Bring bipartisan end to national nightmare with Senate 0...


December 24, 1998

Bring bipartisan end to national nightmare with Senate 0) censure

Enough already. Without posturing or payback, piousness or partisanship, the Senate needs to bring this impeachment disaster to a swift end.

If punishment was wanted, the president's grievous personal and political losses -- not to mention his diminished place in history -- are enough. If condemnation was sought, the Republican House's articles of impeachment are enough. If a lesson on probity and truth-telling was needed, the publicity over and public preoccupation with the president's sorry affair are enough.

The resulting demeaning of two branches of government and the unhappy entanglement of the third, including the imminent assignment of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist to conduct a feared lengthy trial, are costs enough.

The U.S. Senate needs to reclaim the dignity of politics and display the statesmanship that through bipartisan censure can produce a fair and firm resolution without a paralyzing trial. This national nightmare must cease.

Stanley S. Herr


Thankful for the moralists who say enough abortion

Jack W. Germond and Jules Witcover, in their column "Livingston affairs -- enough already" (Dec. 21), chide the "substantial block of socially conservative voters, many of them fundamentalist Christians, who believe it is legitimate to measure political questions in terms of morality." The column refers to opposition to abortion rights as one example.

I assume this means the only proper measure of such questions should be whether they infringe on the rights of others and imply that unborn babies have no rights because they have no voice, just as young children, the extremely elderly and the mentally disabled have no voice.

I say thank God for the moralists who have the courage to say "enough already."

Gary S. Goshorn


More effective at lying than the president is

The fact that those sanctimonious Republican representatives who voted to impeach President Clinton supposedly voted their "consciences" proves that they are more effective at lying than he is.

Florence Smelkinson


Fifteen percent raises ominous sign for state

First, Gov. Parris N. Glendening pulled back from the accelerated tax rebate he touted before the November election. Then he proposed salary increases for two-thirds of his senior staff in excess of the established and recommended state guideline of 6 percent while other state employees average increases of only 3.5 percent.

Does anyone see a pattern building here in the early months after his re-election? I can only tremble at the thought of what other surprises may be in store for his Maryland constituency.

Fred Metschulat


Attack on Baltimore living was uneducated hyperbole

I hope everyone who read Anita Heygster's letter about crime in Baltimore City ("Baltimore must try New York approach to control crime," Dec. 19) also read Jacques Kelly's column the same day ("Acts of kindness, humor outweigh urban dangers"). He wrote from experience as a city dweller. Ms. Heygster's letter was an exercise in hyperbole.

The assertion that Baltimore is "a city of general civil disobedience, a kind of low-level riot that continues day after day" is asinine on its face. Sure, Baltimore has too much violent crime. I have been a victim of it. But it has never entered my head to flee to Pasadena or any other suburb, though I can well afford to.

I'm careful, but no more so walking around downtown or in Federal Hill than while contending with dim-witted motorists in the suburbs.

Ms. Heygster insults those of us who remain committed to urban living by declaring that we tolerate crime. We don't tolerate it any more than she does, but we don't exaggerate it beyond recognition, either. My wife feels perfectly safe walking alone from a neighbor's home late at night.

It's too bad Ms. Heygster didn't come to Federal Hill Park the evening after her letter was published. She would have found about 150 people, ranging in age from seven months to seven decades, singing Christmas carols at the annual lighting of our community tree. No shots were fired; no one was mugged.

Ms. Heygster's letter had an ugly undertone. Her description of most city dwellers as "residents who tolerate or cause the problems . . . who establish the values for the community" is especially offensive to the vast majority of city residents, who are as law-abiding as she is.

James S. Keat


Headline is disservice to BWI's terminal

Those of us who work at Baltimore-Washington International Airport were dismayed by the headline ("New BWI pier is a dud so far," Nov. 29), characterizing the year-old international pier.

The article to which the headline referred presented a balanced and fair assessment of the new pier and the efforts of the Maryland Aviation Administration to attract more international carriers. Reporter Robert Little noted correctly that it takes time for international air carriers to invest huge amounts of money on a new destination.

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