Health plan jeopardizes medical care
Kudos to Mike Royko for his Oct. 4 column regarding Hillary Clinton's health plan.
It amazes me that everyone does not see, or chooses to ignore, all of the negatives of the plan. The minimal benefits, however, received praise far and wide.
Just consider if you are a fly on the wall in a doctor's lounge or lunchroom over the past few weeks, you would have found that all the conversations about the plan are the same: emotions of fear, bewilderment and anger abound.
I know that many people feel that doctors are overpaid and that we are the only ones who will sacrifice with this plan. But, doctors know better.
When we are alone and no one else is listening and we have no reason to pull any punches, what we tell each other is no different than what we are telling everyone else.
Sure, we are concerned about our livelihoods. We have studied and worked hard for what we have.
But we are also certain that the plan jeopardizes the future of the best medical care delivery system in the world. The big benefit that has been touted of cost reductions will never materialize.
Above all, most of us in the "trenches" are frustrated. We know the truth and no one seems to be listening.
The American people have always trusted our health and lives, and the lives of our families, to doctors.
Are we now willing to allow slick-talking politicians to ruin yet another portion of what makes America great?
Neil M. Scheffler
At the Oct. 7 meeting of the Dundalk Revitalization Committee, the first topic of business was the understandable outrage of committee members regarding the editorial cartoon that appeared in The Evening Sun on Sept. 29.
This cartoon was intended to be funny but, in fact, was actually sad. It depicted what the artist believed the interior of a "Dundalk Democratic Club" would look like. It showed Delegate John Arnick sitting next to an enormously fat, tattooed, heavily made up, slovenly-looking woman who appeared enamored of Mr. Arnick.
With one fell swoop, the editorial board, in allowing this so-called cartoon to be printed, insulted the intelligence of the entire Dundalk area, populated with approximately 80,000 people.
In addition, the particular way in which the woman is presented in the cartoon represents a grave injustice to all women of the Dundalk area. This unfortunate misrepresentation slanders an entire group of hard-working, decent women simply because they happen to live in or near Dundalk.
I have lived in Dundalk my entire life. When I think of my average female neighbor, I think of either the many caring grandmothers around town or the legion of hard-working responsible women, some of whom are mothers juggling their exhausting schedules between work and taking care of their children.
Quite honestly, they do not deserve this capricious insult of the editorial board.
Why this depiction is so unfair is that it perpetuates a popular misconception about the inhabitants of Dundalk.
As it is, degrading Dundalk comments abound from seemingly otherwise well mannered people. This cartoon seemingly condones those feelings and opinions. It makes it OK to ridicule and belittle those of us who are from Dundalk.
As an attorney who frequently travels the state to attend hearings and trials, I frequently hear the comment, "You don't look like you're from Dundalk." Just what someone from Dundalk is supposed to look like, according to the newspaper, is evident in the cartoon.
In allowing the publication of this cartoon, the newspaper purposely degraded 80,000 citizens.
As a result, The Evening Sun owes the people, especially the women, in the community of Dundalk an apology and a guarantee that such irresponsible and damaging publications will not be allowed in the future.
William C. Batton
Congratulations to Ken Rosenthal. In attempting to criticize the "Bombers" name for Baltimore's prospective new football team, he succeeds in demeaning the efforts of both World War II veterans and all those involved in the defense industry charged with the responsibility of protecting our country.
He sarcastically remarks that "all Baltimore did was serve as headquarters for defense contractors that invented and built war planes," and follows with a derisive comment: "Makes your head swell with pride."
Well guess what? A lot of us are proud of the part our city and country played in winning World War II.
And since when did the words "defense contractor" and "war planes" become dirty words? I guess since you decided that in this era of "peace" we just don't need these terms anymore.
While the "Bombers" name may not be as "politically correct" as you would like, neither is it the war-mongering image that you have conjured up. As for the name itself, I think most of us could not care less. If Baltimore is fortunate enough to get a team, we'll support it regardless of the name.
But to make your point by implying that our past is less than honorable and that our veterans and defense workers are not worthy of recognition does a disservice to every American proud her past.
In self defense
Germond and Witcover, to no one's surprise, love the idea of a "sin tax" on guns and ammunition to help fund President Clinton's socialized medical insurance scheme. (The Evening Sun, Oct. 4.)
So now wanting to have the means of self-defense against the sociopaths who hold our society hostage makes me a sinner!
What will they think of next? Autos cause more deaths than guns. How about bathtubs, ladders etc.?
What? Those deaths are caused by people doing something wrong? What an interesting theory. Objects can't be blamed for the actions of people. Except that doesn't apply to guns.
I've seen figures ranging from 650,000 to 1 million crimes prevented each year by citizens using guns. Maybe the government should subsidize legitimate firearms owners. They seem to be doing a better job than the government in fighting crime.
But no, those intent on disarming honest citizens don't want to hear that. They raise one phony issue after another.
Remember the "Saturday night special"? Their elimination really helped, didn't it? Remember the "cop killer" bullets that never killed a policeman?
Now it's "assault" rifles that are the problem, though they are used in less than 1 percent of crimes involving firearms. And don't doubt for a moment that as soon as some nut uses a hunting rifle to knock off a few people, "sniper rifles" will be the next target of those who feel that Americans should not have the right to defend themselves.
When will people like Germond and Witcover realize that we can only solve the problem of violence by removing violent people from our streets, not by making ourselves helpless to defend ourselves against them.
Robert L. Dunker Jr.
Respect for life based on God's gift
"Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court, can save it."
Many years ago, one of our foremost federal judges said that. He was referring to the rise of the Nazis in Germany in the years prior to World War II, which sprang from a widespread lack of respect for life. We later called this a holocaust, because it led to the deaths of approximately 12.5 million Christians and Jews in Europe and sparked the most destructive war in history.
If liberty lies in the hearts of people, so also does respect for life, all life. When people no longer believe in God as creator and giver of life, they no longer believe in life as a gift from God, to be respected, nurtured and protected from the moment of conception until the moment of natural death.
The demise of this idea is, I believe, the root cause of all violence in our society: wars between nations, murders, rapes, robberies, arsons, and, yes, abortion, the death of innocent, unborn infants in the wombs of their mothers. It is the second holocaust.
Today, Judge Learned Hand might say it this way:
"Respect for life lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court, can save it."
The educational system's current "values training" in the schools has been a failure. It will continue to be ineffective because the idea of life as a gift from God, and therefore worthy of respect, is not included.
Peace will not come to American society until the concept of respect for all life has been restored in the minds and hearts of the people. Until then, abortion will remain legal, another holocaust.
Crime will remain rampant, criminals out of control. Fear will grow unabated; people will continue to be afraid to walk to the corner store or sit in their local parks in the evenings, and the authorities will continue, despite additional police, prisons, and judges, to be unable to restore order to our communities. Think about it.
Anthony J. Sacco