Hunting bill veto unfairly implies danger to public...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

May 27, 2002

Hunting bill veto unfairly implies danger to public

While I am not surprised the governor vetoed the bill that would have allowed an extra week of deer-hunting season, with one Sunday of hunting, in seven counties, I object to his reasons ("Governor vetoes bill on hunting," May 16).

According to the governor, "Sunday is the only day of the week during hunting season when outdoor recreation such as hiking, picnicking, bird-watching, photography, angling, horseback riding, and other non-hunting activities can occur ... in the state's natural areas without the fear of nearby hunting."

I wonder what the governor means by "fear" of hunting. By using the word "fear" he implies that hunting is dangerous to non-hunters.

Apparently the governor must have misplaced the 1999 report from the National Safety Council that shows hunting to be safer than golf and tennis.

Research at Maryland Department of Natural Resources would have shown that non-hunters in Maryland have not been injured by hunters. But the governor chose to side with animal-rights groups, and further alienate the first and true conservationists of Maryland, the hunters.

Steven Huettner

Glen Arm

The writer is president of the Maryland Sportsmen's Association.

Spilled sewage threatens the bay

The Sun's editorial "Ignoring a mess" (May 12) notes the dire need to improve the pipes and plants that carry and treat our wastewater before it enters our rivers and the bay. We couldn't agree more.

It is well-documented that the Chesapeake Bay's waters are polluted by too much nitrogen and phosphorus. And, according to Maryland Department of the Environment records, more than 1,500 spills dumped more than 55 million gallons of raw sewage into Maryland's waters in 2001.

This raw sewage contains about six times as much nitrogen and more than 12,000 times the amount of fecal bacteria as treated wastewater.

Sewage spills are an immediate threat to the health of the bay and of Marylanders.

Theresa Pierno

Annapolis

The writer is Maryland executive director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Gun rights limited to militia service

The writers of the letters "Constitution protects rights of gun owners" (May 17) need to learn some facts before they instruct others.

In 1939, the Supreme Court decided in United States vs. Miller that the Second Amendment creates only a collective right to gun ownership -related to service in the militia. Since the government now supplies the weapons for the National Guard (the modern militia), an individual does not have a constitutional right to own a gun.

Tony Sarcone

Bel Air

Let's not give up important rights

The writer of the letter "Repeal the right to bear arms" (May 17) is entitled to his opinions about the Second Amendment, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and the National Rifle Association, however incorrect they may be.

But to suggest the time has arrived to "repeal the Second Amendment" is foolhardy.

Anyone who supports eliminating portions of the Bill of Rights that he or she happens to dislike courts disaster for us all - for once that started, where would it stop?

Mike Connolly

Bel Air

Townsend support is not a surprise

What a great surprise to find that Maryland's two senators have endorsed a Kennedy for governor ("Senators rally behind Townsend," May 21).

I'll bet they are also backing War Emblem to win the Triple Crown.

Robert D. Curtis

Bel Air

President Bush is a lousy leader

Given the belated revelations about President Bush's knowledge of possible hijackings prior to Sept. 11, I am more disgusted than ever by his pretentious behavior as a great, wartime leader.

When Republicans derided President Clinton's attacks on Osama bin Laden as a staged diversion from the Lewinsky matter, they allowed their hatred of Mr. Clinton to blind them to America's vulnerability, and to their responsibility to protect the nation.

Now Mr. Bush's arrogance, coupled with his affable yet cavalier ignorance of international relations, represents a true abrogation of presidential duty.

Perhaps the Republican National Committee should attempt to raise funds by selling pictures of a very unsurprised president receiving news of a terrorist attack that he had been warned about, yet took no action to prevent.

Paul J. Patrinicola

Pylesville

Bush must clean up mess Clinton created

How dare the Democrats pretend that President Bush, after receiving much the same reports on terrorism that President Clinton did, should have somehow been able to look into the future and thwart the Sept. 11 attacks ("Bush defends handling of terror threats," May 18)?

All of the Democratic lies and accusations in the world will not change the way that the American people view President Bush, or change the fact that eight years of inaction by the Clinton administration brought on this mess in the first place.

Just as Mr. Clinton's second term was dominated by Monica Lewinsky and scandal, Mr. Bush's first term will be dominated by cleaning up the security mess left behind by the previous administration.

Michael DeCicco

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