Big business profits from Bush presidency
Bush's first 100 days can be summarized as the creation of USA, Inc.
America is no longer a democracy, but an autocratic business model. George W. is the fun-loving, not too bright figurehead CEO with the ruthless, short-term thinking Dick Cheney as the COO. The five food groups have been replaced with the conglomerates of tobacco, mining, energy, timber, and at the top of the pyramid, Big Oil. Short-term, make-the-quarter mentality is the mode of operation. Soon we will return to rivers that burn and skies filled with soot while profits soar and executive incomes reap the bounty of indefensible salary increases coupled with larger-than-deserved tax cuts.
China has become the new Russia so that the voracious appetite of our military and defense industries can continue to be fed with taxpayer money. International treaties are abandoned as not profitable. Alternate solutions are disparaged because monies would flow from the vested monopolies.
Our USA, Inc. corporate leaders stress citizen empowerment and involvement, but as we have come to realize in business these words are usually hollow. We have less than two years to decide whether we need a new Board of Directors.
Sun too liberal for this reader
I recently canceled my subscription to the Baltimore Sun based on the overwhelming journalistic bias towards your liberal agenda. Every day I am forced to shake my head in disgust as I read another cartoon about how Bush is adding poisoning to our water or how Utopian it would be if guns were illegal. Why is the largest demonstration march in the state buried in the news? Simple: it's a pro-life march in Annapolis. News portraying Republicans in a good light or Democrats in a bad light is often filtered, while the reverse is often glorified.
There are numerous reasons why Baltimore has gone from the sixth most populous United States city to the 17th in the past few decades, but not one of them can be attributed to conservative policies or conservative news coverage. Baltimore city is entrenched in liberal politics in part because of the journalistic monopoly the Sun holds.
It would be nice if politics were a little more split in this state. Could you imagine the money that could come in from national political advertising if we were a battleground state like Pennsylvania or West Virginia? Maryland's location should present us with a golden opportunity, but no campaign stops or television ads are ever presented because of the uselessness in the final outcome. The liberal spoonfeeding by the Sun prevents any meaningful political debate outside of the Democratic primary.
Try sticking to reporting the news and not endorsing Democratic candidates or ideals and perhaps subscriptions will increase. In the meantime, I'm holding on until the Baltimore Sun loses its monopoly on the local newspaper market.
Christopher J. Conlon
Police deserve support for facing dangers
I am sick and tired of the complaints surrounding police (and recently the Geckle brothers) when a shooting and sometimes a death occurs. We have to endure the whining "he was a good boy" or "he was hanging around the wrong type of friends" and the accusations "he was shot because he was black" along with "he didn't even have a gun." Until you are the police officer in the exact same situation, with only a split second in which to decide (does the suspect have a knife, is that a gun he's reaching for, am I going to be killed?) you should not and cannot be positive what you would do.
If those same suspects were such good boys what were they doing in stolen vehicles, selling drugs, breaking and entering, etc., etc.
When is society going to say "enough is enough" and force people to take some responsibility for their actions? I firmly agree that an officer killing an unarmed suspect isn't fair, but until there is a definitive way to ascertain what a suspect is carrying, I strongly suggest to obey the law. Obeying the law drastically reduces your chances of being at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Toughen sanctions for drunken drivers
Each year hundreds of people die because of people being careless and getting drunk then trying to drive home. I think that if there are random roadblocks and stiff penalties, drinkers will not risk taking the wheel.
Legislators understand that new, tough drunk-drivers laws are probably not going to deter hard-core drinkers or people who routinely have no respect for laws and highway safety. But without massive expenditures of manpower and money, the police can arrest and convict relatively few drunk drivers. Usually highway police make an extra show of force in the months following passage of the laws, setting up road blocks to demonstrate they mean business.
Arrest and convictions usually go up. Jail sentences and suspended licenses get dangerous drivers off the road. Heavy fines boost the highway budget. It seems obvious to most people that laws are necessary to protect the public from those people. Yet it is not clear to what extent drunk-driving law actually changes the behavior of drinking drivers.
People still think that the laws for drinking and driving are already strong enough on them. But if that is true then why are there still so many people drinking and driving? If the laws were a lot stronger, then I think that the drinking and driving percentage will go down a lot. Suspended licenses, jail times, and the termination of driving privileges would work much better.
Raymond Eric Dix