Wrong LawyerLike most people, I have mixed feelings as to...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

April 29, 1995

Wrong Lawyer

Like most people, I have mixed feelings as to whether Nathaniel Hurt should go to jail, but of one thing I am certain. That is that Stephen L. Miles should have never been there.

It is obvious to me that he took this case so as to save money on his TV commercials by getting some great free publicity had he won the case.

This is even more obvious after reading in The Sun article April 13 that Mr. Miles has not handled a murder case in a decade.

He also sank to a new low for attacking the police with unfounded lies.

Rob Mandelberg

Owings Mills

Gun City

If one picture is worth a thousand words, then, the page one photograph, "West Side Gunplay," April 19, speaks volumes about the state and perception of Baltimore City.

We are powerless when it comes to violence and the dominance of the drug monopoly in our communities. Our police are in a state of reaction as opposed to prevention.

When will we find the answer to the question of what to do? Will the prime-time players in the mayoral campaign address this attack on our city in a positive, forceful manner?

Will those who want to live in Baltimore City stay?

McNair Taylor

Baltimore

Early Discharge

In reference to your April 24 article: Our daughter was discharged from the hospital 24 hours after delivering her child. Because of the limited time in the hospital, the baby could not be seen for a routine examination by a physician. Therefore, the post-partum mother had to take the baby to the pediatrician's office, exposing the newborn to the atmosphere of the office and spending two hours out of her crib.

Although the mother is a physician, she had to make numerous calls to the nurses for many questions, and no visiting nurse was suggested or offered. In Germany, the visiting nurse sees the baby and mother twice a week for six weeks following the birth, to assist them with care of any form.

Mutlu U. Atagun, M.D.

Baltimore

It Isn't Right

In response to a letter April 19 by state Sen. Decatur W. Trotter, "Affirmative Action is Good Policy":

We can, and most probably will, debate this subject for quite some time before any change is made, and there may well be no change after all is said or done. I have two points to state:

1. How can prejudice be a valid remedy for prejudice? I cannot understand the logic of that proposition. If prejudice by anyone is wrong, how can prejudice by anyone, even if the pretext is remedy, be right?

2. This upsets me more than anything, and it's the banter of the term "mean-spiritedness." I resent the fact that I'm called mean-spirited because I want to hold on to more of the money that I earn.

This money is the fruit of my labor, and I resent the notion that anyone has any right to that money, other than me and my family.

There is a segment of this society that traditionally has "carried" this nation, through the process of taxation. What is the government going to do when they break the financial back of this working middle class? Who will pay the bills when that happens?

Robert L. DiStefano

Baltimore

Readers Reflect on the Oklahoma Tragedy

I watched with horror the devastation wrought upon the federal building in Oklahoma City. One thing which I have also noted in other disasters gave cause for hope.

When faced with a disaster of this magnitude, the people almost without fail rendered such assistance to the victims as they could -- without regard for race, sex, creed or color.

What a sad commentary on America that it takes a disaster to bring this out in so many cases.

Dave Walcher

Baltimore

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The individuals who conceived and executed the perverted horror in Oklahoma City in what they surely felt was a "just cause" remind us all of the stark reality that accompanies violence as a means to an end.

But while we are righteously quick to condemn the bombing in Oklahoma City and, say, the shelling of Sarajevo, why are we less reluctant to recognize and condemn the horrors of a bombed Vietnamese village or a Baghdad neighborhood?

Do we find it difficult as a people to condemn violence carried out in our name because the "just cause" is in our national interest, which demands and condones such behavior?

Surely none of us can be naive enough to condemn the violence of others while reserving its use exclusively for ourselves in what we perceive as our best interests.

With the sobering influence of time, will former Defense Secretary Dick Cheney one day pen a memoir like that of Robert McNamara?

The question of who can morally do what to whom is of course not new. But the grim spectacle of the Oklahoma City bombing involving people with whom we can immediately identify should cause us to pause and reconsider the use of violence to perpetuate any "just causes," including our own, against people with whom we are less familiar.

What will it take to bring us to the point where we can begin to identify with all victims of violence throughout the human family no matter what imperative exists to sanction their deaths?

George B. McCeney

Glencoe

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