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Veto of legislation on gun safety shows governor's duplicity

The governor's veto of the gun safety bill demonstrates that he considers gun safety nothing more than a politically expedient means to pass gun control bills ("Bill on gun safety education is vetoed," May 18).

Parris N. Glendening has a history of paying lip service to gun safety, when in fact his true agenda is a total ban on the private ownership of firearms. He needs to take a gun-safety course, because he just shot himself in his credibility.

The veto is no surprise. Mr. Glendening is anti-hunting as well as anti-gun and will do whatever he can to discourage it.

Further, the governor's agenda depends on ignorance and fear.

The very last thing he wants is an educated, informed electorate. As an educator, the governor knows that ignorance puts people at a disadvantage and as a politician, he knows how to exploit their ignorance to his advantage.

John H. Josselyn


The writer is legislative vice president of the Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore.

With his recent decision to veto a bill that would have mandated teaching our kids about gun safety, Gov. Parris N. Glendening has demonstrated that he has no concern for the safety of our children.

The governor condones teaching our children about sexuality, at a young age, yet refuses to educate them on the safe use of firearms to reduce misuse, which can cause serious injury or death.

Is the safety of our children really a priority on his agenda?

Allen Jones


Shame on our governor for killing the firearms safety training bill, which could have taught all our children to respect firearms. The governor talked of protecting our children and making schools safe, but in the end he failed us.

Does the governor fear a school program might teach kids to love guns? Violent movies, TV and games have done that for years.

Despite the efforts of the gun banners, firearms are a reality and will be in our culture for a long time.

The children of hunters or target shooters may learn gun safety at home but who will teach other kids who might have an unfortunate meeting with a gun?

The governor has done Maryland a disservice.

Elliot Deutsch

Bel Air

Trying to teach everything undermines basic learning

State Sen. Barbara A. Hoffman was quoted in The Sun as saying about the gun safety classes proposed for Maryland public schools, "It's just not that expensive" ("Glendening weighs veto of gun safety class for kids," May 17).

She and other state legislators need to think not in terms of money but in terms of opportunity cost - that is, of what you have to give up to get something.

Over a teaching career of 30 years, I have watched as we added economics, drug awareness, environmental awareness, family life, body safety, character development, anger management, computer technology, peer mediation, manners and who knows what all, to our curriculums.

I have not voluntarily given up teaching reading, math, written composition, spelling, science and social studies, but neither have I been able to devote all of my time to teaching these basics the way I feel they should be taught.

Teachers can only integrate so much into a curriculum before it becomes saturated. Opportunity cost dictates that you can't have everything.

Patricia A. Anderson

Havre de Grace

Where was the picture of slain Arab policemen?

In the May 17 Sun, I saw a photo of a 22-year-old Israeli's funeral. The article below spoke of the slaughter of five innocent policeman by Israeli snipers ("Fatal ambush a mistake, Israel says," May 17). Yet I saw no photo of that incident.

I also was horrified to see the Israeli military refer to the accident as having "executed the wrong prey."

If any other nation said it had "executing the wrong prey" the howl of protest would be deafening. But Israel's military seems to be exempt from such judgments, at least in the mainstream U.S. media.

Ken Iman


Conservation, regulation won't cure our energy woes

If conservation and regulation were the answers to our energy shortages, then surely eight years of the regulation-crazed, green-friendly, Clinton-Gore administration should have left us awash in energy.

America should rely on what it has always done best to solve its problems - construction and production.

Dave Reich

Perry Hall

It's the GOP's negativity that made us a laughing-stock

The letter "Attacks on Bush damage our nation's unity, image" (May 15) was world-class hypocrisy.

The writer condemns the Democrats' "recent spate of negative ads attacking President Bush." He further explains that the nation should unite behind the president as a matter of patriotism.

Even objective pundits and analysts agree the president is enjoying a rather lengthy honeymoon despite some dubious decisions and appointments.

And I hope the writer remembers, as I do vividly, that following the presidential elections in 1992 there were a spate of bumper stickers saying, "Don't Blame Me. I Voted for Bush." They appeared prior to President Clinton's inauguration, without ever giving him a chance.

And I don't think they were produced by negative, "win-at-all-costs" Democrats.

Steve Charing


The headline of a recent letter noted, "Attacks on Bush damage our nation's unity, image" (May 15).

Yet the May 18 Sun revealed that the government had found no evidence of vandalism of the White House or Air Force One by outgoing Democrats, as the Republicans had claimed ("White House vandalism reports are unfounded").

And which party elected to damage the Constitution in its effort to destroy President Clinton?

The puerile antics of the Republicans made us the laughing-stock of the world.

Robert L. Reynolds

Bel Air

Neither crime nor taxes have ruined Ednor Gardens

As a resident of Ednor Gardens, I am outraged that The Sun ("Signs of desperation in Ednor Gardens," editorial, May 4) and Katie O'Malley ("Crime is the reason that residents flee Ednor Gardens," letters, May 12) are using my neighborhood as a political football to score points in the debate over a possible tax increase.

Over the years, the people I've talked to have left the neighborhood for a wide variety of reasons: job relocation, health and aging issues, better schools and, most of all, the prolonged uncertainty about the fate of Memorial Stadium. Taxes have never been mentioned and crime has seldom been cited as the reason for leaving.

Contrary to the picture Ms. O'Malley painted, Ednor Gardens has a relatively low crime rate and very little violent crime.

Ednor Gardens is a vibrant, beautiful neighborhood that has to contend with all the problems urban neighborhoods face. I would hope The Sun and the mayor's wife would use their influence to support our community rather than undermine it.

Richard Bruning


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