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Moving to riches

Our government gives housing subsidies to middle-class and rich people to move to the suburbs.

Why shouldn't it help poor people?

Vincent P. Quayle

Baltimore

The writer is director, St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center.

More complex

Michael Kernan's Sept. 2 "Forum" letter states that the reason for the nation's drug problem is that we have become a pill-popping society. He believes that people should be able to take the aches and pains of everyday life without popping a couple of Advils in their mouth.

Give me a break. This is not the reason the U.S. has been plagued with rampant drug use.

There are a multitude of reasons that this country has been invaded with drugs. Broken homes, children raised without parents, economic despair and hopelessness are just a few.

Michael Kernan writes that "we have become obsessively alert to the slightest twinge and tic in our bodies" and gives depression as one of his examples.

I doubt Mr. Kernan has ever known anyone with a serious depression problem, because if he did he would not be making these assumptions.

According to Mr. Kernan, if I take an over-the-counter drug for a back ache, I am contributing to the drug problem. I guess drug pushers can't compare with that kind of crime.

I hope that others will think before jumping onto a conclusion as to why thousands in this country are hooked on deadly drugs such as heroin and cocaine.

It's far more complex than taking Tylenol for a headache.

Seo Hee Ko

Ellicott City

Voter screening

Things to remember before voting: A Democrat may be more conservative than a Republican and a Republican more liberal than a Democrat.

Question each candidate on matters important to you and prevent him/her from becoming a one-issue candidate.

Otherwise, you may get plenty of what you don't want in legislation or lack thereof.

Emil Antos

Dundalk

Watching changes

I realize that there is global warming due to the depletion of the ozone layer. There's civil unrest in Cuba and Haiti.

But more important than these is ABC's last-minute move, placing "Home Improvement" opposite "Frazier." Combined with the major league baseball players' strike, it seems as if the big losers are we, the fans.

I can see the big picture. I can exist quite comfortably without baseball or both of these shows. But I really enjoy all three.

These examples are further proof that these organizations are motivated by two things: greed and winning. Nothing in between.

Both "Frazier" and "Home Improvement" are excellent shows. Can't the networks agree to allow America to watch their two favorite shows, or do we have to be the pawns again?

Now let's get local.

WBAL-TV is pre-empting five CBS shows until the station's switch to NBC in January. It says this was a local programming decision.

Now folks, isn't it bad enough we have to tolerate network counter-programming and now also endure counter-programming before the switch?

Craig Sullivan Sr.

Timonium

Too extreme

Why call yourself a discontented Democrat? Why not just have the guts to declare yourself a full-fledged Republican?

The economy is booming. Businesses are reaping tremendous profits. They haven't seen an upswing like this during the horrible Reagan-Bush "voodoo economics" years.

What does that tell you? The Republicans are slinging whatever lie they can (and usually do sling) to discredit all Democrats.

There is supposed to be an "anti-incumbent" fever. Well, does this fever only apply to Democrats who hold an office? Or should it also apply to Republicans?

Remember when voters in Baltimore County, mostly Democrats, couldn't wait to put in a Republican, Roger Hayden? Now, he's considered a dud. Where's the panacea? For the most part, voters are becoming too extreme in their judgment of office-holders. One person cannot change the world.

Answer me this: What exactly has President Clinton done that has had such a tremendous negative impact on our country? I can't think of anything. Republicans are just sore losers and won't be satisfied until they get a Republican back in the White House.

Walter R. Milanicz

Baltimore

Racism without apologies

What most people don't want to admit is that racism, like man, has evolved. It is no longer the boisterous, cross-burning, lynching institution of the past. It has changed into a quieter, yet equally devastating destructive force. Racism is no longer overt; it is covert.

I cannot say whether this is because people are being politically correct or they do not want to admit the ugliness or shallowness of their convictions.

What I can say is that Dundalk County Council candidate Louis L. DePazzo put a voice to sentiments and opinions that are widely held and that, in a scary way, proved the American way.

Mr. DePazzo -- ironically or moronically, depending on how you view his opinions -- demonstrated that America is truly the land of opportunity, because regardless how ignorant, small-minded, biased, racist, bigoted or asinine you are, you can aspire to greatness and inspire pettiness.

Sadly, the fact is that no matter how much other politicians condemned Mr. DePazzo's candor, not one stood against him.

And this is something we as black people are supposed to accept -- no apologies necessary.

This was not an issue of poor people. It was directed at poor blacks. Mr. DePazzo, with his blatant and overt racism, used Baltimore County Executive Roger Hayden's quiet and covert racism to stoke the fires of fear and prejudice.

You might say that DePazzo put the words to Hayden's song, and many people are dancing to that melody while others are tapping their toes. Whether you stand and shout or sit down and just hum along, it's still the same old song.

There is no doubt this was a racist attack. We know, but we are supposed to accept this reality -- no apologies necessary.

When Jesse Jackson made his comments about Jews, it was not accepted and he had to apologize. Jews refused to accept Louis Farrakhan's anti-Semitic comments, and all the black leaders rallied and apologized.

But when the Blaustein Foundation builds a museum with the White Tower as its main exhibit, nothing is said. A memorial to the White Tower -- the epitome of racism, segregation and prejudice -- is acceptable -- no apologies necessary.

Adding insult to injury, the exhibit will be housed in a predominantly black area, as a reminder of the pain and degradation of segregation. But we are supposed to accept this, no apologies needed.

Mr. DePazzo was shocking, but we have been covertly practicing racism and segregation throughout this city for years.

How many blacks would you find in the Union Avenue housing projects? How many whites would you find in the Bruce Street projects? Is this coincidence, or do we subconsciously -- and sometimes consciously -- group people in accordance to their race?

With so many programs, it's easy to structure and justify our racism and segregation. Many people, white and black, hoped that Moving to Opportunity would strike down this barrier by eliminating ignorance and prejudices through understanding and knowledge.

But Baltimore Mr. Hayden blocked the initiative without having the courage to say why or the strength to do what is right. Mr. DePazzo used fear and ignorance to . . . incite more hatred, more racism and more prejudice.

Meanwhile, the other politicians remain silent, and silence is taken as assent. Their inaction, too, only serves to stoke the flames and widen the gap between races.

But we are supposed to accept this as well -- no apologies necessary.

Maria C. Falade

Columbia

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