Our great president deserves gratitude, not this 0...

Letters to the Editor

August 09, 1998

Our great president deserves gratitude, not this 0) investigation

Regarding the President Clinton-Monica Lewinsky investigation, all I have to say is this: Are our lives better because of this man?

How can we be so ungrateful to a great president who has done so much for our lives economically and only has the failings that most of our presidents have had?

To put the president in the position where his private sex life was made into a public issue was ridiculous in the first place. If Hillary Rodham Clinton can put up with it, who are we to make something out of it?

We need to see this episode for what it is -- a thoughtless willingness to bring down a great president for a flaw, a technicality. Mr. Clinton did not lie about a matter of state; he was a married man denying he had an affair.

President Clinton deserves our support because most of us have prospered under his leadership. Please let's stop making a scapegoat of a gentle man who has been so good to us.

Roberta Ann Bottei

Old Forge, Pa.

When will the media let up and cease adding fuel to the fire by reporting every little incident faintly related to the president's alleged sexual actions? How many of our elite politicians could undergo the close scrutiny of their lives such as the president is undergoing?

This whole charade brings to mind the days of Joe McCarthy and the days of the Spanish Inquisition.

We are setting a precedent for all future presidential candidates. They will be expected to be perfect in every way. They cannot be human or have any frailties or faults.

Daniel J. Wilson

Leonardtown

Can't get enough of Cal Thomas columns

My husband and I want to thank you for carrying Cal Thomas' column. Would it be possible to read his words more frequently?

Carol Clough

Bel Air

Discrimination, injustice keep playing field uneven

This is in response to "White privilege is dead" (Aug. 2) by Michael Holden in the Perspective section.

Mr. Holden's cavalier remarks about "black privilege" should anger every black person trying to get ahead and every white person who knows that discrimination and injustices still exist.

He surmises that the playing field is now level and that we have done just about enough to further equality among the races. Anyone living in the real world (and not the "parallel universe" that Mr. Holden seems to think is the domain of caring, compassionate whites) knows that is not true.

I certainly do not propose that all whites should go on a guilt trip, but we should open our eyes to what is going on around us.

By lauding all the good things that us whites have done (and they were not always done out of compassion or caring for our fellow man) and criticizing the bits and pieces of so-called privileges gained by blacks, Mr. Holden loses sight of all those seemingly small inequities and injuries that still exist.

Until a black man can feel comfortable walking down the street or going into a store in a white area, or a black family can live peacefully and hassle-free with white neighbors, or until a black child can walk to school without his mother being afraid for that child's life, the playing field is far from level.

Janney Lee

Cockeysville

Not all views expressed were those of chancellor

In his column "Grading the university system," (July 29, Education Beat), Mike Bowler offers an assessment of the University System of Maryland on the occasion of our 10th anniversary.

I appreciate Mr. Bowler's attention to this important milestone. However, because of the format of the article, a number of readers have concluded that all of the views expressed therein are mine. They are not.

Mr. Bowler points out that he spoke with "several observers in and out of the system" and that he is presenting "consensus answers." I happen to agree with some of those consensus answers and disagree with others.

Many of the observations reported by Mr. Bowler, such as those regarding former College Park President William E. "Brit" Kirwan's departure or the views of Prince George's County politicians, did not result from his interview with me.

Instead, my comments focused primarily on the enormous progress made by every one of our 13 institutions and on the many benefits that have resulted from their coordination and collaboration under a single board of regents.

Donald N. Langenberg

Adelphi

The writer is chancellor of the University System of Maryland.

We would be lucky to have Schaefer's state know-how

Many people question the decision of William Donald Schaefer to come out of retirement and run for comptroller of Maryland. I would suggest that rather than question his decision, we examine what it can mean for us as citizens.

With the death of the beloved Louis Goldstein, our state suffered not only the loss of a great public servant but also an incredible institutional memory. So much public policy depends on knowing what has gone before and how it has worked out, who the players were in various endeavors and if ideas were tried, what effect they had.

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