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November 07, 1994

Man who killed boy deserves no sympathy

We sympathize with Baltimoreans who face harassment caused by our out-of-control youth.

However, for Nathaniel Hurt to imply he has no regrets for taking the life of a 13-year-old boy who threw rocks at his car is appalling ("Man charged in shooting of boy, 13, has no regrets," Oct. 16).

Imagine if we all took someone's life each time we became frustrated and angry. We would live in fear each time we upset someone or rubbed them the wrong way.

As responsible adults we must find ways to help our angry, out-of-control youth. Frustration isn't a problem just for Mr. Hurt.

It's also a problem for our misplaced youth. They seem to be nomads wandering from place to place with no one to lend them a helping hand.

In today's society we are apt to forgive Mr. Hunt, who took the life of a young boy who never had a chance to live his life. On the other hand, we tell our children young Vernon Lee Holmes Jr.'s death should be a lesson to them.

What kind of message are we sending our children? Surely not a message of hope, but of fear.

If we can send people to the moon, create superhighways and rescue manatees that have lost their way, why can't we save our children who reach out to us desperately for help every day?

Kids like Vernon Lee Holmes Jr. fall through the cracks because our society will not take a firm stand and say, "We must save our youth."

Meanwhile Mr. Hurt, who faces first-degree murder and weapons charges, has gained the sympathy of many, including his neighbors and friends. They have even spearheaded a week-long drive to raise 10 percent of his $200,000 bail.

Can anyone tell us why those neighbors, friends and interested groups cannot organize a mentor or outreach program to help our youth?

If the same enthusiasm were given to such programs as the energy being expended for Mr. Hurt, imagine what a difference this would make for our misdirected youth.

Thelma D. McMillan

Baltimore

Good Samaritans

I am a university lecturer from England whose flight bag was stolen on arrival at Baltimore-Washington Airport recently.

The bag contained all of our American money, return airline tickets, passports, my personal computers (including my diary and all my contact phone numbers and faxes), my medication for a heart condition, two student dissertations which I marked on the plane and sundry books and papers.

As a result we spent an unhappy weekend in Baltimore. But I am writing to thank the many people in this city who have shown sympathy and understanding for our plight.

The people at Johns Hopkins emergency center, the British Airways staff, the Omni Inner Harbor hotel staff, the crew of Channel 13 who filmed us after the theft, the manager of the Burger King on Fayette Street who gave us a free breakfast and countless individuals who saw the TV broadcast, recognized us and said how sorry they were.

To the decent people of Baltimore, many thanks.

To the thief or thieves, who probably don't read The Evening Sun or have any conscience either, I would just say that you have involved us in an immense amount of trouble, cost, emotional upset and three sleepless nights.

We cut short our visit, but the worst thing was that you undermined two students' opportunity to obtain a degree for which they worked so hard and you very much put my life in jeopardy as a result of the loss of my medication and the stress that caused.

I leave preferring to remember the city for those who helped us and gave moral support when we needed it.

Ian Grayston

Baltimore

The new GOP

Rep. Newt Gingrich and Sen. Bob Dole worked hard this year to block virtually every piece of meaningful legislation that came before Congress.

They even killed or maimed bills that Republicans might be expected to support, such as the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and the anti-crime bill.

Whatever their motive, it must be admitted that such dedication to purpose is worthy of a reward.

I can think of no better way to honor them than to replace the label of Grand Old Party, which has identified the party of Abraham Lincoln for years, with that of Gridlock, Obstruction and Paralysis, which is more closely aligned with the direction the Republicans are headed under their leadership.

John D. Venables

Towson

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