JHU still wants to publish book on Bryn Mawr The Sun's...


May 20, 2002

JHU still wants to publish book on Bryn Mawr

The Sun's article "Historians sign on to petition Bryn Mawr on quashed book" (May 13) incorrectly states that the Johns Hopkins University Press canceled without explanation historian Andrea Hamilton's contract for a book on the Bryn Mawr School.

In fact, when the contract was canceled, it was at Ms. Hamilton's request, so she could seek another publisher. And, we did fully explain to Ms. Hamilton why we concluded that Bryn Mawr's legal position prevented us from publishing her book.

We concluded, simply, that the agreement Ms. Hamilton had signed to gain admittance to Bryn Mawr's archives appeared to give the school a legal veto over publication, and that Bryn Mawr -- despite our efforts and hers to dissuade it -- had chosen to exercise that veto.

One point we would like to emphasize: On the basis of external reviews and approval by our faculty editorial board, the Johns Hopkins University Press decided to publish this book. We wanted to publish it. We still do.

We sympathize with our author, for whom we know this situation has caused considerable difficulty and distress.

Jim Jordan


The writer is the director of the Johns Hopkins University Press.

County fares well at winning school aid

The Sun's article "$4.2 million to go to city schools work" (May 9) does not accurately reflect Baltimore County's record in securing state funds to repair and refurbish county schools.

Over the last eight years, Baltimore County has received $180 million from the state to build new schools and repair and renovate existing ones. Our administration, with support from the county council, has matched this money with millions in county funds.

This state participation in constructing and renovating school buildings has been unprecedented. In the four years previous to my administration, Baltimore County received only $10 million in state funds for school construction.

Although Baltimore County received a relatively small share of state school construction money this spring, it has fared very well in the recent past in receiving such funds.

C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger


The writer is county executive of Baltimore County.

Why make a fuss over fighters' rights?

I fail to see why there is so much discussion of making sure the suspected terrorists receive a fair trial under U.S. law ("Twisting the law to fit the tribunals," Opinion * Commentary, May 14).

These men were captured on foreign soil while fighting U.S. and allied forces. They are under no obligation to give any information or cooperation to their captors other than name, rank and serial number, or the al-Qaida equivalent.

Why not make it easy for everyone involved -- allow the rest of al-Qaida to believe they are cooperating, release them because of their cooperation and send and then send them back to Afghanistan where they can then be tried as traitors?

Michael Connell


Don't lift embargo that contains Castro

Former president Jimmy Carter doesn't seem to understand much about human motivation.

Why would a dictator want to establish any semblance of freedom or respect for rights? What would possibly motivate him to do that ("Carter has uncensored talk with Cubans," May 15)? Furthermore, what would stop him if he wanted to free his people?

The United States should not abandon its embargo [on Cuba] to motivate Fidel Castro to move toward freedom. We are right and he is wrong.

Jack Crawford

Silver Spring

Seeing flawed logic in death penalty ban

I would like to applaud the governor for declaring a moratorium on the death penalty on the basis that it is "a lottery of jurisdiction" that may not be applied fairly or without "impartiality" ("Glendening halts executions," May 10).

Following that logic, I fully expect the governor to announce a moratorium on all laws and arrests, since none of them are applied fairly and equally across all jurisdictions.

But why stop there? How about banning all government activities that are not applied equally across all jurisdictions. The governor could start with a moratorium on property tax laws, since how much you pay is based on where you live.

What I am really waiting for is a moratorium on the income tax law, which, as the Democrats are always telling us, is highly unfair in its application.

Craig Schleunes


Zito case exploits mental illness

Francis Zito, the schizophrenic charged with shooting and mortally wounding two state troopers, should be convicted of first-degree murder, not manslaughter ("Trooper describes chaos of shooting," May 14).

He was cold-heartedly lying in wait for police officers with a loaded rifle.

He had the mental ability to warn the officers not to enter his home.

His attorney, Patricia Chappell, stated in The Sun that the "bravado of the badge, the bravado of the uniform also helped inflame the confrontations."

But police officers should wear their badges and uniforms with bravado -- they earn that right by putting their lives on the line every day for law-abiding citizens.

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