Letters To The Editor


October 25, 2002

Mayor is doing all that he can to make us safe

I commend Mayor Martin O'Malley on his recent appearance on WBAL radio and for the way he has led Baltimore during his tenure as mayor ("O'Malley angered by criticism on radio show," Oct. 18).

Mr. O'Malley is truly passionate about Baltimore and is trying his darnedest to provide its residents with safer, drug-free communities.

The recent fire-bombing tragedy that claimed seven innocent lives has nothing to do with "nitwit" politicians and everything to with a drug culture that unfortunately pervades the city.

We need to find solutions to the problems that create this culture and stop looking for scapegoats.

Mike Busick


After reading about Mayor Martin O'Malley's righteous indignation over comments made by WBAL radio's talk show hosts, I can only say, "Hooray for Mr. O'Malley."

He had the courage to stand up to the talk show hosts, face-to-face -- a courage the hosts lacked when they unjustly criticized Mr. O'Malley for Baltimore's problems.

Ron Parsons

Glen Burnie

Instead of running their mouths on the radio, why don't Chip Franklin and Rob Douglas get off their behinds and take on Mayor Martin O'Malley's job of running the city?

Mr. O'Malley has done an exceptional job in a very troubled city. If Mr. Franklin and Mr. Douglas feel they can do a better job than the current "nitwit" politicians, I suggest they run for office.

As for Mr. O'Malley's blunt comments, I'd rather have a mayor who speaks from the heart and means it than one who speaks from the lips and forgets what he says.

Mary Campbell


Let the voters teach the mayor a lesson

When Mayor Martin O'Malley leveled his criticism at callers who blamed "nitwit politicians" for the state of the city and, ultimately, the fire that killed five children, he was correct about one thing: The politicians didn't actually light the match that started the fire ("O'Malley angered by criticism on radio show," Oct. 18).

They did, however, through decades of corruption and mediocrity, create the conditions that led to the fire. Oh, yes, and they are nitwits.

I don't have the arrogance to believe that I could get away with inviting Mr. O'Malley to the parking lot to kick his, um, posterior -- but I certainly hope the voters do just that in the next election.

Richard D. Brown Jr.


The drug dealers are the real enemy

Angela Dawson and her children deserve a lot more than special-interest grandstanding ("At rally, fear turns into anger," Oct. 21).

The statements of the Rev. Calvin Keene and Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD) spokesman Rob English provide little comfort to those in our dangerous neighborhoods. And using this tragedy to promote a group's own agenda is, at best, unreasonable.

To me, it is clear who this city's enemies are: the drug dealers. True community leaders will focus their words and efforts on them.

Ryan O'Doherty


Leaders have been silent for too long

The Sun's editorial "If not now, when?" (Oct. 18) was excellent. I liked in particular its jab at legislative leaders.

And to answer The Sun's question, no, the political icons are not doing enough in Annapolis and City Hall.

They have been silent too long.

Richard L. Lelonek


Ehrlich hasn't earned trust on fiscal issues

Considering the active role Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has played in creating our national budget woes, can he actually expect us to believe that he's the best candidate to tackle Maryland's budget deficit?

Last year, Mr. Ehrlich voted for the Bush administration's $1.3 trillion tax cut, more than a third of which helps only the richest 1 percent of American taxpayers, while those in the bottom 20 percent will see only 2 percent of the benefits.

More recently, Mr. Ehrlich voted for a $100 billion package of corporate tax breaks that included eliminating alternative minimum taxes on businesses retroactive to 1986, doubling many corporate write-offs and allowing multinational corporations to defer tax payments on oversees profits.

Since riding Newt Gingrich's coattails into Congress eight years ago, Mr. Ehrlich has played a significant role in dozens of congressional decisions leading to today's federal budget crisis.

Let's hold Mr. Ehrlich accountable and keep him as far away as possible from Maryland's purse strings.

Sayra Wells Meyerhoff


NRA seems to side with the criminals

The National Rifle Association (NRA) continues to be a target every time guns are involved in crimes such as our serial sniper murders because that organization fights zealously against any and all attempts at gun control ("Don't use sniper to attack NRA," letters, Oct. 19).

Granted, most gun owners would never be involved in such crimes. But the NRA's harsh opposition to proposals such as gun fingerprinting sometimes makes it appear to be on the criminals' side.

Michael Baker


Fingerprinting guns won't stop shooters

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