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letters 6/6

April 06, 2001

Letters to the Editor 4/6



Flag amendment not worth the trouble



To the editor:

I recently saw a newspaper article indicating that support was growing in Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to prohibit burning or other desecration of the American flag. This action is encouraged by veterans' organizations and other patriotic groups and individuals. What patriotic American could be against such an amendment? I could be, and I am.

I understand and share with those groups and individuals the frustration, revulsion and disgust with those who deface Old Glory in the name of "free speech" or for other stupid (or even legitimate) causes. In my view, flag burners do it an honor by recognizing what a powerful symbol it is. The American flag cannot be dishonored by desecration, and those who try only dishonor themselves.

Further, the process of amending the Constitution of the United States is long, complex and (not the least) very expensive. The hearings, hours and hours of flowery speeches and legal and bureaucratic work involved in the Congress could be spent on more productive enterprises.

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Then if the amendment were made, there would be a need to enact laws to implement it and resources used to enforce those laws (more time and expense).

And all this to what end result? What would the penalty be? Certainly nothing serious like burning at the stake like they did to our national symbol. It could involve a fine or a little time in jail, which could make such acts even more attractive to the weirdos because it would attract more attention, which is, after all, what they seek anyway.

The proposed amendment would not rectify a problem that is having a serious negative impact on the nation. Therefore, it would not justify its inclusion in the Constitution. So, in the end, it is just a "feel good" effort with little or no real benefit and a possible negative impact.

Personally, I would rather see my legislators and bureaucrats pursue more important matters - or even spend their time on a golf course where they would at least get some fresh air and exercise.

I would welcome those who view the foregoing as words to someone with less than passionate feelings toward the stars and stripes to contact me or check my bonafides in that regard. I'm sorry if his offends any veterans - I am one.

Harry A. Fike

Chambersburg, Pa.




No boot-licking



To the editor:

"As Mooney bashes gays, good causes go begging" reads the headline on Tim Rowland's column. Has he ever reported "bad" causes being funded by the beloved Democratically controlled state legislature? Of course not!

Senator Mooney didn't have the votes? There are only 13 GOP Senators (out of 47) and 35 GOP representatives (out of 141) in the Maryland legislature. What part of "never will have the votes" do you fail to understand? These majorities (Democrats), led by chief usurper Clarence Blount never fail to follow the first rule of their own code of ethics: "If we don't win we don't eat." And eat they do at the public trough you so obligingly support.

It is disheartening to see a self-proclaimed "realist" continue to rail against any conservative who votes for principle and against strong-arming. There are a majority of us 130,000 voting for President Bush versus 80,000 for government handouts - in your readership area. That means a majority who want limited government and certainly not the Glendening - "I will get even with you" - brand of politics (the man never met a principle he couldn't tax).

I encourage any sense of awareness on your part that continuing to line the pockets of Baltimore City and its adjacent counties leaves only crumbs for the conservative rest of the state. Glendening does not need our votes to get his way. So, ask yourself, what does he want from us?

Bowing at the waist, licking his boot, kissing the dirt in his presence. You can use your superior creativity to come up with more cogent reasons.

We honor the memories of Cushwa, Byron and Mathias precisely because they worked with people who saw the state as a whole and not just one city and two counties.

Tom Janus

Hagerstown

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