Illegal real estate signs and dollar signs
A few thoughts come to mind regarding the illegal commercial advertising in state and county rights-of-way.
* State and local laws prohibit the placement of commercial advertising signs on public highways.
* Despite efforts to have the law enforced, at least one citizen's complaint has fallen on deaf ears.
* The people responsible for the alleged posting of these signs were heavy contributors to campaigns of some recently elected and re-elected Harford County officials.
(Is this part of the "understanding" that the president of the Harford County chapter of the Home Builders Association of Maryland has been quoted about?) There is something very, very wrong with this picture. An investigation by the prosecutor's office may be in order.
Piece on bomber a new low in journalism
I think your front page article, "A loving father's tragic solution," in the Sept. 18 Sun reached a new low in journalism. What the authors of this piece of drivel have attempted to do is relieve Mark Alen Clark of the personal responsibility of murdering his wife and the three children.
The only purpose of such a viewpoint is to foster the current pop culture attitude that no one is responsible for anything they do. Nowadays, it is always someone else's fault. I am surprised that the authors did not just say "the devil made him do it" and have done with it. I suppose the state is now supposed to generate another social bureaucracy to support another class of people who lack the backbone to bear the burdens of life.
If you are going to say anything at all about this type of behavior, it should be to denounce it for what it is -- a senseless atrocity by a miserable, simpering excuse for what is supposed to pass as a human being -- and not try to generate pity for him. If this is an example of a new start for The Sun, then I would say that the only tragedy here is that your paper did not have the good graces to go out of business altogether.
Writings from retirees were excellent
Hats off to our retired writers whose works graced your Opinion*Commentary page of Aug. 30. Isaac Rehert's article ("The Morning the Humidity Dropped") on the effect on the psyche from this hotter-than-usual summer was right on the mark. Gwinn Owens' piece ("When the War Is Over") accurately portrayed the hurry-up-and-wait that all soldiers know and beautifully described the most joyous of events -- a son's safe return home from war.
Mark L. Szczybor
Cartoon only validated the power of English
Dan Wasserman's cartoon in The Sun on Sept. 17 was an apparent attempt to ridicule those (including Sen. Robert Dole) who advocate the teaching and use of English as the official language of the land.
Instead, the cartoonist inadvertently validated that view. American English is an inclusive language incorporating words and meanings from a wide array of languages and cultures. English as spoken and written in this country contains nuances of meaning derived from context (not to mention a rich slang vocabulary) that many languages lack.
Precisely because we have adopted words from around the globe, we can vividly express our ideas, thoughts and feelings. It is because of the contextual nature of our language, however, that a solid grasp of the basics is required. Only a person fluent in English would be able to identify and deduce the meaning of the Spanish, Yiddish and Italian words and "get" the intended humor of the cartoon.
Specifying English as the official language will not exclude other languages or persons who speak other languages. Setting English as the standard will simply ensure that a foundation is provided upon which we can all build. If we can communicate with each other, accomplishing great things together becomes much simpler.