Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

August 26, 2005

Effort to open center for kids earns embrace

I was both disturbed and disappointed to read how some residents of Baltimore have received a group of young people who are trying to do the right thing by opening a youth center ("Dreams of opening center - as well as people's hearts," Aug. 21).

It is often said that children are our future. When did adults in Baltimore become so hostile toward that future?

Some of the concerns expressed by area residents are legitimate.

The Midway and Coldstream communities have some of the city's higher juvenile arrests rates, and from 2002 to 2003, the number of reported incidents of dirty streets and alleys in those communities tripled.

Young people, however, are not and should not become synonymous with crime and blight, and it is unfair to equate the presence of children with increased security and sanitation concerns.

When positive young people in Baltimore unite to create a place that other young people can seek as a safe harbor from Baltimore's violent streets, the outcome, I suspect, will ultimately be stronger communities, not weaker ones.

I agree that the residents of Coldstream, Homestead and Montebello deserve a safe and clean place to live. Yet I also strongly believe that Baltimore's children deserve safe and clean places to play and learn.

And ultimately, with a little cooperation and mutual respect, I am certain both parties can realize the benefits of working together to create stronger, more livable communities.

Tara Andrews

Baltimore

The writer is director of the Maryland Justice Coalition.

Robertson's attitude isn't very Christian

For the Rev. Pat Robertson to suggest that we kill the elected leader of Venezuela is wrong both from the standpoint of the Christian faith and the principles of the United States ("Robertson widely criticized for his remarks on Chavez," Aug. 24).

Christians are supposed to be more humble. And it would be good for Mr. Robertson to look at the Ten Commandments again.

Furthermore, why does he think that it is up to the United States to decide which leaders are acceptable for other countries?

A quick review of our present situation in Iraq might cause him to pause before proposing such an arrogant idea.

The Rev. Al Buls

Timonium

Is the U.S. exempt from Golden Rule?

What kind of Christianity is the Rev. Pat Robertson practicing that calls for the assassination of democratically elected officials such as President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela ("Robertson widely criticized for his remarks on Chavez," Aug. 24)?

If Mr. Robertson called for the assassination of every elected president who wrecked his or her country's economy, he wouldn't have to look abroad for someone to assassinate.

Fred Furney

Baltimore

So the Rev. Pat Robertson advocates the murder of Hugo Chavez, the democratically elected head of a sovereign state, who opposes U.S. policy in Latin America.

That doesn't sound like it fits the Golden Rule to me. Or is the United States exempt?

Craig Herud

Aberdeen

Deport Robertson for preaching hate?

If Prime Minister Tony Blair and the British can deport people for preaching hate and murder, why doesn't the United States do the same thing?

Perhaps the Rev. Pat Robertson would be a good first candidate ("Robertson widely criticized for his remarks on Chavez," Aug. 24).

Jonathan Harlow

Phoenix

Cartoon betrays bias against the president

The Sun's Aug. 23 editorial reflects once again its overwhelming bias against President Bush.

Nowhere have I ever heard or read that Mr. Bush has ever had anything but great feelings of sorrow and compassion for those who have given their lives for their country.

To portray him in such a callous and unfeeling manner is a lie that borders on slander.

The Sun owes an apology for publishing this cartoon.

J. Edward Head

Elkridge

The Sun's Aug. 23 editorial cartoon was appalling.

I have lost a loved one in Iraq, and for The Sun to allow his sacrifice to be reduced to the level of a comedy routine is painful.

And to portray our president as a stand-up comedian - well, I have no words.

C. M. Murphy

Baltimore

A failure to grasp U.S. failings in Iraq

The Sun's editorial "Failure is an option" (Aug. 19) needs further elaboration.

What is appalling about the Bush administration is that after 2 1/2 years in Iraq, it still does not know what it does not know and hubris and ignorance continue to be its foreign policy for the Middle East and Iraq.

For example, it does not know that it is the occupation that fuels the insurgency.

This administration does not know that its incompetent conduct of the war has turned Iraq into a great training ground for terrorists.

And it does not know that its mismanagement of the reconstruction of Iraq - and the lack of water, electricity, fuel, security and health care available there - is contributing to the rising anger and resistance of the Iraqis.

These failures will not be corrected by elections or a constitution - only by a dose of realism.

Fariborz S. Fatemi

McLean, Va.

The writer is a former staff member for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Bringing back books teaches key lesson

The Enoch Pratt Free Library's policy of giving its youngest users "carte blanche" seems completely wrongheaded ("Pratt giving its youngest users carte blanche," Aug. 22).

Receiving a library card, borrowing books and learning about the need to return books by a certain date may be a youngster's first experience with fulfilling obligations outside of the family.

Following through on responsibility is a potential source of great pride and accomplishment for the young reader.

I know it was for me.

The library should be encouraging that kind of behavior instead of giving "carte blanche," which teaches no lesson at all, except that one can get something for nothing.

Moreover, the library already gives a type of "carte blanche."

Every day, we are permitted to enjoy as many books as we want, for as long as we like, inside the confines of the library.

Myrna Goldberg

Baltimore

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