Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

November 09, 2006

A mandate for end to divisive politics

I believe that the 2006 election results are a mandate for a government that is not divisive of its citizens more than it is for the glory of any political party ("A rough road lies ahead for Bush," Nov. 8).

Great presidents such as Franklin Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln presided over, inspired and led this nation during events such as the Civil War, the Great Depression and World War II.

They told us that a house divided cannot stand and that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

But since 9/11, President Bush has exploited our fear, our suspicion and our politics to divide this nation into two groups of Americans: those who agree with him and all of the others, who were deemed unpatriotic.

Those who support the war in Iraq and all of the others who want terrorists to attack us and win.

Instead of pulling us together as a nation, he has turned the noble words of Lincoln and Roosevelt inside-out and used them against us.

Newly elected Democrats had better take heed. Many of us are tired of the politics of retribution and revenge.

We are tired of being painted as black-and-white and good-and-evil by our government.

Tuesday's election results show that we are intent about regaining our cohesiveness as Americans even if we have to boot everybody out and start over every two years.

Michael Ziegler

Monkton

Nonpartisan path can defeat gridlock

The pundits are already pointing to divided government, partisanship and the looming 2008 presidential election as harbingers of gridlock ("A rough road lies ahead for Bush," Nov. 8).

So the probability that a Democratic House of Representatives, a split Senate and a lame-duck president will work together to achieve important results over the next two years may not be high.

But let me suggest the possibility of a different scenario - one that is based on pragmatic self-interest and on good governance.

Today, there is a broad swath of Americans who share a strong desire for honest and transparent government, bipartisan cooperation, competence, problem-solving instead of political gamesmanship, an honorable way out of Iraq, energy independence and a return to international cooperation and respect.

Legislation and oversight that focus on real problems, produce real solutions and respond to the reasonable majority will generate generous benefits for all.

Politicians and leaders who recognize this common-sense mood, and are capable of at least occasional acts of statesmanship, will be rewarded.

Roger Kostmayer

Baltimore

State puts an end to two-party rule

Hooray for the election results: Maryland's experiment with two-party government can finally be laid to rest. Martin O'Malley has taken the governor's mansion, and the feasting at the legislative trough can begin ("After a slip, Md. Democrats take back the reins," Nov. 8).

With Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. in office, the legislature had to overcome vetoes of some of the one-party system's "triumphs": the Wal-Mart bill (which the courts ruled unconstitutional), the early voting law (which was ruled unconstitutional) and the law revising the Public Service Commission (unconstitutional).

Given the election results, the 2007 legislature should have a fast track to the Court of Appeals, without the speed-bump of a second party providing a check on unconstitutional overreachings by the party in power.

Now, that's the Maryland I've come to know.

Douglas Dribben

Woodstock

Ehrlich and Steele served state well

Win or lose, I would like to thank Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele for the great job they have done in serving Maryland ("O'Malley, Cardin declare victory," Nov. 8).

In this state, the media bias, including from The Sun, coupled with the mentality of citizens who think they were born to be Democrats, makes it very difficult for a Republican to hold onto an office.

I hold both of these good men in high esteem.

They are winners in my book.

Elizabeth G. Brown

Woodstock

City now must seek ethical leadership

I am truly gratified that Baltimore's gifted young mayor will ascend to the State House in January.

However, the void left in our city by his victory is a major concern ("Dixon sees easy transition if she succeeds O'Malley," Nov. 8).

City Council President Sheila Dixon, who will fill the vacancy created by Mayor Martin O'Malley's move to the governorship, has seemed devoid of a moral compass.

We need to look to a future with leadership from a person whose ethical standards are beyond question.

This search should start now - and be serious, earnest and relentless.

Risselle R. Fleisher

Baltimore

Steele's masquerade didn't fool the voters

Marylanders were not fooled by Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele's attempt to don a new outfit ("O'Malley, Cardin declare victory," Nov. 8).

The emperor's new clothes are, still, nothing at all.

McNair Taylor

Baltimore

Democratic leaders threaten our wallets

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