In shadow of tragedy, Ehrlich's ambitions appear...


October 02, 2001

In shadow of tragedy, Ehrlich's ambitions appear self-centered

Is Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. serious? Or just crudely ambitious and self-centered?

Just 10 days after the single worst act of terrorism in our history he's leading his own personal fund-raising pep-rally in the nation's capital, challenging his cash committee to bring him $2 million or he won't run for governor ("Ehrlich `inclined' to join race," Sept. 22).

With an attitude like that, I say he no longer deserves to keep his job in Congress, much less lead Maryland.

When he gave the go-ahead, his money men cheered.

When he suggested the terrorist attacks have changed "the whole paradigm of Maryland politics" and opened an opportunity for him, I winced.

America was just starting to heal and come to grips with terrible tragedies. President Bush had just given a majestic speech setting the course for our response. The stock market had fallen 1,200 points. Tens of thousands of layoffs were announced. Americans were giving from their hearts and pocketbooks to the victims and their families.

Yet Mr. Ehrlich was receiving high-fives and grubbing for money, plotting his next political move. He doesn't deserve a next move.

David Paulson


The Sun's article "Ehrlich `inclined' to join race" made me feel very uncomfortable and quite upset.

I wasn't a big fan of President Bush before Sept. 11, but I back him 100 percent on his decisions related to our national tragedy. And I hope Democrats and Republicans can, at least for a month or two, put self-interest and partisanship aside.

What has Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich been concerned about? Apparently, himself.

What have the Republicans been concerned about? Apparently, trying to use this tragedy as an opportunity to advance Mr. Ehrlich by linking him with a now-popular president.

This is disgusting and downright wrong. It's time, at least in the short-term, to come together as Americans - not as partisan Republicans and Democrats.

Thomas E. Quirk


Tornado poses choices on weather and warming

The tornado that ripped through parts of Virginia and Maryland on Sept. 24 was just a freak event - or so we will be told by those (such as the oil companies and their minions in the U.S. government) who have an interest in preserving our complacency about global warming.

We've been told actions that slow worldwide climate change cost too much and harm our economy.

Consider, however, that this tornado - which could be a symptom of global climate change - caused $10 million in damage, killed three people and significantly disrupted many people's lives.

We have the choice to pay small, manageable costs and make manageable adjustments in our lifestyles to prevent the possibility of large-scale, unmanagable, devastation by "natural" events such as torrential rains and floods, hurricanes, droughts and rising coastal waters.

But I'm afraid that, for most Americans, it is easier to wait and see if disasters happen, and hope they will happen to someone else.

This is a recipe for doom.

Elizabeth Fixsen


Study who's attending the New Town school

What happened to school boundaries? As a resident of the New Town community I believe the officials are overlooking this problem ("New school beset by popularity," Sept. 23).

If a task force was created to check each and every student enrolled at New Town Elementary School, I am sure you will find quite a few who do not live within the boundaries of Owings Mills.

I am sure many, many children overpopulating this school are living with relatives, not physically but on paper.

D. Levin

Owings Mills

Taxpayers shouldn't keep airline executives rich

I read in The Sun that the top three executives at US Airways have a "golden parachute" severance package under which they will split $45 million dollars ("US Airways views its crisis as life-or-death struggle," Sept. 20). Is this what my tax dollars are paying for?

I am all for helping the airlines because of the recent tragedy.

However, this bailout should not be utilized to pay for their previous bad business decisions or endow executives with golden parachutes.

Richard L. Coleman Jr.


Do only the passengers in first class get hungry?

I read with interest the article regarding cutbacks of food service on domestic airlines ("American, TWA plan to halt most in-flight meals by Nov. 1," Sept. 21). Evidently only the wealthy or first-class passengers get hungry enough to deserve to be fed on their mentioned flights.

This just reinforces the old adage: "Money talks."

Pat McLaughlin


Community should decide how Woodberry develops

The unanimous community opposition to Loyola College's development plans in Woodberry Forest is a result of more than a year of meetings with all parties involved ("Council to step in on plan for Loyola athletic fields," Sept. 24).

Loyola's threat to community peace and livability has helped unify the neighborhoods and opened our eyes to the workings of city government.

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