Letters to the editor

November 03, 2004

Poor priorities

To the editor:

How can Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich find money to bail out doctors, but can't find a way to hold down the cost of the state employees' and retirees' health-care costs? The governor will raise the co-pays on them and retirees, the ones who cannot afford it.

William Stevens
Westminster, Md.

Prison uniforms a waste of money

To the editor:

It's funny. You hear in the news how much the state needs money for things.

A while ago, the schools were out of money. This hurt the children since it interferes in their education.

The state has been in the process of issuing uniforms in the Division of Corrections. This will cost millions of dollars. A hold was put on this because of the lack of money. Now, they are going to try to do it.

They want to take away the individuality of inmates. They say it's a security risk. Inmates have had their own clothes for centuries. They believe it will help inmates not to escape prison since the clothes have D.O.C. in large letters on them. As we have seen in movies, inmates who escape prison have a change of clothes ready. Many times, you hear an officer over the walkie-talkie telling another officer to get the guy in the green shirt and red hat or something to this effect. If all the inmates wear the same clothing, how will an officer know who was fighting?


The officers are not supposed to get overtime pay because of the lack of money. Yet they can spend all this money for inmates' clothing. There is also a shortage of officers in the prisons. Why? Lack of money.

Now about the school. They are going to waste the money on clothes when money should be put into the schools. If the children don't have an education, they will end up breaking the law. That means more inmates in the prison system. This, in turn, means more clothes have to be made. Sounds crazy, doesn't it?

Thank your commissioner of corrections for taking our jobs, taking away from our children, and eventually, putting more people in prison. It's bad enough that you are keeping inmates locked up for 80 percent or more of their time, spending our hard-earned tax dollars while other states' inmates do less than 50 percent of their sentence. Now, you're going to waste money on clothing for 25,000 inmates in the state of Maryland.

John Tate

Bear hunt a travesty

To the editor:

The commencement of Maryland's black bear hunt on Monday, Oct. 25 marked the end of our state's proud 51-year tradition of protecting our fragile population of black bears, and is the latest example of political cowardice from Gov. Robert Ehrlich. The governor's willingness to reverse a moratorium that had been in place for more than half a century without addressing the public's overwhelming opposition or responding to the vote against the hunt by the Maryland General Assembly's Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, is simply inexcusable.

Our governor has a moral obligation to be honest about the purpose of the hunt and to carefully scrutinize the proposal to ensure that it does not cause irreparable harm to our environment. This is particularly important when protections were put in place by our state's legislature because black bears were recently endangered in Maryland.

The purpose of the hunt is solely for the enjoyment of trophy hunters. The hunter responsible for the first kill of the hunt described the experience as a "pretty neat thrill," and indicated that he would probably have the bear mounted. Another hunter explained that he was prompted to apply for a bear permit by his wife, who wanted a bearskin rug. "I'd just like to kill one, that's all," explained a third hunter.

Rather than admitting the true motivation behind this trophy hunt and accepting the political consequences of his decision, Ehrlich has employed his all-too-familiar tactic of simply remaining silent.

Solomon Gully
Kensington, Md.

Thanks, YOW

To the editor:

When a helping hand was needed, YOW (Your Other Warehouse) located in Hagerstown, answered the call. The Washington County Salvation Army Community Center was in need of refurbishing.

YOW management and associates answered the call, donating time and materials to paint the center. The best part was that everyone enjoyed doing the task. I, for one, say "thanks" for a good job.

Richard Gossard

We may regret growth

To the editor:

When I'm in the car with my mom, I used to see cornfields, wildflowers and honeysuckle. I like to see cows grazing in the fields. Today I saw four deer cross over the college grounds. It makes me sad to think that deer have no place to go.

A lot of people in this town are selfish. All they want is to build houses on farmland and get money for it. I understand we have to have growth, but I just hope we don't regret it one day.

Anne Hunt, age 10

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