Europeans not the only exploitersIn a letter published on...


September 30, 1995

Europeans not the only exploiters

In a letter published on Sept. 23 entitled "Racial history should not be oversimplified," Eric James implied that Europeans are the sole source of racist, barbaric exploitation and stated that it is a historical pattern for Europeans to bankrupt nations to benefit their own selfish tribe.

European ''tribes'' are far from the only groups that have been aggressors. In recorded history, strong tribes from every continent have attempted to enforce their will and cultures as far as existing technology would allow.

The Carthaginians and Zulus from Africa; the Chinese and Japanese from Asia; the Mayas, Incas and Iroquois from the Americas; the Norse, the Huns, the Mongols, the Moors, the Germans, the Polynesians -- the list of those groups that attacked and expanded their territories encompasses virtually every recognizable geographic or political entity. . . .

Western culture shares one achievement with no other. It was the first culture and society to recognize and declare the equality of every race and culture, to make discrimination illegal and to outlaw slavery, which was legal in some Saharan states until 1967. . . .

Unfortunately, now that racism is deplorable and illegal in our governments, it still resides and flourishes in individuals. I do not believe this country is perfect, or even close, but our only hope is to persist in fighting blind bigotry and racism, no matter the source.

Lewis Lorton Columbia

Throw this suit out of court

If a trial is held as a result of Baltimore City suing the state for additional school funding, it should not last long enough for the lawyers to open their briefcases.

The suit should be immediately thrown out after the judge instructs the plaintiffs to come back after they (as do hundreds of cost-conscious school districts nationwide) start using the billions of dollars worth of educational resources currently entrusted to them year-round, not just nine months a year.

Bill Rieg Seabrook

Where are the police?

For nearly a week I made numerous calls to the police department about suspected drug dealing in my neighborhood.

From Sept. 17-21, I called 911 on several occasions to no avail. Not one time did anyone respond from the police department.

As a taxpayer, I am paying for a service that is not there. I've witnessed drug deal after drug deal on the same street corner, called the police every time and got the same result every time.

# Anthony D. Cero Baltimore

No-parole policy makes no sense

Gov. Parris N. Glendening recently announced that he will deny parole to practically all prisoners serving life sentences (Sept. 22, "Life-term inmates to remain in prison").

This one-size-fits-all policy is harsh and unjust.

For the past three years, I have worked as a volunteer college instructor at the state penitentiary in downtown Baltimore. I have seen that certain people can and do change.

Having committed their crimes as young men, some of the inmates have since finished the equivalent of high school, earned a college degree, joined religious groups and worked with troubled youths.

There are some exceptional ''graduates'' of the Maryland penitentiary system. For example, Charles Dutton, star of the ''Roc'' television show, and H. B. Johnson Jr., two-time winner of WMAR-TV's award for black playwrights.

Such men often work hard for years, even decades, preparing themselves for a new life.

Governor Glendening's no-parole policy sends the message: ''Don't bother; change doesn't count; there is no hope.'' I can only hope that he reconsiders.

Drew Leder Baltimore

Health of children threatened by cuts

In all the furor over Medicare cuts the issue of $180 billion in planned cuts to Medicaid seems to have been overlooked.

Among other things, Medicaid pays for nursing care for the elderly. It also provides the only access to health care for millions of low-income children.

In recent years, Medicaid coverage has been extended to the children of many low-income, working parents. This progress is now threatened.

If cuts are not made very carefully, children could be the principal losers in this budget battle.

` Joan D. Cooper Baltimore

Should treat all people with respect

While at a county fair recently, I saw something that really upset me: A sign outside a tent read, ''Two-foot Tall Woman." A man with a microphone announced that inside the tent was an amazingly tiny woman who had a son who was bigger than she was.

He said if we paid a dollar to go inside, we could speak to the 2-foot-tall woman in person. It sounded so intriguing that I wasted no time putting my money down and going into the tent. Once inside, I was instantly appalled and ashamed of myself. I saw a real, live human being who just happened to be short.

All my life I have been taught to be respectful of all people, regardless of religion, race, age or handicap. I have been taught that it is impolite to stare at people who are different from me. The tent at the fair hardly enforced this idea of respect for life.

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