Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

May 08, 2007

A safe, remote site for new LNG plant

The editorial "Too close for comfort" (May 1) on the proposed AES Corp. Sparrows Point liquefied natural gas facility focuses on its distance from populated areas and from those involved in the decision-making process on the proposal's fate.

The siting of an infrastructure project is always a difficult process. Sometimes the complaints about the location are based on good reasons; sometimes they are based on misinformation.

In the case of the LNG facility, many of the critics of the project have bought into misinformation aboutit.

For example, liquefied natural gas does not explode; the site is not a Superfund site; dredging would not harm the Chesapeake Bay (dredging would improve the quality of the bay by removing contaminants that now migrate into sensitive areas); local shipping would not be adversely impacted; and the facility would be a highly unlikely terrorist target.

All the documentation supporting these and other points has been made public over the past 15 months.

AES has every reason to move forward with the approval process for this facility.

By any objective standard, Sparrows Point is a safe and remote site.

Building an LNG plant there would help Maryland and nearby states meet their growing energy needs and provide other significant economic benefits, including the opportunity to lower Marylanders' energy bills and provide state and local government with at least $13 million per year in new tax revenues.

Indeed, The Sun's editorial points to the reasons a decision-maker who is removed from local politics is needed in this process.

Such a decision-maker can toss aside misinformation and make an objective assessment of the project's impacts and benefits.

Kent Morton

Arlington, Va.

The writer is project director for the Sparrows Point LNG facility for AES Corp.

State law helps hide extent of sex abuse

I was amused to read in Liz F. Kay's article "Keeler's age opens issue of succession" (May 6) that "Baltimore has remained relatively unscathed by the clergy abuse scandals."

Really? The fact is that Maryland's statute of limitations prevents many victims of childhood sexual abuse from ever receiving justice.

Victims of sexual abuse in Maryland must report the abuse before their 25th birthday. Every year, Cardinal William H. Keeler opposes legislation in Annapolis that would change this rule.

When the laws change, and they will, the Archdiocese of Baltimore will be held accountable for many molested Catholic children who are now middle-aged and older.

Kurt B. Gladsky

Towson

The writer is the founder of the Greater Baltimore Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests.

Failed presidency calls for new course

Eugene Steuerle misses the point entirely ("Why even Democrats should hope for President Bush to succeed," Opinion * Commentary, May 3): Those of us who oppose President Bush are doing so not because we hope he fails; he has already failed miserably.

We are trying to stop the unmitigated disaster his policies have created, at home and abroad.

From the enormous budget deficit, the ongoing disaster in New Orleans and the denial of global warming to the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003, the Iraq war and the alienation of virtually every ally the United States has, this is a failed presidency.

It's much too late to hope for some iota of success.

One can only hope the worst is over and the Democrats are successful in their attempts to change the course the president blindly continues to follow.

Sarah Lawrence

Baltimore

Focus on death toll right here at home

We all mourn when we read and hear of the number of young people from Maryland who have given their lives in the ongoing war in Iraq.

But how do we feel about the number of senseless and brutal killings every day in our state, and especially in Baltimore, committed by our own citizens against one another?

Let's think about that.

Marian Byrne

White Marsh

Good luck for felons puts citizens at risk

Yet again, Margaret Burns, the spokeswoman for Baltimore State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy, has answers about why criminals with long records are still on the street and get away with criminal activities.

But The Sun's article "Felon's lucky streak ends in federal court" (May 3) stated that "judge after state judge either set aside criminal charges against him or threw them out altogether. Attempted murder, assault, kidnapping, drug dealing - gone, gone, gone, gone."

With a record like the one he had, why was Maurice Mouzon walking the streets? And there are many others like him walking the streets.

That is the biggest part of our problems with criminals today.

It seems our city state's attorney has a hard time prosecuting people.

Why is there so much wheeling and dealing with these people? Why aren't stiff sentences handed out?

Something badly needs to be done about the functioning of our state court system.

It should not be up to federal courts to pick up where we leave off.

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