Give Bush credit: He won the Cold War
In a recent interview, Bill Clinton complained President Bush was acting like the "rooster who claimed the dawn for himself." Mr. Clinton said Mr. Bush was trying to take all the credit for the fall of the former Soviet Union and the re-unification of Germany.
But President Bush has never claimed that his actions and policy alone created the welcome changes that have occurred in Europe.
On the other hand, Bill Clinton was asked to serve his country on three different occasions, and in each instance he evaded the draft and let someone else take his place.
I say President Bush has the right to crow if he wants to. He has earned it by the contributions he has made toward winning the Cold War.
As the time approaches when Maryland voters will decide whether to keep the state law that legalizes most abortions, let's be honest about it. The issue is not abortion at all, but rank discrimination, clear and simple, against poor women.
There is not now (and never has been) any denial of abortion-rights to women with money. The Supreme Court has now reassured that right by affirming the legality of the Roe vs. Wade decision.
But, in permitting a state to apply whatever restrictions it wishes on the basic right, the court discriminates against women who cannot afford to lose time from work to travel and to wait.
Unless they risk death at the hands of accessible back-alley butchers, poor women are denied the fundamental right available to the well-to-do to go wherever they choose, at any cost, because they or their families can pay for safe, legal abortions.
Ability to pay might properly determine who can afford what commodity or luxury. It must not, however, decree which citizen is entitled to a basic human right.
The right to buy or not buy a VCR or a diamond ring is not the same as the right to refuse to bring into the world another unwanted child with no father, no family, no home, no education, no decent nutrition, no health care, no hope and no future.
Such discrimination is outlawed by the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution: "No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges . . . of citizens of the United States, nor shall any state . . . deny to any person . . . the equal protection of the laws."
Jack L. Levin
I was truly amazed at the comments by David R. Carlin, Jr. (Other Voices, Aug. 11.) Mr. Carlin claims the Democratic pro-choice position to be an exclusively pro-abortion position.
This man is a state senator (Rhode Island) and should know how to honestly present the facts. . . .
Let us state it clearly and simply: The position of the Democratic leadership is one of preserving for all women the right to choose whether or not to continue an unwanted pregnancy.
The position desired by Mr. Carlin would be to deny to all women the right to that choice. Mr. Carlin claims to respect diversity of opinion while at the same time condemning it in his own party. Acceptance of the concept of choice is acceptance of diversity of opinion.
I applaud the national Democratic leadership for its courage and understanding in taking this position. . . .
Col. Larry Tolliver ought to resign as superintendent of the Maryland State Police. It is simply amazing that, during his career as a state trooper, he never had anything happen to him until he was appointed as colonel.
His escapades read like a comic strip. The brave colonel should take his job seriously and quit trying to be a hero. Personally, I think he has been watching too much television or maybe he should have his own show: Tolliver the Supercop.
Frank W. Soltis
We should be extremely frightened that Maryland Shock Trauma Center Director Kimball I. Maull is now using the facility for non-life- threatening cases.
This could result in the exclusion of emergency service patients who have sustained truly life-threatening injuries.
Anne T. Freeman
Surviving on wits
Russell Baker's "A preacher Is lost," published on the Aug. 11 Other Voices page, says, "Seize every last sou our Milkens and Boeskys had and leave them to use their wits to survive."
These men, having shown the facility to outwit, should do prison time but not in luxury, as often is the case.
Let them do work on roads in insufferable summer heat, make license plates under boiler room conditions, scrub toilets, on and on.
Perhaps that would teach them more than, as Mr. Baker suggests, sentencing them to Yale Divinity School to study morality. For if they had one iota of morality in their systems, they never would have finagled as they did, and no one can force them to learn otherwise.
To a long list of architectural flaws at Oriole Park permit me to add one more: "in your face" railings that make watching the game like looking through the bars at the Maryland Penitentiary.
The day after a game, I read in your newspaper that Texas won 10-8 in an exciting finish. It was one of the best games I never saw.
If a ticket has "obstructed view" printed on it, let the buyer beware.
We were fascinated to read your account of Johns Hopkins' breakthrough on a "patch" remedy for male impotence ("Discovery may lead to treatment of male impotence," July 17). While we recognize the tragic implications of male impotence for both sexes, we wish to appeal to health professionals to redirect their research efforts as follows:
* Patches for Peace: Affixed to male politicians who favor bringing out the big guns. This patch would neutralize such urges, thereby saving the lives of U.S. forces as well as their adversaries abroad.
* Patches for Parity: To enable men to recognize the heretofore largely unrecognized contributions of "impotent" females, such as the sharing of financial responsibilities and the care of children.
* Patches for Paternity: Attached to a father to encourage him to take responsibility, both emotional and financial, for his legal offspring.
While we'd like to think that Hopkins has found a way for men to "function," we wonder if this particular function is just a "patch" on a garment we no longer care to wear.
JoAnn G. Mondowney
Mary E. Knauer
I always enjoy reading Kevin Cowherd's column, but in "Food is deadly, it's that simple" (Aug. 14) he really surpassed himself.
I cannot remember when I laughed so much. It was a true winner.
Please let him know how much I appreciate his great sense of humor. My daughter and I agree that just having his column to read is a real "upper." We just love him.
Constance M. Sloffer
The people in what was Yugoslavia endured for centuries under foreign domination.
Once independent, all were interested in Pan-Slavism. But that turned out to be a Greater Serbia, crushing the aspirations of large minorities. Only Tito was able to keep Serbs, Croats and Slovenes together.
With the crumbling of communism, ancient rivalries have again flared up with disastrous consequences for the people. There is evidence of concentration camps, "ethnic cleansing" and crimes against humanity. Civilized nations cannot, once again, allow such deplorable activities to continue.
Only three options are available: 1) allow the civil war to run its course, providing as much humanitarian aid as possible to the Bosnians and Croats; 2) assemble a multinational army to pacify the region; or 3) force all parties to the bargaining table to produce some sort of federation, or economic entity, that all can live with. The latter is the only reasonable course.
Slovenes and Croats are Roman Catholic, Serbs are Eastern Orthodox, and many Bosnians are Muslim, but all are Slavs and ethnically similar. Divided primarily by religion and two alphabets, they must be made to comprehend that they can live together harmoniously in a democracy which guarantees the rights of all. The western nations should take all steps necessary to force the parties to negotiate in good faith.
William C. Vergara