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We have no recourse once they're electedThe...

We have no recourse once they're elected

The freedom we have in our land allows what would not be tolerated in other countries. It also makes it possible to select periodically new leaders and survive those in office. This is why we don't have coups or violent overthrows of government. And yet, it is perplexing to me that candidates for office, once elected, have very little fear of being held accountable for their promises or demeanor.

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A real contract for America would be between the candidate and the people. It would clearly state the promises, in exchange for compensation of salary and benefits, that the candidate is contractually obligated to perform as well as those she or he will attempt to perform. It would state that the candidate would not engage in any unlawful, immoral or insider activities. It would subject the candidate to all of the laws governing the performance of a binding, legal contract.

This gives the constituents recourse for those promises made in order to be elected without any intent but for election. We have more legal remedies against used car salesmen than we do our elected officials. Until this type of commitment, the promises of candidates during an election year are meaningless.

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Dan Galluzzo

Jarrettsville

Germond & Witcover will eat their words

Can't wait to see the Nov. 6 Germond and Witcover column, when Dole wins and Republicans sweep the Congress.

They'll probably say, "See, we told you so."

Chavatel Jr.

Hunt Valley

Coed schools promote sexual misconduct

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The problems of teen-age pregnancy and sexual misconduct at the Naval Academy expose the fallacy of coeducation in our public schools and the military academies.

In school young people are thrown together during their vulnerable years, years which should be devoted to developing their minds. In the hallways and in the classrooms they have numerous opportunities to develop romantic attachments that lead inevitably to sexual situations before they have the maturity to consider the consequences of their actions.

Single gender schools may not eliminate teen-age pregnancy, but the students would be able to concentrate on their studies without being distracted by amorous encounters during school hours.

Frances Craig

Baltimore

Noise assault mars festival

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A celebration of the literary arts, as the Baltimore Book Festival describes itself, is a fine idea. What is not a fine idea is to provide every weird experimental vocal and instrumental group the opportunity to assault the ears of local residents at a level of sound that would be more appropriate for Camden Yards than that needed to accommodate the few dozens of people who show up to hear this stuff.

Add this cacophony to the sounds of sirens from ambulances and police cars, plus the horns of angered motorists trapped nightly in the traffic jam resulting from the closing of Charles Street and you have to wonder what all this aural garbage has to do with the literary arts.

Reading is done best in a quiet, tranquil place. Baltimore may be a city that reads. But it is also a city that screams. Ironically, it's hard to read with all that screaming going on.

Harry Gehlert

Baltimore

Baseball needs high-tech help

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We are approaching the 21st century aren't we?

Then why aren't we using the technology available today to prevent really bad umpire calls such as the one in Wednesday's Orioles-Yankees game? Why couldn't they just instant replay whenever there is any doubt?

Isn't it better to recognize that umpires are human and make mistakes and to utilize the technology available to insure that the decisions are the correct ones? To continue the old way of doing things is plain stupid and leads to such things as the entire Alomar incident and the really bad call on Wednesday.

If the Orioles win three games before the Yankees win four, then the Orioles would really have won the championship and gone onto the World Series. If the Yankees then go on to play and win the World Series, it would have been all due to this terrible call by the umpire.

We are sending a great message to our kids. "Win at any cost -- it doesn't matter if the better or most deserving team wins, just take the win and run."

Wake up America. This puts a sour note on the whole game.

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Allan Kaufman

Owings Mills

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I am not a baseball fan. Never have been, and recent events make me even more glad of that.

There's the Roberto Alomar incident. Not a bright spot in the game for sure but not all his fault either. More recently there is the fan interference in New York.

These two unrelated occurrences could have been avoided by the use of instant replay. As I understand it, the pitch to Alomar was about two miles outside of the strike zone. It was plain for all to see except for the man who was entrusted to make the call.

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Regarding the fan interference, everyone and his brother could see that the 12-year-old kid reached way over the wall to get that ball. Unfortunately, the man entrusted to make the crucial call was looking elsewhere because it is clear on the replay that there was interference.

After the game, the umpire himself agreed that there was interference, but his decision could not be reversed. None of The Sun's sports writers have given a reason, other than stating that the manager knew that he could not get a judgment call reversed. If that was the case, then why did Davey Johnson even bother getting up out of the dugout? He could have gotten thrown out of the game from his seat.

Why are there rules if the umpires fail to abide by them? While I'm on a roll here, why do managers and coaches wear uniforms anyway? Why are there pitchers who can only go for two innings a game, and why do fans consider .300 a really good batting average?

Give me a Star Trek rerun over a baseball game any day.

effrey Adamson

Baltimore

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After Wednesday night's Oriole-Yankee debacle, I justified my thoughts about umpires.

Long before the Alomar incident, I felt that it's just a matter of time before the umpires will be replaced by electronic technology.

The pitch to Alomar was clearly outside the zone as shown by the replay. John Hirschbeck missed the play and the ugliest of ugly ensued. Now comes the first game of the American League Championship Series.

Thousands of fans see the interference, but Rich Garcia, who is right on the play, misses the call. If it's human, there is room for error. Then there is also room for reversal.

The umpires' position to "never reverse a decision" is as archaic as Abner Doubleday's high-button shoes and as ancient as the reserve clause.

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Baseball is now a multi-million dollar business. Rules must move along as in any big business.

Bring in the high tech!

Joe Palmieri

Baltimore

Pub Date: 10/11/96


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