Giving condoms to teens furthers responsibilityI recently...

LETTERS

September 24, 1995

Giving condoms to teens furthers responsibility

I recently read a letter by Kathryn J. Henderson in the Sept. 3, 1995, issue of The Sun. She commented on an article written by Mona Charen entitled, "Shedding Light on Teen Sex." I did not read the original article. However, I do understand what Mrs. Henderson is saying.

These girls who are 15 and younger are probably being persuaded to have sex by the older guys, and of course, a young girl is curious. I do not think these girls know what they are getting themselves into when they "experiment" with much older guys, much less trying to obtain money ("on the dole") by having a baby.

I do agree that groups and organizations should press the issues of safe sex, waiting, being sure, etc. The reason for handing out condoms is not meant to tell teen-agers that it is OK to have sex. It is meant to teach responsibility.

On the other hand, I guess these guys -- I would not call them men -- have not heard that they could be charged with statutory rape.

Jenifer A. Hilton

Pasadena

Disappointed with new format

The purpose of this correspondence is to register my disappointment as regards your new format for the sad remnants of a once fine paper.

I have not been a fan of your paper since the Times Mirror organization has been in charge. Your paper has been totally socialistic in content, totally devoid of any editorial common sense and totally focused towards political correctness and its associated history revisionist movement.

Notwithstanding this, I had hoped, that in spite of your political learnings, the "new Sun" would at least contain good reporting and improved national and local news. I had hoped it would have the sheer physical weight of printed material as the Washington Post. Such is not the case. This morning's issue remains shallow in terms of coverage and substantive content and is absolutely disorganized. And today was your first under your new life, it should have been your best. Shame on all of you.

The only reason we read The Sun is that we want a morning paper to read as we drink our coffee and pet our poodles prior to going to our respective places of employment on our required daily activities. We live in Linthicum and have been unable to get the Post or the Times delivered. If the format of your new offering remains the same, coupled with its total lack of objectivity -- to refresh your minds, recall your coddling of Parris Glendening in the last gubernatorial campaign and what this has wrought on the people of Maryland -- I am sure that the Times and the Post will both start marketing in our area of northern Anne Arundel County. So, if in the future, we become able to get morning delivery of the Times and/or Post because of your continued ineptness, maybe it will be worth it.

Stanley F. Westendorf

Linthicum

Don't measure religion by donations

This letter is in response to the article, "Catholics ranked low in church-giving, average family donates $386 a year." The reason that I am writing is that I feel that it is insignificant how much an individual donates a year. I disagree with ranking religions by the amount of money they are giving to the church. The important things in church are the faith, belief and love a church shares, all of which cannot be ranked. The fact that Catholics are being ranked low in church-giving is misleading. They are being ranked for the amount of money they are giving, not their generosity in giving themselves and their resources.

To tell you the truth, I don't know everything the church needs money for. I'm sure that there are a lot of things such as heat/air conditioning, wages for people who work at the church and repairs, to name a few. As long as the Catholics have the essential necessities to run a successful church, no one should be complaining. I feel that we should be focusing on the amount of faith and love Catholics give, not the amount of money they give.

Lisa Harding

Pasadena

Faulkner wasn't up to the challenge

In response to Catherine Pulverente's letter in the Sept. 2 issue of The Sun ("No Pity"), I agree with her about the amount of pity expressed to Shannon Faulkner. The men entering the Citadel never have pity expressed on them like she did. Yes, it might have been harder for her because of her sex, but she should have realized that from the beginning. I saw her on TV in an interview a few weeks ago, and she announced that she had received threats while in the Citadel. So what? If she was really the strong person she claimed to be, then she could handle such things. That is a poor excuse from her behalf.

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