Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

March 13, 2003

Buhl defeat brings shame on Democrats

Maryland's elected Democrats have brought more shame on their party with their tantrum over the nomination of Lynn Y. Buhl as secretary of the environment ("Senate Democrats derail Ehrlich's environment pick," March 12).

No senator found her to be unqualified. No senator had cause to oppose her nomination.

Environmental extremists opposed Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s election, but the people voted for him and, by extension, his appointments.

Governor Ehrlich asked the extremists to share the table with other interested parties. They rejected the offer and manipulated the extremists in the Senate to join Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and Sen. Brian E. Frosh in a major pout.

For the sake of the state, we can only pray that this shameful crew gets a time-out, and a seat in the corner from the voters in three years.

Bruce L. Robinson

Baltimore

It is absolutely incredible that members of Maryland's Senate would conduct themselves in such a blatantly partisan manner as was the case with the rejection of Lynn Y. Buhl as environmental secretary ("Senate Democrats derail Ehrlich's environment pick," March 12).

Apparently, handing Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. a political defeat was more important than dealing with the looming budget deficit. Everyone should remember that these same senators voted to approve the bloated spending bills of the past several years that have resulted in the state's current fiscal crisis.

And what is their response to the crisis? Have they ever acknowledged responsibility? No, they would rather embark in mean-spirited politics to embarrass the governor.

Shame on Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and his "lapdog" senators.

Larry Koch

Reisterstown

Md. environment deserves better

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s choice of Lynn Y. Buhl for environmental secretary was bad for Maryland, the environment and the people of Maryland.

Mr. Ehrlich chose to nominate someone who would help him gut Maryland's enforcement of environmental protection laws, which he sees as inconveniences to business. Ms. Buhl, an out-of-towner with little experience who shares that view, was perfect for his needs.

The Senate was right to oppose the nomination.

I voted for my senator because he has a conscience and a concern for the environment that we depend on to live. Mr. Ehrlich's threat to punish the senators and their districts is an example of putting politics before people and polluters before the environment.

Neil Cohen

Towson

Yielding to speeders fosters recklessness

I read with concern the article "House approves bill requiring slower drivers in left lane to yield" (Feb. 27). Am I the only one who thinks this is ridiculous?

The speed limit applies to all lanes, so why should a law-abiding citizen be forced to make a potentially dangerous lane change so someone can break the law by speeding?

As someone who uses Interstate 695 and Interstate 95 daily, and has been stuck in numerous long back-ups as a result of accidents caused by other people's stupid driving maneuvers, I do not feel this law would improve traffic flow at all. It will only encourage aggressive drivers and put innocent lives a risk.

Gina M. Cross

Abingdon

The House of Delegates' approval of the bill allowing a driver doing the speed limit in the left lane to be penalized left me wondering: Does this mean the speed limits are irrelevant? Does this mean you can no longer get a ticket for exceeding the speed limit?

I've had drivers pass me crossing the double yellow line because I was only doing the (legal?) speed limit. I thought they were morons who couldn't read signs or understand street line markings. Now I know the morons are in Annapolis making our laws.

Vivian Vann

Glen Burnie

Unblocking left lane will make roads safer

Gregory Kane's concern over the passing-lane bill is overly alarmist and his rationale flawed ("Delegates give green light to menacing Md. tailgaters," March 8).

He recounts three unfortunate personal driving experiences, and lambastes the House of Delegates for giving "a symbolic high-five to menacingly tailgate my car."

Trouble is, he was driving in the center or right lane in all the cited examples, while the law specifically addresses only that "a vehicle being overtaken in the far left lane shall give way to the right in favor of the overtaking vehicle."

Mr. Kane is correct that a law will not eliminate bad drivers and poor driving habits. However, his apparent approval of rolling roadblocks in the left lane is ill-advised. Regardless of the speed, people who take it upon themselves to regulate other drivers, thus causing them to weave around and pass on the right, are the greater danger to efficient traffic flow and safety.

Mel Barnhart

Randallstown

I was grateful to read Gregory Kane's column ("Delegates give green light to menacing Md. tailgaters," March 8) that says Maryland is joining the rest of the civilized world and will designate that highways' passing lanes should be used for passing.

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