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Let state preserve Shehan property

The article "Economy puts future of sanctuary in doubt" (Feb. 20) doesn't precisely report that Audubon is honoring both the intent and the terms of Jean Ellen duPont Shehan's generous gift by seeking the ongoing protection of the property.

We hope the state will be able to acquire and protect the property for public use. If the state is unable to do so, we will be forced to find a private conservation buyer but will still protect the property with an appropriate conservation easement or restrictive covenants.

The loss of support for property maintenance and programs makes the sale of the land unavoidable. But Audubon's commitment to protecting its unspoiled beauty remains unwavering.

Jacquelyn Bonomo, Baltimore

The writer is executive director of Audubon Maryland.

Protecting killers instead of unborn

The governor wants to abolish the death penalty in Maryland ("Vote urged on death penalty," Feb. 19).

All this tells me is that he has more compassion for the care and welfare for killers than for the innocent unborn.

Bruce Perry, Abingdon

Engineer drives toward equality

In a ceremony in Oakland, Calif., on Feb. 10, Amtrak honored the legacy of African-American Pullman porters, who played an essential role in rail travel and who in 1925 formed this country's first black labor union in response to racism and grueling work conditions.

Fred Rasmussen's article "Meet Carlyle Smith, the engineer who drove the president's train" (Feb. 22) is a timely, if unintended, epilogue; Mr. Smith's journey serves as a metaphor for that of our nation, one placing us further along the road, and that much closer, to the dream of truly becoming one America.

Donna Beth Joy Shapiro, Baltimore

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