Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

November 23, 2005

Time to put an end to futile occupation

I wholeheartedly agree with Rep. John P. Murtha that the United States should get our troops out of Iraq now ("House battles over troops," Nov. 19).

Here is a decorated veteran who fought in both the Korean War and the Vietnam War and who recently visited a hospital and witnessed the crippling injuries sustained by men whose lives have been destroyed by this war in Iraq, and has come to the conclusion that we should discontinue this futile effort.

It's about time a Democratic congressman woke up and demonstrated such a "profile in courage" by asserting such an opinion about this war.

The war has helped create more suicide bombers than have ever existed and helped Islamic insurgents cement relationships with many formerly peaceful Muslims, who now believe that we are out to destroy them and their beliefs.

So let's get out of Iraq now, before more of our boys are killed or maimed.

Florence Smelkinson

Baltimore

Critics of Murtha may be the cowards

The attacks on Rep. John P. Murtha are almost amusing in their irony ("House battles over troops," Nov. 19). Mr. Murtha is no wimpy peacenik. He is a decorated war veteran, a highly regarded defense specialist, and a previous supporter of the war in Iraq.

He served in the wars fought in Korea and in Vietnam.

Meanwhile, some of President Bush's cronies, who orchestrated deferments to avoid having to serve their country in war, call Mr. Murtha a coward.

Let's see: Mr. Murtha has a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. But he's being called a coward.

It's like the ads from the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth all over again.

But who are the real cowards?

Mary Shaw

Norristown, Pa.

Let leaders send own kids to war

I have a suggestion for all the armchair warriors in Congress and the White House - and that includes President Bush and Sen. Hillary Clinton and the woman who hid behind an anonymous colonel to call her House colleague, Rep. John P. Murtha, a coward and all the rest of the leaders who are rattling their sabers and talking about staying the course ("House battles over troops," Nov. 19).

Before you say another word to us, get your own kids to enlist and go to Iraq.

If you can't convince them that there is something in Iraq worth dying for, you have no business trying to convince the rest of us.

I am tired of seeing political leaders try to take my neighbors' children or my cousins' children for cannon fodder while they sit there with nothing to worry about and no one to lose.

Katharine W. Rylaarsdam

Baltimore

Attacks on the GOP repel many readers

When is The Sun going to realize that its non-stop disingenuous editorializing is turning off a relevant portion of its readers?

In its latest editorial on the war in Iraq, The Sun purports to know that President Bush wanted the Iraq war and used weapons of mass destruction as a handy justification and disregarded abundant intelligence and analysis that cast doubt on his plans ("The buck is stopping," Nov. 20).

But where is the proof?

The Sun also conveniently neglects to point out the various justifications for war that were spouted in the past by the likes of former president Bill Clinton and Sens. Hillary Clinton, Edward Kennedy and John F. Kerry, just to name a few.

Gail Householder

Marriottsville

Is totalitarianism taking over the city?

Kudos to Gregory Kane for thoughtfully and eloquently illustrating Baltimore's current Orwellian state of affairs ("Arrogance of police is most disturbing," Nov. 16).

It's troubling to consider how far this trend will go and where it will end. What will the city look like five, 10 and 20 years from now?

Will we see more powerful and advanced surveillance technologies, more arrests, bigger prisons, a soma-tized and micro-chipped population?

Well, if we must succumb to the totalitarian mentality that appears to be characterizing government these days, it would be best if all Baltimore residents were spot-checked, frisked and strip-searched upon leaving their homes.

At least that would lessen the chance of racial and class-based profiling.

Tracy Stott

Baltimore

Razing Rochambeau is a step backward

In response to the letter "Saving Rochambeau conceals the basilica" (Nov. 18), I would note that local, state and national historic preservation organizations support the effort to save the 100-year-old Rochambeau Apartments because the building is historically important and because its demolition would waste a golden economic redevelopment opportunity for Baltimore.

The corner of Charles and Franklin streets, just a stone's throw from downtown and from the cultural attractions of Mount Vernon, is about as prime a non-waterfront location as we have in Baltimore.

As apartments or as hotel for visitors to the restored basilica, the Rochambeau could add people to the streets, shoppers to the stores and contribute to the revitalization of Charles Street and downtown.

The basilica is indeed a world-class historic building, and we applaud its restoration.

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