Judge Ciotola KindnessEditor: It was with disappointment...


July 09, 1991

Judge Ciotola Kindness

Editor: It was with disappointment that I read of the compulsory retirement of Judge Joseph A. Ciotola, especially since he is mentally and physically able to continue in his present position.

I have never met Judge Ciotola, but I will never forget his compassion shown several years ago.

According to an article in another paper, an elderly lady was found walking in the snow without shoes; she had been robbed, items even taken from her suitcase.

The officers who picked her up, tried, without success to have one of the charity organizations give her a place to stay. Most were closed because it was Christmas Eve. Therefore, Judge Ciotola sentenced her to jail, where she would be warm and have food to eat.

And men like this are forced to retire! What a sad world!

V. W. Martin.

Baltimore. Editor: Once again, the hypocrites strike. Once again, a haze of lies and deceit is fed to the people of Maryland.

We need a motor fuel tax increase to build new roads, we are told. However, in a report released by the Maryland Highway Users Federation, between the years of 1986 and 1989, more than $500 million was transferred out of the highway fund and used for other things.

Every year, more taxes are collected for highways than spent on them. If there is a surplus each year, why do you suppose we don't have enough? The money, of course, is being used for something else, but we are not being told what.

How can we trust the people who tax us when they lie about what they are spending it on? How can we believe in these charlatans? It seems to me as if the Maryland General Assembly is the problem and not the solution. They see our state as some kind of a fantasy land.

A bottomless pool of money in which they dip their buckets at their pleasure, and it never runs dry. When are they going to realize that their careers depend on public trust? When are these people going to face the truth?

William F. Schaefer.



Editor: I believe you have mislocated an article by Cal Thomas that appeared on the Opinion * Commentary page of The Sun, July 1. It should have been included in the advertising section and noted as Republican campaign advertising.

How can Thomas claim that the selected members of the audience he interviewed and quoted are representative of those in attendance at the American Medical Association convention? The article did read like ''an Oldsmobile commercial'' and, as such, should be so identified.

The credibility of The Sun is negatively affected by articles such as this. It doesn't even make a pretense of being more than

puffery. Why you gave it space, I can't imagine.

!Charles R. Carroll Jr.


Northern Ireland

Editor: Your reader William Hughes (letter, June 27) misses the central point about the six counties of Northern Ireland.

The Protestant majority in those counties violently opposes any weakening of the ties with the United Kingdom. The Brits would love to be freed from responsibility for this fractious and bloody land. But they cannot abandon the Protestants they planted there two centuries ago. It is a wound that will not heal; a problem that will not be solved.

The Israelis should heed the lesson of Belfast. They hope, through planting kibbutzes on the occupied West Bank of the Jordan River, to reduce the Palestinian majority to a powerless and disenfranchised minority, just as the British reduced the Catholic population of the Six Counties to a powerless and effectively disenfranchised minority.

The danger to Israel is that they might succeed in the Ulsterization of the West Bank. As the British can tell them, success like that they don't need. Their childrens' grandchildren will pay the price.

John R. Culleton, Jr.


Lida Lee's Faults

Editor: After reading so many letters from parents lamenting the closing of Lida Lee Tall Learning Resources Center -- listing its merits and brushing aside any faults -- I feel compelled to shed one letter of balance.

While Gov. William Donald Schaefer has been cast as the bad guy in this play, as a former parent at Lida Lee Tall, I feel that this is not the whole picture.

Lida Lee Tall has been a pampered child, resting on its laurels. While many have written about the experimental aspects and teacher training, in reality it was set up no differently than any other school I have seen. The same teachers have taught the same grades for decades, having the typical one student teacher per grade for a couple months in the beginning of the year.

Occasionally, an outside organization, such as the Maryland Science Center, gave the students a special activity, but there were no great experiments nor did we see this fresh new flood of teachers, although that was the mode of operation years ago. However, we did see incredible resources, equipment and classroom size.

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