Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

March 19, 2004

Will anyone today condemn immoral acts?

Silly me for reading Susan Reimer's column "Jolie's way of life gives new meaning to `play date'" (March 16) and actually waiting for her to clearly denounce actress Angelina Jolie's way of life as immoral.

I made it all the way to the end but, alas, no such justified condemnation ever really came. Of course, on second thought, I suppose that would have been asking a bit much.

See, we live in the Termless 2000s, and not only are there no boundaries or limits to personal behavior but no reprimands for promiscuity.

If you want to marry your same-sex partner, you can find a locale to tie your reprobate knot. If you want to adopt a child with your "partner" or if you wish to do so as a single mother, you can certainly do so legally in many areas.

And now, if you want to schedule sexual liaisons in hotels during your child's nap time, a la Ms. Jolie, you won't be chastised.

Not only will you not raise the eyebrows of our "enlightened" columnists, but you may just land yourself some free, positive publicity and a few new movie contracts.

Just don't expect to see my smiling face watching your movies.

David Sacks

Edgewater Beach

Building casinos is no reason for pride

So David S. Cordish is happy with himself, devoting 100-hour weeks to erecting palaces of glitz for purposes of sleaze ("A developer bets on Florida fortune," March 14). How sad; how misguided.

What a contrast with developer James W. Rouse, who hoped his Columbia would grow good people and whose work with the poor in West Baltimore was the proudest accomplishment of his life.

Paul Marx

Towson

Study state's bears before holding a hunt

I strongly suggest that the state Department of Natural Resources immediately suspend the planned bear hunt and instead establish a commission of wildlife scientists, impartial citizens from around the state and experts to study how to best deal with black bears in Maryland.

I ask that the DNR support an impartial black bear advisory council that would seek assistance from experts on the subject from federal agencies such as the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service.

The best answers to our bear problem will come from thoughtful dialogue among citizens and experts through a commission that only the governor can establish.

The welfare of Maryland's citizens and that of its now-recovering bear population are now indelibly bound together.

With unbiased recommendations from impartial experts, the black bear issue can be dealt with in a totally rational way.

Gerald Phillip Young

Baltimore

Hubble gives glimpse of universe's majesty

Today, there are many scientific, erudite and very wise words used to describe the universe, our solar system and our neighboring planets, but they sometimes fall on deaf ears ("NASA chief says he is adamant about scrapping voyage to Hubble," March 12).

On the other hand, one photograph from our Hubble Space Telescope can impart an awesome sense of the beauty, power and infinite majesty of every "starry, starry night."

Waddell F. Robey

Harrisburg, Pa.

Veterans see through Bush's allegations

President Bush is in absolutely no moral, ethical or political position to demand that Sen. John Kerry provide details of confidential conversations or information about which world leaders would like to see Mr. Bush defeated in the November election ("Bush tries to pry vets from Kerry," March 17).

Mr. Bush is so full of himself that he had the audacity to make such a demand after sending thousands of military personnel into harm's way, many to their deaths, without providing a shred of credible evidence to justify his call for war.

Veterans such as myself see through Mr. Bush's rhetoric and his attempts to discredit Mr. Kerry's impeccable service record, which is much more impressive than Mr. Bush's questionable service record.

Jonathan R. Burrs

Hagerstown

Kerry's claim shows his judgment is poor

Whether or not it would be indiscreet for Sen. John Kerry to reveal the names of the leaders supposedly so desperate to see him defeat the president, the fact remains that he should not have opened his mouth with statements he was not prepared to substantiate ("Bush tries to pry vets from Kerry," March 17).

Even if there were some truth to his assertions, which is highly doubtful, his lack of restraint demonstrates exactly the kind of poor judgment we don't need in the White House.

Dave Borch

Gambrills

Anniversary is time to assess Iraq war

Today marks the first anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. We can, at this point, thoughtfully assess the wisdom of our policy ("Bush officials defend war on Iraq," March 15).

Al-Qaida, our enemy from Sept. 11, 2001, is alive and well. The evidence is in the Madrid train stations, among other places.

More than 550 American servicemen and women are dead, and almost 3,000 will live with disability and pain from injuries. Our Guard and reserve troops have shouldered an unreasonable burden in this war, taking a huge toll on their families and businesses.

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