Can you imagine the nightly hysteria on your TV screen exhibited by Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings and McNeil-Lehrer if George Bush were president and Barbara Bush had spent six or seven months touring the country to develop a plan designed to wreck the best health care system in the world?
And suppose she had not even bothered to keep proper records of her activities, associates and deliberations.
Suppose that Bush or Reagan had sent American military men to their deaths in Somalia.
Where is the outrage and where are the demonstrators raging in the streets over troops to Mogadishu and troops to Haiti ordered by the most famous draft dodger and demonstration organizer of them all?
Where are the liberal congressmen and their screaming for "change?" Where?
Strain as I might, I cannot hear them. Can you?
C. R. Jones
The North American Free Trade Agreement is being presented to the House of Representatives in the next several days, with a vote due on November 17. It is not about jobs or free trade. It is the obvious attempt of self-serving globalists to initiate the inclusion of the United States into the new world order by superseding the Constitution and placing U.S. trade policies under the authority of an international panel.
U.S. representatives to this panel will be appointed by the president, with no congressional approval needed. The panel will owe its allegiance only to the international financiers and bankers who now control the presidency and most top government posts.
We must recognize NAFTA for what it is, the treasonous, premeditated destruction of the U.S. economy, the elimination of U.S. sovereignty and the entrance of the U.S. into this new world order.
Michael T. Dwyer Sr.
Money for Seymour
I just read your article "Access 'the world' via Seymour" (Nov. 1), about Maryland's state-organized computer network that allows residents to access the Internet. While in theory this sounds fantastic, your article also points out a major obstacle in this plan: How are people going to learn how to use this service?
At the University of Maryland at Baltimore, all students and faculty have access to the Internet, but apparently there is no one at their computer center who knows how to use it well enough to teach others.
Your article quotes a librarian hoping that "computer-savvy high-schoolers" will teach others; it should be common sense that if the state of Maryland is going to spend millions on establishing this system, it should earmark some of the money to hire qualified instructors -- not untrained volunteers.
Steven E. Caplan
Mike Littwin apparently is not content that he lives in a great city with many ethnic restaurants, bustling tourist attractions, bay crabs and major league baseball. He feels a need to belittle our New South metropolis and its successful National Football League bid (column, Oct. 29).
Oh, how the memory fades.
Mr. Littwin apparently doesn't remember the times, not so long ago, before Camden Yards and Harborplace and the National Aquarium began to distinguish Baltimore from Cleveland, back when Randy Newman wrote "Oh, Baltimore, it's hard just to live."
Yes, Charlotte is just another backwater "nice place to live," kind of like that sleepy Midwestern town where the beloved Colts now roam the Hoosierdome.
A town where the owner of Hardees and Denny's can bring us an NFL team, and a man called Humpy (Humpy Wheeler, owner of the Charlotte Motor Speedway) can bring to our doorstep a great football coach, Joe Gibbs. (But hey, maybe a man called Boogie will still bring you your NFL team).
Down here in Charlotte, with no undue excitement to distract us, we will continue to work hard and hope that some day our city will be deserving of having its name mentioned in the same breath with the great city of Baltimore.
Except, we'll try to hold on to our NFL and NBA teams in the process.
Gregory J. Ross
Victoria R. Ross
I know everybody has their own opinion but J. D. Considine's Oct. 24 article, "Overrated Rock," crossed the line when he picked apart all the great legends of rock'n roll.
He states that the Who, the Doors and Jefferson Airplane -- just to name a few -- are dated, quaint and cliched.
Most of this music is well over 20 years old, but I still hear it played on the radio every day of the week. I wonder why this old, musty and outdated music is still so popular today?
I shouldn't let his opinion bother me. Here is a man who wrote an article that made rap music sound like the best thing to come out since the electric guitar.
Anyone who could stand to listen to some of the rap music long enough to hear what the rappers are shoveling to the young people would know that killing policemen and degrading women doesn't even deserve to be called music.
My point is this: Will any of the rap music be played on the radio 20 years from now? I doubt it.
One last thing. Deep Purple never made a song called "Mad Woman From Tokyo." If J. D. Considine would have bothered to do a small amount of research, he would know that the song title is "My Woman From Tokyo." In the song, the line is repeated no less than a dozen times. Unlike rap, you can hear the words very clearly. Long live rock -- be it dead or alive.
Gordon T. Hall
In the Thanos case editorial (Oct. 27), The Sun's broken record is playing again, repeating over and over like an act of faith that there is no proof that the death penalty acts as a deterrent.
The question is, how can there be proof one way or the other since there hasn't been an execution in Maryland for 32 years?
More importantly, the answer is that the purpose of the penalty RTC to punish the criminal for committing a particularly heinous crime and not to serve as deterrent to others.
One thing, however, is obvious from the daily murder statistics. Murder and mayhem have increased beyond belief over the past 32 years by criminals who are certain that there is no capital punishment.
With the use of the death penalty at least one thing is undeniable. There will be no second, third or more crimes committed by John Thanos.
Peter J. Woytowitz