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Feminist zeal marred decision

The lengthy story by Karen Hosler Sept. 10 regarding the Packwood resignation was a revelation of Sen. Barbara Mikulski's liberal and feminist views against what she calls the Senate's "prominent Ole Boys' Club."

Why, after three years on the Ethics Committee did she finally decide and boast of "firing" Sen. Bob Packwood? Who gave her such authority when she had only one vote on a committee of six?

I commend Sen. Mitch McConnell for his leadership and the dignified manner in which he discussed the committee's activities and findings -- no shouting, no gestures just gentlemanly civility.

My concern with the Packwood issue was that justice be served. However, as a professional businesswoman, I unequivocally resent both Sen. Barbara Boxer and Senator Mikulski's arrogant and offensive style of debate on the floor of the Senate.

The antics of Senator Boxer and the diatribe of Senator Mikulski embarrassed many women in Maryland and the rest of the country. Some of us can speak for ourselves and we have successfully handled unwanted sexual harassment.

It is really difficult to understand Senator Boxer's bulldog determination to punish Senator Packwood. Where is her concern for Jennifer Flowers and, especially, for Paula Jones who alleges far worse harassment from President Clinton?

Similarly, why don't she and Senator Mikulski look into Sen. Edward Kennedy's role in the Chappaquiddick tragedy?

In the Packwood case, the statute of limitations did not affect the outcome of the final results. He was forced to resign before his term expired.

There should be no temporary immunity for President Clinton during the term of his office. Of course, the difference might be that the president has a $2 million defense fund.

Louise P. Carty

Towson

Enforce existing laws and crime will drop

Recently the dominant media reluctantly reported on the amazing and significant 31 percent reduction of shootings and violent crime in the city of New York.

They offered as many different irrelevant explanations as there were "experts" to expound them. They just don't get it -- it's enforcement, stupid! New York is actively enforcing the existing laws across the board.

How? First, Commissioner William Bratton bravely removed policemen from the bloated, inverted pyramid of the administration staff and put them on the street where they belonged.

Then he had them stop, frisk and/or arrest those who ignored laws against public urination, subway turnstile jumping, spraying graffiti, aggressive panhandling, drunkenness, etc.

Suddenly the jeering, arrogant and aggressively lawless discovered that crime is no longer the best, most favored game in town. They found that carrying guns and drugs could be bad for their self-esteem -- especially if you were collared in a police headquarters trying to explain how the contraband was planted in your pocket.

Lastly, the revolving door of justice was tightened and they no longer laughed all the way from the courthouse.

Now, instead of listening to the self-serving babble of the politicians and media moguls over non-existent assault rifles, cop-killer bullets or more gun control, we can simply demand that existing laws now be enforced. It works.

Gun control and midnight basketball do not.

Donald K. Tag

Havre de Grace

Pray for reduction of farm subsidies

Farm subsidies started during the Depression era. Wheat subsidies place more costs on taxpayers rather than consumers. Cotton subsidies help growers at a high cost to the taxpayers.

The above programs result in the over-production of subsidized crops and discourages rotation that is necessary to preserve the soil. Uncle Sam makes big contributions to rice and peanut farmers.

Rep. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, has promised to reduce these wasteful contributions to these self-interest groups. Let's hope and pray that he shall keep his promise.

If the status quo continues, the fat cat landowners, who operate as corporations, will collect 68 percent of the benefits. We can't phase out the farm subsidies because the rich and powerful farm lobbies contribute huge contributions to the campaign chests of many congressmen. When gold argues the cause -- eloquence is important.

Joseph Lerner

Baltimore

Port of Baltimore growing, prospering

After reading the article on the Italian Consulate in Baltimore (Sept. 19), I couldn't help but think of the line first uttered by Mark Twain -- "Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated."

Contrary to the statements about "the once-great port," the Port of Baltimore is alive and well.

Through the hard work of everyone in Baltimore's maritime community, tremendous progress has been made.

In 1994, the Port of Baltimore handled 26.2 million tons of foreign commerce -- the port's best year since 1989.

And we are on track for an even better year in 1995.

While the maritime industry can't do anything about the tight finances and easier telecommunications that threaten consulates everywhere, we are committed to ensuring the world-class of Port of Baltimore continues to grow and prosper.

Tay Yoshitani

Baltimore

The writer is the executive director, Maryland Port Administration.

Congress all wet on wetlands

It's hard to believe, but the Senate has proposed to virtually eliminate wetlands protections. Wetlands that filter toxins out of our drinking water, help control floods and support the fishing industry are under attack in the proposed Wetlands Regulatory Reform Act.

It's even harder to believe that our senators would do this when more than half of America's original wetlands are gone. The Association of State Wetland Managers says this legislation would exclude 60 to 80 percent of our remaining wetlands from protection and allow them to be filled. That includes portions of the Everglades.

This is not reform. It is a recipe for destroying our nation's wetlands base.

The Senate bill will benefit big business, oil and gas developers and real estate tycoons while the neighbors of developers and agribusiness will suffer with flooded property and contaminated drinking water supplies (as wetlands destruction disrupts the natural filtration of surface water).

The tourism and seafood industries will suffer as wetlands losses disrupt oyster and shrimp bed habitats.

Helen T. Miles

Baltimore

Depends on who is in majority

With all due respect for the equality for all people, there is a phenomenon that seems to happen only in the world of politics.

The aphorism, "the majority is not always right" takes on a new twist when the minority becomes a majority. Then the minority is right, after all.

J. Michael Trepla

Baltimore

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