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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Playing politics with search for Iraqi weapons

The Sun's all-too-obvious liberal bias reared its familiar head with the publication of Daniel Meltzer's column "Was it a high crime?" (Opinion * Commentary, June 29).

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When will the Democratic Party wake up and realize that with every article and commentary condemning the president and those who surround him for doing what most Americans feel was the right thing, they are only shooting themselves in the feet and losing credibility?

When the administration said that U.N. weapons inspectors had had enough time and that it was time to act, didn't many of the same Democrats say, No, more time is needed, Iraq is a big place, etc.?

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How quaint that now, only three months after the war, many Democrats seem positive that no such weapons exist and that President Bush and company lied, cheated and deceived the American people and should be held accountable for their "high crimes."

The obvious political agenda behind this latest liberal allegation is so thinly veiled that surely only the most naive can fail to see through it.

Steve Couzantino

Pasadena

Weapons deception must be examined

Thank you for publishing Daniel Meltzer's "Was it a high crime?" (Opinion * Commentary, June 29). The citizenry, our elected officials in Congress and the media must come to grips with the possibility that this administration deliberately misled all of us in the rush to war with Iraq.

To put even one human life in harm's way is the most grave decision a president can make.

And given the lingering doubts and the possibility that there was either faulty intelligence or a misuse of good intelligence, one would think everyone would be anxious to have a full accounting.

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This is not a partisan issue. It is one that all citizens should seek to have resolved.

David Schwartz

Baltimore

Frist's hypocrisy on states' rights

At the same time he lauds a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, Sen. Bill Frist bemoans the Supreme Court's negation of the Texas sodomy law, saying that such matters "should be addressed by the state legislatures" so that "the local norms, the local mores" can "have their input reflected" ("Frist backs ban on gay marriages in U.S.," June 30).

Mr. Frist thus joins in a common conservative hypocrisy: crying "states' rights" only when he disagrees with the federal government's actions and wholeheartedly embracing federal intrusion when it's in line with his views.

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A successful constitutional amendment could impose the federal will on a quarter of the states. What of their local norms and mores?

Curtis Kennedy

Baltimore

Right to marry could be a curse

This battle over the right of homosexual men and women to marry is just the latest round of a long overdue battle over gays winning the civil rights that every other minority in this country has enjoyed for quite some time ("Frist backs ban on gay marriages in U.S.," June 30).

Conservatives and religious leaders will whine their dogmatic dribble, which they have been whining forever, because that's what they do.

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However, it is long overdue that gay people get the right to legally marry - so they can suffer like everyone else.

Robert Dons

Baltimore

Ruling opens door to more odd pairings

The sin whose time has come now has the full backing of our Constitution, as the right of privacy has been expanded to include homosexual behavior between consenting adults ("Ruling on gays stirs up emotions," June 28).

What next? Think about it. Are there not other possible sexual pairings of consenting adults? There are - and this Supreme Court decision opens the door to all of them.

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Douglas Hoffman

Baltimore

Fund-raising follies block health reform

KAL's June 29 editorial cartoon depicting the revolving flow of tax refund money for the wealthy returning to the president as campaign contributions represents a sordid state of affairs in this country.

Unfortunately, it also shows why, despite the enormous popular support for a non-private health care system - as illustrated by the more than two dozen articulate letters in The Sun ("Finding ways to offer everyone health care," letters, June 28) - we will probably never see such a system.

What ever happened to democracy?

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Ajax Eastman

Baltimore

Ehrlich will deliver what the voters want

The Sun's editorial "Reality bites" (June 23) once again demonstrates that its editorial staff just does not get it.

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. was elected on his promise to contain the out-of-control spending that has taken place in recent years at the state level and on his promise not to raise personal income or sales taxes.

Further, jurisdictions such as Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties have tax caps that were voted in by the residents of those counties. A number of efforts to overturn these tax caps have been soundly defeated.

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It is apparent, therefore, that voters are objecting to tax increases and, in fact, want more responsible, cost-effective and efficient government.

That is what Mr. Ehrlich has promised, and that is exactly what he will deliver.

Richard E. Hug

Baltimore

The writer was finance chairman for Mr. Ehrlich's gubernatorial campaign and is a member of the Maryland Board of Regents.

Chapman's woes leave a stain

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Now that Nathan A. Chapman Jr., a former chairman of the University System of Maryland's Board of Regents, has been indicted, former Gov. Parris N. Glendening, former Chancellor Donald N. Langenberg, all of the regents, Chancellor William E. Kirwan and Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. should all hang their heads in shame ("Chapman indicted in Md. pension fraud," June 27).

Instead of addressing the Chapman issue, many of them continued to play their political fiddles while the honor and integrity of the Board of Regents "burned."

No one stepped forward to assume the responsibility to do this, and, therefore, the regents and Maryland's system of higher education are now even more tainted.

Quinton D. Thompson

Towson

Baltimore finds its new iron man

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After Cal Ripken Jr. retired, I was wondering who might be the new iron man to emerge in Baltimore. I think Jessica Valdez's article about George Henson, age 90, answers my question ("Putting in 76 years on the job," June 25).

What a great story about a remarkable man. Mr. Henson's longevity, commitment and passion are truly inspiring.

Step aside, Cal, there's a new iron man in town, and his name is George Henson.

Mark McElwee

Catonsville


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