Mona Charen can't speak for all womenThank you, Mona...


September 30, 1996

Mona Charen can't speak for all women

Thank you, Mona Charen, for waking me from my dogmatic slumbers. I think I am fairly well educated and fairly well informed. And I thought, before reading her Sept. 23 column ("Women are more conservative than they think they are"), that I had become more liberal as my knowledge about ideas and legislation grew. But Ms. Charen has kindly shown me just how wrong I was. She tells me, ''The more women know about ideas and legislation, the more conservative they become.''

Well, there's nothing like a well-known, conservative female pundit to straighten out the thinking of us muddled female liberals. I am looking forward to Ms. Charen's future essays in which she will tell me what literature and music I like, and my taste in food and clothes. Perhaps she will even be so kind as to tell me what my religious beliefs are. I can hardly wait.

Lucille Coleman


No freebies to immigrants

Any Marylander who ever sponsored an immigrant has to be outraged and appalled at the governor's decision (The Sun, Sept. 17) to pay benefits to immigrants. That typical Glendening decision not only unwisely increases the costs of welfare to productive people but may be illegal.

In 1957, I sponsored my then-fiancee and her two children when they came to this country as quota immigrants. We were married four days after they arrived; the children are grown, productive citizens, and we are still married. Before they were allowed to immigrate, I had to sign a huge stack of papers in which I pledged my life, my fortune (such as it was) and my sacred honor that they would not become dependent on the state for support.

Why should we who have contributed tax dollars all our lives have to support people who are coming here looking for a free ride? Obviously we shouldn't, no matter what our do-good governor says.

Legal immigrants should have to make their own way or request voluntary deportation to their former homes. Illegal immigrants should be deported as soon as they are discovered. Neither should receive any support from the overburdened taxpayers.

Chuck Frainie


Personal gain in national politics

Dick Morris consorted with a woman who exchanged sex for money. Remind me, who was the prostitute?

I can only conclude that our national political arena is peopled by individuals who make expedient decisions based on the only two values they hold -- advancing their political careers and ensuring personal profit.

Thomas E. Dolan


Removed sign causes accident

On Saturday, Aug. 31, my husband totaled a new car and we spent all day in a hospital emergency room.

The reason? A stop sign was turned sideways at a street intersection so my husband did not see it.

Apparently, according to a statement from the police officers at the scene, children turn the stop signs around for kicks. Do they realize the trauma this causes people?

We are very fortunate that my husband was not killed. Being retired, we will now have to go into our savings to buy another car. We will be lucky if our insurance does not go up or get canceled.

Why doesn't the city cement the stop signs in the ground, if they are being turned around?

The police officer said the kids do it all the time. This is a disgrace.

Mary A. Tarr


Kane column generates dispute

There is no columnist I look forward to reading more than Gregory Kane. I enjoy his comments, and get fresh insights from his points of view on issues I find important and significant. However, I must strongly disagree with some of his published assertions on Sept. 22 ("Farrakhan is intolerant, but so are we, his critics").

Mr. Kane chides Jewish groups that attack the leadership of Nation of Islam head Louis Farrakhan in developing black self-reliance and family values. Mr. Kane thinks this Farrakhan ''quality'' is something to be admired.

I disagree. My dispute with this thinking is that although the goal is virtuous, the means are malicious if they can only be accomplished within the context of gratuitous religious enmity. It's for that reason that anything accomplished by Mr. Farrakhan's leadership is tainted and should be so recognized.

Then, Mr. Kane argues that we are as intolerant as Mr. Farrakhan because we have not gone into a public frenzy about rumors that the CIA introduced crack into Los Angeles slums to underwrite the contras; or that a former Mossad agent claims the Israelis tried to assassinate President Bush and murdered British media magnate Robert Maxwell.

I am surprised that a solid newsman like Mr. Kane has allowed his emotions to cloud his reason. The difference between Mr. Farrakhan's intolerance and the CIA/Mossad charges should be clear even to a first-year journalism student. Mr. Farrakhan stated his anti-Semitic views on numerous occasions in public forums, on the record for all to see and hear. His remarks were blatant and undisguised.

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