- The Washington Times - Friday, December 1, 2000

Just say no to Kyoto Protocols

The Kyoto Protocols are yet another indication of the tenacity of the left-wing radical environmentalists and their mendacious efforts to brainwash the American people. There is nothing positive about the treaty in its effect on our people and our economy.

First, there is no conclusive scientific proof for the theory of global warming that precipitated this environmental hysteria. Thousands of scientists would dispute the conclusion that mankind has caused global warming or that there is any evidence of global warming. One respected scientist revealed recently that the warming that has taken place during this century occurred before 1940 and wasn't created by human endeavor. But because the liberal media control what the public hears, sees and reads, they have denied a forum to those who would refute this insanity.

The Kyoto treaty, if ratified, would not solve the problem it was designed to address, primarily because the problem may not exist. Even if the radical environmentalists are right, not all of the world's polluting countries would be bound by the Kyoto treaty, making it destined for failure. For example, China, which soon will surpass the United States as the emitter of the most so-called greenhouse gases, refuses to sign.

For those who would be duped by these radicals, let me say this: You had better hope for government subsidies to heat your homes and operate your automobiles if this disastrous folly is ratified by our Congress.

Say no to Kyoto.

ROBERT L. DI STEFANO

Abingdon, Md.

Patron saint of disputed elections

I read with interest the Nov. 30 article on St. Chad ("St. Chad's grace in defeat won him eternal veneration"). But I would like to correct one glaring error. The Anglican Church did not come into being until Henry VIII broke away from the Roman Catholic Church in 1534. At the time of St. Chad, the Catholic Church was the main church in England, and Chad was a Catholic bishop.

I find it, however, extremely interesting to see how a man of honor behaved in the face of a disputed election. In light of the present scenario playing out in Florida, I think Vice President Al Gore could take some pointers from St. Chad.

Until now, I have prayed for the rule of law to prevail. Maybe I should be praying for St. Chad's intercession.

BERNADETTE M. BERSET

Vienna

Going global nothing to be scared of

An article on the first White House "Conference on Culture and Diplomacy" quotes President Clinton as hoping that "globalization, in the end, will be a force for diversity, not uniformity,"and will not lead to a "homogenized" world ("Clinton tells artists culture not in peril," Nov. 29). At our Capitol Hill conference on "Globalization is not Homogenization," held on Oct. 21, 1998, the ambassadors of Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia and Zambia spelled out these ideas very clearly. Particularly eloquent was Amb. Geza Jeszenszky of Hungary, who said "Globalization is all right for me if it is an effort to create higher standards all over the world in nutrition, sanitation, housing conditions or quality of life, and the observation of human rights and democracy in political life … but globalization is undesirable, in fact a threat, in the field of culture … if it is a kind of brainwashing using modern technology or communications … to impose a kind of conformity and mass culture. The preservation and the further development of national traditions and culture is essential … So maintain diversity."

We are glad this administration is finally getting the message.

LORNA HAHN

Executive Director

Association on Third World Affairs, Inc.

Washington

Seminole county ballots a problem for Republicans

Republican operatives in Florida altered thousands of rejected Republican ballot applications in Seminole County so the Republican supervisor of elections could accept them.

The Republican argument that this was a "ministerial function" raises significant legal issues:

• County supervisors cannot let people, especially partisan operatives, walk in and change public documents, especially voting documents.

• If the Republican operatives were not family members or guardians of the thousands of original applicants, the submission of the thousands of amended ballot applications to the supervisor of elections by the Republican operatives appears to be illegal under Florida law.

• By sorting out only Republican applications for correction, the supervisor of elections created the question of unequal treatment under the law.

• If the Republican operatives were performing a "ministerial function," why wasn't it performed by the county's election staff?

• Doesn't Republican honcho James A. Baker III think the alteration of election documents by partisan Republicans without Democratic oversight created the potential for "mischief"?

• Correcting only the Republican ballot applications gave the Republicans an unfair advantage of several thousand votes in Florida, enough to prevent a clear victory for Vice President Al Gore.

WILLIAM T. FIDURSKI

Clark, N.J.

Democrats display double standard on election issues

I am deeply troubled by the convoluted logic and "win-at-all-cost" attitude exhibited by the Democrats in the past eight years. Nothing exemplifies this more than the "ethics" espoused by Jim Joyce in his ranting letter to the editor about Texas Gov. George W. Bush following a double standard ("Pressure mounts on candidates as election drags on," Nov. 30).

Talk about double standards.

How about Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman denouncing the behavior of President Clinton and then voting against removing him from office because his perjury wasn't of a "serious nature."

How about Vice President Al Gore saying that all votes should count, but refusing to allow the military absentee ballots without postmarks to be counted? Mr. Joyce fails to note that often, military postage free mail is not postmarked as a normal operating procedure. The lack of a postmark wasn't something the voter did or failed to do; it is something that a government agency did or did not do that cost the service personnel to lose their vote.

How about the statement made by Sen. Bob Kerrey, Nebraska Democrat and Medal of Honor winner, to wit if personnel did not fill out the paperwork correctly, then they have no one to blame but themselves. "In the military, we accept responsibility for our mistakes. We don't blame it on somebody else… . Personally, I think the military should not be treated any differently than any other citizen." ("Pentagon to examine military balloting," Nov. 29).

Why then is Mr. Kerrey supporting the recount that allows election board personnel to determine the mind-set of a voter because the ballot is only "dimpled," not fully punched? Wouldn't Mr. Kerrey's same standard for the military apply here if personnel did not fill out the paperwork correctly (the ballot is not fully punched), then they have no one to blame but themselves.

Some have touted Mr. Kerrey as a possible future presidential candidate. That's a scary thought given this sample of his values.

As for Mr. Bush going to the federal courts, where else do you go to prevent a lower court from creating new laws instead of interpreting the law, as it is supposed to do?

There are already laws on the books in Florida that determine the process for counting and recounting votes and the deadlines associated with it. The question before the Florida Supreme Court should have been whether or not Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris followed those laws or violated them. Any other verdict was beyond its jurisdiction.

As for the dimpled ballots, it is very plausible that a dimpled chad is an indication that a voter, while pressing on the ballot, had a change of heart and decided not to vote for either candidate. For an election board evaluator to assume otherwise and count a vote for one of the candidates based on a dented punch card ballot is to supersede the possible wish of the voter. This truly erases an individual's right to have a vote, or "non-vote," counted.

BILL WHITE

Sterling, Va.

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