Clinton cartoon viciously venomousI wish to express my...

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June 04, 1996

Clinton cartoon viciously venomous

I wish to express my abhorrence and revulsion at the venomous, vicious, tasteless and disgusting May 24 editorial page cartoon drawn by Mike Lane. I think it was an unwarranted insult to the position and person of the president and commander-in-chief, who has conducted himself admirably since taking office and whose character and past were judged and voted on in November 1992.

President Clinton is certainly subject to legitimate criticism of his administration and his decision-making. Indeed, your other political cartoonist, KAL, has often done so, albeit in a much more even-handed manner. However, the May 24 cartoon by Mr. Lane, in my opinion, was really over the line.

Herman I. Milovitz

Baltimore

Recovery starts with self-control

My sincerest sympathy is extended to the family of Theresa Richardson who lost four children in a tragic fire two years ago and now faces another loss due to terminal illness ("Dolls named for daughters help mother deal with loss," May 27).

It is difficult to imagine anything worse than having a child predecease a parent or a loved one diagnosed with cancer. Unfortunately, this heroin-addicted young lady needs more assistance than can be provided by dolls or a reverse sterilization/pregnancy (which she feels to be the answer to getting her life back on track).

Rather than faulting the city and state for "not providing adequate emotional, medical or financial care," mother and daughter need to assume control, deal with Ms. Richardson's addiction, enroll her in one of the city's job training and placement programs for welfare mothers and join in a support group for coping with both the loss of a child and terminal illness.

Only this way will this family reap any benefits -- the mother may find peace in her final days, knowing that her daughter is doing something worthwhile to provide for her future and the daughter will have a good foundation for regaining control of her life, with the added benefit of having less time to dwell on this tragedy.

Anne T. Freeman

Baltimore

Drug unit commended

In reference to the May 23 article, "State police I-95 drug unit found to search black motorists 4 times more than white," I find no wrongdoing by the state police.

The article states that of the African-Americans searched, 45 percent were found to be carrying drugs, while of the whites searched, only 25 percent were carrying drugs. This indicates that 55 percent of the blacks were inappropriately searched and nTC 75 percent of the whites were inappropriately searched. If any group has reason to complain, it is whites.

The state police should be commended. They have an amazingly high rate of stopping the correct people.

I don't necessarily agree that drivers should be stopped and searched just for driving through our state, but this may be the price we have to pay to get drugs off our streets.

Don't hamper an agency that is doing a good job just because a few individuals feel persecuted. Judge the program on its overall merits.

David Plaut

Reisterstown

Cannonball cops reminded of duty

Wouldn't it be nice if all the police working the Cannonball road race would work as hard on drug busts and other serious crimes?

Raymond L. Underwood

Cockeysville

Powerful picture of child's faith

The picture on your front page of your Sunday, May 12, issue was heart-wrenchingly powerful.

The obeisant attitude of that little bald boy in the baseball shirt, at the feet of the statue of Christ, was almost more than I could bear.

Jed Kirschbaum deserves some kind of award for that picture. It was worth more than a thousand words.

Dawn S. Jeffries

New Creek, W. Va.

Pub Date: 6/04/96

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