Has Schaefer's time as key player gone?I am puzzled as to...

SATURDAY MAIL BOX

July 18, 1998

Has Schaefer's time as key player gone?

I am puzzled as to the reason that former Gov. William Donald Schaefer thinks he has the business savvy needed to manage the state comptroller's office. Nothing in his elected life leads me to believe that he has the credentials to handle the job.

In fact, were this a position to be filled by a personnel director, I doubt that Mr. Schaefer's resume would pass the first round cut. But the state election laws do not list any qualifications outside of residency and age.

It is a pity that most voters will not have a chance to choose a comptroller based on a fair comparison of the candidate's financial competencies.

Like the late Louis L. Goldstein, Mr. Schaefer has a long history of service to the public, but his last two jobs were spotlight positions -- more like chief executive officer than chief financial officer.

Maryland needs a comptroller who understands the international marketplace, not Harborplace.

Lynda Gomeringer

Baltimore

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The "centerfold of the 1998 political season" hardly describes William Donald Schaefer's re-entry into the rarefied atmosphere of Maryland politics ("With Schaefer bid, all bets are off," July 10).

What this state needs more than ever is fresh thinking in Annapolis. Mr. Schaefer, while an eminent statesman, has had more than his share of time in public office in this state. Looking for salvation in icons may be comforting, but it is not the means by which we grow as a people.

As they say in the securities business, past performance does not indicate future results.

Frank O'Keefe

Baltimore

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Anyone who knows anything about city politics knows that former Gov. William Donald Schaefer would have nothing to do )) with Eileen Rehrmann after she hired Larry Gibson ("Tough Timing for Glendening," July 12). All the state needs is Mr. Gibson's influence in the governor's mansion.

Mr. Schaefer's candidacy gives him the perfect out for not campaigning for the governor. He will be too busy campaigning for himself. Talk about savvy, no one can hold a candle to him.

Antonia Villi Miner

Baltimore

Orange Order parade is meant to perpetuate conflict in N. Ireland

Growing up as a Protestant child in Northern Ireland, I used to look forward to the annual Orange marches as a free summer attraction, with their fife and drum bands, their fringed silk banners on poles as tall as buildings and their wooden triumphal arches painted with arcane symbols.

Boys at my boarding school used to tell stories after dark in the dorm, celebrating the Battle of the Boyne or the Apprentice Boys of Derry.

Now, as an expatriate living in Baltimore, I have become an agnostic, but I greatly appreciate the education both my children have received at Catholic schools. It is only looking back that I fully realize the pernicious influences I took for granted as a child.

My schoolmates' tales of Protestant heroism were mixed with scurrilous misinformation about Catholics, their domestic habits and their way of life -- prejudices that took me years (and the friendship of some wonderful people) to shake.

I recall returning home one July and seeing the arrogant strut of the Orangemen on parade as but another kind of goose-step, a clear flaunting of ethnic superiority.

I realized that those colorful symbols had only one purpose: to prolong the enmity between Protestant and Catholic in our strife-torn country.

If the banning of the Drumcree march has the effect that its leaders fear, that of putting an end to the Orange Order as a way of life, all I can say is that it is high time. Such organization has no place in a country whose citizens are desperately trying to seek peace.

Roger Brunyate

Baltimore

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It has often been stated that organized religions are a major cause of world problems.

We need only look at the current Irish impasse in Portadown to find a cause for agreement with this allegation.

What a wonderful Christian message could have been sent by the Irish to the rest of the world if true Christianity were being lived by those "followers of Christ."

Wouldn't it have been heartwarming to see those Catholic-Christians swallow their pride, turn the other cheek, and welcome with open arms their Protestant-Christian brothers, as difficult as that noble act would be?

Wouldn't it have been just as heartwarming to see those Orangemen, instead of marching with arrogance, rather walk up to their Christian brethren with open arms of love, just this one time, for the sake of peace?

It is obvious that Jesus' intended message did not get through to his followers. Almost from the beginning of Christianity, love took a back seat. The lessons that Christian leaders have taught emphasized the means by which they believed Christ's message should be followed, such as rules and regulations, church services on Sunday, the evil of sin and studying the Bible.

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