Women's schools remain strong and relevant
The Sun's article "Hood opts to go fully coed" (Oct. 19) noted the decline in the number of women's colleges in our country. But missed in this article, as in many others like it, is the vitality of a great number of women's colleges.
And ironically, Hood College's announcement came in the same week that the College of Notre Dame of Maryland approved a new mission statement affirming the college's commitment to the education of women as leaders. This commitment is mirrored by our sister colleges across the country, and is as strong today as it was decades ago.
The Women's College Coalition reports that most women's colleges have seen increases in enrollment, with several reporting record high numbers this fall. This college, for example, had a 30 percent increase in first-year students this semester.
Our alumnae are determined that we should remain a women's college, as are the trustees, faculty, administration, staff and students.
And as graduates and supporters of women's colleges absorb the news of Hood's change in status, they can be reassured that women's colleges are alive and well -- and relevant -- in Maryland and across the country.
Mary Pat Seurkamp
The writer is president of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.
Executions do little to stop the violence
I applaud Dan Rodricks for his column opposing the death penalty ("In sniper shootings, prison, not death, is best outcome," Oct. 30).
I am opposed to the death penalty for the same reasons Mr. Rodricks suggests -- answering violence with more violence accomplishes nothing.
The argument over the jurisdiction in which to try the suspects isn't about justice; it's about careers and politics. The prosecutors know that once this case goes to court, their names will be known in every household and their careers will be changed forever.
And this argument over where the suspects will most likely be put to death is sickening. I fear that, any day, someone will propose we put the suspects in a public square and stone them to death.
The snipers deserve ultimate punishment
When the sniper shootings were happening, my son was so scared that he would not walk 20 feet from our driveway into our house because he was afraid that the sniper was going to get him. To see his fear and hear the scream from your child because he is paralyzed at the thought that the sniper might get him is a destruction of our moral right to feel safe in our own yard.
Until our government can come up with a more humane way of dealing with such people, I want them removed from the face of this Earth ("In sniper shootings, prison, not death, is best outcome," Oct. 30).
What the sniper did to my child, and to the defenseless victims and their families, is unacceptable. I do not want the suspects to have one happy moment in their pitiful lives. I do not want any more of my tax dollars supporting them.
So, in my opinion, we need to have them tried and convicted in whatever county or state is going to execute them the fastest. The sooner they are gone, the better I will feel.
Delegates do work together for district
We want to thank The Sun for its endorsement for the 10th District House of Delegates seat ("Legislative endorsements," editorial, Oct. 28).
We would, however, like to make one correction to that editorial. The statement that "the Democrats have three incumbent candidates for the House -- Mr. Burns, Adrienne Jones and Shirley Nathan-Pulliam -- who are not getting along" is not correct.
As a matter of fact, the three of us sit side-by-side on the House floor and work well together during the 90-day legislative session.
We want to make it clear to our constituents that we have always and will continue to work well together on their behalf.
Adrienne A. Jones Shirley Nathan-Pulliam Annapolis
The writers represent District 10 in the House of Delegates.
Comparison of Bush, Churchill isn't valid
The writer of the recent letter "Carter's missions make matters worse" (Oct. 28) said that President Bush is the Winston Churchill of our time.
There seems to be scant evidence that Saddam Hussein is another Hitler, and the United States is not Britain, a small island nation with its back to the wall and meager defenses.
Mr. Bush may prove to be one of the giants of history, but let's defer that judgment.
Evelyn R. Boss
Streets of Guilford feel quite secure
As a resident of Guilford, I take issue with my neighbor who wrote the letter "Believing in city leads only to regret" (Oct. 28). I have lived in the neighborhood for only six years, but have never felt unsafe when walking to and from neighbors' houses or strolling the neighborhood for pleasure or on my way to our many wonderful community events.