Letters To The Editor


April 01, 2003

Exile promises to stem violence plaguing state

State Sen. Brian E. Frosh has threatened to reject Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s Project Exile program unless stricter gun control laws are included ("Committee leader stalls firearms bills," March 28). To me this is a classic case of blatant political partisanship getting in the way of effective law enforcement.

Project Exile works because criminals are sentenced under tougher federal statutes and sentencing guidelines. Bottom line: The thugs are off the street for a long time.

Criminals choose to break the law and will do so any chance they get. In Maryland, we have some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country, yet the killings continue. More gun control laws will only infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens.

Scott Morton


The assault weapons state Sen. Brian E. Frosh insists on further regulating are simply self-loading rifles. Their regulation or banishment saves no one. Project Exile, on the other hand, would save many lives.

If Project Exile is held up because of Senator Frosh, blood spilled in the future will be on his hands.

Bob Adams


By refusing to pass a Project Exile bill unless it includes more gun control, state Sen. Brian E. Frosh makes his position very plain: He is more concerned with restricting the rights of the law-abiding than punishing criminals.

David Titus


State Sen. Brian E. Frosh stated that "studies have shown that Project Exile alone does not prevent gun crime." What Mr. Frosh did not mention is that, using Project Exile, Richmond and the state of Virginia dramatically reduced their crime rates without passing a single gun control law.

And where are the low crime rates in areas such as Maryland and Washington, which have among the toughest gun control laws in the nation?

Political insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. And the results of gun control are obvious in Maryland: high rates of violent crime.

James Mullen

White Hall

Assembly prefers to take no action

It looks like the General Assembly will end this session with no accomplishments. House Speaker Michael E. Busch seems determined to halt the slots proposal ("Slots bill seen as favoring tracks," March 27) and state Sen. Brian E. Frosh is against the governor's Project Exile bill ("Committee leader stalls firearms bills," March 28).

The Sun quoted Del. Joseph F. Vallario Jr. as saying, about Senator Frosh's opposition to the gun bill, that taking no action this year "is probably a good idea."

This seems to be the motto of the entire General Assembly on everything that has come up before it.

George Pruchniewski


Slots plan rips off state taxpayers

I seldom agree with Dan Rodricks but he was on the mark about slots ("State won't hit jackpot under latest slots plan," March 28).

In Ontario, Canada, the government owns the casinos and hires a Las Vegas company to run them. The result is the company gets 2.74 percent of the gross and 5 percent of the net while Ontario gets the rest. That is a lot better than Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s plan, which would give the already-rich track owners and gambling CEOs 44 percent of the action.

The governor's plan is a scam and a rip-off of the citizens of Maryland.

Kurt S. Willem


Redistricting serves gambling interests

Now the battle has been lost. The City Council has passed, unblemished, Mayor Martin O'Malley's redistricting plan containing the shameful gerrymander that peels off the Mount Washington barrier woods along Northern Parkway from the Mount Washington political district, making it immediately vulnerable to takeover and destruction by racetrack interests who now will readily be able to build upon it ("O'Malley's redistricting plan approved, 12-4, by City Council," March 25).

Neither Mr. O'Malley nor our City Council representative, Rochelle "Rikki" Spector, lifted a finger to prevent this.

On the contrary, each gave more than a simple indication of being there for the slots people, not ordinary folks.

Leonard J. Kerpelman


The writer is vice president of the Woodland Committee Land Trust.

Bombing won't solve complex problems

Cal Thomas offensively labels those who have opposed our pre-emptive war against Iraq as "naysayers" who would lament military success when it is achieved ("What will the naysayers say next?" Opinion * Commentary, March 26). This is foolish.

Mr. Thomas doesn't recognize that many of us worry about the complex problems that bombing won't solve.

The United States will be perceived by much of the world as an arrogant bully, unwilling to work in concert with other countries on important issues and unwilling to push Israel to be a good neighbor in a Muslim region by withdrawing from Palestinian lands.

And at home we will suffer the results of Republican tax cuts - mammoth indebtedness, decreasing public services - and a bullying Republican majority determined not to compromise on any of its extreme stands.

Martha G. Little


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