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LETTERS

July 23, 1996

World action needed on slavery in Sudan

The Sun published (June 16-18) a three-part series, ''Witness to Slavery,'' reporting the experiences of two reporters and their documenting the existence of slavery in the Sudan.

This series of articles highlighted for me an outrageous condition in the Sudan that evidently has been often reported by the United Nations, the U.S. Department of State and human rights organizations of slavery in Sudan and Mauritania.

As a descendant of a once-enslaved people in the United States, and having information about this unspeakable treatment of Africans by Africans, of humans by humans, I lift my voice in outrage against slavery in the Republic of Sudan and wherever else in Africa it is found.

I call upon President Clinton and members of Maryland's congressional delegation to address the issue of slavery in Sudan and to support the legislative initiative of the Congressional Black Caucus under the leadership of Representative Donald M. Payne (D- N.J.) to force the government of the Republic of Sudan to end chattel slavery in the Sudan.

Even as legislative proposals may be developing and debated in the U.S. Congress to address the issue, it seems to me that the Clinton administration could be taking some appropriate and effective actions to bring an end to chattel slavery in the Sudan. I strongly urge action on this issue by the Clinton administration.

Herbert H. Lindsey

Baltimore

Remember signs of discrimination

B.J. Small (July 7, "Discrimination without signs") is not the only one who remembers signs that said Jews were not allowed in certain places. As a child in the '40s, I saw a sign at Alpine Beach off Bayside Road in Anne Arundel County that said, ''Gentiles Only.'' I remember asking my parents what are ''Gentiles.''

Janet Paul

Pasadena

Kevorkian is no hero

I was angered and disgusted by your July 2 story on Dr. Jack Kevorkian.

This is not news. It is blatant propaganda, portraying the poor "doctor" as a persecuted martyr who is only "reducing suffering." Why doesn't he say what he is really doing: killing people, people who are weak, sick and emotionally fragile?

It is ironic that Kevorkian complained that Michigan courts were "worse than Nazi Germany." This is hardly the case. A notorious component within Nazism's organized adulation of "pagan youth" was called Unlebenswertige Leben, worship of the murder of "a life not worth living." This is clearly the belief Kevorkian is so relentlessly pursuing.

His deadly cause is helped by articles such as yours, and by appealing to our sympathy for the ailing and aged.

Jack Kevorkian is no hero. He is a murderer with a chilling and evil global agenda.

Jennifer T. Jeske

Baltimore

Quota pressures distort police work

Next time you're burglarized, mugged or shot, keep in mind that the Maryland State Police, county police forces and sheriff departments are all under orders to fill ''quotas'' for speeding tickets and, in particular, DUI.

Any honest (which is most of them) cop will confess to that, although their ''superiors'' don't wish the ''quota'' issue to become public.

It's a shame that we pay more to have ourselves over-policed, but thanks to Mothers Against Drunk Driving and other fanatic groups, we force our law enforcement people to spend too much time on quotas and not enough on crime. If you don't believe it, have two beers and drive with a burned-out turn signal or just barely touch the ''center line`.

With a lowered allowable blood alcohol level and the ''quota'' system, our law enforcement people are forced to ignore more serious crimes in favor of the ''statistics'' of quotas.

Next time you get a speeding ticket or, worse, DUI after two beers and the heinous crime of a burned-out tail light, realize that the fault lies not in our cops but in the administrators (and the system) who bow to the all-important quota.

James Durham

Church Hill

Don't compare HMOs to self-service gas

William L. Jews' recent article makes some interesting analogies between self-service gas, ATMs and HMOs. Unfortunately his comparisons are frequently simplistic and self-serving, and, at other times, plainly misrepresent the facts.

First, Mr. Jews' writes that "HMOs have mushroomed dramatically" because they ''deliver . . . high quality, effective care at an affordable cost.''

What he fails to note, or refuses to recognize, is that all too frequently employers only provide a choice among two or three HMOs due to their desire to reduce costs, which he cites as the reason for the development of HMOs. To imply the reverse, that HMOs have grown dramatically due to the care provided to their members, is disingenuous to say the least.

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