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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

July 09, 1995

In Sheriff's Case, Truth's Secondary

How could it be? On the very same day, June 8, when The Sun for Carroll County printed a story about the lawsuit against the sheriff of Carroll County, it listed attorney Judith Gaeta, who is from an Annapolis law firm, as representing the sheriff and his main deputies. For all of this to happen so quickly, there must have been a nervous county government impulsively calling into play its legal machinery.

But where in the picture is the 126-page complaint filed against the department by officer Lucita Matthews? . . . Is anyone listening to what Deputy Matthews is trying to tell us? Are we too involved in putting her in her place that we don't have time to reflect on the issues?

Now, in rapid fire, the county government, which is not even listed in the complaint, brings in LGIT (Local Government Insurance Trust), which pushes the button for the Baltimore-based Shapiro law firm to send in Annapolis attorney Gaeta to win -- not seek the truth, but win. . . . With the many laws against intimidation and harassment because of gender and race, why does the county immediately set up barricades to prevent Lucita Matthews from receiving a fair chance at justice?

Following the alleged campaign . . . to put this black, female deputy in her place, down comes the hammer of county government with LGIT and all its power. Is this what we want from our government? Have we lost all sense of fairness? If the lawyers and the courts are thinking that it's a game to be won or lost, where is our referee to ensure fair play?

A. Ray Drolsum

Taneytown

Search and Seizure

Residents of the 6th Congressional District of Maryland have cause to be alarmed at the recent vote cast by Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett in favor of House Bill 666.

This bill drastically narrows the so-called "exclusionary rule," which protects Americans from evidence produced through illegal searches and seizures by law enforcement officers. . . .

In taking the oath of office, Mr. Bartlett swore to support the Constitution. By voting in favor of House Bill 666, Mr. Bartlett clearly violated that solemn oath and does not deserve the honor of serving the people whom he has betrayed. . . .

Donald L. Kirkpatrick

El Paso, Texas

Education Gem

We hear so much nowadays concerning budget cuts to our public school systems, hollers and screams regarding better education for our students and handing over chalk and blackboards to private enterprises that, at times, some little glimmering "gem" goes unnoticed.

I recently had the privilege and pleasure of observing for a day Joyce Bell's classes at Arbutus Middle School. I was pleasantly surprised. Here you have a public school with genuine concern and dedication, which was evident in the students who attend that school. . . . My hats off to Principal Linda Wilson and Phil Taylor and Marge Scholl, assistant principals, for promoting an atmosphere where students can succeed. And students, I applaud each of you for becoming a role model for other middle school students to follow.

Betsy City

Eldersburg

Mistakes About Pride Day

There have been some brutal misconceptions about the June 10 event that was held at the Independent Underground.

First, this was a "Pride Awareness Day." Yes, the word "pride" has been associated with homosexual functions that go on every year. The Independent Underground does not judge a person's lifestyle or what they believe. I feel being human is something to have pride in.

Second, this "Pride Awareness '95" was to bring together the young, old, poor, middle class, and, yes, even the rich. For once in Westminster's history, there was an event with human beings helping other human beings without concern of where somebody came from or where they may be going to to.

It's time to open our eyes to the whole big picture of what this event is about -- AIDS. I have talked to teen-agers about this disease, and I am amazed at the responses I get. "I can't get AIDS because I'm not gay, I'm straight."

That misconception is responsible for AIDS being the No. 1 killer of our youth today. I feel that If we teach our children, we will give them a tomorrow.

This was an event to celebrate life and not to flaunt a certain lifestyle. It was an event to help make people aware, on how to protect themselves and how to help themselves understand what HIV and AIDS are.

It was a wake-up call. Were you there? . . . When future generations turn to you and ask "What did you do to help the AIDS crisis?" what will your answer be?

Ronny Baker

Westminster

HIV and AIDS are serious issues.

I personally heard one girl proclaim that she is heterosexual and a teen-ager so she could not contract HIV. That scares me.

Anyone can contract AIDS.

When I heard of the Independent Underground's AIDS Awareness and Pride Celebration, I was glad to see someone working for the truth.

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