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Letters to the Editor

June 18, 2009

Deport inmates who are not U.S. citizens



To the editor:

In a report earlier on the inmate who escaped from MCI, a statement was made that after his sentence in Maryland, he will be deported to his home country.

Why is the State of Maryland not trying to do this now? I believe it costs around $20,000 to house an inmate per year.

With the budget crunch causing furloughs of state employees and layoffs, we should check our system and see if there are more like this inmate in our system and deport them now instead of keeping them incarcerated in our system.

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Terry Marshall
Hagerstown




Sotomayor should be confirmed to high court



To the editor:

A lot of discussion is going on as to whether Judge Sonia Sotomayor should be confirmed as a Supreme Court justice.

One objection among many is the fact she might be an activist, meaning she might interpret laws too liberally, or make laws. Whether we admit it or not, any law is subject to interpretation, and therefore could be a new law depending on how far it is stretched from its intended intention. Let us consider a few examples.

According to the released document, Department of Justice lawyers have interpreted existing laws to authorize the president to torture, ignoring international laws. We can add the Supreme Court's decision on the 2000 election result as another of law making.

Judges and lawyers are not the only ones who interpret laws. The executive branch and even individuals interpret law. When the president issues an executive order, he is making law. Individuals are making law when they ignore the speed limit on highways.

Given these facts, we might ask ourselves what can we do to ensure laws are obeyed and applied equally to every person? I think we should start with the legislative branch, where the laws are made. Unfortunately, since Congress is very much under the influence of special interests, we can hardly expect anything good to come out of it for the ordinary folks. The only hope we have is to rely on the judges, who interpret the law in a fair and balanced way to ensure justice is done.

In this respect, I would rather have Sonia Sotomayor as a Supreme Court justice than anyone else. As a woman, she will have more compassion than a male judge, and as a minority, she will be more inclined to have sympathy toward people who were discriminated against. I do not consider her statement about being a Latino to be racist since statement of a fact can never be considered racist.

I look forward to seeing her as a justice of the Supreme Court.

S.V. Yumlu
Hagerstown




Thanks to the person who found my purse



To the editor:

Thumbs up to whoever found my purse on June 14 in the shopping cart at The Christmas Tree Shops. I can't begin to thank you enough for your honesty.

I am from out of state and I now know that the best people are in Hagerstown.

Thanks again, and may God bless you.

Peggy Gibson
Donna, Texas

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