Not My ViewThe July 6 editorial page included a very...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

July 25, 1995

Not My View

The July 6 editorial page included a very interesting political cartoon by KAL that perfectly illustrates the double standard that the liberals in this country practice on a daily basis.

In the cartoon, irate rioters in support of the flag burning amendment, school prayer amendment and the balanced budget amendment assail the Constitution.

Obviously, the artist who drew the cartoon believes that these amendments assault the freedoms guaranteed to him in the Constitution. I would like to ask where is the cartoon that points out the assaults on the Second, Fourth, Sixth, Eighth and 10th amendments that have been going on for years?

Why is it that the left wants to preserve the freedoms that they enjoy (flag burning, spending us into debt for socially destructive welfare and outlawing voluntary prayer in the public schools), while depriving me of freedoms I hold very dear (being able to defend my home and family, being safe from the excesses of Waco/Ruby Ridge-style law enforcement and living in a sovereign state)?

A wise man once said the Constitution is a meal in which you

have to eat everything, not a smorgasbord that you can pick and choose from.

If the left wants their freedoms unregulated, then they need to stop applying their double standard by trying to rob me of mine.

William Banks

Baltimore

Leaky Information

Maybe "Mr. [Robert] Ehrlich is wrong, wrong, wrong!"

But if so, the July 8 Gallimaufry item concerning the Maryland congressman is equally errant.

This time not only the topics but also logic and perspective were jumbled. Two things are wrong with the piece: It's needlessly picky. It's short-sighted.

The article takes Representative Ehrlich to task for attributing a safety rule requiring 5-gallon buckets to leak to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Actually, it was a notice of proposed rule-making by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Finally, the CPSC and industry negotiated a voluntary label to warn that toddlers can drown in a bucket of water. Oh, and industry agreed to a $500,000 education campaign.

Such carelessness! Maybe Mr. Ehrlich was most to blame for taking his information from the public media. Certainly I got the same OSHA story from there.

So, at least give back the slack you take. The bucket rule was still a government action and it was just as silly whether from OSHA or CPSC. It's hard to get excited about the difference. And it still took half a million dollars of private hush money to get it called off.

And that gets at the second problem. The big picture -- it's big government at work again.

I applaud Representative Ehrlich's efforts to get it under control. Even if he might misstate a detail sometimes -- because he repeats what he heard on the news. He's got the principle of the thing down pat. That's why we sent him to Congress.

!Wyett H. Colclasure II

Jarrettsville

MVA Leader

The Sun editorial on July 17, detailing the firing of W. Marshall Rickert, chief of the Motor Vehicle Administration, upset me.

Under Mr. Rickert's leadership, the MVA made vast improvements in services. I for one personally praised him for these betterments.

Your editorial stated Mr. Rickert was fired because the governor wants more minorities to fill such posts. Firing any individual who performs satisfactorily with the intent of replacing that person with a minority is wrong.

It is discrimination pure and simple. To fire Mr. Rickert with his exemplary record for improvements and innovation to the MVA is outrageous.

Marylanders can vote on how they feel about this irresponsible action in the next gubernatorial election.

James D. Brown

Baltimore

Ocean City Woes

I read with amusement your recent article on violence in Ocean City (July 1).

Clearly The Sun did not grasp the significance of the June 24 incident, when Sha-Shee, a Washington-based group, arrived in town. I guess you had to be there to experience the trepidation that night.

The spokesperson for the group attempted to make this a racial issue. It isn't. It was simply a rowdy group of individuals who

were ill-mannered, discourteous and obnoxious.

Their rude and lewd behavior at one of Ocean City's premier family hotels continued well into the early morning hours. It turned what had been a very pleasant experience into a nightmare for many of the hotel's guests.

I found it particularly distressing that the firemen's and Veterans of Foreign Wars conventions were mentioned in the same article, suggesting similar behavior.

The Firemen's Association has held its annual convention in Ocean City for as long as I can remember. In all those years, I cannot recall such a furor as that caused by the Washington-based group.

Sure, the firemen's parade is a minor inconvenience to traffic. But the firemen themselves have always been polite, courteous and cordial guests, respectful of the rights of others.

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