Letters to the Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

March 30, 2003

Liberty Committee not living up to name

So, the newly formed Maryland Liberty Committee has found fault with Annapolis Mayor Ellen O. Moyer for having the audacity to suggest that citizens gather together in dialogue concerning the war with Iraq.

As reported by The Sun ("Delegates criticize Moyer on Iraq talk", March 26) the committee sent the mayor a letter condemning her actions and reminding her that Saddam Hussein and his followers would not respect such a difference of opinion.

Judging by the tone of their letter, neither do the members of this committee.

I find it ironic that the committee's members, who demand support for our troops while they fight for our liberties and freedoms, are the very same who want to deny citizens these very same rights, such as our right to free speech.

Furthermore the committee has suggested that Moyer was "taking a stand against the war and using her office as a bully-pulpit for opposition."

Where is the argument in this, as they certainly are using their positions and offices to promote their pro-war stance?

Clint Cosner

Millersville

Talking about war is not unpatriotic

"Disgusting" is the best term to describe right-wing state legislators who demanded that Annapolis Mayor Ellen Moyer "stop your anti-war rhetoric and be a true American" ("Delegates criticize Moyer on Iraq talk," March 26)

The mayor wanted community forums to discuss all sides of the war issue. That is a truly American concept, which seems to be lost on the goose-steppers who would stifle debate.

We should be having one of the greatest debates in many years, because a president has plunged our country into an unnecessary war on the theory that Iraq might become a threat to us someday.

Let us hope and pray that our troops achieve a swift victory to avoid more death and destruction, but we must not shut up about the wrongful policies of the Bush Administration.

Raymond S. Gill

Crownsville

Teachers' association supports Sophocleus

I take exception to the cheap shot that characterized Del. Ted Sophocleus [regarding] school funding legislation that involves a tax increase ("House approves $200 million-plus package of taxes," March 20). People who are reasonable recognize that circumstances change and sometimes require us to shift directions, even when we've made previous statements about what we would like to do.

Delegate Sophocleus deserves kudos for recognizing that poor economic times require decisive action.

When asked to weigh the interests and future success of Anne Arundel County's children against his own campaign promises, he took the courageous path and voted for children. He voted to support school funding. For that, he should be applauded, not berated.

Ted Sophocleus put children ahead of politics, a worthy example that we urge all legislators to follow. A society is judged by how well it cares for its children, not by how well it protects corporate tax loopholes or other schemes to deny public schools the resources they need to provide quality education.

The members of the Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County say, "Well done, Ted. The students count on all of us and you came through for them."

Sheila M. Finlayson

Annapolis

The writer is president of the Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County.

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