Feminist zeal marred decisionThe lengthy story by Karen...


October 02, 1995

Feminist zeal marred decision

The lengthy story by Karen Hosler Sept. 10 regarding the Packwood resignation was a revelation of Sen. Barbara Mikulski's liberal and feminist views against what she calls the Senate's ''prominent Ole Boys' Club.''

Why, after three years on the Ethics Committee did she finally decide and boast of ''firing'' Sen. Bob Packwood? Who gave her such authority when she had only one vote on a committee of six?

I commend Sen. Mitch McConnell for his leadership and the dignified manner in which he discussed the committee's activities and findings -- no shouting, no gestures just gentlemanly civility.

My concern with the Packwood issue was that justice be served. However, as a professional businesswoman, I unequivocally resent both Sen. Barbara Boxer and Senator Mikulski's arrogant and offensive style of debate on the floor of the Senate.

The antics of Senator Boxer and the diatribe of Senator Mikulski embarrassed many women in Maryland and the rest of the country. Some of us can speak for ourselves and we have successfully handled unwanted sexual harassment.

It is really difficult to understand Senator Boxer's bulldog determination to punish Senator Packwood. Where is her concern for Jennifer Flowers and, especially, for Paula Jones who alleges far worse harassment from President Clinton?

Similarly, why don't she and Senator Mikulski look into Sen. Edward Kennedy's role in the Chappaquiddick tragedy?

In the Packwood case, the statute of limitations did not affect the outcome of the final results. He was forced to resign before his term expired.

There should be no temporary immunity for President Clinton during the term of his office. Of course, the difference might be that the president has a $2 million defense fund.

Louise P. Carty


Enforce existing laws and crime will drop

Recently the dominant media reluctantly reported on the amazing and significant 31 percent reduction of shootings and violent crime in the city of New York.

They offered as many different irrelevant explanations as there were ''experts'' to expound them. They just don't get it -- it's enforcement, stupid! New York is actively enforcing the existing laws across the board.

How? First, Commissioner William Bratton bravely removed policemen from the bloated, inverted pyramid of the administration staff and put them on the street where they belonged.

Then he had them stop, frisk and/or arrest those who ignored laws against public urination, subway turnstile jumping, spraying graffiti, aggressive panhandling, drunkenness, etc.

Suddenly the jeering, arrogant and aggressively lawless discovered that crime is no longer the best, most favored game in town. They found that carrying guns and drugs could be bad for their self-esteem -- especially if you were collared in a police headquarters trying to explain how the contraband was planted in your pocket.

Lastly, the revolving door of justice was tightened and they no longer laughed all the way from the courthouse.

Now, instead of listening to the self-serving babble of the politicians and media moguls over non-existent assault rifles, cop-killer bullets or more gun control, we can simply demand that existing laws now be enforced. It works.

Gun control and midnight basketball do not.

Donald K. Tag

Havre de Grace

Pray for reduction of farm subsidies

Farm subsidies started during the Depression era. Wheat subsidies place more costs on taxpayers rather than consumers. Cotton subsidies help growers at a high cost to the taxpayers.

The above programs result in the over-production of subsidized crops and discourages rotation that is necessary to preserve the soil. Uncle Sam makes big contributions to rice and peanut farmers.

Rep. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, has promised to reduce these wasteful contributions to these self-interest groups. Let's hope and pray that he shall keep his promise.

If the status quo continues, the fat cat landowners, who operate as corporations, will collect 68 percent of the benefits. We can't phase out the farm subsidies because the rich and powerful farm lobbies contribute huge contributions to the campaign chests of many congressmen. When gold argues the cause -- eloquence is important.

Joseph Lerner


Port of Baltimore growing, prospering

After reading the article on the Italian Consulate in Baltimore (Sept. 19), I couldn't help but think of the line first uttered by Mark Twain -- ''Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.''

Contrary to the statements about ''the once-great port," the Port of Baltimore is alive and well.

Through the hard work of everyone in Baltimore's maritime community, tremendous progress has been made.

In 1994, the Port of Baltimore handled 26.2 million tons of foreign commerce -- the port's best year since 1989.

And we are on track for an even better year in 1995.

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