Bill to outlaw handgun prizes is a bad idea Sen...

LETTERS

January 30, 2000

Bill to outlaw handgun prizes is a bad idea

Sen. Barbara Hoffman has introduced a bill seeking to outlaw handguns as prizes in raffles held by political, sportmans and fraternal organizations. This is in response to Carroll County Republicans raffling off a Beretta handgun, the current sidearm of the Maryland State Police, as well as other police agencies.

Handguns have been the main prizes for raffles in many jurisdictions in Maryland. Gun clubs, as well as the Fraternal Order of Police, have all raffled handguns for over a hundred years. In most parts of the state, there is no stigma attached to a handgun raffle. Would Sen. Hoffman really eliminate the main source of income for the FOP?

A handgun, is an inanimate object, with neither good nor bad intentions. If the prize was cash and the winner used the money to purchase one or more handguns, the result would be the same. Therefore, Senator Hoffman should also ban the Maryland Lottery, since winners can use their cash to purchase anything they want.

Most people across the country have no difficulty with the main prize, especially since the winner must go through then same background check and waiting period as any purchaser of a handgun.

Sen. Hoffman should have higher priorities than to stir a tempest in a teapot, withdraw her ridiculous bill, and stop trying to be the moral ombudsman of Maryland.

Sanford Abrams

Baltimore

The writer is vice president of the Maryland Licensed Firearms Dealer Association Inc.

Budget should reflect teachers' salary needs

I agree that education should be top priority, but what is missing from Glendening's plan is way to get higher salaries for public school teachers.

Five years of money infusion to local agencies has done little to help teachers'salaries increase. I believe that an increase in teacher salaries should the top of his education agenda not building and renovating schools,or making college tuition an "anacronism."

Teachers are the backbone of the education system. Without them, the buildings are of little value.

The governor has "smart" solutions to many other things; how about smart increases for teachers.

Henry Mathias

Taneytown

Does reviewer trying to impress readers?

Regarding Ann Hornaday's movie reviews:

I am enclosing a copy of the review of "Sweet and Lowdown" ("Turning Back the Clock," Jan. 21) with highlighted words such, as dyspepsia, canon, peripatetic, dilettante, mellifluous, and insouciance, as used in Friday's paper.

Is Ms. Hornaday trying to impress your readers with her knowledge of the English language or give a review of a movie that your average reader can understand without Webster's Dictionary at hand?

My thought is that your readership would be better served by using more common descriptive language.

This is not an isolated case in point I have noticed such reviews regularly in The Sun and finally felt I had to let my feelings be known. I am sure there are many others who feel the same way.

Grace Parker-Acker

Westminster

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