Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

May 09, 2007

Israel had to act in its own defense

The editorial "Israel's rush to war" (May 2) was badly reasoned and offered incomplete information.

A reader of the editorial wouldn't know, for instance, that in 2000, Israel complied with U.N. Security Council Resolution 425 and withdrew all of its troops from Lebanon.

That same resolution called for Lebanon to deploy its army in southern Lebanon and disarm Hezbollah. Lebanon did not fulfill its obligations under that resolution, and in subsequent years, Hezbollah launched sporadic terror attacks into Israel, killing soldier and civilian alike.

When Hezbollah again violated the international border last year, killing three Israeli soldiers and kidnapping two, it was clear that, in violation of the U.N. resolution, Hezbollah had built an infrastructure that could no longer be tolerated.

Regardless of how Israel's war on Hezbollah was executed, this was hardly a rush to war.

In the end, Israel killed several hundred members of Hezbollah and forced the organization away from the Lebanon-Israel border. However, since that time, the U.N. force has not prevented Hezbollah from re-establishing itself.

Instead of lamenting that Israel defended itself, The Sun's editors ought to be worrying about a terrorist organization that is rebuilding itself with the complicity of the international community.

David Gerstman

Baltimore

Where's the outrage over rate increases?

I read with dismay how lightly The Sun's editorial "The other shoe drops" (May 6) criticized the Democratic-controlled General Assembly and governor's office for passing the energy deregulation legislation in 1999, especially as many members of the House of Delegates and state senators who voted for that bill still hold seats in the legislature.

Last year, Martin O'Malley's gubernatorial campaign criticized the Ehrlich administration for not doing enough to stem the electricity rate increases facing the state.

But now the rates are set to increase by as much as 50 percent. And where is the outrage from The Sun's editors that Gov. Martin O'Malley has not done more to stop the rate hikes?

There is none. In fact, the editorial supports Mr. O'Malley by saying that "next month's rate increase should not be judged as a failure of Gov. Martin O'Malley or a PSC that has had only a matter of weeks to grapple with a complex problem years in the making."

The Sun's editors did not give the Ehrlich administration a pass.

They should not give one to the O'Malley administration.

Ron Wirsing

Havre de Grace

No need to temper anger against BGE

The Sun's editorial "The other shoes drops" (May 6) states that "the inevitable anger over [the pending 50 percent electricity rate increase] needs to be tempered by realism."

My question is: Why?

Let me tell you what's real: a 70 percent increase in profits for Constellation Energy Group for the first quarter, after Baltimore Gas and Electric raised electricity rates just 15 percent last year ("CEG profit rises 70%," April 26). This should make it clear to the legislature, the Public Service Commission and everyone else that a 50 percent rate increase isn't justified or warranted.

What is justified and warranted is the call from Del. Jill P. Carter for an emergency legislative session to consider reinstituting rate caps, or reregulating the energy market.

We need legislators with political courage who will do what is just and proper for the citizens of Maryland.

To the governor and the Maryland legislators, I say, emphatically: Get out of bed with Constellation Energy/BGE and protect the citizens and residents of this state.

Let's stop this greed. Reinstitute rate caps.

Olatunji Mwamba

Baltimore

$65 million lawsuit a mockery of justice

So Roy L. Pearson Jr., an administrative judge in Washington, is suing a family that owns a dry cleaning business for $65 million over a lost pair of pants that were eventually found and returned to him ("Pants dispute causes judge to sue laundry for $65 million," May 4).

If this is indicative of the current state of the legal system in the United States, God help us all.

Polly Thornton

Elkridge

D.C. judge is just a legalistic bully

At first glance, I thought the article, "Pants dispute causes judge to sue laundry for $65 million" (May 4) was a late April Fool's Day joke. But, incredibly, this lawsuit is real.

Refusing to accept three settlement offers up to $12,000, a Washington administrative law judge, Roy L. Pearson Jr., intends to proceed with his $65 million lawsuit against a dry cleaning business run by immigrants - because they lost a pair of his pants.

I've always admired judges for their fairness, common sense and skills in resolving conflicts. But, in my opinion, Judge Pearson lacks these qualities.

Even worse, I consider Judge Pearson a bully who uses his legal knowledge to harass and intimidate some of the people least able to defend themselves - immigrants.

Jeffrey H. Marks

Baltimore

Farm policy favors unhealthful foods

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