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Only Dole can save America

Your article "Dole attacks Hollywood over sex and violence" (June 1) reminded me that soon after President Reagan talked to the heads of Hollywood the violence quotient skyrocketed at least tenfold . . .

We need a fine man like Sen. Robert Dole to take his military background which he cherishes so understandably and see the U.S. through to the next millennium.

You get more respect by carrying a big stick than by spreading honey. And Mr. Dole knows well the only thing to fear is fear itself, so he'll surely engage the enemy wherever and whenever.

I sicken at the thought of this new, '90s-style Camelot getting another four years.

It is so namby-pamby about when to send in the troops, when to burn out a cult -- that took 51 days -- when to cut taxes. Such waffling should not be tolerated.

I trust Senator Dole. He's the man to save America from enemies within and without.

The Ronald Reagan experience should have taught us that the Republicans are reviled by the godless Hollywoodians.

After his speech and meetings with the upper echelons of Hollywood, it began to crank out a new generation of violence.

I'm amazed that President Reagan was able to get anything accomplished, considering Hollywood's concerted, well-organized opposition. That also explains why President Clinton has had free rein in all that he does.

It's as if a secret cabal has put the U.S. under siege. If anyone can free hostage America, Senator Dole can.

Bruce Krieger


Listen to the rest

Recently, California Gov. Pete Wilson moved to scale back affirmative action programs. Among other things, he moved to ++ reduce the 10 to 20 percent of its contracts that the California Department of Transportation sets aside for companies owned by minorities and women.

"Granting preferential treatment to one individual on the basis of race or gender, at the expense of another, is not only fundamentally unfair, it stigmatizes the achievements of those it was intended to help," said Mr. Wilson.

While the state of California and most of the rest of the nation is taking a hard look at affirmative action and, indeed, considering rescinding such programs, Maryland has moved in exactly the ** opposite direction.

The Glendening administration has increased from 10 to 14 percent the set-aside goal for minorities and women.

The Glendening proposal runs exactly opposite of the general leanings of the country as a whole as well as a substantial proportion of the people in Maryland.

Gov. Parris N. Glendening was elected because three subdivisions in the state of Maryland gave him overwhelming majorities. It is time that Maryland's governor started listening to the rest of Maryland.

Michael J. Davis


Democracy works

It would seem appropriate to acknowledge two superb examples that show our American democratic system works.

Our last congressional election proved we have no need to amend our Constitution to include term limits. All that is necessary is for an intelligent electorate to exercise its franchise and vote its conscience, rather than allowing its votes to be influenced by some lobby. This should be an excellent example for those who use the lame excuse that one vote won't matter.

Professional sports is a multi-billion-dollar industry, which should a contributor to the public treasury instead of a parasite on the taxpayer.

If the fans across the country who have demonstrated their ire by not attending the games continue to do so, then possibly professional sports will be more equitably restructured so it doesn't create greedy multi-millionaires who have ruined our national pastime.

Forrest Gesswein Jr.


Subsidized golf?

Are two new golf courses really the best uses for Baltimore County land and economic resources?

The county park system has too few places for picnics and to boat or canoe. Yet hundreds of acres are taken out of the taxable base and given over for use by a relative few.

On the same land there could be dozens more tennis or basketball courts that would serve many more people. Can greens fees really begin to make up for lost taxes and maintenance?

They bring in money, but it is local money that would be spent locally anyway.

Are these golf courses really paying for themselves, or are non-golfers subsidizing the pursuit of the white ball?



Flag Day symbolizes nation's historic mission

On June 14 Americans will be celebrating Flag Day with parades, pageantry, speeches, poems and other festivities.

The American flag is the symbol of our nation and the loyalty and dedication we owe it.

Our flag has a glorious history. Before independence in 1776, the colonies used numerous flags, including the familiar design of the southern colonies that portrayed a rattlesnake over the motto, "Don't Tread On Me."

Another colonial symbol was the pine tree, which symbolized the courage and strength of the New England colonies.

The pre-independence-era continental colors had 13 alternating red and white stripes, with the British flag in the upper left corner. It symbolized the colonies' status as possessions of Great Britain.

After independence, the Continental Congress did not want the British flag to be part of the American flag. Thus on June 14, 1777, the Congress declared the United States flag should have 13 red and white stripes and 13 stars "representing a new constellation."

By tradition, a Philadelphia seamstress named Betsy Ross helped design this flag and made the first one. The story is probably apocryphal, although Ross certainly made other flags.

When Vermont and Kentucky joined the union in the 1790s, two additional stars and stripes were added. But it became clear that adding a stripe every time a state entered the union would become unworkable.

So in 1818 Congress passed a resolution stating that the number of stripes would remain 13 and that only a star would be added for each new state.

Flag Day should be more than the sum of its history, however. Flag Day should remind us of the importance of working toward an understanding and appreciation of all Americans.

The flag is a symbol of our commitment that all Americans have a right to be treated equally under the law. Flag Day should be a time of reflection and an occasion for all Americans to unite in working to bring our nation closer together.

ohn A. Micklos


The writer is a history teacher at Perry Hall High School and serves on the War Memorial Commission for the state of Maryland.

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