Publicizing locations of hazardous material gives...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

October 24, 2001

Publicizing locations of hazardous material gives terrorists a hand

The Sun's map of major chemical facilities provided a very convenient overview of toxic chemical concentrations, along with an assessment of their effects ("When chemical safety is a matter of security," Oct. 17). The Sun should give more consideration to the possibility of supporting or encouraging terrorism.

Terrorists could certainly have created their own map by correlating public information and asking a few innocent questions. But in this case that service was provided by The Sun.

The chemical safety story could have been told less graphically and without identifying specific targets.

Francis R. Rahl Jr.

Baltimore

How nice -- publishing a handy, pocket-size map of all the major chemical facilities and potential targets in the Baltimore area for potential terrorists' convenience.

Whose side are you idiots on?

Gary A. Kerner

Pikesville

The Sun's Oct. 17 article on chemical safety was irresponsible at the very least.

It was a red flag to terrorists or nuts that said, "Here, use this idea." And to show a map with the approximate number of people who could be killed was the height of stupidity.

The media must rethink what it shows, talks about and prints. It must use some common sense, if it has any, and think about the consequences of its articles.

Charles P. Koerner

Elkridge

I read with interest The Sun's article regarding area industries that produce or stockpile hazardous materials. Perhaps I'm overreacting, but I view this article as an invitation and blueprint for future acts against our nation.

Well-organized terrorist groups could already have this intelligence. However, the information The Sun published might well spur activity by homegrown deviants and copycat wannabes.

In the future, I suggest you think before you print. Whose side are you on, anyway?

Michael A. Rupp

Carney

To provide information on hazardous materials, complete with inventories at each company accompanied by a map showing the area of potential impact at this time, puts The Sun in the category of a company assisting terrorist organizations. If any incident were to be connected to this information, I hope The Sun would be held as an accessory to the crime. I also hope lawsuits would hold you financially liable.

Please cancel my subscription. I do not wish to support a company that assists terrorist organizations.

Donald C. Lewis

Mount Airy

High school should demand a full-day commitment

Stephanie Desmon reported in "College is a viable goal" (Oct. 17) that the majority of high school seniors in the Baltimore region attend classes for less than half the school day.

Since nearly all the high schools changed from seven-period days to four-period days, students can fulfill graduation requirements in three years, but are not allowed to graduate until the end of four years because of the policy of reserving English IV for seniors.

Our public education leaders and legislators mandate and fund full-day kindergarten for 5-year-olds, while letting our 17- and 18-year olds practically take the year off. This makes no sense to me.

Ms. Desmon's article should open our eyes and make us ask when all our high schools will offer full-day education for seniors and prepare graduates for success in college and the workplace.

Megan Shook

Baltimore

Symbol of evil makes a lousy school mascot

I find the controversy over the devil mascot at Catonsville High School curious. Defenders of the mascot keep saying it is not anti-Christian and it is only for "fun" ("Caving in to complaint over mascot tramples the rights of students," letters, Oct. 17); then what is it -- pro-Christian?

Sept. 11 was marked by evil; why use the traditional personification of evil as a mascot, regardless of your religious orientation? You might as well put up bin Laden's picture, just for fun.

George Harrison

Bel Air

It's only in Christian cultures that women enjoy civil rights

Like a broken record, Ellen Goodman keeps repeating her mantra of "all fundamentalism is the same." Most recently, she equates the Christian tradition of male "headship" in the family with the enslavement of women under the Taliban ("Taliban's first enemy: women," Opinion

Commentary, Oct. 12).

Not only is this a vile slur on millions of households throughout the world, it ignores the fact that almost nowhere but in nominally Christian societies do women enjoy even a modicum of civil rights or social equality.

Michael Martin

Timonium

Critics of Bush's war aren't `anti-American'

I am disturbed at the accusations of "anti-Americanism" directed at those opposed to President Bush's "war on terrorism." Is it "anti-American" to oppose the killing of innocent Afghans; to oppose the recent bombings of an Afghan village and the Red Cross?

I am opposed to this war because of these things and because the Bush administration is violating international law by waging this war. This matter should be settled before an international court.

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