Gun foes should erect signs: 'Gun-free home'While my...

LETTERS

March 31, 1996

Gun foes should erect signs: 'Gun-free home'

While my deepest sympathies have been and remain extended to Virginia Wolfe and Melanie Thompson as respects their reasons for supporting gun control legislation, it is obviously apparent that their resulting grief has clouded their judgment.

It is inconceivable to me how anyone can believe that any form of gun control laws would have prevented the heinous criminal acts in either of these cases, or any other similar crimes. Why then, do we consistently try to penalize the innocent because of the guilty? Could it be our governor is trying to generate some form of popularity contest -- he certainly needs it -- or is attempting to raise more revenues in order to further spend?

To the remainder of those hopelessly uninformed souls, I do hope that when you relinquish the presence of firearms in your respective residences that you will kindly place a sign in your front yard stating, "Gun-free home." In so doing, you will enable the criminals to easily identify you as the prey and therefore remove the need for lawful people to take appropriate measures to maintain the safety of their homes.

Also, can we assume that when the governor has "rid all guns from criminal possession" ... will he then discharge his State Police bodyguards to resume their customary patrol functions? ... People, get real.

Dorothy Herbst

Glen Burnie

Enough of bashing public employees

As a "government employee," I feel compelled to write in response to the article that appeared in The Sun on March 24, entitled, "No security for public employees." In the article, Robert C. Schaeffer is quoted as saying, "Let's face it, government has done such a poor job over the last years of doing everything. So if you work for the government, you've done a poor job."

I am angered and insulted by Mr. Schaeffer's arrogance. Every day, government employees (county and state) serve many citizens in many vital ways: protecting public safety; educating our children; providing health care services to county citizens; protecting vulnerable children and adults, families, children and senior citizens; bending and maintaining our infrastructure; plowing the snow; keeping our water and sewage systems flowing, to name a few. And we serve these citizens very well.

Mr. Schaeffer should think twice before he brazenly insults these county citizens, his neighbors and taxpayers ourselves, who work hard every day to give an honest day's labor for an honest dollar serving his and our neighbors. ...

I, for one, am very weary of Mr. Schaeffer and his polemics. ... We are better than his opinion of us and deserve better than his disrespect.

Pamela L. Smelser

Pasadena

The writer is a social worker and supervisor with the Anne Arundel County Department of Social Service.

Peter Jay forgot the Liberty Tree

I enjoyed Peter Jay's column about tulip poplars. They are, indeed, magnificent trees. I was disappointed, though, that he mentions tulip poplars planted by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson in Virginia, and does not talk about the Liberty Tree, a tulip poplar in Annapolis which served as a rallying site for the Sons of Liberty prior to and during the Revolutionary War.

It is the last Liberty Tree left standing, and thought to be well over 200 years old, and thousands of Maryland school children have learned about its role in history while standing under its canopy.

Kathie Frissyn

Severna Park

Changing process might energize board

As co-chairman of the Anne Arundel County delegation subcommittee on the school board selection process, I feel compelled to respond to an assertion made by my colleague, state Sen. Philip C. Jimeno, in his March 24 letter to the editor.

In his letter, Mr. Jimeno stated that "during the entire debate over the power to appoint school board members," the impact of a change in the selection process "on improving the quality of education of the students has never been raised."

On several public occasions, I have stated that a key goal has been to re-engage and reinvigorate the county school board nominating convention, whose choices were frequently ignored by two former county executives and former Gov. William Donald Schaefer. By requiring the appointing authority to select a school board member from a list submitted by the nominating convention, participation and interest in the process will be heightened.

This should result in greater parental involvement and interest in seeking improvements in students' classroom performance, which is a primary purpose of our public education system.

John R. Leopold

Annapolis

The writer is a delegate representing Legislative District 31 and vice chairman of Anne Arundel County's legislative delegation.

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