Bill Gates' Microsoft is not the best target for antitrust...

Letters to the Editor

October 26, 1998

Bill Gates' Microsoft is not the best target for antitrust lawsuit

The stakes are certainly high in the government's effort to protect us from a supposed Microsoft monopoly ("Microsoft antitrust trial opens with scrutiny of Gates' role," Oct. 20). However, it is a shame that more worthy competitive products could not have been chosen as a vehicle for this suit.

Please understand that while not a great fan of Microsoft, I recently had occasion to try some of the other programs, and Netscape, for example, is far below the quality of the Microsoft browser.

Even assuming that anti-competitive practices are used, why not construe it as being for the protection of society rather than for its detriment? What the competition is trying to accomplish in a court of law is just what it could not do in the marketplace with inferior products.

Morton M. Mower


W. Maryland is optimistic about economy, lifestyle

The article "Officials promise aid for W. Md." (Oct. 17), concerning the closing of the Kelly-Springfield Tire Co. corporate offices in Cumberland and the task force meeting held to discuss job replacement and economic development for the area, was well-written and accurately reported.

However, the statement accompanying the picture of restaurant owner Gino Giatras and his father, Louis Giatras, while correct in stating they had concerns about the Kelly-Springfield closing, did not go far enough.

I was sitting on a nearby stool, enjoying a couple of Coney Island hot dogs and listening intently to the questions asked by your reporter and the answers. Father and son were very upbeat and optimistic about the area's future.

They spoke about the fact we have Frostburg State University and Allegany College nearby as well as a number of good companies occupying space in our industrial parks, plus the Kelly-Springfield Office Building soon to be available to a new long-term tenant.

The Giatras family reflects the feelings of many of us in the Cumberland area. We look to the future with great hope and expectation. We have a new gem -- Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort, which helps showcase to visitors from the United States and throughout the world the quality of lifestyle and the great economic opportunities in Western Maryland.

Frederick J. Hill


Suit to stop absentee ballots works against democracy

Citizens for Democratic Elections should be renamed Censors for Undemocratic Results ("Judge delays mailing of ballots to residents of nursing homes," Oct. 14).

I am appalled and shocked at the Citizens for Democratic Action, an arm of the so-called Voter Integrity Project, filing a suit on Oct. 13 to prevent absentee ballots from being sent to nursing and convalescent facilities.

The organization filed the suit under the pretext of protecting the electoral process. Since when does supressing the senior vote constitute protection of voting rights? What a scam and truly undemocratic attempt this group is making to weaken the senior vote. This lawsuit is an affront and vicious attack on the foundations of democracy.

This lawsuit is a travesty and a complete attack on the foundations of our democratic system. All good citizens should resist such right-wing groups that attempt to break down the building blocks of our democratic electoral system.

Thomas E. Quirk


In life and death matter, Sauerbrey voted wrong

I have watched the Sauerbrey campaign reach out to senior citizens for their votes by promising them tax relief. As a registered Republican, I am chagrined that the Republican leadership has recently taken two stands adverse to the rights of senior citizens.

Seniors have fought for the right for their families to make life-and-death decisions. In Maryland, a law was implemented in October of 1993 to allow a health-care agent to make all health-care decisions, including the right to die.

In Virginia, a conservative governor and state senator invaded the Finn family's privacy and attempted to keep Hugh Finn alive in a persistent vegetative state after his family chose to let him die peacefully ("Brain-damaged man dies after feeding tube removed," Oct. 10). Seniors should remember that Ms. Sauerbrey initially voted against Maryland's living-will statute.

Now a conservative watchdog organization is questioning the right of senior citizens in assisted-living and nursing home facilities to vote by absentee ballot. Are we to believe that a senior who is in need of long-term care should be denied the right to vote?

Maybe the Sauerbrey conservatives want the health and well being of senior citizens jeopardized by forcing them to go to the polls to vote.

Before voting for Ms. Sauerbrey, our senior population should question whether it wants to put someone in charge of this state who has fought against two key senior issues, the right to vote and the right to die.

Michael C. Hodes


State should have no role in car terminal at port

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