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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

October 08, 1992

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The letter was also signed by three nursing professionals.

No Second Chance

Roger Simon writes (Sept. 23) that Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke's "outburst" over exercising the death penalty "cannot be excused as rational policy." Mr. Simon also goes on to say that effecting the death penalty will not stop the killing, as criminals act spontaneously and do not stop to consider the consequences of their actions.

Of this Mr. Simon is absolutely correct and it is doubtful anyone would disagree with him there.

However, what the death penalty will accomplish is the guarantee that there would be no repeat acts of violence by that criminal.

Too often we hear of a violent crime being performed by persons who either have a murder or attempted murder conviction to their credit.

Of course, whether senseless acts of violence are committed by first-time or repeat offenders makes no difference to the victims. They are no longer among us.

Mr. Simon backs his argument by citing Mayor Schmoke's treatment of drug addicts and stating that trying to medically treat them is in conflict with how they should be treated should they commit a violent crime. I'm afraid I do not see the conflict.

When a person is faced with death at another's hand, what difference does it truly make if the perpetrator is acting on drugs, mental illness, a burst of anger or extensive planning?

When are we as a society going to stop giving violent criminals second chances? They are not deserved. A murder victim does not get a second chance, so please tell me what is fair and humane and what "cannot be excused as rational policy"?

Nancy M. Duffy

Bel Air

Misplaced Charity

As tragic and unconscionable as Pamela Basu's death was, we are somewhat disheartened by the public solicitation of money by way of a trust fund for her daughter.

From all reports, Mrs. Basu was a noted professional, her husband the same. They seem to have a very supportive family and many friends, at least one BMW, and live in an affluent development.

It seems to us paradoxical that their circumstances would require public financial assistance.

We are wondering why the same call for assistance seldom comes for the many victims of violent warfare in our inner cities.

Let us try and make our form of support for tragedies appropriate to the individual circumstance.

Our hearts go out to the Basu family. We pray that God will grant them the grace and peace to get through this very trying time.

Pat and Charles Cockey

Columbia

Overhaul Media

I am writing in response to the column by James S. Keat which appeared in The Sun on Sept. 19.

Mr. Keat succeeded in showing just how self-absorbed and out of touch the media truly are.

Apparently, the media want the people of this country to listen to them, but they aren't listening to the people. We do want to know what is going on in the dark corners of government, but we want to know the facts! To be capable of finding the facts buried in the speculations and opinions today, a reader needs to be a student of Sherlock Holmes.

The media should get the information, investigate its legitimacy and report the facts. The readers are perfectly capable of choosing to look at editorial or clearly labeled analysis sections for opinions.

Mr. Keat should speak with some of the readers before scolding them or insinuating that the media are God's gift to the people. The media are important but they are in need of a serious overhaul, not to mention an ego deflation.

Jennifer S. Czawlytko

Baltimore

Claiming the City

During the weekend of Sept. 18-20, Baltimore City experienced dramatic violence. The enormity of our public pain is clear in the anger, fear and frustration voiced by people on the street and by elected officials.

While the shooting of two police officers and of innocent citizens is certainly both painful and alarming, it is extremely important that we not allow our fears to rule us. We cannot flee to the supposed security of our private worlds.

Even amid the sorrow and confusion, countless people continue to live and work downtown. In our own medical center and in other organizations that serve the inner city, dedicated physicians, nurses, staff and volunteers come to work every day.

We come because we believe that forces of healing must resist and counteract forces of violence. By our presence, together with the businesses and civic groups who choose this as our place, we lay claim to the city.

Baltimore does not belong to those who would tear apart our social fabric. Baltimore belongs to those of all races, religions and economic groups who work to build up our connections in service of our common humanity.

Sister Helen Amos

Baltimore

TC The writer is the president and chief executive officer of Mercy Medical Center.

Degrading Store

My family and I have resided in the quiet, respectable north Baltimore County community of Lutherville for 30 years. We are shocked that a resident of Lutherville is seeking to open a condom store in Fells Point.

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