Letters To The Editor


July 12, 2005

Now Delaware may get to feel consumers' pain

Jay Hancock's column "Plan to buy MBNA may deliver a big blow to tiny Delaware" (July 6) accurately points out the problems that arise when a state changes its rules to lure a big corporation and the accompanying jobs.

In Delaware's case, the changes in state law offered up on a silver platter to MBNA (the lifting of the limits on interest rates and fees charged to credit card customers) resulted in a nonstop, no-limit assault on consumers.

So while it's truly sad that so many innocent workers will lose their jobs, shed no tears for Delaware.

The state permitted MBNA to implement policies that can only be described as odious and unconscionable.

Maryland did the smart (and honorable) thing in refusing to deregulate interest-rate limits.

Delaware prostituted itself in allowing the MBNAs of the world to line their pockets with little oversight or limits.

Now Delaware may pay the price and feel the pain that outraged consumers have experienced.

Harris Factor


Bush uses symbols to manipulate views

How refreshing to see The Sun's editorial "Yankee doodling" (July 6) expose the illogic of President Bush's invocation of the Valley Forge experience during the Revolutionary War as a parallel to American's perseverance in Iraq.

It is a ridiculous analogy that Mr. Bush drew. The president cannot be so ignorant of history (or can he?).

Yet his speechwriters have yet again seized on hallowed American ground - Valley Forge, this time, rather than the twin towers - to make our purpose in Iraq look noble and our commander in chief look good.

The Bush administration has cooked the facts and used image manipulation to sway the public's views.

Let's hope that we are waking up to the Bush team's sleazy use of highly charged terms to play on our emotions as it pursues its own agenda.

Bruce R. Knauff


Exploiting Elkridge for a partisan attack

One must question The Sun's intentions when an issue that affects so very few people is elevated to the front of the Maryland section ("Club's membership `not my business,' governor says," July 6), and is followed by an editorial ("It's not about golf," July 7) on the subject when the governor responds.

I don't recall seeing the front-page story in The Sun when Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. held his event at the club in May. But now The Sun points to his spokeswoman's politically correct statement on the matter as an example of what Mr. Ehrlich should have said.

The Elkridge Club, like many American institutions in the past, may have once had a policy that excluded African-Americans, though The Sun has offered no confirmation of this.

But the fact that it has never had a black member is not in itself evidence that the club practices racial discrimination today, particularly when an overwhelming majority of whites would likewise not fit the club's member profile.

In fact, there are perhaps a handful of people, either black or white, who have been affected by, or would care one iota about, the Elkridge Club's admission practices.

This appears to be a case of The Sun once again playing personal politics.

Doug Lombardo


A balanced account of the club dispute

After suffering through the partisan one-two punch of articles on the Elkridge Club by David Nitkin ("Ehrlich criticized for choice of golf club as fund-raiser site," July 2) and Michael Olesker ("At `exclusive' club, Ehrlich goes inexplicably colorblind," July 5), it was a breath of fresh air to read the more enlightened article by Stephanie Desmon in the Sunday Sun ("A long history of `us' keeping `them' out," July 10).

Finally, we get fair and balanced news.

Peter Janney Schwab


What if Steele lived in Jim Crow South?

I'm so glad to read that our lieutenant governor is not worried about segregation at a country club because he doesn't play golf ("Club membership `not my business,' governor says," July 6).

I guess if he lived in Montgomery, Ala., in 1955 and owned a car, he wouldn't care about the plight of Rosa Parks because he didn't ride the bus.

Frank Fletcher


Luggage thief merits his tough sentence

After reading the appalling story of the former baggage handler who stole thousands of dollars in merchandise from tourists and armed services personnel, I agree with Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Michele D. Jaklitsch when she said, "You single-handedly disrupted the lives of many in the military at a time when they are the most vulnerable" ("Man sentenced for stealing from luggage," July 8).

I congratulate the judge for imposing a sentence that is longer than the one state guidelines recommend.

This heinous crime certainly deserves more than six months of jail time, which is what the guidelines call for.

If we had more judges like Ms. Jaklitsch, our country would have less crime.

Tom Slemp


A place for prayer in state buildings

I couldn't agree more with the letter "God can't be barred from state business" (July 4).

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