Right-wing rule boosts peace for IsraelContrary to the...


June 12, 1996

Right-wing rule boosts peace for Israel

Contrary to the negative sentiments expressed about the prospects for peace in the Middle East since Benjamin Netanyahu won the recent Israeli election, I maintain that the cause of peace, in fact, has been advanced with the return of the Likud to power.

Let us remember that when right-winger Menachem Begin won the election in 1979, the press had a field day of predicting doom and gloom.

Yet, think back. As long as the Labor Party before him had run the government of Israel, no Arab country had seen the need to negotiate with Israel. They chose terrorism and repeated wars instead. It was only with the ascent to power of the right-wing Likud and Menachem Begin that the Arab world in general and Egypt in particular decided it was in their own interest to negotiate a peace.

To Likud's credit, Israel then returned all of Sinai along with the oil fields that had provided Israel with self-sufficiency.

History has demonstrated that a right-wing Israeli government does not preclude compromise. History has also demonstrated that an Arab administration is more inclined to negotiate seriously and in earnest with a strong Israel than with a weak one.

"Seriously and in earnest" will mean Yasser Arafat shutting down Hamas operations, ceasing his talk of holy war and liberating Palestine when addressing Arab audiences and living up to his other Oslo commitments.

Real peace has to be a two-way street. Perhaps that is what is at the root of the Arabs' concern -- that now with a strong Israeli government the peace process will have to be a two-way street.

Richard K. Shelter


Rich get richer, not the rest of us

Mike Lane's cartoon in the May 27 Sun, on the high cost of the ''maximum wage,'' was right on target. One is reminded of the ''games'' little siblings play when the older one is told to ''divide'' the candy or some other goody and the result is ''one for you and two for me."

Corporate greed being what it is, though, the divisional fraction is ''$4.25 an hour for you and $425 an hour for me,'' not counting country club membership, stock options, limo to and from work, bonus and other perks.

The cost of products to the consumer is blamed on labor costs -- whose labor?

Richard L. Lelonek


Barn swallows are welcome here

The June 3 article about barn swallows at Sherwood Crossing started my day off brightly.

We have been entertaining barn swallows in our garage for several years. True, we have to put tarps over the cars and do a major cleanup after they leave, but they are a joy to have around. We keep the garage door open most of the day and leave the window open sufficiently for them to get in and out when the door is closed.

I think the Sherwood people worry needlessly about being "attacked" by them. They are very friendly birds and often dive-bomb me while I am riding the lawn mower.

I do hope the law about disturbing the nests does not apply after the season is over. One summer the birds attempted to reuse their nests from the previous year. They flipped around the anchor wire upside down and dumped the eggs on the floor. Ever since we have destroyed the old nests at the end of the season.

Incidentally, do not worry about cats. When we had a cat, the swallows had her thoroughly intimidated.

Robert C. Tompkins


Professors shouldn't whine over salaries

All the whining of Baltimore County community college professors about being underpaid for summer school teaching actually makes me laugh. Let me set the record straight.

According to the latest figures from the American Association of University Professors, a professor at Essex Community College earns an average salary of $54,300 a year. Full-time faculty are required to work only 20 hours a week, and their work-year consists of two 15-week semesters.

In addition to that, the college pays 90 percent of their health insurance plus a hefty contribution to the pension plan. According to formula, professors who teach a three-credit course during a five-week summer session receive an additional $4,000.

Professors at Baltimore County community colleges are complaining about earning ''only'' $58,000 for working 35 of these 20-hour weeks a year? It is about time that these eggheads realized they are out of touch with the students and taxpayers who pay their salaries.

Edward G. Sherwin


Pub Date: 6/12/96

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