- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 1, 2004

Kerry’s wrinkles

Well, Sen. John Kerry does look better … no matter how he had the furrows removed (“Unfurrowed Kerry raises Botox query,” Page 1, Friday).

However, what really scares me is that he states that he has never even heard of Botox, something his wife admits to using and that is known to almost any “man on the street.” That’s enough to furrow my brow.

GRAIL A. HARTE

Alexandria

About three weeks ago, Sen. John Kerry was behind Howard Dean in some New Hampshire polls by about two dozen points. Is it any wonder that he is less tense after his huge back-to-back victories in Iowa and New Hampshire? Why should we be surprised if his current appearance reflects that more relaxed Mr. Kerry?

CHIP MOYNIHAN

Hampton, N.H.

Friends and foes

Poland has been a staunch supporter of President Bush’s action against Iraq and the removal of its vicious dictator. The 9 million-plus American citizens of Polish descent also have supported the action. Now, Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski is being told that his country cannot have the same visa privileges as other European nations, and in particular France and Germany — the two countries that still oppose our action in Iraq (“Kwasniewski to press Bush on visa rules,” World, Tuesday).

Have we forgotten what happened to Poland after World War II and who was the main cause of its demise? “TheConquerors”by Michael Beschloss is a historical record of the events during World War II and its three main characters, Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin. Mr. Churchill himself highly praised the contribution of the Polish armed forces, and especially its pilots, in winning the war against Germany.

However, during the various conferences between the three leaders, Mr. Roosevelt kept giving in to Stalin’s demands. His naivete led to the Cold War and the brutal communization of Eastern Europe. Mr. Churchill was the only one at that time who opposed Stalin, but he was outnumbered. Not only was Poland given to Stalin, but it lost one-half of its land, while the loser, Germany, lost only about one-fourth of its land.

I am one of the 9 million-plus citizens of this country who are upset by our not granting Poland its request. I also am a registered Republican and voted for Mr. Bush in the last election, but …

STAN W. BILLOK

Ellicott City, Md.

Realistic alternatives in the drug war

The president of Drug-Free Kids: America’s Challenge misses the point of the drug-policy debate (“Working toward a drug-free America,” Letters, Thursday).

The real challenge facing our nation is to assess openly and honestly the degree to which “zero tolerance” and its associated laws have contained the drug problem over the course of many decades. If, as seems likely, it is shown that in our country there are more drugs at greater purity and lower cost than ever before, it would be irresponsible not to consider alternatives. To ignore reality and applaud more of the same does a great disservice to all Americans and perhaps especially to our children.

DR. ROBERT NEWMAN

Director

Baron Edmond de Rothschild Chemical Dependency Institute

Beth Israel Medical Center

New York

Getting tough on immigration

You had an excellent article by Jerry Seper (“Illegal criminal aliens abound in U.S.,” Page 1, Monday) concerning the clear and present danger posed to the United States by illegal aliens lurking in every town and city. It is time the Fourth Estate brought this issue to the front page, instead of hiding it on Page 20 for fear of “offending” the sensibilities of Fifth Column politicians.

Mr. Seper’s article erred on only one point. There are indeed 80,000 illegal aliens who are murderers, rapists, child molesters and drug pushers loose on our streets. However, he needs to add at least two zeros to that number. Every alien who entered this country illegally is a lawbreaker by his or her mere presence. It is past time that we stopped playing fast and loose with criminals.

To order an illegal alien deported but then to release him or her into the population is to show blissful ignorance. Illegal aliens need to be deported immediately. Their deportations can be appealed from within their own native countries through the United States Embassy. Charges for their capture, incarceration and transportation should be billed to their native countries.

The plan put forth by President Bush is an affront to every citizen and legal alien in this country. The revised alien amnesty plan presented by Democrats in Congress is even more ludicrous than Mr. Bush’s plan.

It makes no sense to prosecute white-collar criminals for insider trading and then tell thousands of illegal aliens that whatever they wish to do is OK.

WILSON FARIS

Gaithersburg

Too much fanfare?

I know the University of Maryland is having a problem with fans being vulgar (“Terps turn to state to muzzle vulgar fans,” Page 1, Thursday).

Maybe you cannot command the fans not to say what they want, but if done right, you can stop them. Nothing says teams have to continue to play while fans chant. Just stop play while the fans voice their obscenities, and if it continues — I hate to say it — forfeit the game and cite as the reason that the fans do not represent your principles.

JOHN H DURICK JR.

Scranton, Pa.

Pumped-up solutions

President Bush has called on professional sports to get tough on performance-enhancing drugs, but it should not be his responsibility to deal with baseball’s most serious problem (“Bush’s steroid remarks get mixed reaction,” Sports, Jan. 22).

Ridding the game of steroid use will require the combined efforts and commitment of everyone connected with the game — players, many of whom cheat; a union that resists responsible testing; and the owners, commissioner and fans, who encourage and condone drug use in their silence. Meaningful testing and penalties are long overdue. Only pressure from fans will force baseball to take action.

If fans would rebel by staying home, baseball’s steroid problem would change quickly for the better. Until that happens, the integrity of the game and its players, records, statistics and history will continue to be tarnished. Baseballshouldacceptthe president’s calls to implement stringent drug policies and for players to be better role models.

DON WEISKOPF

El Dorado Hills, Calif.

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