Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Progressives claimed two of four letters in the September 20 Baltimore Sun,0,3619447.story


Sun should spotlight Green Party candidates

1:45 PM EDT, September 20, 2011


As usual, The Sun does a grave disservice to its readers and Baltimore City voters by refusing to acknowledge that there are Green Party candidates running in the general election. No mention is made of Doug Armstrong, running for City Council in the 14th District and Bill Barry, running for City Council in the 3rd. Both Bill and Doug are long-time community organizers and are exactly what Baltimore needs to break the stranglehold the Democratic party machine has had for decades as well as the pay-to-play system that benefits wealthy developers and political insiders and leaves the citizens of this city out in the cold. Mr. Barry received 27 percent of the vote in his previous run against Councilman Robert Curran, and with unbiased coverage from The Sun, he could well win this time. No doubt the possibility of Green Party candidates winning is why The Sun refuses to cover them.


The Sun does not have the right to deny coverage to any candidate nor does it have the right to influence elections by doing so. As a former Green Party candidate myself, I have been refused coverage by The Sun, including being denied the usual meeting with its editorial board. That is wrong. It is your job to cover and cover truthfully and in-depth all the candidates. You are lying to the voters when you do not include Messrs. Barry and Armstrong in your general election coverage.


Maria Allwine, Baltimore


The writer was a Green Party candidate for governor of Maryland in 2010.


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No reason to deny recognition to Palestine


2:30 PM EDT, September 20, 2011


I was disappointed with the genuflection of your editorial opposing U.N. recognition of an independent Palestinian state ("A painful veto," Sept. 19). The U.S. should support membership in the U.N. for Palestine. What are The Sun and President Obama thinking about otherwise? Doesn't the U.S. support the right of self-determination for all people in the world? Having a voice in the U.N. General Assembly is part of that process. Palestine has had its land stolen without compensation for years. It is long past time for them to obtain the representation that they deserve.


Of course, there are issues that need to be resolved between Israel and Palestine. But just as it would be absurd to insist that Israel give up its membership in the U.N. before it can negotiate with Palestine, it is absurd to link Palestine's U.N. membership to its negotiations with Israel. Israel's leaders need to grow up and deal with Palestine fairly and forthrightly, and that does not involve cutting Palestine off from the democratic process.


Christopher Boardman


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