Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

April 28, 2003

Supremacists create terror here at home

Reading the article about domestic terrorism in Edgewater confirmed what I have been preaching for years - and especially since President Bush began his war on Middle Eastern fundamentalists: Until the United States deals with terrorism at home, terrorism will always be alive and well ("Amid learning, racial fears," April 23).

How hypocritical can a society be to fight a world-wide war on terrorism and disregard addressing the more than 136 years of terrorism right here within U.S. borders?

Although black people have been dealing with racism in the United States for much longer than 136 years, the Ku Klux Klan formed approximately 136 years ago with the primary purpose of terrorizing black people. And in the year 2003 we still see the federal, state and local governments tolerate domestic white supremacist organizations.

These white organizations should not be allowed to express their opinions publicly, just as Middle Eastern people should not be allowed to express publicly their support of groups such as al-Qaida. These white organizations should not be allowed to pass out their literature, just as al-Qaida shouldn't be allowed to pass out its literature.

The bottom line is that these white organizations should be dismantled during this war on terrorism, just as Middle East fundamentalist organizations are being dismantled.

It's quite obvious the past methods of containment still result in hate crimes and terrorism each year. It's long overdue for us to get rid of these organizations once and for all - and it's going to take a lot more than slaps on the wrist, such as suspending and expelling a few students from school because of hateful graffiti, to accomplish this task.

Jonathan R. Burrs

Baltimore

Ehrlich addresses the public directly

Michael Olesker wants us to read between the lines of the "war with Ehrlich" and contends that Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. wishes to communicate through radio and TV media because they are "nice to him" ("Read between the lines of Ehrlich's snub," April 24).

Mr. Olesker then enlightens the reader that "it is [the reporters'] job to look at [the politicians'] work, and analyze it as best we can, and to report what we find as fairly as we can." But when Mr. Ehrlich or anyone else speaks through the electronic media, his or her words and thoughts cannot be embellished or transformed into some other meaning. The listener can hear the message directly from the speaker and form his or her own opinion.

Does Mr. Olesker think those who buy and read The Sun are incapable of forming our own opinions? And how am I to know the information reported in The Sun is factual, not editorial opinions?

If I read between the lines, I conclude Mr. Ehrlich wants to cut through this type of reporting and get his message to the people of Maryland without having it "analyzed" first.

Len Hart

Ellicott City

Hostile tone explains governor's attitude

Michael Olesker's doesn't have to "read between the lines" to understand Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s snub of The Sun and the Washington Post ("Read between the lines of Ehrlich's snub," April 24).

All he had to do is let his eyes travel a few columns to the left of his column, where he could read in David Nitkin's article. "After 100 days, Ehrlich bruised but not beaten," that Mr. Ehrlich is labeled "everything from a vacillator to a lightweight."

Gee, that's a wide range isn't it? Does "everything" include anything positive?

Dave Reich

Perry Hall

Missing the mood of state voters

I read with surprise David Nitkin's article "After 100 days, Ehrlich bruised but not beaten" (April 24), in which Mr. Nitkin could only come up with negatives regarding the governor's term to date.

But even more surprising is Mr. Nitkin's statement that the majority of Marylanders pay "only fleeting attention" to the affairs of government, while only a handful of politicians, lobbyists and "wonks" "carefully follow state affairs."

I would love to see the data on which Mr. Nitkin bases this statement. In all of the discussions I have had with fellow Marylanders, I have found them very interested.

After all, this is the first Republican administration in Maryland in quite some time. And it was put in office because of a widespread desire to change the tax-and-spend (and spend and spend) policies of previous Democratic administrations.

Could it be that The Sun's liberal Democratic leanings are showing? Or that Mr. Nitkin has paid "only fleeting attention" to the mood of most of Maryland's electorate?

Douglas Dribben

Woodstock

Distorting a program helping the disabled

Jay Hancock's article "For taxpayer, cost of federal do-good effort out of control" (April 20) distorts both the Javits-Wagner-O'Day (JWOD) Program and NISH.

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