- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 20, 2002

One crime of which Milosevic is innocent

To fiddle with the ballot box is one thing, but even Slobodan Milosevic was not so bold as to replace elected legislators with compliant cronies ("Kostunica's allies walk out, declare Serbia's parliament 'no longer exists,'" World, June 13). Yet this is precisely what "reformist" Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic has done to 21 members of the Serbian Parliament who belong to Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica's party.

Where is the outcry from the international community, especially The Hague, which is so obsessed with "justice" that it spares nothing such as paying hostile witnesses to prosecute Mr. Milosevic?


YUGO KOVACH

Twickenham, United Kingdom

Arthur Andersen is being destroyed to punish a few

I disagree with The Washington Times' assertion that Arthur Andersen deserves its destruction ("Serial accounting," Editorial, Tuesday). The destruction of Andersen by the Justice Department will harm many innocent employees and deny the possibility of future restitution to shareholders in the companies that received failed audit results. It has resulted in further concentration in an already highly concentrated auditing profession. Not too long ago, the "Big Eight" firms controlled the profession. Now it is the "Big Four." And incidentally, ridding the profession of its bad apples is the job of law enforcement and certified public accounting licensing officials, not a Justice Department driven by political considerations.

During my 35-year career in public accounting and government, I worked with Andersen employees on countless occasions. From personal experience, I can say they were the best. Instead of destroying Andersen, the authorities should have concentrated on identifying and bringing to justice the individual perpetrators. Instead of the guilty employees involved in the Enron debacle being removed with a scalpel, the entire firm is being crushed with a sledgehammer.


PAUL BJARNASON, CPA

Annandale , Va.

Protecting our borders supercedes party and politics

While it may be that only conservative lawmakers are requesting that troops be deployed to protect our borders, this is not a strictly ideological or party-line issue ("Border troops sought to halt illegal aliens," Nation, yesterday).

Sixty percent of Californians voted to reduce public services to illegal aliens. Around 80 percent of Americans are against rewarding illegals with an amnesty. Are so many Americans self-defined conservatives? No. Chalk it up to common sense that the majority of Americans believe that failing to control our borders is tantamount to criminal neglect.


BARB VICKROY

Escondido, Calif.

Maryland Board of Education pushes homosexual ideology

To clarify the article "Parents object to move to protect gay students" (Metro, June 16), the controversy is not about the Maryland State Board of Education's attempt to protect gay students from harassment.

Instead, the board's proposal would amend the multicultural education regulations to define "sexual orientation" as one of the "cultural groups" children learn about from kindergarten through 12th grade. Thus, the proposal seeks to teach children that homosexuals are just another normal segment of the population. It has nothing to do with protecting supposedly homosexual youngsters from discrimination.

Moreover, the proposal is unnecessary because a current regulation already protects from harassment "all students in Maryland's public schools without exception." Therefore, it seems that the school board is promoting this sexual orientation amendment at the behest of gay activists, who desire to indoctrinate children in public schools while excluding any other perspective on homosexuality, especially that of ex-gays.

Indeed, at last month's school board hearing on this issue, Linda Wall, Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays' education director and former lesbian, was equated to the "Taliban crashing into the Twin Towers" by a gay activist because she dared to share her coming out of the lifestyle story with a young boy who had testified at the hearing that he was "gay."

In light of the hate and intolerance that will be directed against the ex-gay community in Maryland should this flawed school amendment pass, we respectfully request that the school board vote against the proposal.


REGINA GRIGGS

Executive Director

Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays

Fort Belvoir, Va.


The proposal by the Maryland State Board of Education to include sexual orientation as a factor in multicultural education is based on a misinterpretation of law.

The recently passed legislation prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination in public accommodations, housing and employment does not extend to education. Section 2 of the new Maryland Anti-Discrimination Act specifically states that the law "does not mandate any public or private educational institution to promote any form of sexuality or sexual orientation or to include such matters in its curriculum."

Thus, the law does not apply to education. But by including "sexual orientation" in the definition of cultural groups, the amendment ensures the inclusion and promotion of sexual orientation throughout the Maryland school system, contrary to the law's stated purpose. Therefore, the school board is ignoring both the law and parental rights.

It is faulty reasoning to conclude that Maryland law mandates the inclusion of sexual orientation in education when that law is restricted to areas other than education and, in fact, specifically directs that such an inclusion is not mandated.


ESTELLA SALVATIERRA

Washington

Pragmatism over principle: like father, like son?

I was not surprised to read Tuesday's front-page article "Conservatives not satisfied with Bush's record." The analysis is basically on target. Yet based on my own Texan observations, I can't believe anyone could say that "most conservatives don't want to see [presidential adviser Karl Rove] leave the administration."

While President Bush was governor of Texas, most conservatives I knew wanted to see a diminished role for Mr. Rove as political consultant to the Bush administration. It is difficult no, let me be stronger it is impossible for me to think that Mr. Rove is now the icon of conservatism in the Bush White House.

While governor, Mr. Bush consistently gave great speeches on conservative values, and I was happy to introduce him at a Lincoln Day dinner here in Hunt County. Yet his record really disappointed conservatives, mainly because his administration repeatedly appointed liberals to various judicial positions and citizens committees. Gov. Bush proclaimed a conservative agenda in speech, then appointed people least willing to make it happen. This counterproductive strategy is what happened in Texas, and I am surprised that anyone could think Mr. Bush's chief adviser, Mr. Rove, is urging his boss to adhere to conservative principle rather than pragmatic politicking.


MARK RICE

Republican precinct chairman

Former Hunt County Republican Chairman

Greenville, Texas




So some Republicans are displeased with President Bush's position on various issues and are accusing him of politicking to gain votes in November? I wonder how they think the president is going to get his conservative agenda passed if he is not flexible. If he compromises on issues now, pleasing some of the Democrats and some of the Republicans, perhaps in the fall elections the Republicans will win back the Senate and keep the House. Then he may be able to get conservative legislation passed and more of his judicial nominees approved.

So long as Sen. Tom Daschle lords it over the Senate, it will be very difficult to pass a conservative agenda.


MARTHA WINDSCHEIF

Rochester Hills, Mich.

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