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Bob Dole ready to promise anything

I watched the acceptance speeches of Bob Dole and his running mate Jack Kemp. I must say that Bob Dole is in the same arena of fantasy as the Grimms' fairy tales.

Candidate Dole offers to reduce the capital gains tax by 50 percent, knock 15 percent off the income taxes, grant a $500 deduction per child, increase the military budget, bring back the Star Wars fantasy, scare all foreign terrorists (he didn't mention our home-grown variety), decrease street crime (although he fought against increase in police funding), increase education levels by voucher gimmicks, completely change the IRS to suit his wealthy corporate backers and balance the budget by the year 2002.

What does this man have up his sleeve? He doesn't say how he's going to accomplish these sleight-of-hand number manipulations.

The GOP hasn't changed much. It still dwells in the Middle Ages both economically and socially as the Contract with America so clearly brings out. As for Bob Dole, he will promise anything to satisfy his enormous ambition.

Ernest M. Stolberg

Baltimore

Intolerance is a virtue

In a recent editorial you talked about the "intolerance" of the Republican Party regarding its rejection of abortion on demand.

I fail to see the relevance of this statement since the Democratic Party platform is intolerant of the right to life movement. How is it that the Republicans are labeled intolerant and the Democrats are not? Each has a position and defends it. Both are intolerant of the other's position.

Isn't that another name for the political process?

The bottom line is that intolerance is absolutely vital to any organized society. I would like to hope The Sun and its readers are intolerant of rape, incest, murder, child abuse, muggers, car jackers, spousal abuse, robbery, larcency, arson and the whole host of other anti-social acts.

Freedom of the press is guaranteed so the press can be intolerant of lies, distractions, half-truths, corruption and the threats to a true democracy. I hope the editorial board of The Sun is intolerant of such things while deeply committed to seeking the truth.

Paul H. Wragg

Baltimore

Treasure memories of Flight 800 victims

When TWA Flight 800 exploded that dreadful evening of July 17, 230 innocent men, women and children lost their lives. I lost a good and dear friend of mine for many years, Jamie Hurd. As I attempt to comprehend what absolute terror, grief and sheer disbelief the families of the victims are experiencing, I wonder to myself, could he really be gone?

At 29, Jamie was much too young for this fate. I had known Jamie since he was a junior and I a sophomore at Old Mill High School. Along with another mutually close friend who introduced us, Ken, we were an inseparable threesome who did everything together. Whether it was work, play a number of different sports or just hanging out, we did it together. Jamie's energy, sense of humor and love of sports bonded the three of us together well beyond high school.

For a spirit so full of life, it is hard to imagine Jamie not being around any more. The anger over how he died so senselessly will eat away at many of us who were close to him for a long time, but we must go on and treasure our memories of James Henry Hurd III and remember how lucky we were to have known him in his brief 29 years.

Tim Moran

Millersville

Armed guards are Olympic tradition

Armed guards at the Olympic games is not a modern phenomenon.

It was customary in ancient Greece to call a truce between warring city-states in honor of the Olympic games held every four years. Warfare would resume after the games were over. Thousands of people would travel long distances to cheer their favorite athletes.

However, during the Peloponnesian War between Sparta and Athens, the militaristic Spartans were banned by the authorities from competing in the games. The Spartans had broken the sacred truce by acts hostile to the Athenians.

Nevertheless, the Olympic games continued -- but under armed guard. The date was 420 B.C.

B. P. Fineberg

Baltimore

Senator Sarbanes and welfare reform

Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes voted against the welfare reform bill. Understandable.

You don't kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.

Philip Myers

St. Margaret'

Gregory Kane's prejudice has no justification

Columnist Gregory Kane's assertion (Aug. 14) that black-white marriages contribute to white supremacy lacks both a clear argument and convincing evidence, even for an opinion piece.

His position on the matter rests upon his self-described lack of "niceness," his distaste for "those who are intoxicated by racial harmony," and a reactionary response to Dinesh d'Souza's recent racist text and not-so-ancient racist state laws.

His logic mirrors that of the latter: Blacks should not lower themselves by becoming involved in an interracial relationship.

Now we all can recognize an interracial relationship that is built upon some form of pathology, but is it the case with all such relationships?

I think not. Ethnic pride (as opposed to racial pride) does not required a group to remain steadfastly committed to its own.

Moreover, individuals who are both well-adjusted and hTC self-confident in their various identities (ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, etc.) often find it enlightening to participate in various relationships.

And, if in doing so, what if they also find love, what of it?

Do they also sow the seeds of our racial extinction (as Kane asserts with his reference to the Sudan)?

Does it necessarily mean that we are disrespecting our respective "brotherhood"? No.

It just demonstrates that each individual relationship develops a significance of its own.

Mark Clarence Walker

Baltimore

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We have celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary. Apparently, our loving union of African, Caucasian, Hispanic and Jewish is Gregory Kane's worst nightmare. He cannot conceive that two people of different ethnic heritages can meet, love and form a happy, stable family.

In our home we act on our belief that all people should be judged by the content of their characters, not the color of their skins.

We are very glad that our daughter is only four years old and cannot read his attack on the lives of her parents and others who do not adhere to his brand of racial purity. His example is not the one that we want for her or any other child in Baltimore.

We can only hope that he did not cause too much pain for a child such as ours who was unfortunate enough to happen upon his words, or worse yet, lead another one to believe that hating other people because of their heritage is acceptable conduct.

There is no reason to mince words or pretend that Mr. Kane's vitriolic attack on interracial couples is part of the legitimate discourse on the racial strife plaguing this nation.

Maria and Michael Thompson

Baltimore

Pub Date: 8/21/96

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