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THE BALTIMORE SUN

Language is the key to success

America does not have an official language. Still, if I were moving to, let us say, Japan, and I wished to find a job and obtain some level of comfort, success and independence, I would definitely make it a point to learn Japanese. If I did not, I would expect to be a failure, and would probably end up on the welfare rolls.

We see many Americans out of work or marooned as a part of generational welfare entrapment. Have you ever once seen any American of any race, creed, color or national origin, however, who could not be deemed a fairly successful person and did have a good grasp of the English language? The answer is no, you did not.

It is language, not race, that serves as the great barrier to societal assimilation in America.

What is most disturbing to me is to watch how so many groups seem so very insistent on not mastering the very key link that will unlock so many doors, preferring to blame racist conspiracies for all their problems.

Some say this hinders pursuit of their distinctive "culture," to which I answer: How could being literate in the language of your own nation be contrived to be a hinderance?

Better check on whoever is selling you that lie; they just might stand to profit more from your continued failure, rather than your success.

I do not deny the existence of racism. But it is a weak tyranny indeed that would allow so many success stories among minority group Americans, even in these troubled times.

More than any plot, there exists an almost obsessive need among certain groups not to learn and master their own language. This, ultimately, leads to semi- or complete illiteracy and hence, makes that person unemployable.

Kids, there's a new trick available in schools to help you obtain and earn a living. It's called learning the English language, which is your birth-right. Give it a try, today.

D. Morris

Baltimore

Lane insult

Mike Lane, in his usual attempt to discredit and debase the National Rifle Association, on April 16 was at least partly correct. Were it not for the rightfully armed citizens of Los Angeles (including hard pressed minority business owners), there would be no hope of personal protection.

The police department has become a group of ineffective scapegoats, while the media deifies the criminal element that plagues the city. Even now, the masters of sensationalism and managed information are seemingly trying to drum up another lawless riot.

Mr. Lane's depiction of NRA members as obese, unshaven gun bearers is an insulting and unearned slap. I am a grandfather many times over. I shave from time to time and am only a bit overweight. I work steadily and have done so for over 40 years.

Above all, I guard my right and that of other lawful persons to protect themselves with legal firearms. Nobody can depend on the pathetic excuses of our undermanned, overworked police department or the spotted, tawdry record of what passes for justice.

Even if Mr. Lane and others choose to ignore the Second Amendment, one thing is clear. Every citizen is allowed the right to pursue happiness. One cannot be happy or safe if not allowed to insure his or her own destiny against incursion by a brutal, uncontrolled and illegally armed criminal element.

The key remains the criminal -- not what they choose to arm themselves with in their pursuit of bloodthirsty happiness.

Ronald L. Dowling

Baltimore

Not tough

It is said you cannot always believe what you read in the papers. Good examples are the stories in The Evening Sun of convicted cop-killer Samuel Veney who "escaped" while on his 18th release for family leave.

I cannot believe it. He was sentenced to death, commuted to life, to work release and then family leave. I cannot believe this, either. How could this be, in a democratically controlled, one-party state, where everyone says he is tough on crime?

And the idea that victims "cannot" be told of pending releases is also unbelievable.

Did our governor or legislators learn anything from the Willie Horton incident? Apparently not. A recently passed law gives inmates up to 20 days off per month for good behavior.

Next time your representatives say they are tough on crime, don't you believe it!

Don Murphy

Catonsville

Comcast and HTS

The other evening while I was watching regular cable TV, my wife was observing the Orioles on Home Team Sports. By accident I switched my set to channel 7, and lo and behold I saw three innings of the game and the picture was perfect.

The next day I called Comcast and after 20 minutes of punching numbers and waiting I was able to talk to "Bill." He assured me that government regulations would not allow me to get HTS without the obsolete converter box on a second TV set.

As you know, many cable TV companies furnish HTS without any additional charge.

When I complained that it would also make my VCR taping procedure almost impossible (I tried it before), Bill said he would fax me the simple instructions. He never did.

My question is this, where are our county representatives that allow us to be overcharged, inconvenienced and disappointed?

Jay Thomas

Timonium

Never learn

The federal government blew it again. Didn't they learn the lesson from Jonestown and the Move cult in Philadelphia?

Also it's been said that in 1992 the federal government was warned about Mr. Koresh and the cult's suicide desires once they moved to the U.S.

Like Pearl Harbor, the U.S. was also warned of impending disaster and did nothing. I hope that if a letter comes to the State Department saying Russia or China is coming over the hill we will not ignore it, because if we do 86 people won't die, 200 million will.

Martin Josie

Baltimore

Not one penny for needles

Your report about the mayor's determination to give out free needles to dope addicts is very disturbing to me.

The City Council refused to give money for this misguided idea, and also the General Assembly did not see any justification to do so. Assistance is now sought at the federal level.

I agree with the city and state and do not want one penny of my very hard earned money which I have paid out in high taxes to be spent for programs aiding the criminal dope user.

Processing, selling, using dope is a criminal offense, and it should not be this city's task to aid dope users with their illegal acts. To my knowledge aiding criminals is against the law.

It is about time that the leaders of this city promote and defend decency, honesty and concern for the values of the decent citizens of this one-time wonderful city. The trend seems to be that if you don't like the first verdict, try again. It's the voice of the local citizens that should count, not that of an irrelevant federal bureaucracy.

Reinhard Nottrodt

Baltimore

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