Pam Davis Decries Graffiti ProtestI am writing to express...


June 20, 1993

Pam Davis Decries Graffiti Protest

I am writing to express my absolute disgust with the person or persons who took it upon themselves to deface the Carroll County Courthouse with a message of protest to my incarceration.

While your intentions may have been to further the cause of justice, your actions were in direct opposition to everything I believe in. . . . Your act was one of vandalism, not one of legitimate or legal protest. It was ill-conceived and revealed your total lack of understanding regarding the proper channels for publicly expressing grievances with the institutions of government.

I am moved to suggest that you read the First Amendments to our state and national constitutions. In so doing, you will find that all Americans are afforded the legal right to peacefully protest, to assemble in public and demonstrate displeasure with the institutions of government. Nowhere in those documents or in peaceful society is it granted the right to seek justice through an act of injustice. Defacing public or private property is an act of cowardice, not an act of righteous indignation. . . .

To those who wish to express themselves either for or against me, please do so with handbills, petitions, placards and/or letters to the appropriate recipients. Vandalism has no place in a free or democratic society.

Pamela Snowhite Davis


Curious George

I was surprised to read that the Carroll County Curriculum Committee has temporarily removed from school use the book "Curious George Goes To School." The reason given is that this is a sexist book because the girls pictured in the book are all wearing dresses.

I am reminded of another stupid decision by a committee. When I was growing up in Montgomery, Ala., in the 1950s, the public library removed from circulation a children's picture book because it showed two rabbits, one white and one black, playing together.

In time, the Montgomery library was integrated and the "offensive" book was returned to the shelves. I hope that the 90-member Carroll County Curriculum Comittee will also retreat from its hysterical approach to political correctness.

First of all, when "Curious George Goes To School" was written, all girls did wear dresses to school. Secondly, why must we rewrite or throw out all books that do not meet with a committee's view of correctness?

Three cheers for Curious George! I will continue reading about his misadventures to my children, regardless of what they do in Carroll.

Rabbi Leonard Oberstein


Coddling Criminals

As a citizen of the United States, a taxpayer and a voter, I can no longer contain my disgust with the American judicial system. Since the first of this year, we have had three instances in the state of Maryland in which a convicted murderer serving a "life" sentence was on work release and just walked away. One of them was convicted of killing a policeman and another killed himself and his girlfriend while free. What I would like to know is just what is a "life" sentence? . . . Why does a life sentence carry with it the option for parole? The victim of the murderer has no option for parole.

The recent sentencing of a member of my own neighborhood, Michael C. Bryson, to life plus 20 years for the cold-blooded killing of another neighbor, Charlie Therit, was the straw that broke the camel's back. . . . The time has come for the citizens of this country to take back our streets from the criminals. We need to let our elected officials know that we will no longer consent to hide behind barred windows while the criminals enjoy the fruits of our labors. Why should we honest citizens feel guilty because we didn't lock all of our windows and had the nerve to carry money or venture out to shop after dark? In a country where owning a nice car has became a possible death sentence and knocking on the wrong door can cost your your life, something has to be done. . . .

Mary Popp


School Prayer

I was saddened to read the May 30 letter written by Dan Bridgewater concerning prayer in school. I agree that no one should be forced to pray and that maturity levels are an important factor in decision-making. . . .

However, in today's world, youths are faced with some pretty serious decisions. Drugs, sex and violence are hardening and destroying our children. . . . It is time they were reminded of their constitutional rights of freedom of speech and freedom of religion from which they can gain strength and guidance. . . . For years, anti-religious people have condemned those of us with a commitment to our faith. . . . It is time that we began making and allowing our children to make the morally right choice, not the politically correct one. . . .

Michele M. Field


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