Real InjuryI was shocked and disappointed by The Sun's...


November 13, 1994

Real Injury

I was shocked and disappointed by The Sun's report (Oct. 29) of a Laurel church bus driver who was accused of molesting a 10-year old girl.

In the article, the writer stated that the accused was charged with child abuse, assault, battery, and third-degree and fourth-degree sex offenses.

Yet the writer also noted that, according to the police, the child "was not injured."

I wonder how it came about that a man could be accused of such crimes without inflicting injury upon his victim.

This appears to be another example of a fundamental lack of knowledge about the true nature of sexual assault. Undoubtedly the incident left the child with an injury that may cause her pain for the rest of her life.

Just because she had no broken bones or gunshot wounds does not mean she did not sustain irreparable damage.

It is disheartening that the police source did not recognize this, and it is especially objectionable that The Sun repeated it.

Kris Appel


Lay Off

I was distressed to read that dissatisfied groups are once again baying at the heels of yet another Baltimore County Circuit Court judge, not only complaining vociferously about his decision, but vehemently demanding his removal from office, for what to them was an overly lenient sentence in a criminal case.

If the apparently increasingly popular practice of attacking judges, as well as their decisions, through rallies, demonstrations and similar extra-judicial means is to be a feature of our justice system, perhaps, like everyone else seeking to participate in the process, proponents of views critical of what a judge did or did not do in a particular case should be required to state their positions in the courtroom, subject to accepted procedural and other safeguards, for consideration by the judge before, rather than after, he makes a decision which some subsequently find so objectionable.

Comment on public business, including in-court activities of judges, is certainly to be welcomed, but is it either fair or right to go after a judge because one is displeased, for whatever reason, with what he decides?

In every litigated matter at least one of the participants likely is less than enamored of the outcome. Is that really a proper basis to begin, like the Queen encountered by Alice during her adventures in Wonderland, screaming in fury, "Off with [the judge's] head"?

While I may well be but a small voice crying in the wilderness, I believe someone must say, when the basis for complaint is no more than disenchantment with a decision honestly made, lay off of the judge.

Let him do his job. In the long run we and our justice system cannot but benefit.

Benjamin Lipsitz


Trash Deal

It was with great interest that I read in The Sun that Baltimore City would not be collecting trash as usual on election day. At first, I thought this was a result of that fateful day; I fell asleep at my desk during my civics class many years ago.

I must admit that the correlation of choosing our government representatives and the sanitation of our city streets was vague but somehow related.

Ah, but then I remembered. I went to school in Baltimore County, where the trash is collected on a regular basis, even on election day.

Ted L. Pearson



David A. Fisher's letter (Oct. 16) regarding the new recertification requirements for teachers was far too negative. Since education is a continuous learning process, wouldn't teachers need courses to keep up with the ever changing process of teaching students?

My guess is after taking these courses, Mr. Fisher will have an equal amount of students prepared for class and eager to learn that which he has acquired. These students will understand the importance of continuing their education beyond high school . . .

In making his point, Mr. Fisher should have proven how these extra courses would not improve education.

Hopefully, the message conveyed in his letter does not filter into his classroom. Students may feel cheated not having a positive, encouraging and enthusiastic teacher.

Requiring teachers to do more will not only look good on paper, but will be visible in the classroom. Most students will embrace learning new information. Indeed, there is hope for Mr. Fisher and for a better education system in Maryland.

Sallie E. Macklin


Discredited Booth Theories Linger

Media attention has been given recently to the proposal to exhume the remains of John Wilkes Booth to "prove" a century-old theory that the assassin actually escaped the 1865 federal dragnet and that the body in Green Mount Cemetery in Baltimore is that of someone else.

As director of Surratt House Museum, a facility dedicated to interpreting the history of the Lincoln assassination, and as a life-long student of that event, I am irritated that the media have chosen to give only one side of the issue.

Many noted historians have spent years working on this rather worn-out theory.

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