Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

September 07, 2006

Overlooking the life of a homicide victim

The Sun should be ashamed of its coverage of the death of Rickie Tinsley.

The article "Cyclist dies after shooting" (Aug. 31) reports upon his death with little emotion or respect for a human life lost - reducing his death to a meaningless crime statistic.

The truth is that Rickie Tinsley was on the road to being a neighborhood success story, a testament to the importance of strong family values and the life-changing impact of supportive social service programs for youths.

His family worked hard and overcame difficult circumstances to see that he grew up to be a productive, generous and respectful young man.

They took advantage of the after-school programs offered by the Chesapeake Center for Youth Development (CCYD) in his neighborhood when he was a teenager.

After Mr. Tinsley successfully held several jobs throughout the city, he accepted a job offer from CCYD, and began to give back to the same organization and community that had given him a second chance at life.

But this information wasn't made available in The Sun.

Mr. Tinsley, a doting older brother and new father who was making a meaningful contribution to society, was reduced to nothing more than "the 179th person killed in the city this year."

The Sun has a responsibility to provide its readers with more than such minimalist reporting on homicides and to show more respect for a human life.

Christina Moylan

Baltimore

The writer is a member of the board of the Chesapeake Center for Youth Development.

Bush team should beware war analogy

Republicans are making up facts to fit their ever-changing storyline on Iraq ("Bush team still in deep denial," Opinion * Commentary, Sept. 4). And Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld wants us to think of the war in Iraq as having consequences like those of World War II.

He may be right, but in a way he likely doesn't expect. After World War II, the Nuremberg trials brought to justice some of those who had plunged the world into war.

A similar fate could await President Bush, Mr. Rumsfeld and others in the administration who, I believe, lied about the need for war in Iraq.

Republicans, seeking windfall political gains from what they thought would be a brief military action, have jeopardized national security, destabilized the Middle East and created a thriving international market for terrorism.

For this, we should have Nuremberg-like trials to jail all the politicians responsible.

James Patterson

Washington

Is top U.S. diplomat missing in action?

Where is Condoleezza Rice, the U.S. secretary of state, in the dispute with Iran ("EU, Iran envoys agree to meeting," Sept. 5)?

I have not seen her in the news much since the debacle of Lebanon.

Is U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan now doing what some of our previous secretaries of state used to do, back when we still had moral authority around the world?

Jaime Lievano

Baltimore

Sharing the wealth a more apt message

Our befuddled president chose Labor Day to pledge that American workers will remain "competitive," by which he means underpaid compared with their productivity ("Bush marks Labor Day in Md.," Sept. 5), as recent statistics from the federal government show ("`New economy' means stagnant pay for most workers," Sept. 3).

If he really wants America to be competitive in the world's economy, President Bush should promise that all the grossly overpaid CEOs will chop their salaries and share the money with America's hardworking and sleep- and vacation-deprived workers.

Philip L. Marcus

Columbia

Give Ehrlich credit for upholding laws

The Sun's editorial "Early intervention" (Aug. 28), which lamented the failed attempt by the Maryland legislature to initiate its early voting scheme, concluded, with obvious consternation, that the court's decision likely "hinged on a narrow reading of the state constitution and had nothing at all to do with the merits of early voting."

However, the General Assembly, in what can only be described as a most blatant and shameful form of partisanship, attempted to provide early voting privileges to selected, heavily Democratic geographic areas while excluding the majority of the state.

Unlike the process of absentee voting, which provides all citizens an equal opportunity to cast their votes, the early voting plan would have given an advantage to some citizens while denying the same opportunity to others.

Should not equal protection and fairness be of paramount importance in the election process?

The Court of Appeals rightly overturned the efforts to disenfranchise a substantial number of voters and usurp the Maryland Constitution.

Fairness demands that Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. be recognized for his outspoken leadership in opposing this and other recent legislation that the state's courts have found to be in clear violation of the law.

Terry M. Klima

Perry Hall

Blizzard of signs a waste of funds

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