No Sympathy Here
Editor: I'm not sure if the front-page story about Rose Fletcher was to make the public sympathetic to unwed mothers in the Murphy Homes or to show how irresponsible they are. Rose Fletcher worries about what she is going to feed her three children but she buys them a $100 Nintendo game and a $150 Barbie car. Her home has a VCR, microwave and color TV in the kitchen. This does not sound poor to me.
My son and daughter-in-law both work and their children do not have a Nintendo. They use their money to pay bills and buy food; yet they love their children, too. People have to learn to be responsible for the choices they make. Ms. Fletcher's home did look very neat and clean, though. My parents raised 10 children, and I'm sure they worried where the next meal was coming from many times; but you can be sure they bought food before we got toys.
It's the same story on TV around Thanksgiving, when you see people in line for food and they are dressed in leather coats and other expensive clothing. Give me a break.
Editor: Shame on this flag and yellow-ribbon waving nation that claims to have been fighting in the Persian Gulf for higher moral causes, namely for freedom.
Our victory has been marred by our administration's return to foreign policy as usual: policy that is amoral, self-serving and quite willing to tolerate, aid and abet a "Hitler" as long as he doesn't interfere with our oil supply and our economic dominance.
In the meanwhile, American troops sit by watching the defeat and slaughter of the brave Kurd people who have dared to heed President Bush's challenge to rid their country of its dictator. Should these freedom fighters have counted on a nation which ignored Saddam Hussein's crimes against them before the war to have had a profound moral change of heart after the war? Their error was in doing just that, and shame on our government for its breach of trust.
Editor: I read your April 10 editorial, "Rebuilding Natural Ecosystems," with great interest. Ecological restoration is a very challenging endeavor with great promise and potential. It is also a complex new field for multidisciplinary applied science and one in which much is learned from mistakes and successes.
Time, budgetary constraints and the Band-Aid approach to ecological restoration are often the greatest hindrances to restoration project success. Ideally, ecological restoration projects should be a component of a systems approach to land stewardship such as the long-term planning and management of watersheds.
The Chesapeake Bay region is in the forefront of ecological restoration along with Florida, California and several of the prairie states. A number of stream and wetland restoration projects have been completed or are under way in the bay region.
The Kenilworth Marsh restoration project in Washington is a project that is part of the Washington Metropolitan Council of Government's long-term management and restoration plan for the Anacostia River watershed. Kenilworth Marsh is a 50-acre remnant of the once extensive freshwater tidal marshes of the lower Anacostia. The restoration project is developing techniques to revegetate portions of the marsh that once supported tidal, emergent marshes.
Ecological restoration in conjunction with sound land management and planning can preserve and enhance our dwindling natural resources and play a significant role in maintaining the historically rich natural beauty and quality of life in the Chesapeake region.
L. Reed Huppman.
Scuttling the Environment
Editor: During this year's Maryland General Assembly session, an important bill prescribing tougher, California emissions standards for cars in Maryland was unjustly scuttled in committee by Sen. Walter M. Baker, D-Cecil. With an increasing amount of cars registered and miles traveled in Maryland, the magnitude of this legislation was great.
More than 50 percent of all toxic gases in our cities come from automobile emissions. Twenty pounds of carbon dioxide are released for every gallon of gas burned.