with its interpretation of the Supreme Court decision on term limits. ''Such an amendment would be foolish. Experience counts.'' That's cave man talk.

Would the editorial staff be so gracious as to grant that perhaps there is more experience outside the Congress than there is in the Congress, and that perhaps the people are looking for new ways to tap this experience?

Most voters do not analyze things as carefully as The Sun. What voter would ever return Paul Sarbanes because they believe that the other senators need his advice?

Most voters do not recognize what fine financial managers we now have gathered together in the hallowed halls of Congress, wouldn't you agree?

The problem to date is that the power structure will not help the people attain what they want. And The Sun does not seem to ever help make peaceful war in order to achieve more of the ''Government of the people, by the people, and for the people".

Let's see some change. Let's get the language in the proper format. We can start by changing the language to limiting our legislators to a fixed number of consecutive terms.

What the Articles of Confederation did or did not contain is really not relevant. I suspect that The Sun's editorial page editor certainly understands this perfectly well.

James M. Holway

Ellicott City

No Mega-Bars

Your May 29 editorial, "Mega-Bar Blunder," shows how out of touch The Sun is with the plight of the city.

State Sen. Perry Sfikas, with good reason, bravely championed our cause with an attempt to ban mega-bars from our midst. The Sun is really off-base to denigrate his efforts.

We are inundated with bars and liquor stores in Southeast Baltimore, and the city liquor board has overwhelmingly taken the side of the liquor establishments against community concerns.

Once the establishments are here, it becomes the community's responsibility to regulate them -- a huge task.

We are already grappling with very serious and complex issues, from drug trafficking to dwindling city services. The last thing we need are giant drinking factories virtually on our doorsteps.

Senator Sfikas understands this. What the senators who opposed his bill understand is questionable.

There are many problems with the way the Liquor Board does business.

Why don't you look at some of those problems, like the buddy system between some state senators and the liquor board, the liquor board's general incompetence in regulating liquor establishments and why inner-city communities are being asked to absorb even more and even larger bars?

D. Wasserman


What Orioles?

For the last 100 years, it has been traditional for baseball teams to wear the name of their team on the front of their uniforms when they play at home.

When they visit the ballpark of another team, they wear the name of the city they represent on the front.

This year, the Orioles have scorned tradition. They are just Orioles, no city is represented.

Where is Oriole Park? Where is their home grounds?

Put Baltimore back on those gray uniforms, where it belongs.

Jessie B. Davis


Free Trade

In his May 21 commentary, "Free Trade by Denying Trade," George F. Will defends Japan's continued restricting of its automobile market by saying that the foreign car dealers' businesses will be injured or destroyed by the proposed tariffs.

He states that there are 617 dealers of Japanese cars that will be affected, but what he doesn't say is how many of these same dealers also sell American cars.

While these multiple-make dealers may sell fewer Japanese cars, it is very possible that the same dealer will sell more American cars.

Mr. Will also tries to justify a huge trade deficit with Japan by comparing it to the local grocer. Mr. Will states that we have a chronic trade deficit with the grocer because, "You constantly buy from him, he never buys anything from you."

I believe this to be a very poor analogy because the grocer does, in fact, purchase many things from us.

A great many of the items that the grocer sells were grown in the United States by American farmers, packaged in cans and boxes which probably were produced in America by American workers and brought to him by American truck drivers in American-made tractor trailers.

The grocer's store was more than likely built by American labor with the majority of the materials being made in America.

So, while the local grocer may not hand you dollar bills when you walk in his store, he does buy from each and every person who supplies him, even indirectly, with goods ad services.

Contrary to Mr. Will's opinion, I do not believe that the "billions" spent in Japan on American rock music and movies justify their continued attempts to keep a strangle-hold on the American economy with their refusals to open their markets while flooding ours with their products.

Steven P. Strohmier


No 'Near Riot' at Randallstown High

I would like to respond to Jerry Chosak's May 19 letter to the editor.

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