Campaign finance letter had an errorIn my Aug. 10 letter...


August 29, 1996

Campaign finance letter had an error

In my Aug. 10 letter, ''Computerized files needed for election finance reporting," I sharply criticized a Sun editorial that recommended exponential increases in the frequency of required reports of campaign finance data by Maryland politicians and candidates while ignoring the need for a computerized database to realistically disclose information already being filed under existing requirements.

In my effort to point out what I felt to be The Sun editorial writer's mistake, I made one of my own. A big one.

I meant to write that, in my experience, regular-interval election-year and non-election-year reports (quarterly and year-end cumulative for most filers at the federal level) plus, in election years, pre-election and, where necessary, ''last-minute'' post card or electronic reports (of large, otherwise unreported contributions) were sufficient for campaign finance disclosure purposes.

Unfortunately, instead, what I wrote, erroneously and emphatically, was that pre-election reports (alone) are sufficient to inform the public of which individuals and interests have contributed to a candidate.

I hope The Sun will print this correction. Otherwise, I'm afraid my published letter serves as a source of serious misinformation on this important subject.

I apologize for my mistake.

rieda Campbell


Those predictable conservatives

The thing I like most about modern-day conservative columnists is that they are so monotonous and predictable. It should save me much time. Take Mona Charen. She describes a study that showed children's academic performance is directly related to the amount of interest parents show in their children's schoolwork (Aug. 21). Guess which group of like-minded fellow citizens is likely to find the study's results ''unsurprising`? You guessed it: conservatives! They know that stuff.

Because Ms. Charen is a conservative, she, apparently, was not surprised by the study's results. And, as a result, she, unlike liberals who presumably are too surprised to give any thought to the study's implications, finds the results a reminder that America's problems are ''moral, spiritual, and cultural.'' Any guess which group of like-minded citizens is responsible for America's moral, spiritual and cultural mess and which group stands poised to clean up the mess? Ms. Charen and friends stand poised. God bless America.

Michael D. Carlis


Crown discovery was blessed event

I commend and thank The Sun for its prominent coverage of the finding of the lovely crown of Our Lady of Fatima, which had been left in a safe deposit box for more than 25 years. It was discovered by the Rev. Casimir M. Peterson, now president of the Reparation Society, who found an old key with the records of the society.

Few, if any, of the current board or membership were even aware of this crown, but Father Peterson's persistence led him to the long-missing treasure. The desire to restore it to the statue of the Blessed Mother on the feast day of the Queenship of Mary left little time for preparing for the event, so your coverage was of great value. The packed church of the Immaculate Conception in Towson represented only a small portion of those who were delighted with this discovery.

The mystery of the crown's disappearance many years ago jTC remains unsolved, but to many Catholics, the beautiful and touching ceremony on Aug. 22 was a joy, especially in the present-day culture of materialism and selfishness.

Michael B. Sullivan


Pub Date: 8/29/96

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