April 22, 2014
In regard to the murder of two of Baltimore's young people ( "Motives sought in killings of city teens," April 19), do the motives, probably petty reasons, really matter when we already know most of the underlying causes of most such crimes? These causes have increased dramatically over the past five decades and, in no particular order, include: deterioration and downgrading of our Constitution, loss of core values, diminishment of the English language and failure to adhere to the Ten Commandments and other principles on which America was founded.
February 14, 2014
Regarding the Sunpaper article "O'Malley seeks answers from DHS on immigration program," (Feb. 12), I understand prioritization and focusing on the "big fish. " But once an immigrant has been detained, should the Department of Homeland Security have the latitude to say, you are here illegally but you are otherwise law abiding so we will let you go.? That discretion puts us on a slippery slope. What other laws should we be allowed to ignore because we disagree with them? Maybe the higher deportation rate of the non-violent illegal immigrants in Maryland is due to the fact that Maryland issues drivers licenses to immigrants that are here illegally and therefore has unwittingly enabled DHS to more easily identify, find, and deport the "little fish.
August 23, 2013
Sometimes I worry about our American value system and how it is expressed in our legal system. Pfc. Bradley Manning has just been sentenced for his role in the release of sensitive security data and we are desperate to apprehend Edward Snowden for similar activity ("Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in WikiLeaks case," Aug. 22). At the same time, we have never brought President George W Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other members of the Bush Administration to trial for their actions which brought about the Bush War in Iraq.
July 16, 2013
When terrible things happen we look for someone to blame and we become angry when we feel that no one pays a price; in doing so we temporarily forget that revenge is not the answer to tragedy ("Martin verdict fires debate," July 15). Trayvon Martin's death was clearly unjustified. George Zimmerman should never have had a gun in the first place. Racial profiling and racial tensions are still very much alive in this county - another tragedy - and we should all take a good look at what we learned about these issues during Mr. Zimmerman's trial.
May 16, 2013
I strongly resent the comments made by Del. Donald H. Dwyer in regard to his arrest for operating a boat while intoxicated ("Dwyer gets 30 days in jail in boating incident," May 15). He sounds like the 5-year-old who gets caught taking a candy bar from a grocery store and uses the excuse that "everybody does it. " He recently made the statement that he made a mistake and that "who out there hasn't made a mistake and who out there hasn't been drinking on a boat out on the bay. " As a boater of many years, I can tell him - not me. As my mother would have said to me, "Just because everybody else jumps off the roof, would you?"
March 26, 2013
Two points I would like to make regarding Mr. Rodricks' column ("To monitor farm pollution, use drones," Mar. 24). First, I generally agree that the governor and the legislature should stay out of the University of Maryland Law Clinic's business, but when the law clinic goes so far afield and acts in direct contravention to their stated mission, someone needs to hold them accountable. Their dean certainly isn't going to, nor is their Board of Visitors. Consider this: a core commitment of the law school's mission statement is, "The pursuit of justice through improving legal delivery systems and serving those who have been disadvantaged by the legal system or denied access to it. " The law clinic's client was the Waterkeeper Alliance, which was founded and is led by Robert Kennedy Jr. According to its annual report, its fiscal 2012 revenues were $4.6 million, and expenses were $3.4 million; that is a $1.2 million profit for one year (and they are a non-profit)