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letters 11/6

November 05, 1999

Put a stop to Peter Angelos' money grab

To the editor:

Much controversy surrounds the legal settlement between the tobacco companies and the states.

Maryland is a part of that settlement and stands to gain about $4.4 billion over the next 20 years.

As someone who has first-hand knowledge of Maryland's budget process, I am absolutely certain that there will be at least $10 billion worth of requests for the state's $4 billion share of the tobacco settlement.

Granted, a lot of good will come from this huge influx of cash. Programs which promote smoking cessation, cancer research, tobacco crop conversion and school construction are just a few areas that could benefit from more funding. This settlement will allow the state to fund these programs at a level to better serve its citizens.

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However, there is a problem. Maryland's Attorney General agreed to pay lawyer Peter Angelos 25 percent of the settlement or $1.1 billion for his work on behalf of the state. Yes, that is the same Peter Angelos who owns the Baltimore Orioles and the taxpayer-subsidized stadium. And yes, that is the same Attorney General, Joe Curran, who recently advocated ignoring the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Rule 1.5 of the Maryland Lawyer's Rules of Professional Conduct require a lawyer's fees to be reasonable. It would be interesting to find out how many other Maryland lawyers are trying to collect $22,000 an hour for their services. How could our state's elected chief lawyer, Mr. Curran, have agreed to give away $1.1 billion?

Last year, the General Assembly passed a law allowing the payment to Angelos for "only" $550 million, but Angelos is contesting that change in court. He wants his full $1.1 billion.

I simply cannot let this planned transaction go unnoticed or uncontested. When is it ever going to be enough? Thanks, but no thanks.

Alex X. Mooney

State Senator

Hell House shows we have a choice

To the editor:

I am writing this letter in response to an article in your letters dated Saturday, Oct. 23. The title was "Exhibit in poor taste." The article was submitted from Glenna Allison from the AIDS Network in Martinsburg.

I believe that Allison, along with many others, are missing the point of the Hell House altogether. This presentation is not about AIDS, or teenage drinking, or domestic abuse, or teenage suicide, or any of the other scenes that are presented.

The whole point of this presentation is to let people know that they have a choice as they walk this earth. The choice is, you can walk with Christ or you can walk with Satan. The choice made determines where you will spend enternity - heaven or hell.

God doesn't care how dirty our lives are, how horrible we have lived our lives, or how mean we are to each other. What God cares about is his people returning to him through forgiveness. That's the point of Hell House.

Faith Chapel, along with a two others I believe, have come together to let the public know that we do have a choice. That we can be forgiven. That we can die and spend eternity with Jesus.

It's our choice - heaven or hell.

Mindy Lewis

Smithsburg

Pokemon can lead to witchcraft

To the editor:

My name is Matt Miller. I'm 10 years old and I'm concerned about kids with the love of Pokemon.

Parents, please don't let your children have Pokemon. I have learned a lot because my parents, John and Melissa Miller, went to a conference about a month ago and a guy from Lynchburg,Va., was there saying,"Parents, don't let your kids have anything to do with Pokemon.

It is getting your kids to like witchcraft and satonic things.

Matt Miller

Williamsport

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