Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

October 26, 2005

Shocking dismissal of protective order

I was shocked to read the editorial about the flippant manner in which Prince George's County District Judge Richard A. Palumbo dismissed a domestic violence protective order ("A little respect," Oct. 21).

This case brings to mind three issues.

First, there is a continuing need for more public awareness of the plight of domestic violence victims, including the difficulties they face in receiving help from the justice system.

Second, Judge Palumbo should be severely disciplined for his irresponsible actions, especially if they contributed to the vicious physical attack on Yvette Cade by her estranged husband.

Third, those of us in Baltimore must be diligent in our support of organizations such as the House of Ruth, which provides numerous services to domestic violence victims and their children and runs programs geared to help end the cycle of domestic violence.

These services and programs include shelters and safe houses for battered women, counseling for both victims and abusers, training for professionals who encounter domestic violence victims in their work and awareness programs for teenagers and young adults.

Patrick Loy

Baltimore

The writer's wife is counseling director for the House of Ruth Maryland.

Ehrlich, Schaefer behave childishly

How childish and undignified to see state Comptroller William Donald Schaefer sticking his tongue out at reporters ("The comptroller blows a kiss to the press," Oct. 21).

His behavior is almost as spoiled and childish as Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s in prohibiting some of his staff from communicating with a prominent Sun reporter and also a columnist, both of whom write about state matters.

If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to be ashamed of.

Good old Harry Truman said it best: "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."

Henry Seim

Parkville

A snobbish attack on the governor

Laura Vozzella's article "There goes the neighborhood" (Oct. 23) was downright elitist and snobby.

Last time I checked there were all sorts of decorations around Annapolis, and Annapolis isn't Williamsburg, Va.

Frankly, I must have missed the news that Ms. Vozzella has a monopoly on what is appropriate and what is inappropriate. To me, this piece reeked of class elitism.

Leave the pot shots out and give us some real news, please.

Bryan Shuy

Olney

I found Laura Vozzella's comments about the decorations of the governor's mansion for Halloween way off base.

Her snooty references to Arbutus and Hampden were uncalled for. And indeed, the Hampden Christmas light decorations on 34th Street bring out people from all over the Baltimore area to enjoy the show.

If this is the only way Ms. Vozzella can find to knock Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and his family, it seems rather small of her.

R. A. Bacigalupa

Baltimore

Humane Society opposes bear hunt

Candus Thomson sounds disappointed there wasn't a protest against the bear hunt this year ("This year, nary a howl over bear hunt," Oct. 20).

Sorry, Ms. Thomson, but we've been busy. When Hurricane Katrina devastated Louisiana and Mississippi, the Humane Society of the United States mobilized personnel and resources to respond to a catastrophe unlike anything our organization has ever faced.

The rescue and sheltering of thousands of animals became our top priority, and we answered the call.

The Humane Society of the United States takes up the cause of all animals, whether domestic or wild.

And we're not holding the ball with regard to Maryland's ill-advised bear hunt; it's in Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s court.

Kristin J. Leppert

Washington

The writer is a campaign manager for the Humane Society of the United States.

Criticism of Syria doesn't match policy

President Bush expresses shock over Syria's role in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and demands that the United Nation convene at once ("Bush urges U.N. to act on assassination report," Oct. 22).

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is also righteously indignant, announcing that "accountability is going to be very important for the international community."

Unfortunately, the administration's very public outrage is not reflected in its very private practices.

It has been well documented that after 9/11, U.S. intelligent services quietly rendered to Syria terror suspects for detention, interrogation and, undoubtedly, torture.

The same Syrian leaders implicated in Mr. Hariri's murder were until recently doing the administration's dirty work. So is Syria an enemy or an ally in the president's campaign to spread democracy?

Or is U.S. foreign policy now relativistic - that is, we either condone or condemn atrocities depending on the circumstances?

Robert J. Inlow

Charlottesville, Va.

Giving up mockery of traditional values

Thank you for running Matthew Hay Brown's article concerning the latest Left Behind movie ("Movie theaters are `Left Behind' as Christian film goes to churches," Oct. 21).

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