Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

September 02, 2004

Ehrlich's attack on Democrats lacks all logic

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s statement that Democrats are "racist" is an attack lacking all logic and evidence ("Democrats `racist,' Md. governor says," Aug. 31).

At the national level, the Rev. Al Sharpton reminded us that Democrats led the fight to pass the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.

Moreover, most Democrats support affirmative action, hate-crimes legislation and a host of other issues that are disproportionately important to African-Americans. These include universal health care, minimum-wage legislation and increased funding for higher education.

These are also things that are consistently opposed, or supported less frequently, by Republicans at the national level.

Here at home, the mostly black city of Baltimore is one of the poorest in the nation, yet Republican state leaders show little concern.

We see that the overwhelmingly black school system in Baltimore risks leaving thousands of children behind because of gross underfunding, but Republicans in the state continue to actively oppose fiscal justice.

It's not racist to point out the facts.

The real racists are those Republicans who do not believe that African-Americans are capable of making informed decisions, and therefore assume that black voters are being herded around by Democrats like sheep.

Jeremy Skinner

Baltimore

Throwing stones from a glass house?

There is a big glass house in Annapolis, and Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. resides there. While calling Democrats "racist," Mr. Ehrlich seems to have forgotten his stance on multiculturalism - he called it "bunk," didn't he ("Democrats `racist,' Md. governor says," Aug. 31)?

I think it's time the governor moves from this glass house into a hall of mirrors and takes a closer look at his hypocritical self.

It seems to me that his remarks at the Republican National Convention were a case of the pot calling the kettle black.

Craig Kile

Baltimore

I hope that all conscientious, caring Maryland citizens, Republican and Democrat alike, were disappointed, embarrassed and perhaps resentful of the governor's remarks at the Republican convention.

His comments and motives were as politically "racist" as those he was condemning.

This is not the first time the governor's remarks have made it clear that he believes that the views and concerns of the Marylanders who did not vote Republican in the last election do not matter.

And that is a frightening thought.

Alberta Eidman

Timonium

Steele can be proud to be a Republican

The governor makes a good point.

I often have been called many names because I don't vote the same way most blacks do ("Democrats `racist,' Md. governor says," Aug. 31).

I wonder why we African-Americans vote so regularly for Democrats when it's the Democrats who are against school vouchers.

The Democrats have run Maryland for decades, and our school system is a laughingstock.

Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele should be proud to be a Republican and to stand with Republican Party members such as Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice and others.

I would rather stand alone on principle than be led around like a sheep.

Timothy Nevels

Randallstown

God of the storm and of compassion

The Aug. 23 letter "God isn't gloating over the hurricane" presented a classic false dichotomy: the supposedly irreconcilable difference between a God who is all-merciful and a God who is all-powerful.

Those who believe the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, however, see no need to reconcile anything. We recognize a God who is both the God of the storm and the God of all comfort at once.

To sacrifice either side of that coin is to forfeit faith entirely.

Nor is it helpful to picture God gloating over Florida. Rather, picture thousands of volunteers, many of them traditional Christians, Jews and Muslims who believe firmly that God's sovereign control over Charley never lapsed for even a moment, laboring valiantly to help the victims.

For many of them, faith in the God who sends the storm or calms the storm as he sees fit is the primary fuel that fires their passion to help others.

Come to think of it, if I didn't believe that God works all things - even hard things - for His glory and my good, I'd have to quit my job.

I'd have no Gospel left to preach, and no heart left to preach with.

The Rev. Christopher Gudmundsson

Dundalk

The writer is pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dundalk.

People of Sharpsburg rally against racism

I want to thank the Rev. Gordon Young and his small band of Ku Klux Klan supporters for staging a parade in Sharpsburg ("Residents rally around love as Klan comes to town," Aug. 29). The KKK thus gave the good people of Sharpsburg an opportunity to show the world who they were by their response.

Bravo to the Rev. Malcolm Stranathan and the many people that attended the interfaith services at Dunker Church on the Antietam National Battlefield promoting "Love Not Hate."

As long as more of us continue to show up and unite for love and peace, not for hate and violence, and act on that, we can change the world and truly create peace on Earth.

Michael Wicklein

Towson

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