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November 08, 1996

Campaign finance reform is needed now

Bill Clinton's pre-election plea for campaign finance reform was made shortly after attending a $50,000-a-plate fund-raiser given for him by a group of California businessmen.

It reminded me of Saint Augustine's prayer to God: ''Give me chastity and continence, but not just now." With a second term secured, perhaps the time is now.

Fred Gornick


Internet snooping informs government

I have read with interest several articles that talk about how law enforcement officials search Internet files to gather information to aid them in catching criminals.

I understand that 99 percent of data passed over the Internet are saved and made available to certain individuals or organizations.

Apparently, this has proved most valuable in law enforcement as well as marketing. If it is legal and ethical to handle personal e-mail correspondence this way, then why not have the postal services open and scan all mail into databases for similar use?

Isn't it the same thing? Does the phone company record phone conversations for use by others?

I think that we should employ all technology at our disposal to keep government and special interest groups informed on what the population is up to. There are larger things at stake here than personal privacy.

Jerry Wyfuss


Remembering a different Lopatka

Until the death of Sharon Lopatka, I didn't believe in split personalities. The articles I read in the papers and the stories I saw on TV were not about the Sharon Denburg I knew. Here was a girl with a bubbly personality who loved Israel, embraced Judaism and raved about her mother's potato latkes.

How could a girl like this have done those things? I truly believe another person or demon took over her body and soul.

When I recently saw Sharon at the mall we briefly talked, laughed and reminisced about the fun we shared working together 10 years ago. Departing, we exchanged the usual goodbyes: ''Keep in touch and give me a call.'' I am so sorry I didn't keep in touch or give her that call. Maybe I could have made a difference. Maybe not.

Selma Highkin


Rowan and Will should do lunch

After having just read columns by both George F. Will and Carl T. Rowan in the Oct. 28 Sun, I really must wonder if these two live in the same country and share the same reality. Do they read each other? Do they know each other? Do they ever sit down over something to drink and discuss life as they see it?

I first read Mr. Will, who said you can ''get off the plantation,'' as he quoted his latest anecdote about a black who made it and is a ''conservative," which is supposed to prove something, I guess. Right on the same Opinion Commentary page was Mr. Rowan quoting his anecdotal black as saying, ''The answer is for every black person to buy a gun.'' (The question being the possibility of a ''race war'' started by the various ''militias'' in this country.)

There is something wrong here.

Randall Miller


Halloween photo brightened day

What an absolute pleasure to open my Nov. 1 paper and see the Doug Kapustin photograph of Officers Sandy Butterfield and Carole Zissimos directing traffic while wearing funny Halloween disguises.

Of course, we have to be informed about all the troubles in the world and keep up with politics, but thanks to these ladies and The Sun we can delight in a sense of humor that makes life so enjoyable despite any problems.

Maureen L. Agro

Pasadena In response to Peter J. Riga's article (Opinion Commentary, Oct. 31, "All Hallows Evil, the festival of death"), he did not research as thoroughly as he might have.

Samhain, which is the predecessor of Halloween, is the Wiccan New Year -- originating much further back than Christianity can trace its roots. It is the feast of honoring the dead and rejoicing in new beginnings with celebration, dance and song. This was before Christianity assumed all the Wiccan holy days, demonizing some and incorporating others. . . .

Lilith Isis Campbell


Every year at this time I get frustrated reading laments about Halloween, such as Peter J. Riga's ''All Hallows Evil, the festival of death.'' He complains that we have distorted the meaning of an important, symbolic holiday.

However, I vividly recall that for at least the last 35 years or so Halloween has consistently been a fun occasion for kids and adults alike.

I suspect that it has been an opportunity for playing with images of monsters and ghouls for many decades before that.

When I was a kid, we knew what Halloween was for us -- a theme party shared by our neighborhood, the media and a chance to get lots of candy.

Granted, this is a leap from the origins of ''All Hallows Evil,'' but Mr. Riga's complaints are but another example of trying to be too politically correct.

When children (and adults) decide what they are going to be for Halloween, they are not scheming to taunt death or anything of the sort.

They are having fun. Loosen up and let people have a little fun.

David G. Epstein


Pub Date: 11/08/96

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