Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

January 26, 2004

Barbs at Bush miss the causes of nation's woes

The Sun's editorial "Two Americas" (Jan. 22) reads like something straight out of the Democratic National Committee's playbook. But let's go through some of the jabs on the issues raised in this piece.

Jobs: Yes, 2.4 million jobs have been "lost" during President Bush's term. The collapse of the high-tech bubble and the overall recession, both of which began before the president took office, the very costly hit the economy took from the Sept. 11, 2001, attack and lower-cost foreign labor all may have had something to do with this.

But despite these problems, unemployment never got much above 6 percent. And when did any president ever create a private sector job?

Wages: Wage growth has been a problem for more than a decade, primarily because of the lower cost of foreign labor. It has been exacerbated by the flight of higher-skilled, high-tech jobs overseas because employers cannot fill those positions from the uneducated labor pool we are producing in our failing school systems. Again, I don't think the president has much to do with this.

Health insurance: As a nation, we have to this point been unwilling to extend health insurance to all Americans. The national debate on this issue continues, and rightfully so. But skyrocketing health care costs make this noble goal problematic. And laying the problem at the administration's door is too simplistic.

Consumer debt: Yes, consumer debt is too high. What the heck does the government have to do with this?

Taxes: So the largest portion of the tax cuts went to the people who pay the largest portion of the taxes. That sounds like common sense to me.

To the extent that the president doesn't pander to the so-called underclass, this should be viewed as a positive thing. The Democrats throw our money at these constituencies with failed government programs in return for votes.

I'm not sure which side is more cynical. I do know we need to lower the level of heated, inaccurate rhetoric.

Maybe The Sun should think about this in fashioning its editorial stance.

Robert D. Moore

Cockeysville

Tax cuts benefit all, not just the wealthy

I take great issue with The Sun's suggestion that President Bush is responsible for the 2.4 million lost jobs since he took office ("Two Americas," editorial, Jan. 22).

Does The Sun even remember the impact that 9/11 had on the economy, or has it sadly forgotten that thousands of jobs were lost after this tragic aftermath?

The editors also need a remedial economics class and should realize that tax cuts helped all working Americans, not just the so-called rich.

The Sun also failed to mention that the economy rebounded and grew 8.2 percent during the third quarter of 2003. This was the best quarterly growth in 20 years, and much of it has been widely attributed to the latest round of tax cuts.

And a final note to the editors: Consumers, not Mr. Bush, are responsible for running up their personal debt to such high levels.

Michael P. Beczkowski

Baltimore

Windows' fate isn't what church is about

I read that the fate of the stained glass windows in the Basilica of the Assumption "still isn't clear" ("Fate of cathedral's stained glass still isn't clear," Jan. 19). And it struck me, as I read about whether these beautiful windows should go or stay, that within easy walking distance of the source of this controversy are homes whose windows are boarded up, where heat and electricity are cut off and candles are used for lighting.

Members of the church should fire the "preservationists," dust off their New Testaments and get on with the work Jesus laid out for all of us: caring for the least of His little ones.

Mary Frances Johnson

Parkville

Palestinian hatreds cause the killing

Yitzhak Frankenthal errs in attributing the 1994 Hamas kidnapping and murder of his son, a soldier in the Israeli army, to the "ongoing occupation" ("Israeli occupation stands in the way of Mideast reconciliation," Opinion * Commentary, Jan. 20).

Rather, responsibility for the death of his son, and the killing of 900 Israeli men, women and children since the collapse of the Oslo peace process, lies squarely with a Palestinian society that is not reconciled to the existence of Israel, a Palestinian leadership that supports and directs terrorism and a Palestinian culture that glorifies murder and hatred of Jews.

To the extent that the killers of Mr. Frankenthal's son and of so many others are motivated by despair, it is Palestinian despair in the failure of Israel to succumb to a campaign of rejection, hatred and terror waged by the Arab world that long predates Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza in 1967.

Jay Bernstein

Baltimore

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