Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

January 26, 2007

President ignores Katrina victims

The fact that President Bush did not mention the people affected by Hurricane Katrina in his State of the Union speech was very disturbing. The last time I looked at a map of the United States, the Gulf Coast is a part of this "union" ("Bush asks for time on plan for Iraq," Jan. 24).

If our great leaders were to take a small chunk of the money spent on the war in Iraq, New Orleans and the rest of the areas that are still depleted as a result of Katrina could be rebuilt in no time.

I'm no politician, but I do have a little common sense. If I lived in a three-bedroom house and I had a homeless brother, I would sacrifice some of my space to help him. The same train of thought should be used when it comes to victims of Katrina.

The government is the big brother with billions of dollars, and the people of the Gulf Coast are the homeless little brother who just needs a little more help.

Charles A. Griffin

Baltimore

Let's stop coddling illegal immigrants

I was not surprised that the article in The Sun on a raid by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials was written in favor of the pro-illegal-immigrant lobby ("Immigration raid," Jan. 24).

Not one person who is in favor of deporting illegals was interviewed. Instead, we got the usual advocates bemoaning "racial profiling" and "discrimination," as if those who came here illegally have any citizenship rights.

Poll after poll shows that an overwhelming majority has no sympathy for those who break our laws to enter this country to find work. Most Americans want more raids like these, not fewer. They are tired of the government's coddling stance toward illegal aliens.

Just look at what this raid netted: Out of the 24 arrested, six had criminal records, three had orders for removal and eight had been deported. That explains why we need to deport illegal aliens.

The Latino community may be "angered," but I can assure you that the great majority of Americans, including Latinos who followed the rules and came here legally, hope this is just the beginning of an effort to find those who flout our laws to come here and arrest them.

D. Keith Henderson

Perry Hall

Am I the only one who thinks that the detention of 24 Latinos as suspected illegal immigrants was proper and legal?

Call it what it really was: good police work.

Alex Klosek

Ocean View, Del.

Leadership demands spending restraint

With growing pressure on the state budget, our state needs strong leaders ("O'Malley to slow spending," Jan. 19).

Passing the Thornton plan without a funding source, postponing rising energy rates, raiding "rainy day" funds to balance the budget while calling for "new revenue" - this is not great leadership. It's taking the easy road. For years, these impending financial challenges were not hidden from our leaders. Instead, decisions were made to ignore them.

Trying to satisfy the bottomless demand with more revenue will never end.

Where are the brave leaders who are not afraid to say, "No, our state will live within its means without new taxes"?

Robert Zeigler

Parkville

Is new comptroller focused on next job?

What copy of the Maryland Constitution has Comptroller Peter Franchot been reading? Article VI, Section 2 clearly indicates that the comptroller is not responsible for setting any public policy ("Comptroller sworn in," Jan 23).

Mr. Franchot talks about his opposition to slot machines, crime, corruption, bankruptcy and addiction.

It is a real shame that the people of Maryland had a chance to elect a person who was definitely qualified for the position but they chose another career politician who is already competing for the next job.

Mark Olanoff

Reisterstown

The writer is a member of the Baltimore County Republican State Central Committee.

Investment in DJS pays big dividends

Your thoughtful editorial "Rescuing juvenile services" (Jan. 24) recalls another major public-policy overhaul that required modest immediate cost increases that brought about substantial savings in the mid- and long terms.

President Bill Clinton fashioned a bipartisan coalition around welfare reform that recognized that increased short-term public expenditures for child care, transportation and Medicaid would get welfare recipients off the more expensive public assistance programs.

Likewise for juvenile justice reform. Increases for Department of Juvenile Services staff who work with youthful offenders and investment in quality staff training would cost the state a bit more. But they would result in lower recidivism rates, fewer lawsuits against the state for maltreatment and increased tax revenues by former youthful offenders who get and stay straight and join our taxpaying work force.

Don Mathis

Havre de Grace

The writer is executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County.

Useless legislation on auto emissions

Our state representatives are considering new automobile emission regulations in an effort to stem global warming ("O'Malley presents centrist agenda," Jan. 23).

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