Saturday balloting would draw voters, judges to the...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

March 17, 2000

Saturday balloting would draw voters, judges to the polls

There is consternation about low voter turnout and the shortage of election judges in the Baltimore area ("Performing patriotic duty," March 8). But we could easily alleviate these problems by holding elections on Saturday instead of a weekday.

By holding an election on a work day, we severely reduce the time a working person has to et to the polls and vote.

Presently, he or she can either get there at 7 a.m. and hope their polling place is up and running (which can be a real concern in Baltimore) and then rush to get to work.

On the other hand, he or she can vote after getting off work at 5 or 6 p.m. -- when people are tired and hungry and face the prospect of standing in long lines behind other like-minded citizens.

Understandably, these scenarios discourage many people from exercising their right to vote.

Holding elections on a Saturday, when most people are off from work, would offer a full 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. window for people to go to the polls at their leisure.

Similarly, it would be easier to recruit election judges to work on Saturday.

Lots of able-bodied people,not just retirees with time on their hands, would volunteer to earn extra money on their day off. In the process, we would probably get better quality election judges.

John Fuller

Perry Hall

When November comes, GOP voters will turn out

Michael Olesker's recent column comparing the number of Democrats and Republicans who showed up to vote March 7 was wrong on many counts ("`Super' day sparks so-so enthusiasm with voters," "March 9). Here is what he missed:

First, Republicans have been voting in record numbers in almost all states. That bodes very well for Republicans nationally.

Second, nobody should use Maryland as a bellwether for national politics; it is much more liberal than the rest of the country. Rest assured, Gov. Parris N. Glendening will never be president.

Third, many Republicans, like me, didn't vote in the primary because we actually liked both Republican candidates. I actually didn't have a preference.

I will, however, show up in November to put an end to the corruption and sleaze of the Clinton/Gore administration.

Michael DeCicco

Baltimore

Super Tuesday results created a `Bleak Thursday'

If March 7 was "Super Tuesday," then March 9 was "Bleak Thursday."

Two politicians of courage, candor and substance -- John McCain and Bill Bradley -- admitted defeat by the entrenched powers of their respective political parties.

They provided a glimmer of hope that politics can evolve to a higher level.

Rignal W. Baldwin Jr.

Annapolis

Coverage of primaries revealed The Sun's bias

Anyone who had a scintilla of doubt about who The Sun will endorse for president in November need only to look at the March 8 edition, and all doubts will be eliminated.

On the front page a super-sized picture of Vice President Al Gore, while down in the right hand corner was a snapshot of Texas Gov. George W. Bush.

And the headline on Jack Germond's analysis of the race, "Victorious but scarred, Bush likely to face rejuvenated Gore," tells it all.

The Sun's editors have dropped all pretense of being objective in this race.

That's the price we pay for having only one newspaper in town, and a second-rate one at that.

Emil Elinsky

Phoenix

Trade with China subverts our ideals

I am against any moves toward permanent normal trade relations with China.

The Clinton administration is pushing hard for this, citing "strategic engagement" as a way to encourage democracy and openness for the people of China ("Relations with China in national interest," editorial, March 10).

I find this a weak rationalization that does not stand up to scrutiny.

The Chinese government has not shown any inclination to loosen its grip over its people.

Numerous reports of its spying, illegal arms trade and human rights abuses appear regularly in the papers.

And, if the administration argument is so strong, why isn't it applied to Cuba?

I urge Congress to resist any further concessions to China. We appear to be selling our souls for the promise of a fast buck.

Mel Barnhart

Randallstown

Bill takes `eminent domain' into domains it doesn't belong

The ends do not justify the means. I refer to the bill now before the state legislature that would grant to Baltimore County the right, under eminent domain, to acquire private property which would then be sold to private developers ("Baltimore County parties clash over revitalization proposal," March 9).

I am amazed that this matter has gotten this far without intense reaction and comment regarding the constitutionality of the proposed action.

The aims of the three projects covered by the proposed legislation may be very altruistic, but the bill's method of enacting them is extremely dangerous.

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