Petty ArroganceEditor: I am appalled by the petty...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

March 09, 1991

Petty Arrogance

Editor: I am appalled by the petty arrogance displayed by lobbyist Gerard Evans in his comments about former Del. William Clark. Evans, who represents physicians and their political action committee, was way off base in his attack on Clark. He represented his constituency with distinction and fairness during his eight-year tenure.

If Evans wishes to use the Medical PAC as some self-administered bully pulpit, that is his prerogative. However, if I were his client, I don't believe I would appreciate his pronouncements to the press. And if I were a lawmaker, I would be more interested in restricting arrogance than limiting PACs.

Robert L. McKinney.

Baltimore.

Battered Women

Editor: The Sun is to be commended for its strong support of the bill before the General Assembly that would allow battered women charged with murder to tell their stories in court.

Few people realize how widespread the ''battered spouse syndrome'' is in our society. My wife is a social worker who works with battered women. She can attest that the problem crosses all class, ethnic and religious boundaries.

Currently the law is an example of ''blaming the victim.'' By not allowing the physical and psychological abuse that led to the killing to be raised in court as mitigating evidence is to subject the battered woman to a double standard of justice.

Let's hope the state legislators will do the right thing and pass this bill promptly.

atrick H. Loy.

Baltimore.

Commutation

Editor: On the radio I heard that Mike Miller, Maryland's Senate president, has said he doesn't think Gov. William Donald Schaefer should have commuted the sentences of those women who attacked their mates after years of abuse. It was reported he said something like, ''Why should one man put his judgment above that of the courts?''

That statement is cruel and harmful to our process of governing. Mr. Miller has, for reasons I cannot fathom, chosen to ignore two things. One, the same wise forefathers who created this marvelous government of ours created the courts and also gave the governor the power to override them in this fashion. Two, the courts are constrained to follow the law, and the law does not allow defendants to introduce into the case the pertinent facts about their years of abuse.

Unless Mr. Miller is for male domination of women he must concede that this instance is a proper use of the governor's discretion, a discretion the courts do not have.

Stephen Forrest.

Baltimore.

First Theater

Editor: Arkady Leokum's ''Tell Me Why'' column for children is a fine idea, but Mr. Leokum needs to check his materials carefully before he inadvertently promulgates misinformation to the young.

As a case in point, the column describing ''The First Theater,'' credits the Romans with building the first permanent stone theater in 52 B.C. In fact, it was the Greeks who did it, completing the Theater of Dionysus at Athens around 325 B.C. Also in the fourth to the second centuries B.C., the Hellenistic period, ten stone theaters were built at various sites in the ancient world, the most famous of which is at Epidaurus.

W. P. Ellis.

Essex.

The writer is chairman of the division of humanities and arts at Essex Community College.

Funding Colleges

Editor: Tim Baker's excellent column, ''The Vision of a Great University Slips Away,'' has made an impression at my university, Towson State, a major victim of Gov. William Donald Schaefer's draconian cuts in the education budget.

It seems like Maryland's great endeavor to create a university of real international weight and excellence will become the first massive casualty of what Baker called ''the hammer blows of a deepening recession.''

While we exult in the successes of our brave and brilliant warriors, let us remember that Americans are not inherently superior to Iraqis. We were ''the wretched refuse'' of 40 decades and a hundred teeming shores, elevated to greatness by democratic institutions and the education that sustained them. If we continue to slash higher education funding, we are indeed devouring the seeds of our future.

At this rate, Marylanders won't even be invited to the next war, and you can bet your socks there will be one.

Let's just hope we will not be on the receiving end because we failed to man our first line of defense: our schools.

Ronald Blum.

Towson.

Genealogy

Editor: Henry Scarupa's article, ''One Tale at a Time,'' in your columns of Feb. 2 lists six libraries where genealogical research can be done. In Washington, the National Archives is listed, but the vast collection at the Library of Congress is ignored.

As usual, the fine collection at the Johns Hopkins Peabody Library in Baltimore is not listed, yet it contains one of the best collections of English genealogy in the United States. It is free and has two extremely competent genealogical librarians, one of whom specializes in German genealogy.

P. William Filby.

Savage.

Federal Schools

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