Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

November 20, 2006

Foreign ownership of steel is big threat

Jay Hancock's article "Another new owner might not be bad for the Point" (Nov.15) lays out a very clear picture of what's ahead for the American steel industry. Some bells should be going off in the heads of our politicians with the United States still at war and the biggest part of the American steel industry owned by non-American citizens.

Mr. Hancock says that "for Sparrows Point, one more change might be better than the status quo."

Yes - but I take that to mean American ownership of Sparrows Point steel mills.

We would then have control of our steel industry, and we wouldn't have to fear that foreign import steel would dry up during a war.

Without a change in steel ownership, we will continue to be known as the worldwide center of foreign imports.

Le Roy R. McClelland Sr.

Essex

The writer worked at Bethlehem Steel for 42 years.

How Republicans can win back voters

There are ways the Republicans can make it back to respectability ("A defeat for the GOP but not conservatism," Nov. 9):

Allow the minimum wage to be raised to $6.25 an hour. It has not been raised for quite a while, and we must take into consideration the rise in inflation, especially for gas and electricity, as well as medical care.

Use incentives to have local governments help those who cannot afford to pay their gas and oil.

Stress using every incentive we can to get people off welfare. People should work for their benefits, no matter whether it's paid employment, school or organized volunteer work.

As for our foreign policy, especially concerning Iraq and Afghanistan, we should certainly make it our goal to win the war, while realizing there are certain areas in which we cannot be of real help.

Finally, pay immigrants the fair minimum wage after we make sure they are here legally. The fence we are building on the border might very well help in this incentive.

If the Republicans do this, they will be back on active status.

Judson M. Brandes

Baltimore

GOP leaves us with pile of debt

To all the Republicans who are crying about Democrats' fiscal practices ("Democrats deemed a threat to wallets," letters, Nov. 12), how do you think we got in this mess in the first place? We went from a balanced budget to the biggest debt our nation has ever had.

Who do you think is going to pay for all this? We all are, no matter which party is in Washington. So we'll either pay for past mistakes now or let our grandkids and great-grandkids pay for them.

Mildred Pelkey

Glen Burnie

In response to the letter "Democrats deemed a threat to wallets" (Nov. 12), we no longer have to worry about holding on to our wallets.

They're empty already and have been for several years.

Emma Pompanio

Catonsville

Evans deserves the death penalty

The situation involving death-row inmate Vernon L. Evans Jr. ("Medics key in killer's appeal," Nov. 16) has gotten out of control.

Am I the only one who believes this man deserves to die? Whatever happened to an eye for an eye? Or justice being served?

This man committed a horrible crime, and he thinks he deserves to live? What about his victims' families? Don't they deserve justice?

I strongly believe in the death penalty because I feel that if you think you can play the role of Mother Nature and take people's lives, you deserve to have yours taken as well.

People say the death penalty is cruel punishment. What about how Mr. Evans killed his victims? Death by lethal injection is probably one of the best ways to die because you just drift off into sleep and never wake up again.

I am appalled by his appeal and think he should take responsibility for what he has done and face the consequences.

Amanda Soistman

Middle River

Single-sex classes don't discriminate

The Sun is worried that the U.S. Department of Education's new guidelines on voluntary single-sex education may result in discrimination ("Separate but equal?" Oct. 30). This worry is unfounded.

Title IX regulations prohibit sex discrimination in education programs assisted by the department. This will not change. The new guidelines require that male and female students be offered substantially equal facilities and learning opportunities, and that single-sex classes be designed to improve student achievement. Schools must regularly evaluate single-sex classes to ensure compliance with the law. Finally, the Title IX grievance process remains intact, allowing students and parents to file complaints if they believe discrimination has occurred.

Research shows that some children may learn better in nontraditional classroom settings. While single-sex education has always been permitted under Title IX, so many conditions were placed on its use that few children ever benefited from it.

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