Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

October 05, 2006

Time to shut down Rosewood Center

As individuals with disabilities who have friends who have lived in institutions, we were very angry to read about the deplorable treatment of people at the Rosewood Center ("Report scolds disabled center," Sept. 29). This is totally unacceptable.

Some people argue that facility-based care is the only alternative for people with the most significant disabilities. They are simply wrong.

As The Sun's report clearly demonstrates, facilities such as the Rosewood Center are not the havens they are portrayed to be.

We are pleased to see that the state finally is looking closely at one of its own facilities and applaud the Office of Health Care Quality for its efforts to protect individuals living at Rosewood.

These people are our forgotten citizens.

The state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issued a report to the legislature in 2004 noting that if it had the resources to close an institution, Rosewood Center was the best facility closure option.

We call on the governor to move without delay on this recommendation.

Liz Weintraub Rockville

Tom Webb Chestertown

The writers are, respectively, the chairwoman and vice chairman of the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council.

It's right to suspend growth in Carroll

Kudos should go to the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Carroll County Health Department for stepping up to the plate.

From The Sun's article "Developers, Westminster assess freeze on growth" (Sept. 29), it is apparent that both agencies were not afraid to halt development in Westminster while the problems of the area's water shortage are resolved.

Although the housing market has helped the area's economy, there comes a time when we need to stop building and make sure basic necessities such as water, sewage, roads and schools are in place.

Yes, some local businesses will be affected by this building moratorium.

But the state's future will be better for it.

Dean Scannell

Baltimore

Congress has failed to stand up to NRA

In light of the recent shootings at the Lancaster County Amish school, I wonder whether, if a Democratic Congress is elected in November, it might finally be willing to stand up to the National Rifle Association ("School Shootings in Pa. Shock Amish," Oct. 3).

It could start by passing legislation to get automatic weapons and guns intended for warfare out of the hands of private citizens in the United States to help stop the violence.

The shooter in the Amish shootings had a 30.06 Ruger rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun, a 9 mm semiautomatic pistol and 600 rounds of ammunition.

Other recent acts of violence in our schools involved automatic weapons.

The Republication Party, with its close ties to the NRA, has defaulted on its responsibility to make this country safe.

Donna Orwig

Jarrettsville

What does it take to see the danger?

When, if ever, is the U.S. Congress going to pass meaningful and stringent gun control in this country ("School Shootings in Pa. Shock Amish," Oct. 3)?

It is a disgrace that our elected officials have been bullied by the National Rifle Association for way too long.

Does it take the shooting of one of their family members to make them finally wake up and see that this latest round of tragedies affects everyone?

Robert H. Paul

Baltimore

Evil more common in our unsafe cities

As Jean Marbella reminds us, "Evil can lurk in even the smallest, most remote communities" (Oct. 3).

Of course that is true, but let's keep a grip on reality.

If you were going to be forced to be dumped out at 3 a.m., and could choose between the worst street corners of Bailey, Colo., and South-Central Los Angeles; or Littleton, Colo., and the Bronx; or Nickel Mines, Pa., and Baltimore, which would you choose?

Dave Reich

Perry Hall

Using the front page to defame players?

Shame on The Sun for allowing one of its writers to grab a headline on the front page of the Sunday paper by citing statements from Jason Grimsley in an affidavit accusing three Orioles and several other baseball players of taking steroids ("3 O's are accused of drug use," Oct. 1).

The article sits there on the front page, alongside photographs of three of the best players on the team.

The long article which follows asks readers to make up their own minds about these baseball players, while the United States is engaged in a war in the Middle East, while people are being murdered in our city.

This space could have been used for something far more important to people who buy The Sun and read it daily.

And then Tuesday, in the sports section, we read that federal prosecutors say there were serious inaccuracies in the Los Angeles Times' reporting on Mr. Grimsley's affidavit ("`Significant inaccuracies' alleged in Grimsley reports," Oct. 3).

The whole incident is seriously flawed journalism by The Sun, which defamed those baseball players.

JoAnne Zarling

Baltimore

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