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Judge Matsch shows judiciary how to run a trial

Wasn't it refreshing to see the trial of Timothy McVeigh handled in a professional manner? The difference between this trial and the O. J. Simpson fiasco boils down to one thing -- the judge.

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From the very beginning of the Denver trial, Judge Richard Matsch let it be known no nonsense would be tolerated, and he would be 100 percent in command of the court -- not the lawyers or the media.

By mandating a gag order and not allowing live television, most of the circus atmosphere that occurred in the Simpson trial was avoided. The judge's consistency in making all parties stay with the facts actually relating to the case made things much easier for the jury to comprehend, resulting in swift justice. Despite being a complicated trial involving much testimony from many witnesses residing in different states, it was wrapped up in little over one month -- not one year.

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Can you imagine having this judge preside over the Simpson case and not Judge Ito? Perhaps the American judiciary has learned a lesson.

Donald C. Royston

Lutherville

Jones chose to wait, she can wait longer

I would like to thank letter writer Lawrence J. Ageloff (June 9, "Paula Jones is champion of the right") for expressing my opinion of the Paula Jones lawsuit.

Although I have not voiced my thoughts, I have harbored the following questions, Why didn't she say something when it happened? If her "reputation" meant so much, why air it at all? And why wait until he was in a political position to be harmed unless the answer, as it so obviously appears to be, is Republican exploitation?

I would also like to say that Paula Jones is indeed entitled to her day in court, but if she waited this long to air her soiled laundry, her case should have been recorded but the trial not held until Mr. Clinton's term is ended. She would still get her say.

M. Kotowski

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Baltimore

People of all faiths died for this country

On Memorial Day, The Sun again printed a drawing in memory of soldiers who had died fighting for their country, and again only crosses signified the resting places of those that died. Not one Star of David.

My brother Pfc. David Kahanovitz, who was Jewish, was killed in Luzon. When he was buried there a star was placed above his grave, so I knew of at least one who could have been included.

Perhaps in the future you can find an artist who will include a Star of David amid all the crosses so people of all faiths can be recognized.

Jeanette Suskin

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Baltimore

Connect hotel to Convention Center

Your May 17 editorial recommends that the Baltimore Development Corp. open parallel discussions with Peter Angelos regarding the city-owned property across from the Convention Center at the same time that the Baltimore Development Corp. is conducting negotiations for the development of a convention hotel at Inner Harbor East.

The issue is not so much the need for a new hotel. With the millions and millions of dollars having just been spent to expand the Convention Center; the real issue is maximum utilization of the expanded Convention Center rather than the building of a new hotel.

Having attended many conventions throughout the country, I can attest that a primary concern of an attendee is the close proximity of the hotel to the convention.

A hotel directly connected to the Convention Center is far superior to a hotel blocks away. By virtue of it, planners eliminate the possibilities of snow, wind, sleet, rain, heat, humidity, etc., even if the trek is only several blocks.

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This is one reason why all new hotels include large banquet rooms, meeting rooms, exhibition rooms, several restaurants, etc. In that manner, people attending a convention have most of their needs in one location, with the ability to explore the rest of the city should they desire and weather permitting.

Gilbert Rosenthal

Baltimore

Governor was right on dynamometer veto

Contrary to J. Bard Anderson's June 6 letter, the auto emissions dynamometer test has everything to do with clean air. When air pollution sends hundreds of people to the hospital with asthma attacks and other respiratory problems, as it does in Baltimore during the summer, we need to do what we can to clean it up.

The fact is that nitrogen oxides, which lead to smog and also pollute the Chesapeake Bay, are a major part of auto emissions. A tailpipe test on an idling car cannot detect them.

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By vetoing the bill which would have crippled the dynamometer test, Gov. Parris N. Glendening made the right decision. He helped keep Maryland on the path to cleaner air and a cleaner Chesapeake Bay.

Daniel Pontious

Baltimore

The writer represents the Maryland Public Interest Research Group.

Records needed for doctors' defense

Regarding the lawsuit from William Warner (June 9, "Judges call for change to patient-privacy law"), while this may appear to be an outrageous fishing expedition, it is one of the only defensive measures available to physicians against ever-litigious malpractice attorneys.

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Ronald H. Galler

Baltimore

Mosquitoes are part of natural ecosystem

Frank Roylance was right on target in his June 10 article, "A war on an enemy that's out for blood," when he mentioned that many people move to a waterfront community and want to reside in a "nature" environment but then want to rearrange the ecosystem for their own comfort.

An official of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection suggested that perhaps homeowners moving near a coast or wetlands should sign an agreement with the state that they are aware of mosquitoes and will not require that the state be responsible for eradicating nuisance mosquitoes.

We all need to be responsible for ourselves -- by building screened porches, wearing protective clothing and not wearing fragrances which attract mosquitoes.

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By using pesticides to kill mosquitoes we put human health at risk. People with asthma and other respiratory illnesses, children and anyone with compromised health are more susceptible to toxic chemicals.

Some researchers also feel there may be delayed neurological effects from low-level exposure to organophosphates (such as Dibrom), which are nerve poisons.

Phyllis A. Koenings

Berlin

Pub Date: 6/17/97


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