Readers Respond

July 15, 2009

TC closing was a shock

Your editorial titled "TC deserves answers" (July 14) said it all. The announcement of the immediate closing of Towson Catholic High School sent my head spinning, my heart pounding and my anger rising.

The more I thought about it, the more I wondered if I had missed a letter from the alumni office. There had to be a warning that I had missed. The fact that there wasn't is just so discombobulating. It is similar to putting your grandmother into a nursing home without her being notified and before checking on other resources. Both actions show a total lack of Christian love.

I have only happy memories of TC. Those I will keep. They cannot be smothered by this thoughtless, abrupt announcement.

Faith Hawkins Welsh, Silver Spring

The writer is a member of the Towson Catholic High School class of 1954.

TC student heartbroken

My daughter was supposed to be a member of the class of 2010 at Towson Catholic High School. Instead, she is heartbroken over the closing of her beloved school. While she is left with a broken heart, my husband and I are left with wondering how this could happen to us after supporting Catholic education for 13 years. No contacts, no answers, no guidance, nothing?? How disgraceful is that??

Beth L. Conway

Sun bias apparent again

The front-page headline in Monday's Sun is about the Democrats criticizing former Vice President Cheney for some secret intelligence program apparently conceived shortly after the 9/11 attack ("Clamor rising over Cheney," July 13).

Nowhere to be found is any mention of a report released by the House Oversight and Government Reform committee about how powerful Democrats in Congress insisted that government-subsidized housing be geared to serve the purposes of social justice at the expense of sound lending practices.

The oversight committee's report details how Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac squeezed out their competition and cornered the secondary mortgage market, allowing them to operate with much lower capital requirements than private competitors.

Mr. Cheney was acting in our best interests in defending our country, six or seven years ago. The House oversight committee's report is directly related to one of the major causes of our current economic problems.

Which is of more current interest? I submit that as further evidence of biased reporting by The Baltimore Sun.

Benedict Frederick Jr., Pasadena

Smith critics miss the point

The reader criticisms of Ron Smith's July 10 column ("Global warming alarmism enriches Gore, bankrupts the rest of us") miss the point. Mr. Smith is one of the few who has broken the politically correct silence on the shaky foundation of climate alarmism.

Climate alarmism involves a vast array of bureaucratic and political agendas and conflicts of interest. The debate isn't over; it's increasing throughout the world. Theoretical climate models continue to conflict with actual measurements. Historical records of the Medieval Warm Period (circa 900-1400 AD) - when global warming equalled or exceeded present warming; was beneficent, not catastrophic; and was not caused by industrial CO2 emissions - continue to be ignored.

Before the Senate blindly passes cap-and-trade legislation like the House did (without thorough reading of the actual bill), there needs to be more open and free public discussion of the logic behind climate alarmism, not less.

Charles A. Clough

Since when is empathy bad?

In opening confirmation hearings, Republicans accused Judge Sonia Sotomayor of espousing empathy.

Sen. Jeff Sessions, an Alabama Republican, said: "I will not vote for ... an individual who believes it is acceptable for a judge to allow their own personal background, gender, prejudices or sympathies to sway their decisions."

Is "empathy" - "intellectual or imaginative apprehension of another's condition or state of mind" - the latest entry into the Republican lexicon of evil monikers? Like "liberal," which the dictionary defines as "favoring progress ... broad minded, not intolerant or prejudiced" which has come to mean weak willed and fiscally irresponsible.

While Justice is often portrayed as blind, signifying impartiality, it is never portrayed as also deaf and mute.

Ingrid Krause, Baltimore

Bring back real punishment

I grew up in the southwest Baltimore neighborhood where the little girl was shot ("Relatives of girl, 5, voice hope she'll live," July 8). Back then, you could walk the streets day or night and feel safe. Now the streets have turned into a war zone.

What has caused this problem is our judicial system.

Back when I was growing up, the police carried sticks. If someone got out of hand, they got rapped with that stick. If you killed someone, you were put to death by hanging or the electric chair.

Does that sound uncivilized and inhumane? How does shooting a 5-year-old child sound when all she was doing was walking down the street? Does being afraid to walk down your street or sit on your front steps seem civilized and humane?

We need to get back to old-fashioned punishment.

Grace Lamana, Severna Park

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