The Baltimore Sun

O'Malley shows courage in fighting executions

My hat is off to Gov. Martin O'Malley for his bold stand against Maryland's death penalty ("O'Malley vows to work to end death penalty," Jan. 16). How rare - and how wonderful - to find a political leader with the backbone to see capital punishment for what it is, and to speak out for its abolition.

Mr. O'Malley's reasoning is true: Indeed, the death penalty is unjust because it is administered in a way that is racially and economically biased and the possibility that innocent men and women languish on death row is a daunting prospect.

But my faith-fueled heart tells my rational mind that the death penalty must be abolished for a far more basic reason: It is, and always has been, a barbaric practice that shames our state and our nation.

God bless Mr. O'Malley for bringing this issue into the light of day, and for challenging us all finally to see that state-sanctioned murder is still an act of murder.

Mark L. Gruber, Columbia

Why isn't he working to save lives of unborn?

It is interesting that Gov. Martin O'Malley is using the full power of his office to do away with Maryland's death penalty ("O'Malley vows to work to end death penalty," Jan. 16) but, despite his Catholic background, isn't doing anything to save the unborn.

Thousands of lives are aborted each year in Maryland while about one person is executed in this state every five years.

Perhaps the governor could explain the logic of expending so much effort to save someone who has been convicted of committing a violent and heinous crime while supporting the laws that allow the end of life for those totally innocent of any wrongdoing.

Michael Gardner, Hunt Valley

What a shame that Gov. Martin O'Malley doesn't feel so passionate about doing "everything in my power" to fight for the rights of the unborn babies who face the death penalty every day.

J. McGuire, Baltimore

Miracle landing merited a place on front page

On Friday morning, I looked at the front page of my Baltimore Sun and I was shocked not to see any mention of the "miracle on the Hudson."

I finally found a small article about the crash on Page 17A ("Pilot praised for safe landing in river," Jan. 16). But how astounding it is that such a story, in The Baltimore Sun's opinion, does not rate front-page coverage.

True, it was not a local event, but it certainly was an important national event. And as I checked other major newspapers, they all had front-page coverage of it.

The Baltimore Sun does not fail to put stories of murder, rape and other ugly happenings on the front page.

This was a miraculous event that deserved front-page coverage.

I believe that The Baltimore Sun needs to re-examine its priorities for the placement of news events.

William T. Brown, Ellicott City

I was shocked on Friday to see that front-page coverage of the dramatic rescue of all passengers and crew of the US Airways flight was missing from The Baltimore Sun; this is the kind of uplifting story we need in the face of all the depressing economic news.

Instead, we had more front-page coverage of the seemingly never-ending story about the proposed repeal of the death penalty in Maryland ("O'Malley vows to work to end death penalty," Jan. 16).

Please don't replace the front page with the editorial page.

Marty Etzel, Towson

A smaller inauguration might be more fitting

Both President Barack Obama and America fully deserved the festive inauguration. The new administration is truly a milestone in American history ("The President: Obama calls for 'a new era of responsibility,'" Jan. 21).

But shouldn't we have scaled back the festivities somewhat, and used the funds to assist those in need at the moment with food, jobs or housing or to pay for some repairs to our infrastructure?

Wouldn't that have better honored Mr. Obama and what he stands for concerning the new hope for America?

Daniel E. Withey, Parkville

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