Dole didn't do the same as ClintonHas Theo Lippman (March...


March 11, 1996

Dole didn't do the same as Clinton

Has Theo Lippman (March 1, "What makes a hero?") finally lost it totally in trying to equate the military records of Bob Dole and Bill Clinton? Will his next column deal with similarities in marriages between Ozzie and Harriet and Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Jackson? Give us a break.

David Blumberg


The writer is chairman of the Baltimore City Republican Central Committee.


Theo Lippman Jr.'s flight of fancy (March 1, ''What makes a hero?'') in trying to establish moral equivalence between Bill Clinton's draft dodging and Bob Dole's Purple Heart, makes me wonder where (if ever) he studied logic.

In Mr. Lippman's own words, Mr. Dole ''was called up.'' He went. He was sent into combat. He didn't want to go, but again he went and was grievously wounded. Mr. Clinton, too, received his induction notice. But through a combination of guile and intense political pressure he managed to escape service -- after he already had been drafted.

Where is the parallel? That neither really wanted to go to the front lines? Who in his right mind ever does, especially among those who have been there?

John G. Miller


The writer is a retired colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps.


The March 1 op-ed column by Theo Lippman Jr., ''What makes a hero?,'' is demeaning and a direct insult to all veterans of the armed services who wear the Purple Heart medal. Many will look at this newspaper column as a political slur. I challenge Mr. Lippman, relating to his calling Bob Dole a draft-dodger.

Hopefully, The Sun will apologize to those who served their country. Such an article is only trash to me and my wartime comrades. It is certainly downgrading to all our American combat forces.

Warren G. Sody


Adversarial stance harms county colleges

In The Sun's Feb 11 article on Daniel J. LaVista, Baltimore County community colleges' new chancellor, Ronald G. Abe, the system board chairman, assumes that the anxiety people feel for their jobs will pass. I'd like to offer another perspective. That assumption seems unlikely as long as:

There remains an adversarial climate of labor vs. management between administrators and faculty;

There remains an insular attitude by administrators to keep faculty and their problems at bay while surrounding themselves with like-minded administrative assistants;

There remains a disproportionate number of administrators with bloated salaries in the system (Witness the ''streamlining'' of the community college system by bringing in yet another administrator with his coterie, in addition to the existing three college presidents and their six-figure salaries and all of their administrative assistants);

There remains ignorance and/or denial by administrators that faculty morale is low or, worse yet, there is no interest or desire on the part of the administration to address that problem, how it happened and how it might be corrected;

There remains a lack of respect for the faculty's critical thinking and communication skills when administrators continue to use techno-babble.

Is a faculty member lulled into a euphoric state when told he/she is being ''displaced'' and not ''let go?'' The title of Judy Sheindlin's new book, "Don't Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It's Raining," comes to mind.

Betty L. Schien


Police discard old routines

Michael Olesker's Feb. 13 column -- "Yet another car break-in, but why call the cops?" -- was interesting for what he said. But more could have been said.

For the last three decades there has been a steady diminution of enforcement of the laws, not only by the "cops" but by others in the criminal justice system, including the city's state's attorney's office. For example, the latter recently decided not to prosecute for a felony possession of under 30 bags of crack. The pushers can count.

Recently, the police have begun to stop tagging trucks in restricted residential zones. The job is assigned to the meter maids (when they have time and on the day shift only). Calls to 911 will frequently be designated "in-service complaints," meaning "maybe, if I have time, I'll get around to it," which is almost never.

Then you have the universal police complaint that it takes half of an officer's shift time to make an arrest. It would be appropriate for Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. to assign one of his staff or perhaps a commission to study the arrest and booking procedures to determine where time is unnecessarily taken up and devise new procedures to eliminate the bottlenecks.

The legislature has the sole responsibility for law-making. The police have the responsibility for law enforcement. The only higher authority is the court which can decide on the appropriateness or constitutionality of the laws.

If the police are to decide which laws to enforce and which to ignore, then why have a legislature?

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