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President needs a new way to distract public

In The Sun's article "Public's concerns top Bush agenda" (June 19), Charles Black, identified as a "veteran Republican strategist," is quoted as saying that President Bush "concentrated a lot of his time and attention early on educating the public on Social Security. It's just a matter now of spending some time and a few of his press days on those issues that might be concerning people."

Apparently Mr. Black is referring to, among other issues of concern, the war that Mr. Bush launched on Iraq over two years ago. Apparently the public is a bit concerned, if we are to believe the latest New York Times/CBS poll published Friday.

It seems that only 37 percent of those who responded to the poll approved of Mr. Bush's handling of the war.

This might explain a bit of backpedaling now going on among Republicans in Congress, who apparently find this issue a political liability in the coming midterm election.

Mr. Black seems to feel - and I must admit, I find this somewhat peculiar - that it's just a matter of having Mr. Bush focus his laser-like logic on explaining how exceedingly well the war is going

After all, Mr. Bush's "education" of the public on Social Security has resulted in an astounding 25 percent of the respondents in the poll approving of his handling of that issue.

Maybe Mr. Bush should fall back to something else to distract the American public.

Anyone interested in a trip to Mars?

George B. Albright III


Memo should lead to impeachment

Kudos, kudos, kudos to The Sun for having the chutzpah to print the Downing Street memo ("The secret Downing Street memo," Opinion * Commentary, June 15).

Thank you also to David Swanson and Jonathan Schwarz for writing a column that keeps its message alive ("Damning evidence can't be ignored," Opinion * Commentary, June 15).

To quote: "The significance of the memo - and additional leaked British documents now surfacing in public view - can hardly be overstated. They conceivably could lead to impeachment proceedings against President Bush."

We can only hope.

L. J. Levy


Left-wing hypocrites indifferent to Africa

The Sun's June 17 editorial cartoon, which implied that the "compassionate conservative" could only spare pennies for Africa, would be insulting if not for the overpowering reek of hypocrisy that it carried.

Remember President Bill Clinton, that champion of the left who blithely sat on his hands while close to 1 million Africans were butchered in Rwanda?

Oh, and let's not forget the United Nations, that most cherished of institutions by the American left, which also looked on indifferently while men, women and children were hacked to death.

The Sun may ridicule the compassionate conservatives, but may God save Africa (and especially the victims of the ongoing genocide in Sudan) from the deadly indifference of the American left.

George Deller

Bel Air

Let migrants work, and then go home

The Sun's article "Migrants' hard road to U.S. jobs" (June 17) describes the right way to utilize needed labor from Central America: These migrants obtain a visa to cover a limited time, then go home after the season ends.

For many years, migrant laborers have harvested our food crops, working their way from south to north, then returning to their native lands.

The revival or continuation of that system is the appropriate way to handle the need for seasonal labor.

Unfortunately, much of that system has broken down as illegal immigrants continue to come in massive numbers, and come to stay, hoping for the next amnesty.

Before the U.S. population rises to half a billion, as it may before the end of the century unless we make some changes, we must get both legal and illegal immigration back to reasonable numbers.

The consequences of not making such a change would be the overwhelming of our natural resources and the degradation of our quality of life.

Carleton Brown


Governor Bush reopens wrong case

In a publicity stunt audacious even by his own family's standards, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush wants to reopen the Terri Schiavo case to investigate just how long it took her husband to seek medical help for her ("Fla. governor reopens Schiavo case," June 18).

If the governor really wants to right an old wrong or two, he ought to open an investigation of just how his state runs elections and counts the votes.

George Friedman


Little protection is left for retirees

I was disturbed (but not surprised) to read that retirees of the former Rouse Co. would be dropped from health benefits ("Rouse retirees lose health benefits," June 16).

This decision by General Growth Properties Inc., which bought Rouse Co., is another example of the harsh reality of today's business world.

In my opinion, the business mentality has changed, and for the worse. Most companies seem to be putting profits before people.

And now, with outsourcing of jobs overseas, constant downsizing, evaporating pension plans, reduced medical benefits, longer work weeks and the possibility of a bankrupt Social Security program, what incentive is there for workers today to seek to realize their American dream?

What protection is there for loyal retirees, like the ones from Rouse, who thought they were covered? There is none.

Perhaps the American dream should be revised?

It scares me to think what that new concept would look like.

D. Scannell

Perry Hall

Ruling makes it easy to renew the abuse

How unfortunate that the Court of Appeals in Annapolis has removed a block on electronic access to computerized information on crime victims and witnesses, including their names, addresses and phone numbers ("Make court data available electronically, judges say," June 15).

Our criminal justice system appears to have joined the worst elements of society in having no respect for the privacy of the individual, even in the face of witness intimidation and danger.

Routinely, we see domestic violence victims attacked by their batterers in violation of protective orders and witnesses to violent crimes killed to prevent their testifying.

Now, all that stands between the victim and someone bent on further victimization is the click of a mouse.

Elizabeth H. Lehmann


The writer is a member of the Maryland Health Care Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

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