Letters to the Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

March 28, 2007

A unique tribute to state's women

I was delighted to read reporter Jamie Stiehm's article about the Maryland Women's Heritage Center and Museum ("Maryland's history, through her eyes," March 20).

As the article points out, this initiative is unique in a number of ways.

First, it is the only project of its kind to focus on the contributions of women in a particular state.

Second - and I believe most important - it will tell the stories not only of women already recognized for their achievements but also of the thousands of nameless women who have contributed to the health and vitality of our state in many ways over the years.

When I travel to the Eastern Shore, I am always struck by the photos of women who spent much of their lives picking crabs.

When I look at Sparrows Point, I am reminded of those countless "Rosie the Riveters" who kept the steel industry going during World War II.

And I often think of those professions in which, for centuries, women rendered invaluable service to society as nurses, teachers and social workers.

This center will tell the stories of those women and, in doing so, serve as an inspiration to young women and children who enter its doors or attend programs it sponsors.

I commend The Sun for its extensive coverage of this exciting project.

Catherine R. Gira

Columbia

The writer is president emerita of Frostburg State University and a board member of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center.

Bromwell just part of a long tradition

If anyone still needs proof that the system is rigged in favor of the politically well-connected, just read Dan Rodricks' column about former state Sen. Thomas L. Bromwell, who is facing federal racketeering charges ("Is this a great state or [expletive]?" March 22).

Mr. Rodricks correctly intuits that Mr. Bromwell's apparently blase attitude about going to prison may well be because he has so many role models of disgraced political figures who return to lives of wealth and influence despite shady pasts.

Examples include former Gov. Marvin Mandel and lobbyists Ira C. Cooke, Bruce C. Bereano and Gerard E. Evans, all of whom survived their public dishonor with hardly a scratch and continued to benefit from the system they betrayed.

The public memory being exceedingly short, we tend to view each instance of public corruption in isolation, forgetting that it is just the latest instance of an age-old theme.

Mr. Rodricks does us the service of reminding us of this unpleasant fact.

With a system so forgiving of well-placed miscreants, it is little wonder that the public is so cynical about our ability to solve some of our most vexing problems.

Howard Bluth

Baltimore

Press may prevent trial for bribery

After reading "Bromwell's swaggering words" (March 25) and the articles about Mr. Bromwell's remarks that preceded that one, I predict Mr. Bromwell will never go to trial - and that the way he will get out of standing trial is by arguing that because of the constant, daily coverage in the media and on the Internet, he can never get a fair trial in Maryland or any other state.

I know the media have to provide information to the public.

But don't people realize that by leaking all these tapes, they may give Mr. Bromwell a perfect out by blocking a fair trial?

Kathy Riley

Baltimore

Too much attention to windbag's words

I don't know whose idea it was to devote an entire page to the idiotic remarks of former state Sen. Thomas L. Bromwell. But to allocate that much ink to his opinions imbues them with an importance they do not deserve ("Bromwell's swaggering words," March 25).

Printing his pathetic slurs for all to see is insulting not only to the decent people he maligned but also to Sun readers who turn to the Ideas section for enlightenment and edification, in this case only to be subjected to the profane bloviations of a windbag.

Christine Stutz

Baltimore

Smokers will stay on their barstools

Shame on Del. Joseph J. "Sonny" Minnick for this ridiculous comment critical of the state smoking ban, quoted in Sunday's Sun: "When is the state of Maryland in the business of putting people out of business?" ("State passes smoke ban," March 25).

If the smoking ban passes, at least I won't have to hold my breath when I leave a restaurant through the bar area where the smokers light up.

Does Mr. Minnick really think bars will lose money and go belly-up as a result of this bill?

Where does he think the smokers and drinkers will go when this law is passed if they can't smoke at the bar?

If these folks really wanted to smoke and drink without the friendliness of the bar scene, they would just turn on the TV and smoke and drink at home.

Once the bill passes, they will gripe for a while and then return to their special barstool in the same spot where they have always sat - and go outside for a puff, or finally find a reason to stop smoking.

Mark Schlenoff

Towson

Turkey has hidden the truth too long

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