Jessamy did the right thing in shooting caseIn his Sept...

LETTERS

September 18, 1997

Jessamy did the right thing in shooting case

In his Sept. 11 column, Michael Olesker suggests that the ''process'' was ''shortchanged'' because the city state's attorney, Patricia C. Jessamy, decided not to present the facts zTC surrounding the death of James Quarles to a grand jury. I disagree.

The state's attorney's office investigates hundreds of cases each year.

Some of those cases are presented to a grand jury for consideration, others are not. In each case, the decision is made by the state's attorney's office. That is how the system is designed to work.

Ironically, the grand jury system was established over three hundred years ago precisely to avoid abuse by overzealous prosecutors who had previously been unchecked in their decisions to charge individuals with crimes.

I do not know enough about the facts in the Quarles shooting to be able to say whether Ms. Jessamy's decision was right or wrong (which hasn't stopped others, even less informed, from making that judgment).

I do, however, know Pat Jessamy, and I know her decision not to start a process that could have led to criminal charges' being filed against the officer was based on a careful consideration of all the evidence after consultation with her staff.

That is what the public should expect from its state's attorney and the system. We should be thankful that Ms. Jessamy was not swayed by a mob mentality that seeks to rush to judgment without a full knowledge and understanding of the relevant evidence.

Gregg L. Bernstein

Baltimore

She was never our princess

Enough already about the death of Princess Diana. I have had it with all the media hype. I cared not a whit about Princess Diana alive, and even less now that she's dead.

To top it off, on Sept. 7 I found an entire section of The Sunday Sun devoted to Princess Di. My copy went straight into the trash can.

To all the people crying and carrying on about her death I say, ''Get a life.''

Frances W. Jordan

Baltimore

For each winner, there is a loser

At first I thought Carl Rowan, in his Sept. 12 column, ''Grabbing gobs of gold from thin air,'' was joking. When it dawned on me he wasn't, I was astounded. He has no clue where the ''money'' in the stock market comes from.

Well, it comes from all those other fools ''investing'' in it who lost their money trying to become rich overnight. But they'll never tell you about that.

Fred Nicholson

Baltimore

Reasons to oppose Chapman's Landing

I'm sure George Washington would not have approved of Chapman's Landing, the mega-development proposed for a site down the river from Mount Vernon.

The project, with plans for 4,600 homes, can't fail to harm the environment because of its size and location. Just because some elected leaders and the Army Corps of Engineers support the project doesn't mean it is a good idea.

Chapman's Landing, almost the size of Annapolis in area, is a sprawl project that will draw reinvestment away from Baltimore and Washington. It will fragment the site's unbroken forest into clumps, harm a spawning ground for a fishery and put a road on wetlands. A complete environmental impact statement needs to be done. Legend Development Co. promises to be careful environmentally, yet Legend's parent company conducts trawl fishing, a practice which has been very harmful to fisheries.

ondra D. Levin

Owings Mills

Even saintly lives have their errors

Congratulations are in order to both the Rev. Joseph Gallagher and The Sun for the timely, sympathetic and carefully nuanced Sept. 14 article on Mother Teresa.

Charisma has a way of clouding reason to the detriment of both charismatic persons and to their audience. Sainthood is that state in which humans finally and fully enjoy the purpose for which they were created.

Of itself, sainthood does not carry freedom from all the ills and skills present in some degree among all humans. We know saints can err in some rather serious matters. Father Gallagher has also reminded us that two persons who were later recognized as saints, living during a period when two men each claimed to be the legitimate pope, were on opposite sides of this vital issue.

The whole point of the canonization process is to engage human reason in the effort to make a sound judgment about the heroic moral virtue displayed in the life of a human being. We all have been enriched by the life and example of Mother Teresa; so also are we the beneficiaries of Father Gallagher's comments.

We could use more of that kind of sober analysis of human affairs.

Nicholas Varga

Baltimore

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Isn't it strange that there seem to be more posthumously critical articles about Mother Teresa than about Princess Diana?

I do not claim that Mother Teresa was perfect or above criticism; I believe that Father Gallagher's criticism misses the entire message of her life. If there was anything that she tried to tell us, it was that each and every human being is a precious child of God and must be treated as such.

Mother Teresa was able to see each person as a gift from God rather than as a problem -- even that person was born into poverty. This is what Jesus does.

He looks at each of us with infinite love. The only antidote to the Culture of Death is the Gospel of Life.

Wendy Pavlat

Baltimore

Pub Date: 9/18/97

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