- The Washington Times - Friday, December 31, 1999

Low blow by first lady and Andrew Cuomo

Congratulations on a well-written editorial ("Andrew Cuomo's power grab," Dec. 28). New York is in the fight of its political life. The Clintons have both shown that they will do anything to get what they want. And right now, Hillary Rodham Clinton wants New York.

Although the campaign is just getting started, it is already turning nasty. And Mrs. Clinton is the one firing the first salvo. I expected this to happen, but not so soon.

She has been described by some (read her handlers) as one of the smartest women in the world. Boy, I wonder. In your editorial, you wrote how she railed about New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani's temper. Look who is calling the kettle black. Mr. Giuliani's justifiable anger at Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew M. Cuomo is nothing compared with Mrs. Clinton's legendary blowups. Mrs. Clinton had best learn to take the beam out of her own eye before she tries to take the sliver out of Mr. Giuliani's eye.

I wonder if this is indicative of how desperate Mrs. Clinton is? Her poll numbers have not been good, and I believe she is doing this because she sees her early lead slipping away. I wonder what its going to be like when she has to start answering real questions posed by real people; not selected Democrats in safe, controlled situations? Once that happens, you will really see some fireworks.

We in New York had better brace ourselves. It's going to be a long political year.

STEPHEN M. COOK

Dansville, N.Y.

Thank you for this editorial on "Andrew Cuomo's power grab." As freethinking Americans we need more of this kind of information information that exposes the callous, mean-spirited, unprincipled, throat-cutting essence of first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and all those around her.

We need more of this. Much more. We need every right-thinking journalist in the country to stay on top of these kinds of double-deals and expose the Clintons for what they are. They are chipping away at the foundations of this great country of ours. The rule of law means nothing to them. They ascribe to the rule of privilege and reserve that privilege for themselves. They achieve positions of power through race-baiting, divisive rhetoric and lies.

Keep up the good work.

All that is needed for evil to prevail is for men of good will to stand by and do nothing.

BOB GLIDEWELL

Mountain View, Calif.

In the editorial "Andrew Cuomo's power grab," you conclude that first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton did not answer the question of whether Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew M. Cuomo's action to seize control of $60 million in federal aid to New York City's homeless was politically motivated.

True, she did not answer the question. However, what she did say revealed her socialist philosophy that the federal government can best deliver services to the people: "I think we ought to keep our focus on what is the best way to deliver the services that people in need in New York City require."

I think most Americans and New Yorkers know that the best way to deliver services to people is to keep the federal government as far away from the money as possible.

TIMOTHY J. MAYNARD

Pitcher strikes out as a role model

John Rocker, the latest "professional" athlete to become a disaster as a role model for young people, has proved once again that you don't need brains to throw a baseball and make a seven-figure income ("Rocker to New York: Drop dead," Dec. 23).

While highlighting every conceivable stereotype of every minority group, the Atlanta Braves pitcher not only made a complete boob of himself, but managed to buttress the stereotypical image of the Southern redneck. This is an image that scarcely applies to the contemporary Georgian or any of his neighbors below the Mason-Dixon Line. The post-Lester Maddox, George Wallace, Bull Connor Southerner has marched into the new millennium with pride and sophistication that look with embarrassment and disdain on the likes of dinosaurs such as Rocker.

Occasionally, the ugly face of bigotry will rise up out of the swamp, wipe the slime from around its mouth and spew its racist, sexist, homophobic venom. Thankfully, as we begin the third millennium, fewer and fewer John Rockers will be welcome in it.

BOB WEIR

Flower Mound, Texas

Column focuses too narrowly on one business deal in India

The rest of the world's financial news media praise India for the bold economic reforms Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's government is pushing forward. Unfortunately, James Morrison chooses to regenerate a story whose only purpose is to malign those good efforts and popular opinion ("India's Bureaucracy," Embassy Row, Dec. 16).

As it turns out, the Indian Supreme Court issued on Dec. 13 a ruling that clears the way for the resumption of the Cogentrix Energy deal, while the Indian minister of power has invited Cogentrix officials in for talks to discuss ways to salvage and expedite their investment procedures.

Two branches of the Indian government see this deal as important enough to save and promote.

Only last month, in an address to the U.S. Investment Summit in Bombay, U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Celeste told an audience of Indian businessmen that "virtually every major U.S. company [will be] looking for a presence in India over the next couple of years." Unless the ambassador was merely flattering his Indian hosts, he too must think that India represents an enormous potential market worthy of sustained U.S. investment.

Business deals fall flat every day. Focusing on only one discounts the size, volume and potential of the Indian market to U.S. business and investment.

AMBASSADOR ARTHUR H.

DAVIS (Retired)

Washington

Embassy responds to article on Venezuelan floods

In the article "Chavez draws fire for ignoring flood warnings" (Dec. 28), The Times said: "President Hugo Chavez is being criticized for allowing a constitutional referendum to proceed on Dec. 15 rather than order an immediate evacuation from coastal areas where massive mudslides killed as many as 20,000 people later that night.

"Earlier in the day, the Department of Civil Defense issued a warning, a copy of which has been obtained by The Washington Times, saying thousands of people were at risk because of intense rains that had sent rivers over their banks."

Regarding that information, I wish to inform you that Angel Rangel, director of the Department of Civil Defense, issued on Wednesday a press declaration in the major newspapers of Venezuela, among them El Universal (www.eud.com), firmly denying the information about a warning related to a possible catastrophe in the state of Vargas that Mr. Chavez supposedly brushed aside. Mr. Rangel pointed out that the Department of Civil Defense, following presidential instructions, has been working since May in the analysis of the country's vulnerability regarding the rainy season that this year was forecasted to be the worst in 40 years. Mr. Rangel continued his declaration with the conclusion that Venezuelan problems are not the rains but an 80 percent poverty rate, out of which 75 percent live in zones of geological instability.

Due to this factor, the Department of Civil Defense warned on Sept. 18 that 4 million Venezuelans lived in high-risk locations and, therefore, local governments should have reinforced its duties in comptrolling the building construction permits. This urban anarchy was inherited by the Chavez administration, and one of the challenges of his government is to cope with this notorious reality.

ALFREDO TORO HARDY

Ambassador

Embassy of Venezuela

Washington

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