Elkridge is no place to relcate city strip club Dan...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

April 30, 2001

Elkridge is no place to relcate city strip club

Dan Rodricks recommended that strip club owner Kenny Jackson move his establishment to U.S. 1 in Elkridge ("Nice guys finish last -- and cost us too much," April 13). I take issue with this on behalf of the good people of Elkridge.

Rather than finding citizens rolling out the welcome mat, Mr. Jackson would likely find a citizenry outraged and ready to defend their community from the element such an establishment would attract.

I have been a county councilman for two-and-a-half years, and I have yet to meet a group of people more dedicated to the preservation and improvement of their community than the citizens of Elkridge.

Elkridge is a community of good, hardworking people who are proud of their community. It is also a family-friendly town, where many have grown up and returned to raise their own families.

Elkridge is no place for Mr. Jackson's type of business.

Christopher J. Merdon

Ellicott City

The writer is a member of the Howard County Council.

Cincinnati must punish its trigger-happy police

I was so overcome by the results of the hatred in Cincinnati, which caused three nights of rioting, I ended up in tears. Why so much unrest and hatred? Timothy Thomas is the 15th Cincinnati black man gunned down by a white cop in six years.

There is something awfully wrong in the police department. I think it is high time Mayor Charles Luken and Police Chief Thomas Streitcher do their duty and put Officer Steven Roach and all the other officers guilty of murder behind bars.

It is an outrage that these people, because they are police, can get away with murder. The racism and lack of conscience are shameful and deplorable.

Gabrielle C. Turek

Crofton

Maryland's state song is just as bad as Mississippi's flag

While I heartily agree with The Sun's editorial regarding the Confederate battle flag on the Mississippi flag ("Banner of racism, intolerance," April 19), it's peculiar that the criticism comes from a state that has an equally offensive state song.

Most do not know all the words to "Maryland, My Maryland," but they are offensive and scurrilous. Let's clean up our state shame before criticizing others.

R. T. Taylor Jr.

Ellicott City

The brutality of boxing offers no model for kids

I am all for setting goals and working hard to achieve them. However, I cannot understand the overwhelming celebration when one man uses his fists to win a sports title by beating another man to the point of "knocking him out" ("Car crash knocks out Rahman victory parade," April 26).

Doesn't this send a signal to the children of Baltimore that to be someone special you have to endanger another man's body and possibly his life?

Boxing is brutality hidden under the name of sport. What's so sporting about causing permanent brain, spinal, hearing and other damage to another person?

Surely there are other role models the city should be honoring at City Hall.

Patricia A. Leepa

Ellicott City

Why not raise funds to improve the city?

Two articles in the April 26 Sun caught my attention. The first was about the mayor's fund-raiser ("Mayor's fund-raiser brings in $800,000 for campaign coffers"). The second was about the city's inability to spend $900,000 for jackets to enhance the police department's image ("Police deferring purchase of jackets").

The juxtaposition of these two items makes me wonder why successful fund-raisers aren't held to enhance the city (for specific libraries, for example) instead of to enhance the coffers of its politicians.

Why not raise money for Baltimore instead of for politics as usual?

Lois Schenck

Baltimore

Anti-Israeli diatribe won't help peace process

Michael Brown's column "Bulldozing peace hopes" (Opinion * Commentary, April 22) was a typically one-sided, anti-Israel diatribe. Mr. Brown goes on and on about the plight of the Palestinians without mentioning the years of violence and killings perpetrated by the Palestinian people, whose charter still calls for the total elimination of the state of Israel.

He also distorts other facts of history. He states that the Palestinians were "terrified out of their homes by Israeli forces in 1948." This is simply untrue.

In 1948, immediately after the United Nations created Israel, Arab countries in the area launched a full-scale attack with the goal of annihilating the state of Israel. Many Palestinians voluntarily left their homes, at the behest of the invading Arab armies, to clear the way for the attack.

Israel pleaded for peaceful co-existence and exhorted the departing Palestinians to remain in their homes and live in peace. The surrounding Arab countries persisted in invading Israel, which successfully defended itself.

The Palestinians have remained in a state of virtual war with Israel ever since, with numerous acts of violence perpetrated against the people of Israel that continue to this day.

Iver Mindel

Cockeysville

Michael Brown's column blaming Israeli Prime Minster Ariel Sharon for dimmed prospects for the peace process was as inaccurate as it was long.

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