Cash doesn't tip scales of justiceIn the article ''Can...

LETTERS

April 07, 1996

Cash doesn't tip scales of justice

In the article ''Can cash tip scales of justice?'' that appeared on the front page of the Perspective section March 24, there is an inaccuracy.

Yes, the Maryland State Bar Association opposes the judicial elections of circuit court judges. And one of the reasons for this opposition is the fact that, because of these elections, judges are forced to hit the campaign trail and seek contributions from attorneys who may appear before them.

However, when these judges are in the courtroom, they administer justice in a fair and impartial manner. There is no ''supposedly'' about it!

The impartiality of judges has never been an issue with respect to judicial elections, nor is it in question now.

What is questioned, however, by the Maryland State Bar Association and by The Sun in this article is the wisdom of continuing this requirement that circuit court judges must participate in contested elections.

The Maryland State Bar Association opposes judicial elections, and endorses the sitting judges across the state. These men and women are dedicated professionals who tackle lengthy court dockets and devote countless hours of public service to ensure equal justice for all Marylanders.

Janet Stidman Eveleth

Baltimore

The writer is director of communications for the Maryland State Bar Association.

The nation is not prepared

If English is going to be the official American language, perhaps we should be working on our grammar.

Evelyn Wiley

Annapolis

One sure way to avoid bad meat

Mad cow disease: yet another reason for us vegetarians to feel pleased with, perhaps even smug about, our choices.

Karen Guertler

Baltimore

Pressman kept city on its fiscal toes

For those of us who have been around the Baltimore scene for many years, there was always one thing that was guaranteed:

If Hyman Pressman was the comptroller of Baltimore City, everything was under control.

Never have we had a public official who has literally carried the city's reputation on his shoulders. He was the total embodiment of what society wants and needs in its government.

Integrity, practicality, resourcefulness, dedication and, last but not least, loyalty were his trademarks.

We always said that he was one in a million. Since his retirement several years ago the numbers are beginning to bear this out. Two down and counting.

Doug Rose

Ellicott City

Why NAACP attacked school segregation

The alarmingly uninformed March 6 column, by Gregory Kane, "Testosterone, not racism, is schools' main problem," quoted other uninformed sources who accused the NAACP of ''promoting the idea of black inferiority by supporting the notion that blacks could not be educated in separate schools.''

This is an offensive distortion of the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka case, and the extremely important issues which were involved.

In the late 1940s, the NAACP decided to focus all its resources on resolving all the blatant inequities of America's segregated school system by seeking a ruling in the courts that all segregated school systems were unconstitutional.

The Brown case was actually a group of five cases brought in Kansas, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Virginia and South Carolina which clearly demonstrated that black children were not receiving the ''separate but equal'' education due them as a result of the Supreme Court's Plessy v. Ferguson.

The justices in Plessy had negated the Fourteenth Amendment's guarantee of equal protection under the law for all citizens (ratified in 1868) by ruling that forced separation of the races was not a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment if ''separate but equal'' facilities were provided.

The series of cases Thurgood Marshall assembled forcefully demonstrated that America's segregated school systems did not provide ''equal'' educational opportunities for black children.

Mr. Marshall assembled the best legal minds associated with the NAACP and more than 75 black and white experts specializing in economics, history, psychology, sociology and education.

The results of tests devised by Dr. Kenneth B. Clark and his wife, Mamie Phipps Clark were extremely powerful in delineating the damage segregation inflicted on the minds of black children.

Prior to the Brown decision, black school children were denied books and other educational aids, forced to attend badly maintained schools, taught by underpaid teachers, and driven to school in dangerously neglected buses. ''Separate and unequal'' was the reality of the condition of black schools.

One of the cases was brought by Rev. Oliver Brown of Topeka, Kans., whose daughter Linda Brown was being forced to cross railroad tracks to catch a ramshackle bus to take her to a poorly equipped, badly maintained black school. The other cases involved other issues, but all sought the abolishment of government-enforced segregation in the schools.

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