After political ruling on Blount's residency, Giuliani can...

Letters to the Editor

September 05, 1998

After political ruling on Blount's residency, Giuliani can run here

The Maryland Court of Appeals' ruling on state Sen. Clarence W. Blount reinforces voter disdain for politicians, lawyers and the political system they work hard to maintain.

While no serious, right-minded citizen would have a problem recognizing that Mr. Blount does not live in his district, apparently the system does.

The Court of Appeals judges, who are just lawyers in robes, raced to the side of the politically powerful and destroyed another pillar of integrity in our political system.

Mr. Blount, Maryland politics, the Democratic Party and the judicial system are all guilty, perpetuating this fraud on the citizens of this state.

Maybe Mayor Rudolph Giuliani of New York could buy a rundown tenement in Baltimore City, stay in it when the Yankees come to town and then run for mayor. I know he would make a better mayor than the one who is in office now.

With this unintelligible and indecent ruling, the courts and the political system would have to allow this. Or does this ruling only pertain to old Democratic political leaders?

Alan McAllister

Severna Park

High school's difficulties reflect on headquarters

Last year, the former principal of Northern High School, Alice Morgan Brown, was overwhelmed by problems and, eventually, was nailed to a cross of good intentions.

This year, things would be different. This year, order would replace chaos. This year, scheduling problems would be minimal.

The first day this year seemed to be a reflection of last year. Perhaps, the problem wasn't entirely the former principal's. Maybe mirrors should be placed in school headquarters.

McNair Taylor


Clinton must be punished to restore respect to system

Sixty percent of the American people believe President Clinton committed perjury or obstructed of justice. And yet the same population doesn't believe Mr. Clinton should resign or be impeached. Why?

One Democratic strategist suggested that the American people don't care about Mr. Clinton's sexual liaisons and therefore Congress should overlook the perjury and move on. I contend that the American people simply have no respect for the law because legal institutions aren't enforcing it.

It is the era of courtroom sensationalism, O.J. Simpson and the Menendez brothers. The American people are showing their lack of faith in the justice system. This is what the polls reflect.

If the president escapes punishment for lying under oath and possibly obstructing justice, the American people will continue to view American law as meaningless, and Americans will not respect its legal institutions nor its officials.

It is imperative for Mr. Clinton to resign or be impeached, not just as punishment for his crimes but to restore respect for the law.

David Pinder


Adultery is not a crime, and it shouldn't be

I was appalled that you would print the vile letter to the editor ("Commander in chief needs to pay price, too," Aug. 30) attacking President Clinton.

Having an affair may be a big deal to the writer's spouse, but it isn't illegal nor should it be.

The writer is right about one thing: Every member of the military who has lost his or her career for infidelity should indeed be reinstated and given full back pay. They actually deserve double their back pay for being victims of a puritanical witch-hunt.

As far as someone's morals making anyone sick, the writer has everything backward. What is sickening are the disgusting, twisted Republicans who stick their noses into other people's personal business.

If the letter writer wants to get upset over something, I suggest reading your Perspective section article "The fresh dope on CIA-drug link" (Aug. 30). Smuggling hard drugs into minority communities to support death squads in Central America is a real crime.

William Smith


Freud was not original or empirical with theories

Franklin T. Evans, M.D. writes in his letter to the editor (Aug. 29) that "The fact that we have progressed in understanding since Freud . . . has not undermined Freud's essential notions of the dynamic, irrational and largely unconscious basis of behavior."

As examples of others who recognize the unconscious basis of behavior, he cites great writers, including Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, and Kierkegaard.

Dr. Evans fails to notice that these three writers preceded Freud and demonstrate that the notion of the unconscious basis of behavior is not originally Freud's. Any educated person today, not just Freudians, accepts the significance of unconscious motivations.

Freud's "signal discoveries," as Dr. Evans calls them, which he cites as including "the Oedipus complex, castration fear and penis envy," had no empirical basis and were offered with a "heads I win, tails you lose" argument.

That is, if you accept them they are right, and if you reject them you are resisting and they are right.

Henry Cohen


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