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Members of Congress show arrogance over strike on Iraq

As a British subject who became an American citizen some years ago and has lived in this country for the past 30 years, I find the attitudes of congressional representatives who are criticizing the strike on Iraq incredibly arrogant.

Do they feel that the UNSCOM, Britain, Canada, Germany and others had no input into this decision? Do they feel that nothing should happen in the rest of he world until they have completed the impeachment process?

I would suggest that many European countries find the whole impeachment process to be a hypocritical, self-centered exercise. No other country in the world could afford, or even think to spend $50 million to investigate an extramarital affair.

Partisan politics has resulted in governmental paralysis, which could continue for months to come. The United States is the leader of the world, and yet Congress is embroiled in a process that distracts attention from the really important global issues and makes us a laughingstock.

Elizabeth Ruff Sfekas


Send Americans a message that no one's above the law

It's a great day for America when we finally send a message to the American people that no one is above the law, not even the president of the United States.

Unfortunately, the president still has not admitted that he lied under oath. He keeps saying "I misled the American people in word and deed; I made a mistake." However, he purposely lied and even tried to get others to cover up for him, which is more than a mistake; it is a deliberate, premeditated act of deceit.

The president, more than anyone, should not violate our Constitution. More important, our Democratic leaders should not put their loyalty to President Clinton above their loyalty to our Constitution.

I am proud that the Republican leaders had the courage to defend our Constitution, despite the opposition from most of the president's lawyers and others.

Barbara Ann Bloom

Owings Mills

GOP will face people's fury over Clinton treatment

The partisan fools on the House Judiciary Committee should know that I and many other people with whom I have spoken are absolutely furious over the sham that the Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee has made of the Constitution and the rights and wishes of the people of the people it is designed to protect.

If I could have one wish, it would be to run these partisan politicians, espeically Judiciary Chairman Henry Hyde, out of this country.

The American people are not as naive as they may wish to believe, and any hopes the Republican Congress may have that this debacle will fade into our collective memories are built upon false hope and an offensive disregard for the people and their Constitution.

Patricia G. Frost

Perry Hall

Holiday should not matter if strike urgently needed

President Clinton's sensitivity to Islam compelled us not to strike Iraq during Ramadan, but his attack must offend Christians preparing to celebrate Christmas (and Republicans preparing to celebrate impeachment). Besides, how urgent can a war be if one has to plan it around the holidays?

Jerry Zavage


Towson 'kids' must live peacefully among adults

The article "Students, residents make for uneasy mix" (Dec. 7) made a necessary attempt at balance and fairness.

However, the article understated the plight of full-time Evesahm-Cedarcroft residents and the lack of consideration these so-called "good kids" from Towson University have for our neighborhood.

We, the full-time residents, have invested our hard-earned money in property in a quaint, peaceful neighborhood in Baltimore when so many city dwellers are fleeing to the quieter suburbs. We wish to support and continue living in the city, but we are profoundly disturbed and distraught because our neighborhood has been invaded by "kids" who have no idea how to live peacefully in an adult setting.

One student, Jeremy Loomis, referred to himself and his friends in the article as "good kids." Mr. Loomis is 22 years old. This is the crux of the problem. We insist that they have no business living in a grown-up community of professionals while they think of themselves as "kids."

Our complaints include students who consume large amounts of alcohol and urinate in public outside of our homes; walk among the five houses of friends and fraternity brothers in the early morning hours, using foul language and waking up residents who have to work early the next day; drive fast down narrow streets where families with small children live; and use my porch light for target practice.

We are a far cry from petty complainers who don't want "good kids" to have any fun. We want our peace and quiet, not to mention property values, back.

Joan M. Hurley


Nonpublic special ed costs are not always out of line

Your article on nonpublic special education placements ("Special ed costs exceed Harvard," Dec. 6) was particularly interesting to me as the director of a private school that was not considered by your reporters. It seems that the article involved two issues: the need for private placements and the cost.

The newspaper that day had an article on the difficulty of finding programs for children who have committed sex offenses or have severe emotional problems ("Hickey plan faces foes in community").

Children who receive an appropriate educational program are treated, saving taxpayers the high cost of incarceration and the high psychological cost of being victims of violent youth.

The article noted that the per-pupil cost of the public program at Sharp-Leadenhall Elementary is $22,000. Tuition at the private Harbour School, which serves children with disabilities and emotional problems, is $20,314 for elementary grades. Some private schools are very cost effective.

Linda J. Jacobs


The writer is director of the Harbour School.

Del. Getty's independence brightens reader's day

The Sun made my day, and that is pretty hard to do these days. Your article "Delegate defies party in pay spat" (Dec. 6) on State Del. Joseph M. Getty brought back my faith in my fellow man.

This article should be required reading for anyone beginning his or her political career. Better yet, Mr. Getty should instruct the newcomers and tell politicians to do the right thing, regardless of the consequences.

Most of our elected officials are concerned only with getting re-elected. I know one official who thinks no one should ever run against him. Most are always wondering if a decision will take them farther along in their political life.

I cannot think of a better man to run for governor of Maryland. This would be a refreshing change, a bit of fresh air from the old b'hoys we keep hearing about.

Dorothy S. McMann


Baltimore has grown numb to fatal teen shootings

The tragic murder of 14-year-old Markel Ward should spark outrage in every caring citizen ("Killing latest tragedy in area," Dec. 7). But in the words of Clarence Smith, a neighborhood flower shop owner, "People have just gotten used to it." It's true. It looks as if we have just gotten used to it.

It used to be that a crime such as this would draw some of outcry. But as these horrific incidents happen more frequently, we become numb to them. There isn't even any condemnation by public officials.

Where is the mayor? What does the school board have to say about losing one of its students in such a vile and violent manner?

At the very least, someone should call for an increase in spending on education and recreational programs for youth. There is no time to waste. We will continue to lose our children to the violence that envelops them as long as we allow it.

It is essential that we, as a society, reclaim our sense of community.

Robert Jenusaitis


Pub Date: 12/18/98

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