Key IssuesEditor: I think that some of the candidates are...


September 26, 1990

Key Issues

Editor: I think that some of the candidates are doing the public a grave disservice by making abortion their primary issue.

The role of a legislator is to vote on a variety of issues according to the wishes of the majority of people in the district. In an %J election people evaluate the candidates' competency and decide which candidate they agree with on most of the issues.

By heavily advertising their views on abortion, candidates can swing voters regardless of their stances on other key issues. For instance, a person who is pro-life may really like a candidate's stand on other issues, but since the candidate is pro-choice, the voter is almost forced to vote against that person.

In essence, this key issue is actually tearing at the basic ideas of free election.

Gregory D. Mons.


Rockfish Count

Editor: In reference to your article, ''Rockfish Count in Maryland the Lowest Since 1983'' (The Sun, Sept. 21), the final results of the 1990 Young of the Year Index (YOY) did not come as a surprise to those of us who recognized that the 1989 juvenile survey was indeed a statistical anomaly and not a true indication that the rockfish population had fully recovered. Certainly it was never a recovery strong enough to withstand even a limited fishery.

I fully expected this, as did many others who supported HB 51, a bill I introduced to extend the moratorium on fishing for at least one more year. Unfortunately, not only did the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) oppose my bill, but they belittled the idea that last year's numbers were a fluke. I guess the ''experts'' are not always right.

Considering the dismal YOY numbers displayed this year, I wonder what kind of new excuses or convoluted rationales will be presented by DNR and CBF when they oppose any new piece of legislation restricting fishing of rockfish? Perhaps this time they will be more receptive.

The rockfish can't speak for themselves, but their numbers can.

The writer represents parts of Baltimore and Carroll Counties in the House of Delegates.

Lawrence A. LaMotte.


Election Judges

Editor: As an election judge for over 12 years and a chief judge since their conception, I have seen many interesting elections take place.

At my polling precinct we have 450 registered voters. We had PTC less than 150 take the time to cast their ballot. This election was most interesting in that it showed not just apathy and laziness of the non-voter, but it showed that voters take the outcome of elections for granted and do not bother to vote, and many vote on one issue and not on experience or ability.

Regarding the chaos at the Baltimore City Board of Elections, if you would see the training that election judges are given you would understand why it happened. We are required to attend a class each election, but I feel what is needed is a test to show that we understand everything needed to do the job the correct way. Some of those who attend the class sit and complain if any one asks a question, they want to hurry up and leave. They are there only because if they do not show up they do not receive a portion of their pay.

Since we are appointed by our state senators, those senators should make sure that those they appoint are able to do the job. If you want to do the job correctly, then you wouldn't mind being tested. I take my position as chief judge seriously, I do not do it for the money. We are underpaid for the 16 hours we spend as a judge. I think that random checks of the polling precincts by the board of elections should be made to ensure that judges are doing their jobs.

Our elected officials should realize that we are of utmost importance in the election process. We are there to ensure that the process is handled honestly and that the initial count is correct. If trained properly and if those chosen are tested to show they can do the job, there wouldn't be a problem.

Lois Munchel.


Open Arms

Editor: On July 23 I was fortunate enough to be one of 130 cadets on board the U.S. Coast Guard barque Eagle which was entering Baltimore's Inner Harbor for the celebration of the Coast Guard's 200th anniversary. As we passed by many landmarks, I was reminded of the many great times I had in Baltimore, being a resident of Overlea. But now I stood taller than many of the city's highest buildings as I manned the upper yardarm of this 300-foot sailing vessel.

Our welcome was spectacular and certainly a great tribute to the Coast Guard. Everyone on board the Eagle was welcomed with open arms from the diversely beautiful city of Baltimore. The weekend spent in port was unanimously decided to be the best visit we had on our six-port, five-week cruise. It was great to see Baltimore welcome us with open arms.

! Thanks Baltimore!

Dan Scheckells.

New London, Conn.

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