Letters

LETTERS

October 20, 2008

Electoral fraud isn't just partisan politics

The Baltimore Sun's editorial concerning ACORN and the allegations that it has engaged in voter fraud described these allegations as overblown or the product of Republican or right-wing hysteria ("Crying wolf," Oct. 13).

That same day, new reports of ACORN's apparent attempts to submit fraudulent registrations were revealed, including multiple registrations of individuals and the registration of fictitious persons ("ACORN defends sign-ups; GOP lawmakers seeks probe," Oct. 15).

I fully support everyone being eligible both to register and to vote.

I do not, however, believe that numerous, substantiated reports and clear-cut evidence of fraud should be cavalierly dismissed as being partisan politics.

The right to vote is a hallmark of our society.

It should not be unfairly denied, or unfairly cheapened by the conduct of ACORN.

Robert C. Erlandson, Lutherville

ACORN unfairly tilts process in its favor

It comes as no surprise that ACORN (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) is trying to cheat the electoral system by registering phony voters to sway the 2008 election ("ACORN defends sign-ups; GOP lawmakers seek probe," Oct. 15).

This is just one more page in ACORN's corrupt history, which already includes election fraud investigations in at least a dozen states, a shameful embezzlement scandal, hypocritical and oppressive employment practice and a politically divisive agenda driven by a handful of extreme activists.

Now ACORN has been caught attempting to register Mickey Mouse to vote in Florida and the Dallas Cowboys in Nevada, among hundreds of other phony voters.

The American people should stop tolerating a corrupt organization that is determined to use illegal methods to tilt the political process in its favor. Tim Miller, Washington

The writer is communications director for the Employment Policies Institute.

MTA must do more to make light rail safe

On Oct. 3 at approximately 10:30 p.m., my aunt and I boarded the light rail near the Joseph A. Meyerhoff Symphony Hall ("Police investigate assault, kidnapping in Timonium," Oct. 13).

We always ride the front car, thinking that it is the safest. Much to our surprise, this time we were the only female riders and were confronted by nine men using crude terms in front of us. All of the terms were sexual in nature, and they were announced in a loud and abusive in tone of voice.

After two stops, I went to the back of the car and called 911. The 911 operator attempted to transfer me to the Maryland Transit Administration police, only to give me a nonworking number. I called 911 again and explained that I felt threatened by these riders.

It took the 911 operator some time to identify whether we were in the city or county. By that time, we had arrived at the Mount Washington stop and an MTA employee boarded the train. At that time, the abusive riders bolted off the train.

On numerous occasions, I have been exposed to riders who jump off the train when they see MTA employees boarding.

This is the first time, however, that I have felt personally threatened. I will not ride the light rail again until I can be guaranteed that efforts will be made to make the trains safer.

Over the last six months, I have seen fewer police at the stations, particularly at night and more riders jumping off the train at their first sight of an MTA employee.

It is time for the MTA and the city and county police to orchestrate a safer commute on the light rail.

Pat Jones, Towson

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