Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

November 19, 2007

Bishops, homeless: a troubling contrast

Wednesday's columns by Gregory Kane ("Meeting puts new light on homeless," Nov. 14) and Laura Vozzella ("The cuisine is heavenly, I guess," Nov. 14) should provide all of us, especially Roman Catholics, with much food for thought.

The picture of the homeless former high school coach bedding down under the Jones Falls Expressway while, at the very same time, Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien and his colleagues from the U.S. Conference of Bishops are swilling from $55 bottles of Italian wine at one of our new, high-end restaurants, just blocks south of the Jones Falls, causes me to wonder where we have gone wrong. Perhaps my Sunday collection monies should go elsewhere?

I think about what comforts the price of just one of those bottles of Vino Nobile de Montepulciano could provide for the homeless and wonder what has happened to our priorities.

But then what should I expect from the same archbishop who, not one week earlier, decided that the Rev. Ray Martin had to resign as pastor of the South Baltimore Catholic Communities for the heinous infraction of permitting a female Episcopal priest to read Scripture as part of a funeral Mass to which she had been invited by the deceased's family, and for additional infractions relating to permitting his pets to enter the sanctuary and missing an appointment or two.

It seems that sipping expensive wine and making sure that no one dares step out of line are far more important than tending to the "flock."

I have to wonder where our priorities are and whether I am still proud to say I am a practicing Roman Catholic.

Gerard P. Martin

Baltimore

Parker very wrong on Clinton claims

I am not sure from where Kathleen Parker derives her demographic conclusions ("If men attack Hillary, women will help her," Opinion

Commentary, Nov. 15).

She states emphatically that "the deeper Kenneth Starr cut into Bill Clinton's very private life, the more men felt sympathy for and aligned themselves with the president." I beg to differ. As a faithful husband and loving father of three girls, I found the former president's actions abhorrent. His Monica Lewinsky escapades were a naked abuse of power with a young subordinate. Mr. Clinton also lied on TV to the American public and later under oath to a federal prosecutor. Perfidy at its worst and most despicable.

Ms. Parker further states about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton that "all women could relate to her position and could admire her classy handling of the situation." Classy? She remained married not to "stand by her man," but rather out of a cold-blooded calculation to suffer through her term as first lady, using it as the launching pad to her Senate election, which was preparatory to running for president. To think otherwise is either blind naivete or a partisan obfuscation of the facts.

Thomas M. Neale

Baltimore

Stop giving licenses to illegal immigrants

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton waffles on giving driver's licenses to illegal aliens ("License plan for illegal immigrants fails," Nov. 15), but not Maryland. It is one of those states that do issue driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.

I wonder what part of "illegal" Gov. Martin O'Malley and the members of the Maryland legislature don't understand.

Franklin Shekore

Columbia

Immigrants only aim to feed families

The controversy over the granting of driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, most of who come from Mexico, is really an indictment of Mexico's atrocious standard of living ("Benefits for illegals insult to law- abiding," letters, Nov. 13). It forces its citizens to illegally come north across the border to afford to feed their families.

Those Latino immigrants are not loafers; rather, they seek only to be gainfully employed.

Being able to drive could be a tool to more financially productive employment. Isn't it better, then, that they be licensed? Would anyone prefer that those immigrants drive unlicensed and uninsured?

Harry E. Bennett Jr.

Baltimore

O'Malley wasteful on police gun issue

I am outraged that Gov. Martin O'Malley would veto a bill that would save the state money, while at the same time trying to raise our taxes ("House offers specific budget cuts for O'Malley," Nov. 15).

Allowing police departments to trade their old service weapons back to the manufacturer in exchange for deep discounts on new guns is a common practice in other states, and could save millions of dollars for Maryland police departments and the taxpayers who fund them. Mr. O'Malley would prefer to destroy the guns, probably at an additional cost to the taxpayers. That the vetoed bill was unanimously supported in both the House and the Senate only shows Mr. O'Malley's blatant disregard for the will of the people as well as their financial well-being.

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