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Rule of law demands that President Clinton...


Rule of law demands that President Clinton be fully prosecuted

Whenever the topic of criminal prosecution arose during the impeachment investigation of President Clinton, liberals cried, "You cannot overturn an election this way; indict him after he leaves the White House."

Independent Counsel Robert Ray has now said that he is considering doing just that, because there is a "principle to be upheld that no one is above the law, not even the president of the United States."

And what will the liberal battle-cry be now, "Drop it, put it behind us, leave him alone."

Mr. Clinton lied and lied and lied under oath and if there is justice in this country he should be prosecuted for it.

Two federal judges have already accused him of breaking the law by lying in the Paula Jones deposition and by violating the Privacy Act in releasing Kathleen Willey's letters.

Mr. Clinton has said he "never thought of" the Privacy Act when he made the correspondence public.

Meanwhile, the Arkansas Supreme Court is still considering the disbarment petition against Clinton for conduct unbecoming a licensed attorney -- for lying under oath.

This is quite a legacy for a president of the United States.

Mr. Ray should bring this prosecution. If a jury convicts Mr. Clinton, he should be punished appropriately; if he is acquitted, so be it.

But, as Mr. Ray said, there is a principle to uphold.

Robert A. Erlandson


The flag: symbol of freedom that we must protect . . .

I can't believe Maryland's two United States Senators voted against a constitutional amendment to ban flag-burning.

The bill lost by four votes ("Senate's 63-37 vote is short of approving flag amendment," March 30).

Thank you very much, Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Sen. Paul Sarbanes, two senators who were never in the military or fought in a battle.

Our flag has flown in every battle that the United States have ever been in; now you can do anything you want to do with it.

Burning the flag has nothing to do with freedom of speech.

I think our senators' votes disgraced all the veterans and citizens of the United States, by showing total disrespect for the flag.

I hope the voters and veterans of Maryland remember that on Election Day.

William Andrews


. . . or symbol of oppression whose time has passed?

I was very glad to read that the Senate rejected the flag amendment ("Senate's 63-37 vote is short of approving flag amendment," March 30).

We don't need a new amendment, we need a new flag.

Why? Under the current flag, ethnic cleansing was carried out against Native Americans at the country's outset.

For nearly 100 years, this flag flew over a nation that permitted slavery in its southern states.

For 150 years it was the symbol of a land that denied women the right to vote.

For almost 200 years it stood for a country where segregation and Jim Crow laws were legal.

Today the flag is embraced by paramilitary groups, the Ku Klux Klan and right-wing politicians.

Our nation must be sensitive to the feelings of all its peoples. We need to put its history of exploitation and bigotry behind us.

A step in this direction would be to replace the flag with a new design that better symbolizes our shared goals of inclusiveness, equity, tolerance and diversity.

Jennifer Ferguson


Land expropriation is justified in Zimbabwe

Bravo to President Robert Mugabe for becoming Zimabwe's "repo-man" ("Explosive land crisis in Africa," editorial, April 8). It is time for African leaders to become more assertive on land issues.

The United States is wrong in withholding land development funds from Zimbabwe now.

This should have been done when the country had an apartheid regime.

The white farmers are nothing more than descendants of the "settlers" who overpowered the indigenous population by force, raped the land (and probably some of the inhabitants), and diverted its major resources away from Zimbabwe.

Time does not change the issue of who really owns the land in Zimbabwe.

Expropriation is truly a justified option.

Kenneth Wilkins


A big thumbs-down for Maryland's quarter

I am from Brooklyn, New York and I love visiting Baltimore. I try to see your wonderful city at least once a year, usually at Camden Yards.

Maryland has many things to be proud of, but the new state quarter design is not one of them. Stink-o and thumbs down.

Of all the quarters released so far, Maryland's is the worst.

What was your governor thinking about when he approved the design of that coin?

John Lander

Brooklyn, New York

MSPAP, Core Knowledge can go hand-in-hand

As a huge fan of E. D. Hirsch's "Core Knowledge" curriculum, I wanted to support the findings of Vienna Elementary School in Dorchester County ("Getting the facts about education," March 29).

Roland Park Elementary/Middle School, like Vienna Elementary, has found that Core Knowledge and the MSPAP tests go hand in hand.

Core Knowledge is a wonderful content curriculum that melds effectively with the more process-oriented goals of the MSPAP program.

As the article noted, state schools Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick has long been a supporter of Core Knowledge.

She believes that MSPAP encourages higher-level thinking and Core Knowledge gives students something to think about.

It would be ironic if MSPAP is used as an excuse to discard Core Knowledge. Perhaps local school systems can find a way to integrate these two positive steps in education.

Mariale Hardiman


The writer is principal of Roland Park Elementary/Middle School.

Lavish building shows private schools need no aid

I read with great interest the April 10 letters regarding state funds going to private schools ("Should state funds purchase textbooks for private schools?") and with even greater interest an article about a private school in Baltimore County dedicating its new "classroom wing, performing arts center, athletic field and science labs" ( "Notre Dame Prep dedicates classroom wing, science labs," April 10).

The school's capital campaign raised $6.4 million.

It seems to me that such private schools do not need state funds for textbooks.

Perhaps that money could go to public schools that indeed need the textbooks.

Leslie Burke


Taxi fare hikes take us for a ride

I read that the taxi companies seek an increase of taxi fares because of high gasoline prices ("Taxicab rates at BWI set to rise," March 31).

Last year when gas prices were very low, there was no clamor for reducing taxi fares.

Are we being taken for a ride?

Umberto VillaSanta


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