Letters To The Editor


December 03, 2006

New leaders inherit mandate to save bay

The editorial "Promises, promises" (Nov. 27) was exactly right in identifying the sources of inaction on a Chesapeake Bay cleanup as a lack of political will and insufficient money.

The Declaration for Our Watersheds, which we expect to be signed by more than 100 organizations committed to a healthy Chesapeake Bay Watershed by the end of the year, asks the elected leaders of the region to indicate the strength of their political will by recommitting to the Chesapeake 2000 agreement's bay clean-up goals and by budgeting the dollars needed to fulfill those goals.

With time slipping by and the 2008 budget cycle right around the corner, our executive and legislative leaders must act now to appropriate sufficient dollars to make restoration a reality.

However, the editorial was misguided in relieving recently elected officials of their obligations to fulfill the Chesapeake 2000 agreement.

The Chesapeake Bay clean-up has been mandated by the Clean Water Act and the 2010 deadline was imposed by a 1999 consent decree.

The commitments made in Chesapeake 2000 were not the commitments of individuals but of the jurisdictions which signed the agreement.

Therefore, when 2010 arrives, then-Gov. Martin O'Malley, Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty will be held responsible for the success or failure of the bay restoration effort.

I hope to applaud their success.

David Bancroft


The writer is president of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.

Blame for Iraq woes falls here at home

American officials are now attempting to shift blame for the unrest in Iraq away from the Bush administration's failures in the planning and conduct of the war to the Iraqis themselves - by arguing that the nation's current instability is the result of weak Iraqi leadership and a lack of Iraqi resolve ("Adviser to Bush casts doubts on Iraq's PM," Nov. 29).

This is plain nonsense. Who destabilized Iraq by invading it?

Who allowed lawlessness to thrive by not providing enough U.S. troops to enforce order?

And who banned Baathists and other experienced Iraqi leaders from governing post-war Iraq?

Clearly the blame falls to the Bush administration for the mess in Iraq. But Mr. Bush and his supporters are not only trying to turn our attention away from their failures but also setting the psychological stage for an "honorable" withdrawal.

However, there can be no honorable withdrawal from Iraq.

We Americans have done too much damage in Iraq and have allowed too much unnecessary bloodshed for there to be any honor for us there.

Ed Schneider


Schumer can't claim moral high ground

I find it ironic that New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer now suggests investigating the Maryland GOP over the conduct of the Senate campaign ("Schumer presses for inquiry of GOP tactics," Nov 30).

Mr. Schumer chairs the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Readers of The Sun may recall that a staffer at the DSCC fraudulently obtained Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele's credit report and was caught in the process ("Steele urges legal action against Democrats," Sept. 22, 2005).

Now Mr. Schumer is crying wolf about some fliers.

In my opinion, Mr. Schumer should look inward before he starts preaching from his high horse about campaign tactics.

Bryan Shuy


Killing an animal nothing to celebrate

I read The Sun every day. But when the paper puts a picture of a dead animal along with the smiling face of its killer in the sports section, then shame on you ("Hunter shatters state buck record," Nov. 30).

Hunting has never been, nor will it ever be, an activity that should be in the Sports section.

To go out and kill an animal and call it a sport is shameful.

Michael Brushe


Dixon's reversal a reason to be wary

As a Baltimore resident and a registered voter, I will be paying close attention to the behavior and actions of City Council President Sheila Dixon as she completes the term of outgoing Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley.

I will be looking for a demonstration of how Ms. Dixon will represent the city and balance the needs and desires of residents and neighborhoods with those of commercial and industrial concerns that are also vital to our community.

The next nine months give her an opportunity to demonstrate whether she will deserve election to the post of mayor based on her merits.

And given The Sun's description of Ms. Dixon's change of heart regarding legislation to permit a high-rise waterfront development over the protests of the local community in Canton ("Bills on Icon project will be introduced," Nov. 28), I would suggest that a wary eye should be kept on Ms. Dixon.

A. I. Schneiderman


Just too many cars driven way too often

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