Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

December 01, 2005

The cardinal's call for mercy misplaced

I hope that this does not come across as disrespectful to Cardinal William H. Keeler, but The Sun's article "Keeler sees killer, appeals execution" (Nov. 29) makes me very sad and angry.

I wonder: Did Cardinal Keeler visit the family of Jane Tyson and counsel them during their time of grief?

Did he make a special visit to see them in their home after the funeral of their wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend?

Does he have mercy for the husband who no longer has his wife, the children who no longer have their mother, the grandchildren who not only witnessed their grandmother's death but also no longer have a grandmother?

I think Cardinal Keeler's plea for mercy is misplaced. What about the victims of Wesley Eugene Baker's crime? Do they not deserve mercy?

I hope - no, I pray - that Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. does not let this last-ditch effort by the Catholic Church impede his decision to uphold the punishment our courts, and a jury of Mr. Baker's peers, have handed down.

Fair is fair, and remember the principle of "an eye for an eye" - isn't that in the Bible as well?

Mary Campbell

Severn

Where was Cardinal William H. Keeler in 1991 when Jane Tyson's execution by Wesley Eugene Baker needed to be stopped?

MaryLee A. Stritch

Abingdon

I did not see Cardinal William H. Keeler at Westview Mall visiting Jane Tyson when Wesley Eugene Baker gunned her down in cold blood in front of her grandchildren.

I did not see all these people who are protesting for Mr. Baker protesting for Mrs. Tyson.

As usual, the outcry is for the one who has committed the crime, and the victim is yet again victimized.

As far as Mr. Baker goes, he should have gotten the needle more than a decade ago, when he was convicted by a court of law.

Good riddance to Mr. Baker.

Chuck Allan

Baltimore

Break the monopoly held by Republicans

Kudos to Republican National Party Chairman Ken Mehlman for so eloquently, if inadvertently, identifying the root cause of Americans' growing dissatisfaction with the government in Washington ("President to visit, with eye on future," Nov. 29).

I wholeheartedly agree with his statement that "monopolies offer bad services at high price" - and I am sure that he wasn't talking solely about Maryland politics, circa 2002, for that would smack of hypocrisy of cosmic proportions.

So, Mr. Mehlman, please let us know which branch of the federal government you would like to see wrested from the control of your own party: the legislative, executive or judicial branch?

In the meantime, I would urge all Marylanders to take Mr. Mehlman's words to heart and, in 2006, help break the Republicans' federal power monopoly.

Howard Kleinman

Baltimore

Aging bikers aren't the real danger

A greater number of older people are riding motorcycles and getting injured, usually as a result of an automobile driver's negligence.

The answer, according to The Sun's article "Danger ahead for older bikers" (Nov. 27)?

Refresher training courses for experienced riders and mandatory proof of a license before being allowed to buy a motorcycle.

Fine. I think there is nothing better than to force a 40-year-old to show off his or her cycling skills.

But when I was 53 and was struck by an 83-year-old in a Buick who just "didn't see me," was there any cry for refresher courses before she was allowed to operate her car again, much less before she caused the injury?

Which is more dangerous: a 40-year-old on an 800-pound motorcycle or an 80-year-old in a 4,000-pound car?

Jay Irwin Block

Pikesville

The writer is an attorney for American Bikers Aimed Toward Education of Maryland Inc.

Conservatives defy Christian precepts

I agree with one point in the letter "Clinton's embrace of faith is phony" (Nov. 23): that "religious people in this country don't really have a party affiliation."

But the writer betrays his political agenda by suggesting that Democrats need to "give God a chance."

How about Republicans? And Libertarians?

The millions of people of faith who count themselves as liberals and Christians find it laughable when those on the right use their so-called Christianity as a platform for their morally bankrupt policy positions.

They support a war that the pope himself determined was unjust because alternatives had not been exhausted.

They support draconian cuts in programs that care for the very poorest in our society, forgetting Jesus' admonition that whatever you do to the least of my people, you do to me.

I don't know the sincerity of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's beliefs any more than the letter writer knows the sincerity of the beliefs espoused by Republicans such as President Bush.

But if the proof is in the priorities one sets for the nation, then it seems that Mrs. Clinton is far closer to the true Christian ideal than many of the extremists who control the Republican Party.

Christian faith that does not follow the teachings of Jesus Christ seems hollow to me.

Andrine Stricherz

Ellicott City

Leave it to God to judge sincerity

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