Letters To The Editor


June 26, 2008

Dixon's work boosts the city

Don't wave Mayor Sheila Dixon's fur coats and romantic weekends in my face ("Dixon gifts probed," June 24). I don't give a flying flea biscuit.

Maybe she should have understood that the old boy political games only apply to old boys.

But in the end, the projects that she has supported are worthwhile and continue to move this city forward.

Graft and corruption? Give me a break.

Reginald Stanfield, Baltimore

Prosecutors seek needle in haystack

Please tell me why The Sun seems to report with such glee about the investigation into the affairs of Mayor Sheila Dixon.

Even a photo of her unveiling a new grocery store on Lombard Street gets a caption that begins: "Amid an investigation, Mayor Dixon attends a ribbon-cutting ... " ("Some see cloud over City Hall," June 20).

The whole affair sounds to me like looking for a needle in a haystack - in a case in which no one even knows whether any needle was dropped.

The Republicans did an amazingly nasty job of investigating President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, and thus inhibiting their amazingly effective governance.

Why is The Sun apparently applauding a similar Republican "dig for dirt" to inhibit effective governance by Ms. Dixon?

Max Amichai Heppner, Baltimore

Plug LLC loophole to donation limits

The Sun got it right in its editorial "The LLC shell game" (June 22).

It really brought this point home for me when I realized that former Rep. Tom DeLay was forced out of office because he had violated a Texas law that forbids electoral contributions by corporations.

Mr. DeLay allegedly used a political action committee to launder corporate money because Texas forbids contributions by corporations.

Certainly Maryland could raise its standards at least to Texas' level and only allow contributions by people.

This would be a major advance toward clean elections in Maryland.

Kevin Zeese, Baltimore

Democrats accept some racial slurs

Laura Vozzella's column "Can't we just get along?" (June 22) describes Democratic Party spokesman David Paulson's false suggestion of racial insensitivity in the hosts' reactions to a call from an African-American listener on the Ehrlichs' weekly radio show on WBAL.

Such a claim by a member of the state Democratic hierarchy, which has exhibited overt, ugly and destructive racism over the last six years, is hypocrisy at its worst.

In addition to the examples of Democratic insensitivity cited in Ms. Vozzella's column by former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s spokesman, Henry Fawell - of Rep. Steny H. Hoyer and state Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller's use of racial epithets against former Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele - there was the silence among most Democratic office-holders when Mr. Steele was called "Simple Sambo" on a liberal blog, there was state Sen. Lisa A. Gladden's justifying the use of ugly racial slurs against Mr. Steele by arguing that "party trumps race," and there was Democratic Del. Salima S. Marriott's suggestion that comparisons of Mr. Steele to a slave or an Oreo cookie were deserved because he's a conservative.

The silence about or condoning of such racial attacks by many Democrats conveys the message that vile racial rhetorical assaults are acceptable to Democrats in Maryland if they are made about an African-American conservative.

Richard E. Vatz, Towson

The writer is a professor of rhetoric at Towson University who was a panelist on the radio show discussed in Ms. Vozzella's column.

Not just gas price keeping folks home

In the editorial "Pitching Maryland" (June 24), The Sun shows how out of touch it is with the current economic plight of Marylanders.

I have heard from many middle-income Marylanders who regularly take a family trip to Ocean City, who this year are either canceling vacation plans or drastically cutting back the number of days they will spend at the beach.

The exorbitant gas prices are not the sole reason many folks are not making their summer pilgrimage. The electricity rate increases, higher food prices and higher sales taxes should also be factored in.

When there's a choice between going on vacation, and putting food on the table and keeping the lights on, the decision is pretty obvious.

Lou Fritz, Baltimore

Let windmill foes find own power

The Sun's article concerning opposition to the plans of a couple in Phoenix to erect a windmill on their rural home site to generate clean electricity reveals the kind of NIMBY frame of mind we often see ("Reaping the wind in Phoenix," June 24). But that attitude really is not fair.

Most of those who object to windmills spoiling their view seem to live in relatively high-cost suburban or rural areas.

I am an urban dweller. There's not much of a view from my home except for a cell phone tower about 100 yards away. And driving down the Jones Falls Expressway or on the Beltway toward Essex, one can see a veritable forest of ungainly cell phone and TV broadcast towers.

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