Ireland partitioned before independenceJust a slight...


December 22, 1997

Ireland partitioned before independence

Just a slight correction. Bill Glauber wrote (Dec. 12) that, in 1921, Lloyd George and Michael Collins "sealed the agreement that led to the partition of Ireland."

The fact is that Ireland was partitioned by the Parliament at Westminster when it approved the Government of Ireland Act in 1920. The Parliament at Stormont was already open by the time Michael Collins and Lloyd George met in 1921.

The partition of the country was, at that time, a fait accompli.

Tom McCarthy

Sherwood Forest

Scandals galore and no one cares

Beginning with Gov. Parris Glendening's pension scandal, the arrogant city Department of Housing and Community Development, the inept city school system, the politics of city school headquarters, the shove-it-down-your-throat Wyndham hotel deal, state Sen. Larry Young's apparent conflict of interest and the costly (to the taxpayers) Community Development Financing Corp., The Sun has consistently and effectively exposed in black and white the appearance of wrongdoing in government agencies.

Public reaction: ho-hum.

Now besides nearly total apathy of the people in charge, a racist label and threat of lawsuits to The Sun, what changes or improvements have these exposes brought about?

Has the governor ever apologized for being caught with his two hands in P.G.'s pension jar?

Has the mayor fired anyone or even acknowledged the appearance of impropriety on his watch?

So while it is commendable for The Sun to keep public officials in The Sun-light, don't expect it to make one whit of difference considering the attitude these people have.

Frank A. Sume


Judge Dudley's job to say what he said

Judge James Dudley was certainly justified in advising a domestic violence victim to avoid occasions of abuse. It is his job to tell the truth.

Many of us are thankful that he takes it seriously.

Judges are for dispensing justice and judicial advice for the good of society.

Dispensing sensitivity for the good of the individual is the job of families, friends and churches. Blurring these clear-cut responsibilities is not wise or judicious.

Elizabeth Ward Nottrodt


Columbus Center lacked imaginative marketing

The reason the Columbus Center has failed is not as complicated as one might imagine.

The building is magnificent. "Build it and they will come," however, is not always the case.

Its philosophy should have been more like: Build it and give the public an offer people can't refuse.

One example would have been to invite the public to come and see it for $1 the first month. Once people had seen it, they could have spread the word to others and that would have created momentum.

One more thing, the name was wrong.

The Columbus Center is meaningless, shows no imagination and doesn't draw people to it. It's just confusing.

Esther Yaker


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