Blaming Clinton for all our illsGregory D. Foster's...


April 17, 1996

Blaming Clinton for all our ills

Gregory D. Foster's hilarious, frothing-at-the-mouth attack on the very presence of Bill Clinton upon our planet (Perspective, April 7), harking back to his high school shortcomings with the DeMolay Society and finding him somehow to blame for Waco and no doubt for our terrible winter weather, reminds me of certain members of the Washington press corps (of which I was a member with the Washington Post for 23 years):

They are about the same age as Clinton, and their education and small-town background are similar -- and they just can't stand the idea that he got to be president, and they didn't.

It all reminds me of the attacks in the press over a century ago on Abraham Lincoln, with his high voice and his shawl, his country humor and his wartime measures, the suspension of habeas corpus and so on.

Michael Kernan


Freedom of speech heard in booing

I also attended the Orioles' Opening Day. I took pleasure in the reception President Clinton received.

It's not every day that one has the opportunity to express displeasure with the president's performance. Respect for the TTC office of the president or our form of government had nothing to do with my booing.

I equated the booing to a little harmless freedom of speech, which most likely would not change the president's views.

What bothered me was the lack of respect of people by not removing their hats during the National Anthem. That was truly a troubling sight.

Our leaders do need our support. Voting is the best way to control our government, but not the only way.

Citizens need to remind elected officials of how they are doing through communication (i.e., letter writing, telephone calls or booing).

David B. Wells


Springtime beauty at Sherwood Gardens

I read with interest Page Huidekoper Wilson's April 4 article on tulips and how they spread from Persia to the other parts of the world.

These days tulips are at home in our city as well. In the spring they grace the fronts of many homes and many public squares and parks. But nowhere else do they look more beautiful and more impressive than in Sherwood Gardens.

Growing tulips is the specialty for which Sherwood Gardens is known not only in our city but throughout the nation. Close to 80,000 tulips of every imaginable color and shape are planted there in 28 beds scattered in a broad expanse of six acres of lawn. There are Darwin, peony, lily, bunch and other types of flowering tulips here.

Their lemon, yellow, white, orange, deep red, lilac blue, black, violet and other colors make these gardens at the end of April and in early May a wonderland of color.

Since 1990, the list of tulip names here also has included a "Sherwood Gardens tulip." This soft, rose-colored variety with its creamy edge was developed in Holland and was named so by the Royal Bulb Growers Society of Holland. Quite an honor to Baltimore.

Located in the heart of Guilford and owned by the Guilford Association, Sherwood Gardens is open to the public around the year. In the spring when tulips are in bloom it is a must for a visitor who is looking for springtime beauty.

Wolodmyr C. Sushko


Product liability bill hurts innocent victims

Supported by your March 22 editorial, Congress is about to inflict a serious injustice on hard-working Americans and their families.

Newt Gingrich calls this bill product liability "'reform," but nothing could be further from the truth. If it becomes law, it will permit reckless corporations to get away with injuring and even killing innocent Americans while denying the victims of defective products access to the courts.

How do I know that? I learned to care a lot about the law because of tragedy in my life.

My husband Ron -- a plant safety engineer at Baltimore's AAI factory -- was killed there in 1989 when a piece of rented equipment went out of control, flinging his body in the air so that he crashed into a metal bar which crushed his chest and speared his heart.

The Maryland civil court jury hearing the case found the machine's manufacturer liable on all counts.

But if the product liability reform bill now under consideration in Congress had been law and the machine which killed my husband had been over 15 years old -- common for industrial and farm equipment -- the manufacturer would have been immune from liability and our family would have received no compensation.

Calling this product liability bill ''reform'' is like calling smoking cigarettes healthy exercise for the lungs. I hope The Sun will reconsider its position and support the veto promised by President Clinton.

Penny Tognocchi


Episcopal bishop's crime isn't heresy

The April 9 column by Charles Howard Lippy, ''Heretics and scapegoats,'' suffered from several misunderstandings, both particular and general.

Despite the pronouncements of the liberal elite that now controls the Episcopal Church, retired Bishop Walter Righter (who ordained a non-celibate male homosexual as a deacon in 1990) is not being tried for heresy.

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