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'Little girls' still support the comptroller

Of all the issues Gov. Parris N. Glendening could have raised to criticize state Comptroller William Donald Schaefer, respect for women should have been at the very bottom of the list ("Once a slow burn, it's now a wildfire," Sept. 5).

Mr. Schaefer has called women "little girls" -- but among these women are ones he appointed to the highest positions in government.

Mr. Glendening has used politically correct language as he broke his marriage vows and became involved with a woman young enough to be his "little girl."

As to the respect for women displayed by these men, actions speak louder than words.

Charlotte Considine

Glen Arm

As a woman, I am more offended by Gov. Parris N. Glendening's philandering and adulterous ways while he was still married and in office than I am by being called "little girl" by a kindly, old gentleman politician like state Comptroller William Donald Schaefer.

Carolyn Johnson


No longer a "little girl," I still cherish the nickname.

Like state Comptroller William Donald Schaefer himself, it is as refreshing as the Baltimore "Hon."

Joy C. Naden


Well, if nothing else, Gov. Parris N. Glendening is consistent.

He won his elections using questionable tactics and he is now using questionable tactics to try and help his friend, Secretary of State John T. Willis.

Katherine Miller


Letter of the law is what counts

The Sun's editorial "Dirty tricks" (Sept. 4) castigates the governor for using some campaign funds to aid Secretary of State John T. Willis' campaign.

In The Sun's opinion, this violates the "spirit" of the campaign finance laws. However, it is the letter of the law that should be taken into account, and the governor's actions apparently did not violate the letter of the law.

And, in past campaigns in which politicians have provided one another similar help, it does not appear that The Sun has objected.

Theresa Czarski

Glen Arm

Governor has used innuendoes before

Thank you for the editorial decrying Gov. Parris N. Glendening's resorting to radio advertising to target state Comptroller William Donald Schaefer as a racist and misogynist ("Dirty tricks," Sept. 4). I guess Mr. Glendening just couldn't resist, since the tactic worked so effectively against Ellen Sauerbrey in 1998.

At that time, "good" Democrats raised no objection to Mr. Glendening's vicious racial innuendoes.

I hope The Sun will remember its principles when Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend's campaign turns the same weapon on Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

Hal Riedl


Glendening tactics will hurt his party

The recent attacks by Gov. Parris N. Glendening on the character and integrity of state Comptroller William Donald Schaefer and his record on women and minorities are outrageous ("Once a slow burn, it's now a wildfire," Sept. 5). And the fact that the governor chose to use a surrogate candidate and his own campaign funds to oppose the comptroller's re-election, at whatever the cost may be to Democratic Party unity, underscores how misguided and counterproductive his efforts are.

The comptroller has an outstanding lifetime record of achievement in many areas, including representing and serving all the people.

The current governor's record will never begin to match Mr. Schaefer's.

The governor's ill-advised actions will very likely increase support for the Republican candidate for governor.

Robert L. Walker


Helen Bentley isn't the retiring type

The Sun's primary endorsement of Helen Bentley in Maryland's 2nd Congressional District perpetuates the misconception that Ms. Bentley has come out of retirement ("U.S. Congress," editorial, Sept. 5).

But if one of your reporters left The Sun to take a job elsewhere, would you characterize that person as retired?

Since leaving Congress, Ms. Bentley has been very active in both Annapolis and Washington, consulting and lobbying for the Port of Baltimore and several other maritime and defense concerns as well as working to preserve the U.S. patent system.

On the weekends, she adds variety to her 70-hour work week by assisting her husband at the family's antique shop in Cockeysville.

If you think this lady is the retiring type, try following her around for a day.

David Firestone


Drug prohibition aids the terrorists

The Sept. 2 Sun reported that "an illegal drug operation in the United States was funneling proceeds to Middle East terrorist groups" ("Drug ring, terror linked").

You can rest assured that politicians will now call for increased enforcement of the drug laws. Will they fool people yet again? It isn't rocket science to figure out that the drug laws, not the drugs, are the problem.

Funds from the liquor business do not finance terrorist groups. That is because liquor is legal.

No one loves the drug laws more than drug dealers.

Henry Cohen


Restore Basilica to its original glory

Archbishop Michael J. Curley will live in the hearts of Baltimoreans as a giant of Roman Catholicism.

But his additions to the Basilica of the Assumption should live on only as photographs, footnotes and memories ("As it was in the beginning," Sept. 1).

As the jewel of American architecture, the Basilica deserves to be restored to reflect as faithfully as possible architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe's vision.

Robert L. Krummerich

Gettysburg, Pa.

Funds for renovation could help the needy

With all the poverty in the world, and with some Catholic dioceses claiming that they are not able to afford to honor the negotiated settlements in clerical sexual abuse cases, one would think that the $25 million to be used to "restore" the perfectly serviceable -- and beautiful -- Basilica of the Assumption so as "to regain its original aesthetic and historical integrity" could be put to better use ("As it was in the beginning," Sept. 1).

It matters not that the funds are being raised by the Basilica of the Assumption Historic Trust and, apparently, not by the church itself.

The contributions could have been solicited for more important, and certainly more Christian, purposes.

John Martin Jones Jr.


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