Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

September 08, 2004

Steele supports taxpayers tired of unfair burden

The Sun's editorial "Racial politics" (Sept. 2) attacks Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele's speech at the Republican National Convention, during which he said, "You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich."

The Sun claims that Mr. Steele's comment is code for racist, affluent whites who want to cut social welfare programs.

Has The Sun's editorial board ever considered that Mr. Steele speaks for taxpayers who are sick of paying more and more taxes to support the nation's ever-expanding welfare state, public schools, social programs and the rest?

The IRS reports that the top 50 percent of taxpayers (about 65 million people) pay the great bulk of income taxes. How long does The Sun think that working taxpayers will continue to support the transfer of their wealth and earnings to the other half of the population who cannot, or will not, support themselves?

Racist? I think not. That's just simple economics and fairness. Ordinary Americans - white and black - who work to support themselves and their families are sick of having the government steal their hard-earned money for government programs that transfer wealth from tax-paying Americans to the rest of the population.

Mr. Steele speaks for American taxpayers - of every color - who are sick of paying for big government.

Michael Holden

Chestertown

Dishonest to blame GOP for city's woes

I wholeheartedly agree with the two final sentences of The Sun's editorial "Racial politics" (Sept. 2): "Politicians won't be judged on race, party affiliation or even what they say. It's what they do that counts."

From 1969 until 2003, the Democratic Party controlled the State House, and it still controls the legislature. Mayors of Baltimore and members of the City Council have been Democrats for even longer.

To lay at the feet of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele and Republicans in general the dismal state of Baltimore is not only disingenuous, it is dishonest.

William W. McCollum

Columbia

Republicans lead fight against inequity

The Sun's suggestion that Republicans have "turned tail on issues of social justice" in recent decades is a tired, liberal refrain that is dramatically out of step with reality ("Racial politics," editorial, Sept. 2).

Republicans have spearheaded efforts to remedy America's most pressing iniquities. Through the use of tuition vouchers and passage of the No Child Left Behind Act, Republicans are seeking to eliminate the disparity in education opportunities between blacks and whites.

Through tort reform, Republicans are seeking the return of obstetricians and other physicians to underserved communities frivolous malpractice lawsuits have forced them to abandon.

Republicans also have an unequaled track record in providing African-Americans access to top government posts.

President Bush is responsible for assembling the most diverse cabinet in U.S. history, including the first black secretary of state.

And despite the fact that Democrats have dominated Maryland politics for many generations, Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele became the first African-American elected to statewide office on a GOP ticket.

Robert C. Knott

Baltimore

Why should blacks back Republicans?

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. is to be condemned for his hateful, disgusting remarks when he called the Democratic Party "racist" ("Democrats `racist,' Md. governor says," Aug. 31).

Since the Republican Party does nothing for those who live in our inner cities, most of whom are minorities, it should not surprise our governor that most African-Americans do not support President Bush or the Republican Party.

Exactly what has the Republican Party done in the past 100 years to give African-Americans any reason to support them?

When thousands of African-Americans in Florida were prohibited from voting in the 2000 presidential election, it sent a message to African-Americans in this country that they do not matter and that the GOP will do whatever it takes to stop them from having a vote and a voice in this country.

Mr. Bush has cut dozens of programs that helped those in poverty rise up and see some hope of achieving the American dream.

For most African-Americans, the last 3 1/2 years have been a disaster as a president who never lifts a finger to help them has taken our country on a path to disaster.

Eric Crossley

Laurel

Bush fails to win the war on terror

I am not surprised that President Bush expressed doubt that the war on terrorism could be won. This is because the Bush administration has been extremely ineffective in combating terrorism ("In a quick reversal, he now says the war on terror will be won," Sept. 1).

Three years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Osama bin Laden is still at large. For the past year and a half, troops who could have been searching for bin Laden and other key al-Qaida members have been fighting in Iraq. I certainly hate to image what plans bin Laden has made during these three years.

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