Letters To The Editor


April 26, 2005

Ehrlich's record on environment belies rhetoric

Thank you for digging deeper into the environmental public relations spin coming from Annapolis ("Environmental spin," editorial, April 18).

Protecting Maryland's land, air and water takes much more than TV commercials. And as The Sun noted, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and his administration have a pattern of misleading and inconsistent environmental positions.

First, the governor tried to sell off protected lands, and he diverted land conservation funding for the third year in a row. The administration changed its tune, however, once polls showed that Marylanders overwhelmingly support funding and protection for our state lands.

Then there was the administration's attempt to allow the state to give up on polluted waters - much to the advantage of polluters.

Fortunately, after the Susquehanna River was listed as the most endangered river in the country, this destructive policy was dropped ("State drops bid to revise water standards," April 14).

Remember also that the Ehrlich administration fought to put Asian oysters into the Chesapeake Bay, before the scientific research was done, and pressured the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to sign on to that policy.

Thankfully, legislation passed this session will not allow its introduction before we know whether the Asian oyster is safe for the bay.

Susan Brown


The writer is executive director of the Maryland League of Conservation Voters.

Governor shows little real concern

Kudos to The Sun for the editorial on Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and his awful environmental policies ("Environmental spin," April 18).

Every time I turn on the radio recently I hear Mr. Ehrlich talking to his son about Earth Day and the importance of energy conservation

Listening to this ad always disgusts me, because his track record shows that, sadly, our governor couldn't care less about the environment.

Gila Heller


The writer is a ninth-grader at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community High School.

Bolton is right to tell truth about the U.N.

The Democratic Party is seeing the world upside down.

Let's start with former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

In 1975, in one of the most magnificent speeches ever delivered to the General Assembly, he passionately denounced the infamous "Zionism-is-a-form-of-racism" resolution of the United Nations.

Now comes John Bolton, who "disparages" the United Nations in blunt criticisms that the organization has earned. The Democrats assail Mr. Bolton for attacking the organization at which he will represent us, and for making enemies ("Senators seek information on Bolton," April 21).

Such concerns did not deter Mr. Moynihan from telling the truth about the United Nations and should not deter Mr. Bolton.

Nathan Dodell


DeLay ethics deal itself is unseemly

Let me get this straight - the Republican Party wishes to change the House Ethics Committee's rules so that a tie vote kills an investigation rather than triggering one.

But since the Democrats have refused to agree to water down the ethics procedures, the Republicans have offered to launch an investigation of a man they assert is innocent, in exchange for the rules change ("Parties at odds over DeLay probe," April 21).

In my opinion, the offer to investigate an "innocent" man in exchange for a rules change is itself an ethics violation.

Brad Lyman

Forest Hill

Checks and balances are now under attack

For 200 years our government has relied on a system of checks and balances to keep any one part of the government from gaining undue power. We're taught in civics class how the checks and balances safeguard our system of government, and how that system is admired and emulated by other nations.

Now one party is talking about limiting the safeguards in our system by eliminating the filibuster on judicial nominations to allow that one party through the appointment of doctrinaire right-wing judges who would endanger rights we all depend on ("Frist repeats calls for vote on judicial nominees," April 25).

We need the filibuster as a way to maintain balance in the Senate, and removing it would destabilize our democracy.

Laurel Strassberger


Adding skyboxes could revive racing

Trying to top Dan Rodricks with a different idea is like betting a long shot, watching it lead to the far turn, and then ... ("Everybody should have a Pimlico Day," April 21). But if Mr. Rodricks had been in the grandstand with the other six patrons, he might agree with the turning the grandstands into skyboxes.

What baseball and football have in common is their love of skyboxes. So instead of more retirees at Pimlico, why not skyboxes for corporations, special event patrons and big spenders?

How about power breakfasts while watching workouts, races scheduled around the noon-hour for business lunches, then evening races for happy hour and dinner.

Horses won't mind; retirees won't mind - they have the whole day off.

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