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Letters to the Editor

June 18, 1999

Why no outrage?

To the editor:

Where is the outrage from the American people over the transfer over our nuclear secrets to China? This scandal is much more important to our futures than the Monica scandal, yet it only makes the third or fourth pages of the newspapers. One former Pentagon general has said that this technology transfer to China will put us in a more dangerous position in two years than we ever were at the height of the Cold War.

If the charges that are currently being made are true, our president should be charged with treason.

A Chinese worker at one of our top-secret nuclear weapons labs downloaded all of our secret missile test programs to an unsecured computer where it could have been transferred to China. These programs cannot be run without supercomputers. Where did China get these supercomputers you ask? President Clinton allowed the sale of these computers to China over the objections of the Pentagon because they said they would only use them for nonmilitary purposes.

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Of course they won't let us see how they are being used now. Of course by the time all these investigations are through, he will be out of office and the damage will be done. The next president will have to deal with this threat, and deal with it with a military that has been cut in half in the last eight years.

Why is all this so dangerous to us? Because China is the number one broker of weapons to unfriendly countries. Their customers will likely include North Korea, Iraq, and some of our other big fans. If this is not one of the most outrageous crimes a president can commit against his country, I don't know what is. But by starting a war with Kosovo, he has been able to take the attention off this issue.

Bill Stryker Jr.

 

Hagerstown Violence explained

To the editor:

The massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Co., was our nation's eighth shooting in two years, and the deadliest.

Dealing with school violence is like dealing with violence in society, because our schools and children are a microcosm of society at large.

The problem isn't guns, nor is the solution gun control. The problem is the mentality and attitudes that cause violence.

Long before each school shooting, the shooters evidenced serious problems. But on one noticed or did anything. Why?

Each school shooting brought calls for more gun control, until now. This time bombs were involved, and the level of violence was so intense that many finally began to ask questions. Why? What caused this? What was going on in the shooters' minds?

Have we focused so much on guns, and gun control that we've overlooked the real problems?

Even if there were no guns, violent people who kill would still be just as violent, and many would eventually kill using whatever they could.

There were guns years ago and plenty of people had them. But there wasn't violence like that in Littleton, Co. There wasn't crime and violence like we see in the news every day.

Something has happened to us. Over the past 30-some years we have become a very violent society. A tendency toward violence isn't born, it's created.

We have to figure out what has happened to us, what has caused us to become such a violent society, and deal with those causes. Only then will we deal effectively with violence in society, and in our schools.

Raymond E. Scott II

Zullinger, Pa.

 

End the madness; save our children

To the editor:

There is too much violence in the United States today, there are too many kids today that are killing people for no reason.

The kids do this for fun. We the people, need to stop this violence. We need to start loving these children and stop telling them that we don't care.

The children today think that the parents don't care, but they do, this is why they keep killing. This is what we need to do about this violence in the United States. The gun holders need to have an age limit on when the children and the adults can buy guns.

We need to care more about kids who feel left out and help them whenever they need help. That is how we need to deal with the violence today, when someone asks for help, you give them help.

Sharon Dorfield

Hagerstown

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