Joy of ReadingI cannot remember the last...


Joy of Reading

I cannot remember the last time the entire, whole, top-to-bottom, left-to-right, Opinion * Commentary page was such thoroughly good reading, as Sept. 28. All four pieces. Wow.

J. Powers challenged conventional thinking in delineating the successes of Europe's colonial enterprises, recommending the U.N. test a "benign . . . colonialism" in Haiti. Holy cow.

Barely recovered from that intellectual shock, I found myself yielding to D. Meadow's bold call to apply the same energy we manifest against unhealthy food and tobacco to the assaults on our culture by broadcast media. Yep.

Then there was the exquisite fictive piece by H. Chappell. And S. Sagner's thoughtful personal essay.

In all that joy of reading, nodding agreement, rethinking old positions, I pulled back abruptly from just a quarter-inch of a column.

Mr. Sagner, after having spent himself on wondering about white flight, recounted his revisiting the changed Baltimore sites of his growing up.

"The downtown Enoch Pratt Library," he wrote, "is shabby and unkempt." What? When? From what angle? Where exactly?

That one strange perception, perpendicular to the reality on Cathedral St., did not, however, diminish my pleasure in the op-ed page, from top to bottom, left to right. It still rates a wow!

Matthew-Daniel Stremba


Sauerbrey Policies

The Sun constantly lambastes Ellen Sauerbrey for her promise to reduce taxes if elected as the next governor. "It will not work," "services will suffer," "there are no specifics."

When will you learn that growth does not come from government, but rather from the private sector?

On rare occasions, you slip and report how well growth progressed during the '80s. Taxes were significantly reduced under President Reagan and the revenues doubled.

There was an incentive to do more when we could keep more . . .

Government need not spend more each year. The waste that is reported on a daily basis is mind-boggling. Food stamp fraud, Housing and Urban Development overpayments, a two-year backlog at Social Security to process claims are only a few. Tell me that a private company would tolerate that type of performance and remain in business.

We are tired of paying excessive taxes and seeing the money wasted. The choice for governor this time could not be more stark.

Do we want to elect a man who will continue to tax and spend, or do we want Ellen Sauerbrey, who has said that she will reduce taxes and place the state government in order?

I believe that The Sun desires to have Ellen Sauerbrey move to the center, knowing full well that the voters are fed up with the liberal mentality.

She is offering a true choice, rather than a choice between a liberal and another more liberal.

D. J. Myers


Confederate Flag

As commander of the Maryland Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, I want to unequivocally repudiate the racist misuse of the Confederate battle flag by Robert Fogle and his Ku Klux Klan associates in Frederick, as pictured in The Sun Sept. 11.

These people are a disgrace to the honorable flag of the Confederate soldier and have no claim whatsoever to it.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans is a patriotic and historic hereditary society made up of the descendants of the brave men who served in the armed forces of the Confederate States of America.

We are the only rightful inheritors of the Confederate battle flag. Our flag has absolutely nothing to do with the Klan or any other racist group that would wave it as a symbol of hatred in the faces of other Americans. We demand that such groups or FTC individuals stop this misuse of our flag immediately.

I only hope that when the Confederate flag is properly displayed on occasions such as our annual Lee/Jackson ceremony on Jan. 14, and at Loudon Park on Confederate Memorial Day, The Sun will make an equal effort to have a photographer present to photograph the Confederate flag and show the true meaning of the sacrifice of the Confederate soldier and the emblem under which he served.

G. Elliott Cummings


Clinton Apologist

I strongly disagree with Garry Wills' Sept. 20 column, "Clinton and the Crisis of Values."

According to Mr. Wills, the reason that President Clinton has such a low approval rating is that society is too stodgy (and perhaps not bright enough) to appreciate the values and vision of a young intellectual leader.

Mr. Wills argues that people are in a quandary about new ethical issues and are uncomfortable with today's openness and candor.

However, those who voted for President Clinton knew that he had possibly committed adultery and experimented with drugs and understood his position on a variety of complicated ethical matters, including gay rights and women's reproductive choice.

Following his election, Mr. Clinton's approval rating was greater than 70 percent. What is troubling the hearts and minds of voters now is his performance, plain and simple.

His abysmal handling of foreign affairs from Somalia to Bosnia has bruised and battered voter confidence and crushed those who desperately looked forward to new leadership.

To those who hoped for a middle-class tax cut comes an empty envelope, and universal health care, nothing but a headache.

It's time for apologists like Mr. Wills to let Mr. Clinton's record speak for itself.

Sarah McKechnie


Bashing Clinton

What is it with your two doomsday columnists, Germond & Witcover?

Apparently they hate our president, for whatever reason is unclear. You can't find one word in support or congratulatory about Bill Clinton in their column.

Yet, our president, inept or otherwise, is our president. The president's work is in our behalf, with good intentions. His success is our success and should be supported wholeheartedly.

To continually knock him or belittle his efforts instead of supporting him is to knock this great country and undermine our effect on the world. Yes, the world is our bailiwick, because any misery allowed to exist anywhere is to our detriment.

Hyman Blumenstock


A Sharper Image

The U.S. Postal Service is redesigning its logo. The cost of changing all of the uniforms, trucks and stationery is $1.2 billion. A billion dollars is a lot of stamps.

A different logo is not going to get mail to its destination any faster. This dumb idea does not get my stamp of approval.

Larry Johnston


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