Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

October 09, 2006

Immigrants can ease the financial crunch

Hidden on Page 2D in Thursday's Business section was an article titled "Bernanke depicts dire future" (Oct. 5) that should have been on the front page of the paper.

The article explained that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke had noted that "projected funding shortfalls for Social Security and Medicare threaten large and unavoidable fiscal consequences" in speaking to the Economic Club of Washington.

This situation is bound to happen, he continued, as the baby boomers begin to withdraw retirement money next year because the country now has an insufficient number of younger workers to "fund promised benefits."

One of Mr. Bernanke's suggestions was that we should develop a more liberal immigration policy under which the United States would accept close to 3.5 million immigrants every year.

Finally, somebody of such high rank in government has recognized the need to admit millions of immigrants.

I would add that we should also legalize the millions of immigrants already in the country, if only to aid the country's financial well-being.

It is ironic that on the same day of Mr. Bernanke's speech, Mr. Bush was signing the law to start building a high, arrogant and perhaps racist wall to close the U.S. border with Mexico.

Jaime Lievano

Baltimore

Religious radicalism hits the home front

We threw our hands up in horror when we learned about radical Islamic indoctrination camps in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other places.

Now we learn that there are radical Christian indoctrination camps right here in the United States ("Camp Fires," Oct. 5).

I don't know which scares me the most.

Nancy Spies

Jarrettsville

Goucher fulfilled pact with schools

We at Goucher College were startled to find ourselves included on a list of 21 institutions that received emergency contracts from the Baltimore school board for non-emergency services ("Schools under fire for use of contracts," Oct. 1) - and we are deeply troubled by the implication, intended or not, that we were involved in any questionable dealings.

Goucher College was indeed awarded a $60,508 contract in June to train teachers at the Empowerment Academy, a Baltimore public charter school.

Goucher had a well-established relationship with the school that goes back three years, during which time our graduate programs in education provided workshops, consulting and other assistance - all entirely free of charge.

Last summer, the school's principal asked Goucher to develop a proposal to train new faculty members in learning theory.

Goucher was offered the contract and we accepted it. We provided the services outlined in the contract and we charged modest and fair fees.

We had every reason to believe and expect that the school board had the authority to offer the contract; we also thoroughly scrutinized the contract to make sure that it comported with our financial, practical and legal policies.

We are confident that Goucher College acted properly, in good faith and with only the best intentions in trying to help a nascent Baltimore public school get on its feet.

Sanford J. Ungar

Towson

The writer is president of Goucher College.

Leaders now dodge onus for failures

With many in President Bush's administration attempting to deny the conclusions of the National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq and now the congressional leadership backtracking after originally denying knowledge of the actions of former Rep. Mark Foley, I wonder what this says to the youths of this nation ("Hastert defiant in page scandal," Oct. 5)?

The approach now seems to be: Deny the truth, pretend you didn't know, then attack your critics for having an agenda. Whatever happened to taking responsibility for your actions? We seemed to have strayed quite a bit from George Washington admitting to his father that he had cut down the cherry tree.

Dan Goodman

Baltimore

Black Democrats bear part of blame

The Sun's article "Ticket worries black senators" (Oct. 5) brings up some very interesting points, and I hope the Democratic Party will take notice.

But there is one question The Sun has yet to ask - where were some of our key black Democratic leaders throughout this election season?

Didn't certain members of the Congressional Black Caucus wait until the last minute before endorsing Kweisi Mfume in the Senate primary?

And couldn't someone make the argument that it wasn't the Maryland Democratic "machine" but rather Rep. Albert R. Wynn and Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson whose endorsement of Stuart O. Simms' opponent in the Democratic primary for attorney general helped seal Mr. Simms' defeat?

No reasonable person would argue that black politicians should only support black candidates, and I am certainly not making that claim.

However, if having a more diverse and representative Democratic ticket is truly our priority, we need to hold our black leaders just as accountable as the party as a whole.

Rianna Brown

Baltimore

New anti-gun laws won't stop fanatics

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