Green Party thrives without money from PACs or...


November 23, 2001

Green Party thrives without money from PACs or corporations

I was happy to see coverage in The Sun of the Green Party winning status as a national committee ("FEC awards Green Party national committee status," Nov. 9). But while the article was technically accurate, it missed an important point about the Green Party: We do politics differently than Democrats and Republicans, especially with regard to money.

Although national committee status allows us to accept donations of up to $20,000 per year from individual donors, the Green Party of the United States caps donations at $10,000. And neither the national or state Green Party accepts any donations from PACs or corporations.

Furthermore, Green candidates routinely underspend their opponents, even in races where Greens win elective office. This was demonstrated on Nov. 6 in Annapolis when our candidate for Ward 1 alderman, Isaac Opalinsky, garnered 42 percent of the vote against an entrenched Democratic opponent.

Mr. Opalinsky imposed on himself a $100 donation limit and only accepted money from individuals. His campaign raised approximately $2,600; his opponent raised at least five times that amount.

Our efforts locally and nationwide resonate because we practice politics with integrity and demonstrate that people are more valuable than money. This is translating into electoral success: Greens won 31 seats across the country this month and currently hold 116 seats in 20 states.

Alison M. Gibbons


The writer co-chairs the Maryland Green Party.

Heartsick at the thought of razing memorial wall

I am heartsick that the mayor is willing to break his promise not to raze the Memorial Stadium wall ("O'Malley favors razing stadium wall," Nov. 10).

I have fond memories of seeing Memorial Stadium being finished in 1954 as I started high school right across the street at Eastern High.

I just don't understand why we can't preserve the Memorial Stadium wall and still have a memorial to all veterans on a site near Camden Yards.

Joan R. Beard


Ugly planters do nothing to improve Catonsville

Congratulations for publicizing the obnoxious planters used to curb speeders on Newburg Avenue in Catonsville ("County Council seeks to navigate hazardous path of traffic calming," Nov. 13).

I have lived in Catonsville for more than 40 years, and these planters have to be one of the most outrageous ideas yet.

That is a very nice section of Catonsville, and to put this type of thing in the community, when there are other ways to curb speeders, does not do it a favor.

Hermina Dunker


Uncontrolled storm runoff will doom effort to save creek

Congratulations on the wonderful feature on 13-year-old Whitney Hoot's work to get neighbors on Warehouse Creek to grow oysters to cleanse the water ("New Oyster Cult," Nov. 14). However, I hope readers saw the tragic side of the story.

Ms. Hoot noted that uncontrolled stormwater runoff pours mud and pollution from the road directly into Warehouse Creek and turns it chocolate-milk color. One dock that once floated a 40-foot boat is now so silted it barely floats a canoe.

Warehouse Creek has gotten lots of lip service for years from the bureaucratic maze of Anne Arundel County and state officials in charge of planning. However, the tragic truth is that the bureaucratic maze means good intentions do not become action. And no amount of oysters can keep up with the government-allowed silt and pollution.

Is anyone in government willing to cut the red tape and double-speak to truly take action to protect Warehouse Creek?

Fred Hunt


Ungrammatical headline helps explain poor speech

I often wonder why people cannot speak proper English. But with headlines such as "`You couldn't see nothing but flames'" (Nov. 11), now I know.

Kristin Bachran


In this one-party state, Sun's vigilance is critical

Recent news on Maryland's poorly performing pension fund and Gov. Parris N. Glendening's political maneuvering for his post-gubernatorial career are examples of the problems of a one-party state, which is what we have in Maryland.

It is very important, in this one-party state, for The Sun to be highly critical and analytical of what is happening in Maryland's political life. That is the duty of a state's leading newspaper, no matter its political preference.

Keep up the good work -- and protect us taxpayers.

Robert D. Curtis

Bel Air

Work-release programs limit harm to prisoners

The Sun's editorial "Serving jail time for lack of money" (Oct. 28) stated: "And the longer indigent pretrial defendants are kept locked up, the more vulnerable they become. Imprisoned breadwinners may lose jobs and their families face eviction and other hardships."

A work-release program would substantially alleviate that sort of problem. An expanded home-detention program would do the same thing.

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