Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

July 08, 2005

`Hatchet job' betrays a bias against Ehrlich

Reporter David Nitkin's article "Ehrlich criticized for choice of golf club as fund-raiser site" (July 2) dispelled any lingering doubts about The Sun's bias against Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

The Sun is, of course, entitled to its opinions and expected to express them in editorials. But Mr. Nitkin's article was a blatant hatchet job which used the strong suggestion of the governor's and Elkridge Club members' racism as the springboard for opportunistic Democratic criticism.

The article might have been appropriate as commentary, but should not have been "reported" as news.

Further, the article was a gratuitous and undeserved insult to both Governor Ehrlich and the Elkridge Club's membership.

The governor's record stands for itself; his statement that multiculturalism is "crap" and "bunk" was plain common sense.

Of course Elkridge is exclusionary; most social organizations are. But I've been privileged to be a guest at Elkridge and regard its members as warm, modest and caring citizens.

And all I ask The Sun to do is draw a clear distinction between editorial and news content.

Karl R Heiser

Catonsville

Wrong to embrace clubs that exclude

"I don't know much about the club, the membership, nor do I care. . . . I don't play golf. It's not an issue with me."

The club's membership is "not my business."

These comments in reference to a fund-raiser at the all-white Elkridge Club - the first the words of Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele and the second those of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. - are inexcusable and tell us much about Maryland's elected executives ("Club's membership `not my business,' governor says," July 6).

Mr. Ehrlich and Mr. Steele are not simply responsible for themselves; they have a responsibility to all of Maryland's citizens.

They have been elected to care, speak and act for many who do play golf and who do experience the results of racial prejudice every day.

Scheduling political events at a club that excludes African-Americans as members - or even, perhaps, which excludes anyone - could be viewed as an unfortunate mistake, not to be made again.

But when our elected leaders find such locales acceptable, they fail those who would be excluded and, ultimately, all the citizens of Maryland.

Mary R. Erb

Baltimore

Governor insults African-Americans

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s defense of playing host for a fund-raiser at the exclusive Elkridge Club - that Democrats had held political events there in the past - is not only an immature answer but an irresponsible one ("Club's membership `not my business,' governor says," July 6).

Two wrongs don't make a right. Attending a fund-raiser at a country club that continues its exclusionary practices is not only a direct insult to African-Americans in Maryland but to African-Americans throughout the country.

Mr. Ehrlich's comment that the club's membership is "not my business" is even more insulting.

It most certainly is his business when he is supposed to be representing all the people of all races in Maryland.

Mark Frank

Pikesville

Rejecting prejudice is everyone's concern

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. says the membership of an exclusive Baltimore country club is "not my business" ("Club's membership `not my business,' governor says," July 6). How incredibly sad that it isn't his business.

Imagine if we had a governor with the courage to stand up and say, "What they're doing at the Elkridge Club is wrong."

Instead, this governor seems to take pride in cavalierly turning his back on the racial discrimination practiced by this club.

Let's be honest. Private organizations have the right to associate with whomever they choose. But the rest of us have the right and - I would argue - the responsibility to repudiate their immoral choices.

John Patterson

Towson

War hasn't stopped our terrorist foes

Thursday's bomb attacks in London starkly demonstrate President Bush's utter failure to effectively deal with the threat of terrorism.

Nearly four years after the Sept. 11 attacks - a period of time in which our parents' generation responded to the Pearl Harbor attacks by winning World War II - Osama bin Laden remains at large and operates his terror network with impunity.

Instead of going after the real perpetrators of the Sept. 11 attacks, our "war-time president" pursued a personal vendetta against Saddam Hussein by distorting facts and cherry-picking intelligence.

You can be sure that over the next few days we will hear President Bush use these attacks as evidence that we need to be resolute in the Iraq war.

But in reality, these attacks are evidence of his misleadership in the aftermath of Sept. 11.

Today, London. Tomorrow, New York and Washington.

A "war-time president" indeed.

Robert Wilke

Baltimore

Eliminate enemies of all Western culture

In response to the barbaric terrorist attacks against common citizens in London, England, I implore all Americans and Western civilization to wake up to the fact that we are in the midst of World War III.

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