Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

May 02, 2006

GOP's $100 rebate a mere distraction

I hope my fellow Marylanders recognize the lack of respect that the GOP's gasoline rebate proposal displays for our intelligence ("GOP offers relief to oil consumers," April 28).

Yes, $100 would be nice, but it would solve nothing.

It won't cause gas prices to go down. It won't alleviate high demand in gas markets.

It won't spur investment in efficiency and alternative technologies. It won't improve public transportation.

So what are the Republicans hoping it will accomplish?

Perhaps that it will distract us from the fact that we'll still be paying high gas prices and that the oil companies will still be making huge profits.

Or, to put it another way, this is just another taxpayer subsidy for oil companies.

Instead of resorting to half-baked knee-jerk proposals, our national policymakers should use the current situation to acknowledge the inherent instability of a system wedded to one resource and take serious steps to diversify our energy infrastructure.

Blair Anderson

Baltimore

Rising cost of gas could be beneficial

Three-dollar-a-gallon gas is great ("How much?" April 26), and $10-a-gallon gas would be even better if: it gets rid of this administration; it forces us to expand the use of alternative energy sources such as solar wind or tidal power; it gets those awful SUVs and Hummers off our roads; and it gets us European-style quality public transportation systems.

No pain, no gain.

Benjamin Feldman

Baltimore

Critical questions on BGE rate deal

Here are some questions that the citizens and residents of Maryland should ponder, particularly when they go to the polls on Election Day ("Consumers decry BGE rate deal," April 28)

What happened to the governor's bold stance that Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s 72 percent rate increase would not stand?

Why are the members of the Public Service Commission, and especially its chairman, so cozy with Constellation Energy and BGE? And whose side are they on: the public's or that of Constellation Energy?

Why is the PSC's chief hearing officer, Bryan G. Moorhouse, trying to hide the size of the bonuses that Constellation Energy executives will receive from the merger with Florida's FPL Group?

Why does Constellation Energy continue to maintain that it must have such a huge rate increase?

While I don't begrudge any company a profit, this huge rate increase isn't justified.

And we, the citizens, should question the integrity of any politician who accepted money from Constellation Energy and, more important, refused to return that money.

Those politicians are as much a part of the problem as Constellation Energy itself.

Olatunji Mwamba

Baltimore

Illegal immigrants welcome to depart

What if immigrant workers went on a "work stoppage" in France? Or Spain? Or even England?

Does anyone think that the government would pay them the least attention? More than likely, those countries' immigration authorities would be there to round up the illegal immigrants and boot the illegals out.

And what about the business owners mentioned in The Sun's article "Protest called across nation" (May 1)?

America hasn't been so bad to them if they can close their businesses for a day and absorb the losses in income.

No one who is in our country illegally should have even one word to say about how the government is run.

If they don't like it, they can apply for citizenship and then vote as part of our democratic process.

Or they are certainly welcome to leave.

Michael Connell

Baltimore

Punish employers who hire illegals

I am all for immigration done the legal way. But it is a crime to enter this country illegally. And if you break the law, that makes you a criminal. What about this is so hard for these illegal immigrants to understand ("Protest called across nation," May 1)?

The big thing here is to punish the people who hire these illegal immigrants. If there are no jobs for the immigrants, they will stop coming into this country.

If something isn't done soon, there will be no America as our forefathers knew it and as we knew it growing up.

If you want to live here, you should observe the customs of our country.

Mary H. Curran

Baltimore

Rifling files defiles columnist's desires

Thank you for The Sun's fine editorial opposing the FBI's heavy-handed effort to rummage through decades-old historical archives donated to my university by the late investigative columnist Jack Anderson ("Settling old scores," editorial, April 20).

As the scholar who persuaded Mr. Anderson to make his papers available to the public in Washington, I can say with certainty that nothing would have upset him more than the thought of the government rifling through his files and censoring them.

Amazingly, in a little-noted but chilling comment, FBI spokesman John Miller has even claimed that First Amendment protections afforded the press do not equally apply to universities - suggesting that this administration thinks even less of academic freedom than of journalistic freedom.

Mark Feldstein

Washington

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