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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

April 18, 2002

Let's welcome immigrants, but not illegals

I hope Mayor Martin O'Malley is as entertaining as Al Gore when he attempts to speak Spanish. However, that's where the fun stops ("Welcome - Bienvenido," editorial, April 12).

It's a great idea to bring businesses to Baltimore, but strict guidelines must be established regarding the immigration status of newcomers.

Since Sept. 11, Americans have been horrified at huge illegal immigrant populations residing here, and at the fact that the Immigration and Naturalization Service is often totally ignorant of their whereabouts. I greatly fear the Hispanic community our mayor covets may contain thousands of people who are unlawfully in the United States.

Indeed, as a downtown resident and shopper in the nascent "Spanish Town," I am aware of a tremendous number of Central Americans working off the books for cash.

It's fine to invite Maryland's Hispanic community to relocate here. But Mayor O'Malley must stress that we are a law-abiding community and do not want anyone here who has violated America's immigration laws.

Rosalind Ellis

Baltimore

Watermen belong on Annapolis dock

I am only 16 years old but have lived in Annapolis my entire life. I was greatly saddened by "Changing times scuttling last waterman at City Dock" (April 11), which reported the loss of another link to our past.

I find it ridiculous that our only surviving workboat must be rushed from sight to pander to the Volvo Ocean Race. How can we call Annapolis charming if we take away the things that once made it so?

Why must we continue to push out pieces of our past? I would much rather walk to the harbor and see Alexander "Skip" Parkinson's workboat than one more plastic yacht.

In an age where money is everything, it seems we are ready to hand our city over to those with cameras and sunglasses, with little respect for what Annapolis once was.

We need to maintain a city that reflects who we are, who we'll be and who we once were.

Rachel Ridout

Annapolis

From war on terror to one of suppression

If you were to poll the American people on the question, "Can we effectively attack terrorism without attacking its causes?" I think they would overwhelmingly say no.

Yet our leaders have been steadfast in refusing to couple terrorism and injustice for fear it will dismantle their current war against terrorism.

The reason for our behavior is simple enough - we cannot make attacking the causes of terrorism the centerpiece of our policy because of Israel. By being unwilling to stop what Israel has done and continues to do to the Palestinian people, we remove the moral underpinning of our war.

Now the world is calling us to task, pointing out that we must confront Israel or the war on terrorism becomes a war of suppression, a weapon of tyrants.

Lacking a moral compass, our war will not only fail but has the power to destabilize the entire Muslim world.

H. Edward Schmidt

Upper Falls

Recall who cheered as twin towers fell

Those Americans who are decrying Israel's current actions against the Palestinians should remember this: It wasn't the Israelis celebrating and dancing in the streets hours after 3,000 Americans were slaughtered on Sept. 11.

Frank Whelan

Timonium

Disengagement isn't good leadership

Since the start of his presidency, George W. Bush has pursued a Middle East policy of disengagement, or "ignore it and maybe it will go away."

Now he says he expects better leadership.

That is something many of us have expected since the day of his inauguration.

Mac Nachlas

Baltimore

Store nuclear waste so power can surge

The nuclear waste issue needs to be settled so the last stumbling block to a new generation of power plants can be overcome ("Nevada presses effort to kill nuclear dump," April 9).

With energy prices gyrating again and a new spurt in economic growth expected, we need new domestic sources of energy. Nuclear power is ready to grow once again to help meet that demand, with a stable base of plants operating efficiently and better designs waiting to be implemented.

The anti-nuclear-power groups are desperately throwing themselves into the effort to frighten the public about transporting and disposing of the waste. If they win, we will lose another source of clean, economical electricity and soon be in the same power predicament as California.

H. H. Young

Gaithersburg

Poor leaders cost symphony its stature

It is no wonder that the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra faces a $1 million deficit for the fiscal year. The leadership of the BSO - both the management and the music director - have snubbed their noses at Baltimore and the paying public of music lovers ("BSO faces $1 million deficit for fiscal year," April 12).

Cancel the BSO Chorus and save a few bucks next fiscal year, hire numerous guest conductors to fill in for absentee music director Yuri Temirkanov and insult donors and patrons who contribute to the BSO, and guess what? You have a gigantic deficit.

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