Letters To The Editor


August 06, 2004

Global warming already takes big toll on state

Hats off to Tom Pelton for an outstanding article about how global warming is already affecting the Chesapeake Bay region in a major way ("New maps highlight vanishing E. Shore," July 30).

The state is losing hundreds of acres of land per year to rising sea levels, which are increasingly driven by our warming climate. And with 3,100 miles of tidal shoreline, Maryland will be hugely impacted - particularly our agriculture, tourism and fishing industries - by the up to 3 more feet scientists believe the sea level may rise this century.

There is nothing natural about this catastrophe, however. Global warming is driven almost entirely by greenhouse gases released by our use of fossil fuels - oil, coal and natural gas. But according to leading climate scientists, we still have time to slow down the warming and perhaps stop it by making a rapid switch to clean, affordable energy technology such as wind power.

Thankfully, Maryland has great wind and solar power resources, so the switch to clean energy would also benefit us economically.

We don't have to resign ourselves to the abandonment of Ocean City and the disappearance of our lovely Eastern Shore landscape. We can fight back and win.

Mike Tidwell

Takoma Park

The writer is the director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network.

Thanks for the terrific article on rising sea levels and the destruction they will wreak along the bay.

To stop global warming, which is the major cause of this, and other problems, we need to build a future that is not addicted to oil and coal.

We need energy efficiency. We need solar power and wind power to power our homes, office buildings and vehicles.

These are among the paths to a future that sustains life.

Charlie Garlow

Silver Spring

The writer chairs the Air and Energy Committee of the Maryland Sierra Club.

Substituting faith for pursuit of truth?

Acting with the false bravado of the proverbial schoolyard bully, President Bush uses his "faith-based" agenda to cloak his own selfish quest for power and privilege. Orville Schell recognizes these tactics in the way this president intimidates and controls the news media ("Bush scorns role of press," Opinion * Commentary, Aug. 2).

Mr. Schell sees the men and women in the Bush administration standing in awe as "truth seemed to descend from on high, a kind of divine revelation begging no further earthly scrutiny" and the case for objective reporting through the press relegated to the back burner while "the administration herded a terrified and all-too-trusting nation to war."

To his credit, Sen. John Kerry doesn't wear his religion on his sleeve, but his quieter, more mature faith appears to be more solidly grounded.

Mr. Bush may "talk the talk" of born-again Christianity from his bully pulpit. But I don't think he has a clue when it comes to "walking the walk."

Elizabeth W. Goldsborough

Owings Mills

Both Bush, al-Qaida claim God's guidance

The column "Bush scorns role of press" (Opinion * Commentary, Aug. 3) reported that an Israeli newspaper quoted President Bush as saying, to Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, "God told me to strike al-Qaida and I struck, and then he instructed me to strike Saddam, which I did."

This news sent a chill to the marrow of my bones because that is the sort of thing al-Qaida terrorists say about their God.

Hiroshi Shimizu


Bundley's example isn't very inspiring

In the article "Principal defends Walbrook policies" (Aug. 3), the lawyer for former Principal Andrey Bundley stated that Mr. Bundley was trying "to be a model to black kids."

By showing them how to promote people who are not qualified to be promoted?

What an unqualified administration Mr. Bundley would have had if Baltimore had elected him mayor.

Grace Y. Jones


OK, we get the joke; now move sculpture

Okay, I get it. The "Male/Female" sculpture outside Pennsylvania Station is just a joke on us, right?

The city is simply testing our collective sense of humor by placing that aluminum monstrosity in front of such beautifully restored classic architecture. It doesn't seriously intend to keep it there.

Well, time's up. We get the joke.

Now, go ahead and move the sculpture.

Sandra L. Wighton


Some still overlook idea of tolerance

Columnist Steve Chapman's comments regarding conservative reactions to the idea of gay marriage made me sad, to say the least ("Trampling Constitution to stamp out gay marriage," Opinion * Commentary, Aug. 3).

Although we are the most powerful nation on Earth, it seems some in the United States are still behind the times when it comes to such a simple concept as tolerance. And unfortunately it seems part of our population can't go on living unless they have someone to despise and persecute. These days, it's same-sex couples.

Perhaps I am just lucky to have received a tolerant upbringing.

Times change, and if certain people don't want to change with them, that's their right.

They have no right, however, to hinder the rights of others.

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