Unkempt cemetery is an ugly insult to state's veterans
I wish to thank Joan Jacobson and The Sun for the article "An insult to the veterans" (May 24).
I am a veteran whose wife died last July. After a very emotional eight months, I decided to visit her grave at Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery.
My sadness turned to shock and rage when I saw the appalling mess. You just do not treat human beings that way.
Assistant Secretary for the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs Chris Hobbs and whoever else is in any position of authority and responsibility for the cemetery should be ashamed.
No feeble excuse should be accepted for their failure to do what is right.
I salute Joan Jacobson and The Sun for uncovering this disgrace and am hopeful that their effort will lead to the state doing what is decent and right.
H. M. Jordan
The Sun's article "An insult to the veterans" was very disturbing. As a Vietnam War veteran, I would hope that our veterans are treated with more respect than what I have observed at the Garrison Forest Cemetery.
The article should rally all citizens of the state to demand better conditions for those who have served their country, and are now in their final resting place.
Would not the $140,000 the state spent to wine and dine people at the Preakness have been better spent improving our state's veterans cemetery system?
Let's hope our elected officials will respond rapidly to correct this injustice.
Keith F. Kelley
A more contemplative day in honor of our veterans
Let us each consider how we can best observe Memorial Day, the day designated to honor the thousands of servicemen who lost their lives in preservation of the freedoms we Americans enjoy.
The British call their similar observance Remembrance Day. With reverence and dignity, they maintain relative silence throughout the day as a reminder of the sacrifices of their fallen servicemen.
We have long since lost all sense of reverence and dignity for Memorial Day. The commercialization of this sacred day is typified by tasteless advertising and endless Memorial Day bargain sales.
Let us reassess the way we remember and honor our fallen soldiers. marines, sailors and airmen on this solemn day.
Perhaps a quiet day of prayer and contemplation would truly befit the occasion.
Van Fossen Schwab
Preakness party reveals disrespect for voters
It is indeed a sad situation when Gov. Parris N. Glendening spends more than $140,000 to entertain fat-cat legislators at the Preakness. This money could have been better spent on the many poor children in Maryland.
This is an example of the disrespect highly placed politicians have for the folks who vote them into office.
It "behooves" The Sun to publish prominently the names of all politicians who attended this freebie. Then we can vote them out in the next election.
James W. Kirby Sr.
Mike Lane certainly hit the nail on the head in his May 17 editorial cartoon on the Preakness party. He definitely attached Maryland politicos to the correct end of the horse.
It is unfortunate, however, that he had to debase such a majestic animal as a horse with any association to the worthless political machine in this state.
William T. Higgs
Marching moms, dads should look in the mirror
Why don't the moms and dads start putting the blame where it belongs? ("Marching mom just wants guns kept away from kids," letters, May 22).
The guns don't come out of safes or locked trunks or cabinets by themselves: Moms and dads bring them out of safe places and put them in the night stands, or under the pillow or mattress where kids find them.
Start putting the blame where it belongs -- on the moms and dads.
The Million Mom March has truly inspired me to become more politically active. I just joined the NRA.
Ideologues, not guns, are truly 'perverse'
The recent letter "Bush's judgment on guns isn't very reassuring" (May 21) suggested that Texas Gov. George W. Bush's positions on guns were either a sign of National Rifle Association (NRA) influence or perverse.
Since Mr. Bush has denied NRA influence, this is obviously an attempt to attribute his position to perversity.
I am much more afraid of people who believe that opinions in opposition to theirs are perverse than of law-abiding citizens carrying concealed weapons.
Frederick J. Koenig
To uphold the rule of law, Tripp should be prosecuted
The state's decision to dismiss the case against Linda Tripp was outrageous and shocking ("Tripp wiretap charges dropped," May 25).
Here we have a woman who knowingly and deliberately broke Maryland law for the purpose of getting President Clinton, which of course led to his impeachment and eventual acquittal.
The president may have lied, but Linda Tripp broke Maryland law. What is the purpose having such laws if they aren't going to enforced?
Our laws are the foundation of our democracy; if they aren't enforced, then we should just tear up our Constitution.
Racetrack would enrich developer, but hurt region
What can the people of Western Maryland expect from the race course at Little Orleans if it's built ("Plans for racetrack stir protest in Little Orleans," April 23)?
Severe damage to the environment, destruction of wildlife, disturbance of the peace, water shortages, increased air and water pollution, a few low-paying, part-time jobs, increased turnout at Gamblers Anonymous meetings.
And, last but not least, a substantially wealthier developer, William Rickman.
What a great deal for the citizens of Allegany County.
Jacques Schlenger: an inspirational example
The Sun's obituary on Jacques Schlenger was both excellent and inspirational ("Jacques T. Schlenger, 72, dies; helped save Peabody," May 19).
As senior pastor at Second Presbyterian Church for many years, I was privileged to meet this outstanding gentleman from time to time.
Those of us who are "city-centered" and "community-minded" could not fail to be impressed by Mr. Schlenger's creativity and caring for so many facets of Baltimore's life and soul -- the worlds of music and sports, as well as business.
Let all of us be grateful for Mr. Schlenger's life and example. And the old adage still stands true, "An ounce of example is worth a ton of good advice."
Ernest R. D. Smart