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Chopra captured Muslims' frustration

As an 18-year-old Muslim who has grown up as a peace-loving American, I would like to express my admiration for Deepak Chopra's words ("Try listening to Muslim world," Opinion

Commentary, June 21). His column really nails the way Muslims who truly follow the principles of Islam feel.

When I watch the news, I feel angry. Wouldn't others feel angry if Christianity and bombing, or fundamentalists and Jesus, were said to be in conjunction every time they watched the news?

Why do the terrorists get the spotlight? When is the last time we saw a story on the Muslim charities that contribute to organizations all across the country?

When is the last time someone cared to do an interview with a Muslim who had a family member die in the World Trade Center?

I'm so fed up, and it's really refreshing to hear some truth every once in a while.

We need more people trying to understand us rather than stereotype or categorize us.

Next time you see a Muslim, don't be afraid to try to talk to us and understand who we are.

Anisa Gharabi


The writer will be president of the Muslim Students Association at Salisbury University in the fall.

Millions of Muslims hold extreme views

Great news from Deepak Chopra ("Try listening to Muslims," Opinion * Commentary, June 21): Only 8 percent of Muslims - or nearly 100 million of them - hold extremist views.

That certainly makes me feel better.

Jeff M. Schumer


Hearing was critical to Maryland citizens

The Sun's cheap shot targeting Maryland Public Television's decision to pre-empt regular programming to air live coverage of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s hearing on the legislature's electricity rate relief plan could not have been more off base ("Power politics," editorial, June 22).

MPT believes it is our responsibility to provide the citizens of Maryland with the whole story as it happens, not just a summary of the hearing presented through the filter of reporters and editors, many of whom work under the pressure of deadlines and reduce the state's biggest story into limited column inches.

Newspapers such as The Sun provide some of the story, but they can't supply all of the story.

By contrast, as Maryland's only public television operation, MPT is proud to provide viewers with the entire picture - from beginning to end.

In deciding to televise the Republican governor's hearing, MPT followed the same independent editorial policies and practices that were followed the previous week in making the decision to show gavel-to-gavel coverage of the special session of the Democrat-controlled General Assembly.

The governor's hearing may not have been Masterpiece Theatre, but it was very important theater for citizens of Maryland.

Robert J. Shuman

Owings Mills

The writer is president and CEO of Maryland Public Television.

Democrats distort the energy debate

The entire procedure of "reducing" the rise in electricity rates has been nothing more than a political manipulation controlled by Democrats ("Rate deferral is law," June 24).

No one seems to understand that this situation is the result of a bill passed by a Democratic administration years ago, followed by inaction as energy costs rose, and that, finally, the piper must be paid.

And now the Democrats have given us a stall technique on the mentality level of a child.

Thank you, House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, for telling me I have no choice in how to pay my electricity bill.

Joan M. Reid

Owings Mills

Assembly attacks freedom to choose

Dictatorship is alive and well in Maryland. Our General Assembly decides and dictates what is best for us, saving us from making a choice ("Rate deferral is law," June 24).

However, I will exercise my freedom to choose when I vote against those incumbents who voted to override the veto of the energy rate bill.

Vivian Vann

Glen Burnie

Duncan's courage will stop the stigma

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Maryland admires the courage that it took for Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan to come forward and be honest about his reason for dropping out of the governor's race ("Duncan bows out," June 23).

His statement is a big step toward removing the stigma that society has placed on people who have clinical depression and other mental illnesses.

. For his courage and for all he has done as a public servant, we are grateful.

And we wish Mr. Duncan a full recovery and offer him our support.

Lynn H. Albizo

Glen Burnie

The writer is a consultant for the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Maryland.

Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan has departed the gubernatorial race with courage and integrity.

By explaining that his decision was the result of being diagnosed with clinical depression, he helps demystify mental illness. This helps all of us who live with mental illness - perhaps most of all those who haven't yet sought help.

Sarah Bur


Governor's reaction showed little class

On the day when Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan made his painful announcement that he would have to withdraw from the gubernatorial race and did so with his characteristic dignity and class, who was there to politicize the moment by embellishing his response to Mr. Duncan's announcement with some vitriolic digs at his remaining opponent in the race? None other than Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. ("Duncan bows out," June 23).

This is yet another example of inappropriate behavior by Mr. Ehrlich. I am ashamed that he is my governor.

John Bonn


Does Ehrlich believe no one's watching?

I was astonished to read in Friday's Sun that Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. claims to "appreciate class and dignity" and "appreciate adulthood" ("Duncan bows out," June 23).

These are not characteristics that come to mind when thinking about his administration's words and deeds.

Does the governor think we haven't been paying attention?

Leslie Starr


'Cool Kids' campaign sets a fine example

Kimmie Meissner really is America's sweetheart.

Her "Cool Kids" campaign and all the unselfish things she does to help less-fortunate people are a great example for all to emulate ("Banding together for kids," June 15).

Kimmie is absolutely the best.

John M. Bucci

Glen Burnie

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