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Media jumped to conclusions in boy's deathHow...


Media jumped to conclusions in boy's death

How sad for the driver of the vehicle that accidentally caused the death of six-year-old Samuel Hulett. There was proof of no wrong-doing on the part of the driver. Speed and alcohol were not a factor in this accident.

Yet the driver will forever live with the knowledge and sad misfortune of being involved in the loss of life of a small child -- a child who, unfortunately, darted between two parked cars into the path of a moving vehicle.

For the media to capitalize immediately on the speeding problems at the very same location of Greenside Drive and Padonia Road was unwarranted.

The media projected a judgmental attitude, falsely leading the public to believe there was operator error. How dare they take such an unfortunate situation and, lacking conscience, try to further damage the reputation of an innocent driver.

To worsen matters, the media and press chose unfairly to divulge the driver's identity, causing undue embarrassment in an already highly charged emotional situation.

Through this cruel twist of fate, the media utilized even crueler tactics by embellishing the story for the sake of media hype.

My sincere sympathy goes out to all of Sam's family members and friends in this untimely loss of a precious child -- and to the driver who undoubtedly feels tremendous sorrow and surely deserved fairer treatment and understanding from the media.

M. Gayle Staats


Jobs trickle away

Trickle-down economics does work, in a way. First, I may mention the thousands of American jobs that have trickled down to Mexico. Then many more thousands of American jobs have trickled north to Canada, east to Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand and on and on.

Corporate America, with its greed, has sold this country out to foreign workers who, in their own words, said they will work for "peanuts." And the profits trickle down to France, Germany, Japan, etc.

Somebody in Washington should take notice and correct the situation before another 10 million people are without jobs.

Cal Freeman

Owings Mills

Slow down

I am afraid to say it, but politeness seems to be passe, especially on the ribbons of cement that take us from home to work to the grocery store. It seems like everybody is in a mad rush to get somewhere and to heck with the other guy.

This stereotypical aggressive and fast-paced stance of youth is now exhibited daily by drivers of all ages, as one wends his or her way down the highways. As Mahatma Gandhi said: "There's more to life than increasing its speed." How about gleaning ourselves from the notion of "me first" to the belief of "safety and consideration first"?

Karen J. McDonaugh

Ellicott City

Matters of logic

Recent decisions by the mayor on education policy were puzzling until your July 22 editorial, "Schmoke to BUILD: I'm in charge," put it all in perspective.

You say that community groups like BUILD shouldn't view the mayor's rebuff of their opposition as an "attack on community participation." Why not? Because "BUILD itself has pledged to become even more active in school matters-opposing the mayor!"

The logic at work here is something akin to "new math." BUILD's continued opposition to the mayor's policies is proof that its input has not been attacked.

Likewise, the notion that a private corporation could run the public schools at a profit presumably supports the mayor's court challenge contending that the state school funding formula deprives city children of adequate educational resources.

Viewed in this light, the mayor's removal of his own child from the public schools should be seen as an endorsement of public education. Why? Because "he has repeatedly pledged to make education his administration's priority and he seems determined to do so."

Gregory Lewis


Values at home

In her letter "Golden rule" July 23, Pamela Bug implies that prayer in the public schools would, in retrospect, teach children respect and other values.

Although in essence her logic may be of value, in substance prayer in the schools would not eliminate the many problems that we face each day.

Prayer is a wonderful thing, but respect, moral values, fair play, patriotism and love of our neighbors can best be taught by parents in the home.

Until parents begin accepting responsibility for the behavior and actions of their youngsters, all the prayers in the world will not truly teach respect.

John A. Micklos


In God we trust

I noted your recent report concerning the banning of prayer at high school and college commencement services. Why is it that our elected officials are sworn in on a Bible, yet our youngest citizens are not allowed to start out their lives with a blessing from our Maker?

Are the atheists only strong enough to hurt our children and not the politicians? Is this the road America wants to take?

James E. Bright Jr.


The choice

Karol Hyman (letter, July 23) is choosing "to vote on election day to ensure that all women have a right to choose." I would like to ask, a right to "choose" what?

I assume she means to be able to choose to end the life of a child. Let me assure those who do choose abortion, however, that they will never, ever forget that they had that abortion and will forever remember the date of it and the date that child would have had his or her birthday.

Claire O. Rhoads



The recent disbanding of the Conference of Christians and Jews has been a loss to the entire community.

Many churches and synagogues have discussion groups and programs aimed at promoting brotherhood among all races and religions, however.

Also, the Black-Jewish Forum of Baltimore (the BLEWS) is h hTC worthwhile organization that promotes better understanding between blacks and Jews.

With racial tensions rising at an alarming rate, people of good will might become active in any of these programs.

Beverly K. Fine


The writer is a member the BLEWS organization.

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