Letters To The Editor


October 20, 2002

Smaller firms keep tech sector surging forward

If you made it through the first eight paragraphs of Jay Hancock's column, "Glendening's high-tech legacy is likely to endure for years" (Oct. 6), you would find a positive tribute to Maryland's technology community, the impressive number of tech jobs created here, and the stockpile of tech talent this region now boasts.

Before reaching that conclusion, however, Mr. Hancock describes in great detail the recent economic problems of four area tech companies, intimating that their troubles are indicative of the state of the entire industry in Maryland.

No one needs to be reminded that the economy in general, and the tech sector in particular, have been sluggish at best. But it is equally important to recognize that many area tech companies are continuing to survive, and even grow, despite the economic slowdown.

Dozens of successful gaming companies have made Hunt Valley the second-largest gaming community (behind only Silicon Valley) in the nation.

Perhaps the problem is that Mr. Hancock's column, and much of The Sun's coverage of the tech sector, focuses on a handful of large companies. While these companies are certainly front and center when it comes to news, such coverage hardly provides a true picture of the tech industry.

Here and across the nation, the entrepreneurial companies continue to drive tech growth.

Penny Lewandowski Newt Fowler Baltimore

The writers are, respectively, executive director and chairman of the Greater Baltimore Technology Council Inc.

Falwell forgets Christian values

I agree wholeheartedly with the G. Jefferson Price article, "Falwell's comments seem un-Christian" (Oct. 13).

These "Christians" who advocate getting rid of the Palestinians by whatever means in order for the Jews to take over all of the Holy Land seem to have totally missed out on the meaning of Christ's life, which, as I understand it, is compassion and love for all.

They apparently approve of the destruction of the Christian Palestinians as well as the Muslim ones. They must know that there are many Palestinian Christians there, located primarily around the Jerusalem area.

Doris Rausch

Ellicott City

Thank you for the article "Falwell's comments seem un-Christian."

As a Christian and an American, the Rev. Jerry Falwell and his brethren have made me cringe many times.

I've asked myself, "Do they read the same Bible I read? Are they following the same teachings of Jesus I'm following?""

I pray that those of us who strive for a Christ-centered life outnumber the Rev. Falwell's gang, and that their eyes will be opened to the true teachings of Christ -- of peace, love, forgiveness, charity, inclusiveness and struggle for the good of all mankind.

Dana Jones


Islamic clerics also owe us an apology

Although I do not agree with the Rev. Jerry Falwell about anything, how is it that Muslim leaders got him to apologize for expressing his (grossly uninformed) opinion ("Islam clerics accept Falwell's apology," Oct. 15)?

Have the same Muslim leaders asked for apologies from all the imams and mullahs from London to Manila who call for death to Jews and Westerners and use paranoid fantasies and lies to get their misguided followers to do their work?

It seems contrition has only been demanded of Israel and the West, while some Muslim leaders are allowed to poison the minds of their young devotees around the world.

Michael S. Eckenrode


Is the president obsessed by Iraq?

Perhaps I am alone in this, but President Bush's obsession with going after Saddam Hussein reminds me eerily of Herman Melville's story of Moby Dick, the white whale.

I hope the analogy is wrong, for I hate to think we Americans are like the hapless crew of the Pequod that was steered by crazed Captain Ahab into disaster.

Elke Straub


Townsend had years to fix juvenile justice

I read with laughter that Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend's campaign accused Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. of hijacking Ms. Townsend's initiatives to improve juvenile justice ("Ehrlich's plan for juveniles is unveiled," Oct. 10).

Now that she is running for governor, Ms. Townsend has a plan to fix the juvenile system?

What has the lieutenant governor been doing for the last eight years on this matter?

Scott A. Poe


Minimum state wage could cause tax hike

Faced with stagnant poll numbers, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend apparently decided to try to buy votes by promising to increase the minimum wage for state employees ("Townsend pledges $11-an-hour wage for Md. employees," Oct. 14).

Maryland's economy is a mess, unemployment is rising, the state faces a budget deficit of $1.7 billion, state agencies face a hiring freeze and the General Assembly, citing a lack of funds, has denied raises to state employees.

The lieutenant governor's proposal is not only out of step with that reality, it is bad policy during a time of economic slowdown.

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