Senators need to remember perjury standardOn Nov. 3, 1989...

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January 17, 1999

Senators need to remember perjury standard

On Nov. 3, 1989, the U.S. Senate, sitting as a Court of Impeachment, voted 89-8 to convict and remove from office Judge Walter L. Nixon Jr. He was found guilty of "knowingly and contrary to his oath to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, make a false statement" in grand jury testimony.

Our senators, Barbara A. Mikulski and Paul S. Sarbanes, were among those to vote to convict. If the allegations against the president of the United States are found to be true, Ms. Mikulski and Mr. Sarbanes, along with 25 other Democratic senators, have no choice but to convict him and remove him from office.

Has perjury changed that much in 10 years? If perjury reached the level of removal from office for Judge Nixon, the same must be true for President Clinton. A vote against removal would imply a different set of standards for the president. The people of Maryland need to remind our senators that the standard that was upheld in 1989 needs to be upheld today.

Helene T. Vidal, Sykesville

Warming theory, weather disagree

I am neither a climatologist nor a meteorologist. However, I worked as a mathematician/computer specialist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for nearly 14 years, specializing in research of the earth sciences.

Over the past several weeks, we have seen record and near-record cold temperatures in the Midwest, extending into New England and the South. In addition, these low temperatures have been accompanied by record and near-record snowfalls in Chicago and Buffalo, N.Y.

Add to this that in the 1970s a number of climatologists, in observing a cooling trend of our planet, predicted the possible onset of another Ice Age, possibly within 10,000 years.

In addition, a casual reader of our local newspapers can notice on numerous occasions in the weather forecast for the Baltimore-Washington area, the record high temperature for that date was set in the 1870s to 1890s. Also the reader may observe that for the same area, the record low temperature was set in the 1970s to 1990s.

Would the climatologists and meteorologists out there please tell me, again, about the global warming theory?

Charles K. Sheets, Westminster

President's on trial while suspects go free

Hear ye, hear ye

Can this be?

Impeachment of the president,

But suspected murderers in Baltimore set free?

No trial there can be for these three.

There was no time you see,

Or courtroom free.

Mr. Starr and team of lawyers by degree,

Spent several years for a decree.

Liar, Liar pants on fire, Mr. President,

For this we will convict thee?

The House of Representatives said, "No more, Billy,"

Off to the Senate to see what will be, will be.

American people say enough already; anymore is just silly,

Congress never understood why we voted for Billy.

We knew his faults, but they are similar to most politically.

Our hope was for all to work together for the good of the country.

Instead, Congress let us down by fooling around deliberately.

We the people believe the president tried to be politically friendly.

Congress, blinded by power, could not see

The world watching our decline pathetically.

The American heart crying, "Leaders, now we want none of thee."

D. J. Weber-Paisie, Mount Airy

Articles on temple highlight diversity

Your positive coverage of the new Hindu temple in Westminster (Dec. 13) is a testimony to the growth of multiculturalism as well as the success of immigrants from India in their adopted homeland.

After establishing themselves in America, the immigrants from India are making a commendable effort to retain their distinct ethnic, cultural and religious identity. These efforts are in no way counter to their integration into mainstream America, which is gradually changing from melting pot to mosaic, in which each color retains its individuality yet contributes to the luster of the whole.

The success of the immigrants from India gives a new dimension to the American success story in the 21st century. The culture of moving ahead yet retaining the basic values of identity and personal morality will be the strength of our nation.

Kaleem Kawaja, Ellicott City

Pub Date: 1/17/99

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