The purpose of the Supreme Court is to be a watchdog over the Constitution. The Constitution and its amendments are the product of the wishes of the majority. Majority rule is what makes the U.S. a democracy.
To guard democracy, nine judges were to be able to rise above their own personal beliefs. Biased decisions are not the will of the majority and are therefore a threat to our democracy.
Stanley M. Oring
Homosexuals don't need special laws
Kenneth B. Morgen, psychologist and co-chair of the Baltimore Justice Campaign, is a proponent of legislation to prohibit discrimination against people due to their sexual orientation. His arguments (Forum, Aug. 22) are flawed, and his inaccurate use of the language distressing.
He demands equal protection under the law for gays and lesbians, in apparent ignorance of the fact that all people have protection against assaults and other crimes under existing law. He also ignores (or wishes to conceal) the historical lesson we witnessed at Georgetown University. There, a Jesuit-affiliated institution's religious objections to homosexuality were cast aside by a court that ordered the acceptance of a student homosexual organization in deference to Washington's law prohibiting discrimination against people due their sexual orientation. It is not equal protection that homosexuals seek ' they seek legal leverage to force their views on others and gain access to institutions wherein they can further their aim of gaining full legal status as bona fide minorities.
He uses the word "homophobic" to describe a Christian organization opposed to inclusion of sexual orientation in non-discrimination legislation. Any phobia, by definition, is an unnatural fear. They, like myself, do not fear homosexuals. They do fear the just and righteous anger of a holy God who has plainly stated his opposition to homosexuality.
For the record, Mr. Morgen, Christians also abhor the violence against homosexuals, recognizing that no one has the right to do violence to another. But we do not see the need for special laws to protect homosexuals. The laws in place are sufficient for us all.
David P. Gilmore
Isn't it convenient that whenever proponents of capital punishment or any sort of revengeful act quote the Bible, it is never from the gospels but from some text before or after the living example of Jesus Christ. I challenge anyone to find, either by way of word or example, where Jesus would have condoned the deliberate taking of a human life. But please do not repeat the suggestion that because he did not object to his own death he sanctioned execution. That is simple-minded and perverse enough to be dangerous.
orinne B. Will
The city of Baltimore lost an outstanding citizen with the passing of George T. Ness Jr. on Aug. 20. Mr. Ness was a scholar and a gentleman. He taught history for 37 years at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. His insight on the Civil War was amazing; he was a walking reference book on the personalities in that catastrophic event. He was instrumental in forming the original Civil War Round Table of Baltimore, now known as the Baltimore Round table of American Military History. He was a founding member of the Maryland Union Room Committee, formed to preserve the history of Union soldiers from Maryland.
He recently published a book titled "The Regular Army on the Eve of the Civil War," a product of over 30 years of research. He wrote numerous articles for many historical magazines as well as the 75th anniversary article on the Battle of the Monacy for The Sun in 1939. He was a guest lecturer at the Army War College and at West Point.
Aside from all these accomplishments, his most important contribution was to the many "Poly boys" whose lives he touched. During our many conversations over the years, he always referred to his students with favor and kindness, and you just knew he loved them.
I will miss his sage advice and kind demeanor. As the words of the song say, "To know him was to love him."
Curtis B. Vickery
Agony of AIDS
I was totally disgusted when I read the Aug. 14 letter from Bette Teich wishing AIDS on Eric Tirado. It is obvious this woman has never seen the agony of an AIDS patient. As a nurse, I have seen the agony not only of the patient but of the family as well. I certainly am not condoning what Tirado did, but to wish AIDS on him brings Teich down to Tirado's level.
AIDS is a terrible way to die. I've seen women who watch their husbands die while worrying about their children, wondering if any of them have the virus also. I've seen partners stand by as their loved one dies, knowing in a matter of months they, too, will be in the same position. I've comforted hysterical mothers who sat day after day watching sons die. I've seen families turn away from patients and refuse to have anything to do with them when their love and support are most needed. I've seen physicians' agony when they must tell a mother, wife, husband, lover that there is no hope; nothing more can be done.
Our senators will give themselves a $26,000-a-year pay raise but will do nothing to make the cost of medications for AIDS patients affordable. Insurance companies in many cases will not pay for experimental drugs.
Wake up, Bette Teich. The next patient diagnosed with AIDS could be your mother, father, sister, brother, husband, child or you! When you watch the various stages of the disease -- weight loss, loss of sight, pneumonia, dementia, unconsciousness and finally the relief of death, tell me if you still wish it on anyone.
Monica C. Mullikin