Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

December 27, 2007

`Stop Snitching 2' sends wrong signals

Thanks to The Sun for publishing the enlightening, if disturbing, article on Stop Snitching impresario Rodney Bethea ("Thug life - the sequel," Dec. 23), who is photographed in front of an abandoned, boarded-up rowhouse that symbolizes the promise of his empire - Baltimore as a dilapidated ghost town.

Unfortunately, I have yet to find an acceptable rationale for Mr. Bethea's actions.

Although he promotes the stop snitching, pro-dealing ethic because, he says, "People are surviving the only way they know how," he fails to add the appropriate note that they are doing so by killing their brothers and sisters and their community.

Still, I pray that one day soon, his conscience and common sense will catch up with his enterprising nature.

Perhaps as Mr. Bethea matures, he will use his power and charisma to inspire our disenfranchised communities, which desperately need the help.

But until that day comes, one can only hope that even if the video succeeds financially, it will fail to quiet the spirit and integrity of the good, proud people of Baltimore.

T. Stott

Baltimore

Providing a platform for selfish promoter

I simply don't understand The Sun's article "Thug life - the sequel" (Dec. 23).

It contained nothing constructive or redeeming about the Stop Snitching 2 video, and I would suggest that this is not a worthy news topic.

Producer Rodney Bethea panders with a message intended to benefit only himself, and The Sun provides him a swell platform.

I find Mr. Bethea's position indefensible and shameful and The Sun's complicity in it both real and wrong.

Roger W. Beebe

Fallston

Obstruction is now GOP's main weapon

As the first session of the 110th Congress comes to a whimpering close, congressional Republicans have beaten the record for filibusters with a whopping 62 ("Not much left to lose," editorial, Dec. 19).

This record has been achieved during only the first session of this Congress, beating the former record that covered two sessions.

Similarly, President Bush has threatened vetoes on 84 bills and vetoed six - which is quite a contrast with his single veto during the six years of Republican control of Congress.

President Bush is a political lame duck. His most reliable political allies - the Republicans in Congress - were whipped in the 2006 elections because of voter disgust with the direction of the country.

And now the Republican strategy is clear: Obstruct any progress on popular measures through filibusters, vetoes and veto threats and then claim that Congress is ineffective.

This is like mugging the mailman, then complaining that the mail never arrives on time.

David M. Blades

Columbia

O'Malley must stop political bullying

I am appalled that Gov. Martin O'Malley is wasting time trying to oust a dedicated public servant such as state schools Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick ("Grasmick under fire but still on the go," Dec. 23).

She has guided our schools through many difficult days, and continues to point our education system in the right direction.

I hope the governor will concentrate on issues such as taxes, safety and economic growth - and stop the political bullying.

Mark Ostrowski

Hunt Valley

Securing our border doesn't negate faith

Perhaps Cynthia Tucker has never experienced the consequences of our country's failure to regulate immigration and to provide efficient and timely immigration services to those of us who follow the rule of law ("Right's message to immigrants: No room at inn," Opinion

Commentary, Dec. 24).

But I have. After more than four months, my wife, who is a permanent resident, is still waiting for our immigration service to acknowledge receipt of her application for her son's legal immigration to America.

I am opposed to illegal immigration. I want our borders closed and sealed.

I think my late father and grandfather, who were Protestant ministers, would want the same thing.

Protecting our country's sovereignty is unrelated to fulfilling Christian values - which may be expressed in ways other than allowing illegal aliens to change the context and culture of the United States.

Henry H. Emurian

Baltimore

Use forests to create renewable energy

We need to clear the air about The Sun's article "State forests sought for wind farms" (Dec. 6) and the editorial "Gone with the wind" (Dec. 7).

We are talking about wind turbines in a state forest where 30,000 acres are already actively logged, not a wilderness area.

If such a forest can be harvested for lumber, why can't it be used for desperately needed clean, renewable energy?

Anyone who would stand in the way of wind farms in Maryland needs to consider the alternative, which is business as usual - that is, getting most of our electricity from coal, which is often mined through mountaintop removal and which emits obscene amounts of carbon dioxide.

This is simply unsustainable, and there is simply no time for attitudes such as, "Put the windmills someplace else."

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