Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

May 09, 2006

GOP still knows how to scare the voters

I had to do a double-take to make sure I was correctly reading the name "Cal Thomas" as the author of "Republicans run out of gas" (Opinion * Commentary, May 3).

Mr. Thomas, a conservative, wrote a rare indictment of many Republican elected officials "who seem to care less about change than perpetuating themselves in office." He also cites faulty leadership in the White House as a major blemish on the party.

While I agree with Mr. Thomas that the GOP has applied the brakes on any good ideas for the sake of power and made a detour on traditional Republican values, I disagree with his claim that "Democrats are better at scaring voters than Republicans."

Mr. Thomas should recall how the GOP scared Americans into re-electing President Bush in 2004 on the basis of frequently hyped, color-coded terror alerts during the campaign to convince voters that only Mr. Bush was capable of protecting the American people.

They also scared many African-American, evangelical and Catholic voters in key swing states into believing that gay marriage would lead to the demise of society.

The Republicans may have run out of gas on fresh ideas and sound governance, but they seem to always have a reserve in their tank when it comes to scaring voters.

Steve Charing

Clarksville

Leaky water pipes make streets steamy

I found it amusing that Mayor Martin O'Malley's administration would once again shy away from accountability and pick on the energy company Trigen for the large amount of steam vapor on the city streets ("Steamed," May 4) even though most of the city's steam vapor is the result of the vast amount of water leaking from city water pipes that hits the outside of hot steam pipes, thus creating steam vapor.

Lawrence A. La Motte

Baltimore

The writer is former vice president of Trigen.

O'Malley can serve city from Annapolis

Dan Rodricks' love-fest argument that Baltimore needs Mayor Martin O'Malley more than the state does obviously overlooked the elevation of another effective city mayor to governor, William Donald Schaefer ("Main question about O'Malley bid: Why?" May 4).

Both Mr. O'Malley and Mr. Schaefer enjoyed being locally adored and nationally acclaimed as mayor of Baltimore.

Yet both came to recognize they could best serve their beloved city from Annapolis utilizing the state's relative abundance of financial and political resources.

Stay the course, Mr. O'Malley.

Steven V. Sklar

Reisterstown

Do more to attract young police cadets

It is a frightening thought that crime has been on the rise this year ("Crimes and manpower," editorial, May 3). But I find it even more frightening that only 157 out of the 2,000 applicants for jobs with the Baltimore Police Department were deemed qualified to become officers.

With nearly all districts understaffed, the department needs to make a push to attract higher-quality applicants.

Instead of spending resources getting retired officers to come back into service, the city Police Department should come up with something that attracts younger, better-qualified people to apply for the job.

For example, it should consider a temporary program offering police cadets a better starting salary and benefits or perhaps advertise a special salary bracket for highly qualified cadets.

Eva Huang

Baltimore

Hamas could cure the hospital crisis

The Sun's front-page article "Hospital runs low on medicine, hope" (May 4) shows the true nature of Hamas and of the Palestinian majority which elected it to lead its government.

The Palestinians could choose to avert this health crisis by recognizing Israel's right to exist and renouncing terrorism and violence.

However, their leaders have decided to retain their "right" to murder, terrorize and destroy Israel - and yet they expect Israel and the United States to continue to send aid.

Madalyn Frydman

Baltimore

West doesn't owe aid to Palestinians

After reading "Hospital runs low on medicine, hope" (May 4), I was only left with feelings of disgust.

These feelings were not directed at Israel, the United States or the Europeans for not providing aid to the murderous Hamas regime.

Rather, they were directed at a regime that apparently would rather see its people suffer than recognize Israel's right to exist and promise not to blow up any more innocent civilians.

Some people blame the West for not giving the Palestinians millions in aid. But I'm not sure why the Palestinians are "owed" this money, especially in light of their past actions and their refusal to accept Israel.

It is their oil-rich Arab brethren who should be blamed for not following through on promises of financial aid to the Palestinian Authority.

Isn't it interesting, though, that Hamas is able to somehow come up with the money to provide weapons, including Katyusha rockets, to its people but it can't seem to provide proper medicine and food?

I guess it's all a matter of priorities.

D. Katz

Baltimore

Twin occupations block path to peace

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