Letters To The Editor


November 06, 2005

Judge Alito deserves a chance to serve

When President Bush won the 2004 election, he also won the right to nominate qualified people to sit on the court And everything so far reported about Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. indicates that he is eminently qualified by experience, intellect, integrity and temperament to be a Supreme Court justice ("Bush nominates Alito," Nov. 1).

Also, in both of his campaigns, Mr. Bush made it abundantly clear that he intended to appoint judges in the mold of Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. Assuming that is what Mr. Bush intends with his selection of Judge Alito, he is only doing what he said he would do.

The fact is that the American people elected Mr. Bush despite ample evidence of his cynicism and lack of honesty. Any attempt by Senate Democrats to filibuster the Alito nomination would be futile and self-defeating.

But I urge the Democratic members of the Judiciary Committee to aggressively probe Judge Alito for his views on the case of Bush v. Gore, in which the Supreme Court halted the statewide Florida recount in the 2000 presidential election.

Does he regard that decision as sound jurisprudence, or does he share the view of many constitutional scholars that it stands as the worst insult to the Constitution and the principle of separation of powers in the annals of American law?

Benjamin Rosenberg


Banishing terrorists protects the nation

The United States is housing terrorists in secret jails in Eastern Europe ("U.S. urged to re-examine plans for terror detainees," Nov. 3)? Good. That's what I voted for.

To be clear, I voted for the presidential candidate who had the highest likelihood, in my opinion, of shipping terrorists to far-away places to never be heard from again.

I have zero sympathy for individuals caught up in the terrorist net. I don't care where or how they are housed, only that they are segregated from the civilized world.

The only thing that I find perplexing about this whole issue is that some Americans seem to feel pity, concern and empathy for the global terror network.

We have come to expect such idiocy from the Europeans. But the fact that Americans can hold these same feelings, after all we have been through, is perplexing and disappointing.

Until such time as the Democrats put forth a candidate who is equally committed to protecting us, I will continue to vote Republican, regardless of what trivial political crisis may befall the existing president.

Michael P. DeCicco


Torture in our name must come to end

It is long past time to stop the Bush administration's use of torture in our name ("U.S. urged to re-examine plans for terror detainees," Nov. 3).

What U.S. law is used by President Bush to justify secret detention and torture?

If such practices are allowed to stand, Mr. Bush or his cronies can grab anyone and have them "disappeared" into a secret system of prisons where they are tortured, with no rules of evidence and subject to no U.S. or international laws.

Is this what the United States has become, a nation that believes torture is acceptable?

It isn't for me, and this is one more reason to immediately impeach Mr. Bush. And once he is impeached, I want to see a full investigation of his crimes against humanity and his war of aggression in Iraq.

This is a rogue administration that needs to be brought into compliance with the U.S. Constitution and the U.S. laws against torture.

Roger Fitzgerald


Farm subsidies reward dishonesty

Farm subsidies have been a fiasco for as long as they have been in effect ("Leaner, greener farms," editorial, Oct. 30). They have never been properly supervised or administered.

I lived for almost 30 years in Carroll County, 12 of them raising beef cattle on a small farm until my husband's death.

We never applied for subsidies, but we saw unbelievable abuse of the program.

People were getting paid for crops they never tried to raise. Some were being paid for letting fields lie fallow - land that was untillable, anyway.

One man who rented land across from my home put in crops, abandoned them but was paid for his lost crops.

Properly used, farm subsidies might have been a useful program. But as it is handled, all this program has done is put money into the pockets of dishonest people.

Jo Magrogan


Will the governor reject smear tactics?

Shortly after a blogger, who has no connection to any Democratic campaign in Maryland, posted a despicable caricature of the lieutenant governor on the Web, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele joined together to condemn the politics of personal attack ("Article prompts cry of racism," Nov. 3).

Not long later, one of the governor's longtime aides, who is accused of employing deceptive fliers and smear campaigns against the governor's adversaries, admitted to a reporter that he "did a lot of things I'm not proud of to this day" ("Steffen defends role in targeting state workers," Oct. 31).

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