Letters To The Editor


July 06, 2008

False alarms hide real nuclear danger

In the parable about the boy who cried "wolf," repeated false alarms deafened the town folk to pleas for help when the real threat arrived.

One of the few areas in which the current administration can legitimately claim to have been effective is in the use and misuse of fear to gain political advantage.

Whether it was in citing the prospect of Saddam's Hussein "mushroom cloud" or the specter of terrorists invading our shores, this administration has used fear and cries of wolf to expand the power of the executive branch and diminish our constitutional liberties.

Forty years ago, leaders from countries around the world publicly recognized the growing danger posed by nuclear weapons.

Those nations, including ours, agreed that if a country didn't already have nuclear weapons, it wouldn't build or buy them while those countries that had the weapons agreed to get rid of them within a reasonable time.

The agreement was codified in the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons ("40 years later, nuclear states still haven't kept promises," Commentary, July 1).

Sadly, the U.S. has failed to live up to this agreement. Today, not only are there more (and more dangerous) nuclear weapons in the hands of more (and more unstable) nations, but this administration doesn't even recognize the need for nuclear powers to reduce their arsenals in order to persuade nonnuclear nations not to build their own nuclear arsenals.

The chances for an intentional or accidental nuclear catastrophe grow exponentially as the number of unstable potential nuclear states (such as North Korea, Pakistan, Iran and Syria) increase.

It's not too late to recognize the looming threat of nuclear weapons and summon the will to work toward a nuclear-free world - unless the cynical cries of "wolf" have impaired the public's capacity to respond.

Roger C. Kostmayer, Baltimore

Country club part of Roland Park plan

Thanks for the coverage of the Roland Park Civic League's meeting on Tuesday evening to determine the sense of the community regarding the proposed sale of 17 acres of Baltimore Country Club land to the Keswick Multi-Care Center ("Residents decry Keswick deal," July 2).

I fully support the prevailing view of the community, which strongly opposes the deal.

The company that originally developed Roland Park, the Roland Park Co., organized the country club in 1898.

What remains of the club property is an important part of the original landscape design for whole community.

It deserves to be protected as open space not because it is historic but because it is an integral part of the Roland Park community whose ingenious design has worked so well for more than 100 years.

Morton J. Baum, Baltimore

The writer is a member of the Roland Park Civic League.

Settle the dispute by buying land

If the land dispute in Roland Park is truly like a volcano erupting, then the members of the Roland Park Civic League should unite to see that the lava doesn't destroy that lovely 17-acre green patch that area residents seem to consider their very own, even though they acknowledge that the Baltimore Country Club actually owns the property.

But as complex as this situation may seem, there is a very, very simple solution: The Roland Park Civic League could buy the property.

It could then, as the owner of the property, do as it pleases with the land.

Would that all problems could be solved so easily.

David R. Watson, Timonium

Ruling may add to gun violence

The Founding Fathers wrote in the Constitution that citizens had the right to bear arms. Those arms were meant to protect the New World from the mother country ("Justices back gun owners," June 27).

But the purpose of a gun is to kill or harm, whether it is for pleasure (hunting) or to injure or murder.

The Supreme Court's vote to give citizens the right to bear arms in their homes in Washington has opened a new can of worms.

With all the violence that occurs in this country, why do we need this ruling?

Will America now evolve into a more lawless country?

Lola J. Massey, Owings Mills

Leopold is right to enforce law

How can the thinking of The Sun's editors be so skewed? Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold should be congratulated for working to uphold the rule of law ("Immigration politics," editorial, July 3).

Companies that hire illegal immigrants have an unfair advantage over companies that live by the rules.

Maybe, just maybe, if no one hired illegal immigrants, the word would get out that it's not worth the trip because there is no work.

Do the editors believe in the rule of law?

Or should we all pick and choose which laws we obey?

James Christhilf, Glen Burnie

Raids hurt families, undermine values

Once again, in the name of national security, we have imposed unnecessary hardship on spouses and children of immigrant workers in Maryland ("46 held in immigration sweep," July 1).

The aggressive immigration raids in Annapolis last week and the subsequent detention of some workers help no one.

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