Maryland GOP makes room for conservative and moderate...


October 07, 2001

Maryland GOP makes room for conservative and moderate voices

It is regrettable that a recent editorial that should have been a celebration of state Sen. Martin G. Madden's distinguished service in the General Assembly included a partisan criticism of the Maryland Republican Party ("Loss for GOP and state," editorial, Sept. 21).

Mr. Madden made clear his reasons for concluding his service at the end of the year. He wants to spend more time with his family and pursue a business opportunity that will require time and attention.

To his credit, Mr. Madden also recognized the GOP needs a fully engaged leader to travel statewide in the crucial months leading to the Nov. 2002 elections.

To characterize his decision as a message to the GOP appears disingenuous. Of course there is room for moderates in the Maryland Republican Party.

Having twice had the privilege of nominating him for Senate Minority Leader, I know Mr. Madden was elected by a unanimous coalition of his conservative and moderate Republican peers, who recognized his ability to get things done for our caucus. His leadership in reforming the state's welfare system speaks volumes to the confidence both Republicans and Democrats placed in him.

In light of recent events, I hope that The Sun will refrain from political labeling. Undoubtedly, the 2002 election will provide ample time for that discussion.

Christopher J. McCabe


The writer represents Howard and Montgomery counties in the Maryland Senate.

Struggling railroads need subsidies, too

It's too bad the government can't see fit to award Amtrak some of that money it is giving to the airlines ("Switching tracks to meet demand," Sept. 28).

Having traveled the world by plane, train and auto for more years than I sometimes care to remember, it was always pleasant to journey by train - especially in Australia, Canada and Europe.

If our airlines could emulate Qantas or British Airways (two of my favorites), I'd say give them some financial help. But let's also help out our railroads.

Joyce Myers


Downtown shuttle service needs links to other transit

Once again, the best-made plans to improve transportation options in the Baltimore region fall short of a comprehensive effort ("Shuttle service in city aims to ease traffic, parking woes," Sept. 27).

The downtown shuttle service is a wonderful concept and will give a reprieve to the demolition of downtown buildings to feed the voracious demand for parking. However, it does nothing to improve Baltimore's air quality and fails to link to transit services and fares in a sensible way.

A better approach would link the cost of the shuttle to that of an MTA pass and provide riders with those passes. In the event of a downtown traffic emergency such as last summer's, commuters would then have a real transit option, without added expense.

Linking the shuttle's cost to MTA passes would also enable riders to enjoy reduced costs by taking advantage of the Commuter Choice tax credit.

Scot T. Spencer


The writer is a transportation specialist for Environmental Defense.

Overthrowing the Taliban would be a mission of mercy

If we can believe what the media reports about the plight of the average Afghan citizen, an overthrow of the Taliban government to get Osama bin Laden's organization would be a wonderful humanitarian act.

Americans do not want to see the innocent suffer - but they are already suffering, especially the women.

Karen Oldham


Increase in gun sales promises to take a toll

One of the many unfortunate consequences of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 has been a dramatic increase in gun sales throughout the country.

I cannot but wonder who the victims will be of these newly amassed arsenals.

Will they be foreign terrorists, seeking to destroy our country, or friends and family of the gun owner, felled either by accident or intentionally?

History and statistics point to the latter.

Nancy D. Savage


Guns weren't needed to execute atrocities

I find it very interesting to point out to the proponents of handgun legislation that one of the most horrific attacks in civilization was carried out without any evidence of the use of one handgun.

Robert S. Maslin III


Disclosing information that aids our enemies

I am very concerned with the amount of information being published in the papers that could be beneficial to the terrorists in our country.

In the Sept. 29 Sun, I read that U.S. and British special forces are in Afghanistan ("U.S. in `hot pursuit' of terrorists"). The article went on to describe just how they will operate. I feel that this will endanger their lives.

Another article listed the installations where chemicals are stored throughout the United States ("Army boosts forces protecting chemical stockpiles at APG," Sept. 29).

There is a lot information we are not required to know and our enemies would like to know.

Stanley Groves


Citizens must report suspicious activities

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