50 years later, Korean War prompts pain I applaud The...

LETTERS

June 25, 2000

50 years later, Korean War prompts pain

I applaud The Sun for doing a front-page article on the differing emotions felt by Koreans living in this country on the Korean summit ("Summit sparks pride, wariness," June 15).

However, I felt that one thing was left out: the opinions of the younger generation who truly care for their mother country, Korea.

I was simply so appalled at the fact that The Sun focused on three young students, who were apathetic to the whole summit, that it compelled me to write this letter.

I am very sure that they will be singing a different tune if the worst-case scenario was to play itself out -- maybe North Korean armor smashing across the demilitarized zone, or North Korean troops entering South Korea through underground tunnels or a missile attack on Seoul.

I was here born in Baltimore in 1981. I am proud to be an American citizen, yet I am proud of my Korean heritage.

I do have my differences with people who have recently immigrated to America, but I do not let that come in the way of respecting my culture.

Those three students did nothing more but spit not only on their own faces but also on the faces of all Koreans who were born after the war.

Today is the 50th anniversary of the fateful Sunday when the North Koreans deluged the South.

And now it is truly heartbreaking to know you have family ties to people who you don't know if they are alive or not -- in my case, it's my grandfather's family.

Jeffry Han Kang

Severn

Description of Texas and Florida was unfair

The Sun's editorial "The right choice on Colvin-el" (June 8) mentioned, "states such as Texas and Florida, where an assembly-line approach to executions has relegated criminal guilt or innocence to an incidental matter."

The governors of those two states -- who do not share The Sun's political persuasions -- would be surprised to read that defamatory statement.

In this one-paper town readers expect at least a modicum of fairness and credibility in matters political.

Virginia L. Bennett

Pasadena

Change comes to South County

The Sun's editorial, "No more pancake breakfasts" (June 13), was just right.

I have lived in South County for 15 years, and life is still good for me.

Sure, things change and I don't like some of the changes, but that may just be a function of the aging process.

Almost a hundred years ago, Anton Chekhov wrote a famous play, "The Cherry Orchard," about the difficulty of accepting change.

The play was about Russia. Yet when you hear the axes felling trees at the end of the play, that could be Deale.

Tom Gill

North Beach

A Republican president could do great harm

As Election Day nears, Americans had better start to get serious about the choice we have to make for president. There is much more at stake than choosing between a boring Democrat and a neophyte Republican.

The words and actions of the members of the Republican Congress, under Sen. Trent Lott and Rep. Tom DeLay, predict the world the Republicans would create.

Domestically, the rich would get richer with corporate America finally realizing the monopolistic and predatory business climate they have always yearned for. Choices would be eliminated and good-paying jobs jeopardized by off-shore competition.

Medical coverage would become more expensive and less encompassing. Social Security would be placed at risk to satisfy Wall Street's needs for additional commissions.

Religious tolerance would be greatly diminished.

Minorities would become second-class citizens. Abortions would return to the butchers in the back alleys.

The morality gestapo would run rampant through the streets, legislatures and courts.

The evangelical movement would attempt to create a Christian nation that would rival Iran and Afghanistan in intolerance.

America's freedom and greatness would be put to its greatest test.

Foreign policy would be fashioned by Sen. Jesse Helms -- and an embarrassment to us all.

Lack of respect for other sovereign nations would increase and only U.S.-inspired solutions respected. The "ugly American" would return.

Nuclear proliferation would return with unilateral installation of the unworkable missile shield. The United States would sit back as dictators slaughter and butcher their citizens.

The world would become a much more dangerous place.

Most Republicans live with a sense of both moral superiority and self-righteousness.

They are not shy in their attempts to control the lives of others through coercion and force.

Their ugliness has been revealed in one-sided laws, congressional witch-hunts and hate-filled diatribes.

Think hard before not participating in the upcoming election.

Alan McAllister

Severna Park

Will Sarbanes allow us to invest, too

It is nice to see that Sen. Paul S.Sarbanes, D. - Md., is investing in the stock market ("Sarbanes joins investment game," June 16).

Now, Mr. Sarbanes should vote to allow people to invest a portion of their Social Security money in the stock market as well, so that those less fortunate than him can also reap the benefits of the exploding economy.

Unfortunately, if his past voting record is any indication, he will vote against allowing the rest of us to invest in the market.

Mr. Sarbanes would then join a long list of politicians who are hypocrites in their public policy -- much like Vice President Al Gore and President Bill Clinton, who both sent their children to private schools, but have fallen to the pressures of the teachers unions and looked unfavorably upon any voucher programs that would allow poor children to also attend private schools.

Mr. Sarbanes practices the politics of "do as I say, not as I do."

Michael DeCicco

Severn

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