U.S. should help Haitians only with arms
The United States is not directly involved in Haiti. There is no common cultural link. Any link with that unfortunate country is with France.
The economy of Haiti does not affect the U.S. Nor does it provide a factor in national defense. We are not responsible for them.
That aside, what is happening within Haiti is a holocaust that we can not turn aside from.
It is happening and people are being murdered. It is a situation more like a gang war where one side has all the guns.
The answer is to provide the victims with means of defense for their families and homes. Help them to be fighters for freedom.
These people have more rights to our support of guns than the contras ever did.
Health care and risk
President Clinton campaigned on the theme of "change," while parading as a moderate.
Now he is pushing a socialist dialectic of change: by throwing away our national moral compass, core American values, overturning social standards and accommodating all lifestyles in the name of rights and freedom. This is organized irrationality.
Voters want Congress to become more conservative on issues of taxing and spending.
Universal health care without enormous tax increases and employer costs is a bare-faced lie (as my grandmother would say). The national debt is already out of sight.
Aggressive socialism seeks to redistribute wealth under the guise of equality, while destroying incentives to produce and compete.
Why should an inefficient federal bureaucracy control 14 percent of our gross domestic product? We want fiscal responsibility and a balanced federal budget, not a Clintonite welfare state.
Universal health care subsidizes irresponsible living. It means that all of us will pay for the rampant health problems of drug
addicts, prostitutes, the sexually promiscuous or perverted, etc. Because we are to recognize everyone as socially, culturally, religiously, sexually and morally equal to one another.
Isn't political correctness wonderful?
Constructive discrimination has been the norm in American society, but is now being changed by liberal judicial activism.
We make personal value judgments every day which affect our well-being. That is to say, certain social/moral behavior is wrong and unhealthy.
Some persons, in fact, do not deserve health care paid for by the rest of society.
Not giving health coverage because a person's general lifestyle or addiction puts them at significant risk? Yes, as a means of correction and control in a society that is self-destructing.
Thomas H. Mehnert
I was offended by the editorial cartoon caricature of the "religious right" July 16.
That cartoon in no way represents me or anyone I know who is a conservative, evangelical Christian.
I do not understand why we have become the only sub-group in American culture that it is OK to treat like this in the media.
Your paper would be in serious trouble, and rightly so, had you depicted women, homosexuals or a racial group in such a derogatory way.
We are often criticized for imposing our beliefs on others. Is this not exactly what any vocal sub-group does?
When other groups stand up for what they believe in, they are praised. When we do that, we are condemned or made fun of.
Certainly, any group has its extreme elements that embarrass the whole. I try to not judge the whole by this part, yet this is what you have done to us in your cartoon.
The fact that some have distorted the Gospel with hate does not take away my right to let my relationship with God color my beliefs and to stand up for what I believe in.
I believe that your paper owes those of us on the "religious right" an apology for misrepresenting us in this way.
Smoke in your eyes
It is encouraging that the workplace in Maryland will be smoke-free. It is not surprising that the tobacco industry has decided to file suit to block this action.
The tobacco industry is perhaps the biggest obstacle to sensible public health advances in this country.
Tobacco advocates tried to force their will upon the public in North Carolina by pushing a "smokers' rights" bill through the legislature. Even here, in tobacco country, it has backfired.
Local smoking ordinances and a growing demand for clean indoor air now blanket North Carolina. Even in Winston-Salem, the heart of tobacco country, community leaders have begun to confront this issue.
Maryland is simply on the cutting edge of a movement whose time has come.
Tobacco advocates lament the economic impact of such strict smoking regulations as those in the Maryland workplace and contend that separate sections for smokers are the answer.
Hanging "No Smoking" signs will be orders of magnitude cheaper than installing special ventilation systems and absorbing the additional energy costs that they would entail.
The people of Maryland should not worry about losing money from these smoking restrictions.
Instead, they should worry about what they will do with all of
their money saved from lower rates of lung cancer, heart disease, asthma and bronchitis, as well as less property damage from fires, cigarette butts ground into the carpets and tar coating the walls.
Once people get enough fresh air in their lungs to wash away the poisons, they will be unwilling to retreat to the days of the permeating stench of cigarette smoke.
Tobacco advocates want "peaceful coexistence." That might work -- outside.
Daniel J. Zaccaro
Ship needs sails
News that the city will help finance the rebuilding of the frigate Constellation is cause for celebration.
However, one hopes that the eventual reappearance of this centerpiece in the Inner Harbor will have her looking better than ever.
A way to accomplish this is to outfit the Constellation with a set of sails, such as those possessed by her sister ship in Boston harbor.
Though the sails may have to be forever furled, at least our sailing ship will then be adorned with one of its most distinguishing characteristics.
What a wonderful way to have her look even more like her former self.
Bennard B. Perlman
An appeal for help in son's murder
We are writing to ask the people of Baltimore for help. On Nov. 20, 1993, our dear son, Lawrence Jones Jr., was shot to death on a street in your city.
Larry was our only child; he was 24 years old. Larry had moved to Baltimore in order to pursue an advanced degree at Johns Hopkins University. He had been living in your city for only three ++ months before he was killed.
We cannot express to you in words the great sorrow and loss we feel. Our son was a wonderful young man, full of enthusiasm and with much to give to all of those he encountered.
Although it has been over eight months since Larry died, no one has been arrested for his murder. We are worried that this will become another unsolved crime.
I, Yong Jones (Larry's mother), am of Korean heritage. My culture believes that when someone dies as the result of a violent act, his soul wanders without rest until his killer is brought to justice.
It is very painful to think of my son's soul being without peace. I must find who committed this senseless and terrible crime, so that my son can be at rest.
We, Larry's parents, have posted a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of our son's killers.
We appeal to the citizens of Baltimore and especially to those living in the 1400 block of Bank Street and in the Perkins Project (Larry was killed on Bank Street between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. on Nov. 20) to help us to identify the two men responsible for our son's death.
We have lost our beloved son and our future grandchildren. Please help us to not lose faith in the goodness of people who are willing to help justice prevail.
If you have any knowledge or information concerning this case, please phone the Baltimore police homicide unit (276-8888). It is not necessary that you give your name. Please, please help us if you know anything about this case. Our sincere thanks for your assistance.
Lawrence Jones Sr.