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First, warn the Serbs, then act

While our president meanders on every important issue without any positive policies (except to get himself re-elected), the Serbs continue to pursue their aggression, imitating Hitler of the 1930s.

Let's stop talking. Here is a policy procedure that will end this war:

First, announce that we are preparing to arm the Bosnians.

Second, simultaneously, give the Serbs 30 days to withdraw completely from Bosnia.

At the same time we should issue an ultimatum to them to cease their seizures of U.N. troops, and their bombardment of civilians.

Third, we positively identify the consequences for them should they fail to heed this series of ultimatums. We will wipe Belgrade off the face of the European map, and accomplish this by pattern bombing with U.S. cruise missiles.

We will not need any troops on Yugoslav soil.

Let's get together with our Allies and save Europe from World War III. Any do-gooders or posing Christians who do not like this procedure may pray that the Serbs heed the warnings.

Caleb R. Kelly Jr.

Claiborne

Don't end it

Ending affirmative action is like having the well-trained athletes at a family baseball game ignore the earnest requests of their less capable cousins to play, too.

Although this exclusion may make the game more exciting for the athletes, it makes the family dysfunctional.

Of course, discrimination in America is worse than this analogy because our ancestors allowed only their beloved Caucasian sons to "play," and the impact is a dysfunctional society for generations to come.

L The family would be better off without the athletic cousins.

Everything I see and read tells me that discrimination still happens, that many in our society are excluded from the American dream.

I suspect that affirmative action could be improved, but to end it altogether would make our society more dysfunctional.

I have a daughter whom I dearly love. But I would be willing to lessen her chances to go to the best school or get the best job if it would make for a more healthy American society.

She and her children will benefit more from a more functional society that she would from a larger home or better paying job.

Robert Bloksberg-Fireovid

Towson

The principles of "civil rights," "equal rights" and "equal opportunity" are fundamentally right, and we must be ever vigilant to maintain those principles in the law, and, more importantly, in the spirit of the land.

"Affirmative action," seeking to remedy past injustice with new injustice, is fundamentally wrong and must be abolished.

Applying the principle of affirmative action to Rosa Parks would dictate that whites now must sit in the back of the bus.

Dave Reich

Timonium

Sex education

The House Appropriations Committee voted 28 to 25 to cut direct aid to family planning programs. All the Republican presidential candidates are in favor of cutting off cash payments to all mothers who are on welfare and continue to have more children.

Family planning and sex education are needed more now than ever before. Study after study shows that teen-agers today are having sex at an earlier and earlier age, and that teen-age pregnancies are well over a million a year.

Another study suggests that more than 75 percent of all pregnancies are unwanted or unplanned. Most of them are in the teen-age category.

So while most of the Republican presidential candidates keep preaching abstinence and a return to moral values, the problem keeps getting worse every year.

The only way this very serious problem will ever be solved is through family planning and sex education. Everything today revolves around education. Don't take that away from the people who need it the most.

Albert Antonelli

Baltimore

The Woodlawn tragedy

Your article following the tragic multiple fatality in Woodlawn quoted several law enforcement officials and their comments on driver behavior. The perceived reduction in respect for the road laws more than likely occurred around the time that law enforcement also lost "respect for the law".

When the decision was made to have the Maryland State Police participate in revenue collection rather than law enforcement, it turned them from protectors of the citizens of this state into violators of those citizens.

The unrealistically low speed limits set on many roads at the behest of insurance companies have offered an endless source of revenue for these greedy companies, as the "criminals" of the road are systematically raped by insurance rate increases mandated by the law makers, who eagerly look forward to their rich "commission" in the form of political donations around election time.

The continuing harassment of upright citizen going about their daily business in a safe manner brings disrespect and contempt not only for the perpetrators of these contemptuous acts, but for the law itself.

This country was founded on the freedom from oppression and it is a sad day when individuals sworn to "Serve and Protect" take on the role of the oppressor. Citizens doing their best to lead safe and productive lives should not be victimized by the insurance companies and revenue collectors which law enforcement has allowed itself to become today.

Ken Stranger

Bel Air

Like most in our community, I was deeply saddened by last week's tragic death of five family members at a bus stop in Woodlawn. Saddened, yes, but not surprised. For when we stop trembling from the shock of this senseless loss of life, we should begin to shake ourselves into constructive anger by action.

The underlying cause of this accident is far from unique -- someone driving a car was (allegedly) in a hurry, felt he owned the road, believed his actions were immune from consequence. What's the surprise here? That we routinely tolerate this irresponsibility on our roads? Shame on us!

I recently moved to "Charm City" and am constantly appalled at the overly aggressive and reckless behavior of drivers in Maryland. And I'm from New York City.

A particularly onerous and dangerous behavior is tailgating at high speeds. You know what I mean -- that tendency of some drivers to ride your bumper as if to push you along on the road because you aren't going quite as fast as they would like. I wonder how many moving violations are issued for that? I wonder how many traffic accidents are caused by it? There is a reason why auto insurance rates are so high here.

Why is this behavior so rampant? Why does it go unchecked and unpunished?

I suspect that for the authorities speeding, running red lights and stop signs are easily measured infractions, while "reckless driving" is not. As a society we have only recently cracked down on drunk drivers who pose a danger, but even then, a breathalyzer can objectively classify one as "intoxicated." But how do we measure and curtail "idiotic behavior?"

We all know what reckless driving is when we see it, but I would guess that the majority of tickets for "reckless driving" are issued to a driver for violations associated with an accident. Isn't that a little late? So why do we allow this dangerous behavior on our roads?

We need to recognize that driving a motor vehicle is a privilege, not a right. Regrettably, nothing can bring back the lives snuffed out in Woodlawn.

This incident will forever scar the survivors, their family and friends. If we are truly moved by the tragedy in Woodlawn this week, then let it galvanize us into action.

But what can we do?

We control our own driving practices. So next time you're in a rush or agitated when behind the wheel, remember Woodlawn. Call or write to the local and state police demanding a crackdown on reckless drivers. Tell them we won't have another Woodlawn!

Harriet Rubinson

Baltimore

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