The fact that Nathan Chapman and Richard Stewart were both subjects of articles in a recent issue of The Sun underscores the exquisite judgment of our recent Democratic governors ("Pension scandal figure Chapman set for release" and "O'Malley says he'll return donation from tax cheat," Dec. 30).

Mr. Chapman, appointed by former Gov. Parris Glendening to chair the University System of Maryland's Board of Regents, also persuaded the governor to appoint his mistress to the board of trustees overseeing Maryland's pension system, then used his access to infuse Maryland pension money into his failing companies, which he was systematically looting at the same time.

Mr. Stewart, Governor O'Malley's chief fundraiser in Prince George's County, was rewarded for his largesse with appointments to the Maryland Stadium Authority and to the redistricting commission, at the same time he was bilking the IRS of $5 million. Even so, his guilty plea to tax fraud went largely unremarked by his Annapolis cronies.

Compared to these thieves, longtime GOP political operative Paul Schurick's peccadilloes look like a fraternity prank.

Thomas F. McDonough, Towson