Moral LivesBill Glauber's article on the Benedictine...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

July 31, 1994

Moral Lives

Bill Glauber's article on the Benedictine Abbey, July 24, is an inspiration to all who are truly interested in a return to objective morality.

We read of men who are living in the peace and contentment that can be found among those who dedicate their lives to their Creator, and seek to live in accordance with the teaching of his son, Jesus Christ.

The lives of these men are in stark contrast to those in the article below, by Susan Baer, who are seeking to obtain the "family values" vote by the concept of "communitarianism" while trying to avoid conflict with those whose practices are totally incompatible with moral principles.

The most absurd and ridiculous attempt is the purported bipartisan coalition, "Character Counts," of a few senators, including Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., whose credentials include purporting to be a Catholic while being a leading proponent of the right to, and public funding of, abortion.

The politicians may be able to change many laws, but one that they cannot change is the principle of contradiction.

While the Democratic Party has the greater number of those who promote their "civil rights" in opposition to objective morality and their spiritual and "civic" obligations, there are more than a few Republicans who are attempting to infect the Republican Party with this virus.

In the last several decades, many have abandoned their faith and their moral principles in a craven attempt to placate those who demand their "right" to be immoral.

It is now time for all to assert the moral fact that no one has a "right" to do wrong, and it is especially important for our church leaders, a number of whom are among the "craven," to lead us to the practice of virtue and away from satiety.

Michael B. Sullivan

Towson

The Handicapped

In reply to Lucille Sachs' letter (July 27) concerning parking permits for the handicapped:

While I am sure permits are abused by relatives of the handicapped, there are other factors. A lot of permits are given out for such illnesses as heart disease, lung disease, cancer and many chronic illnesses that are not visible to the eye.

On many occasions I have witnessed passersby checking-out a person exiting a car properly parked in handicapped spots. Unless this person is limping, in a wheel chair or on crutches, the looks these angry passersby give are accusatory.

I have heard nasty comments directed at a person parking in a handicapped spot. It always makes a person angry in a mall who cannot get a parking space and then sees someone pulling into a handicapped spot.

Before making derogatory remarks, people should stop and think, is this person suffering from an illness that is not visible?

Stop being envious, just be thankful that you are healthy enough to walk from any parking space you choose and do not have to apply for a handicapped permit.

Linda M. Hess

Sykesville

Mature Charger

I add my vote for the name "CFL Steeds." It would suit the present logo better than Colts, because the horse appears to be a mature charger, not a frolicsome youth.

Lois Lilienfeld Weiner

Baltimore

Russian Officers

Please explain why my tax dollars are being used to subsidize the private housing of Russian military officers (The Sun, July 8, "Clinton lauds freedom won by Baltic nations").

Which of Maryland's congressional representatives voted for this absurdity?

Gerald L. Mummey

Lutherville

Hunting in the Mojave Desert

Your Votes in Congress section on July 17 inaccurately represented the House vote on Rep. Larry LaRocco's amendment to the California Desert Protection Act, H.R. 518.

The question before the House was whether or not to create a new national park. H.R. 518 would have established a new park in the California desert, the Mojave National Park, which many consider the centerpiece of this bill. The Park Service has determined that the Mojave has outstanding natural qualities justifying its permanent protection as a park.

Representative LaRocco proposed, instead, to downgrade these lands from park status to a lower level "preserve." Historically, preserve status has been used when major conflicts -- such as oil and gas development -- make full park status unworkable.

But the issue here wasn't a sprawling oil field, it was the National Rifle Association's insistence that all public lands be open to hunting.

Since the establishment of the Park Service, virtually every national park has been closed to sport hunting, including Virginia's Shenandoah and Maryland's C&O Canal.

In 1984, the NRA sued the Park Service to open parks to hunting but lost. Now, it routinely opposes park additions.

Reputable polls show that 75 percent of Californians support establishing the new Mojave Park with no hunting, and the facts about hunting don't add up to denying it park status.

Over the past 30 years, an average of just 26 deer have been shot annually in the Mojave -- more deer are killed on the George Washington Parkway.

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