Editor: I believe there is power and influence in legislative seniority that comes with long-term incumbency. Whether it be on the city, county, state or federal level, seniority can bring membership on, and even perhaps the chairmanship of, important and powerful committees. Consequently, legislators can ''bring home the bacon'' to their constituents.
Frankly, I would rather have experienced legislators represent me than rookies still trying to find their way around the halls and attempting to get the ear of the ''old boy'' network.
If other voters want to get rid of their incumbents, so much the better for me. Meanwhile, I'll keep mine in office to accumulate seniority and gain more influence on my behalf. If any of my legislators become seriously deficient, then, and only then, we voters can remove them and take a chance on an untried challenger.
Harry E. Bennett Jr.
Nay to Question D
Editor: Vote ''against'' Question D, the property tax limitation charter amendment proposal, on the ballot in Anne Arundel County. It ties the hands of our elected officials and reduces the flexibility available to them as we enter what may be the most severe recession this region has ever encountered.
We have had responsible governmental management during the administrations of the past three county executives. Our county is in excellent financial health with superior bond ratings, a solid fund balance for a rainy day and the lowest property tax rate of all Maryland's metropolitan counties.
Since the adoption of charter government, the people of Anne Arundel County, through our local elected officials, have steadily achieved a level of public service that enhances the quality of life for our citizens. We have superior public safety services, a good education system, excellent parks, an array of elderly, family and youth services, recreation programs for all ages, an outstanding library system and an increasing number of cultural opportunities.
If these services are important, why risk losing the progress of the past two decades? The real way to ensure responsive, responsible government is to elect dedicated, qualified individuals to the county council and county executive's office. Let's do that on November 6 rather than vote for a proposal that can possibly cause great harm and, certainly to my mind, no good.
Ronald C. McGuirk.
Editor: Like most Americans I am disgusted with our budget mess and believe all parties deserve our strong disapproval. The mess began with the phony figures submitted by President Reagan in his first budget. Reagan budget director David Stockman has admitted that he cooked up phony budget estimates and they were recognized as nothing more than blue smoke and mirrors. A divided Congress, however, did not challenge this. The pattern was repeated annually during the Reagan years.
In his first year President Bush seemed to move away from this style but fooled Congress by first appearing to make a deal, then pulling an end run. Who wouldn't be cautious in dealing with such a guy? This year, the Bush administration has several times upped its deficit estimates, demonstrating its addiction to gamesmanship rather than leadership. It also kept insisting on tax breaks for the very well-off.
We are in this budget mess because of a lack of honest presidential leadership. Congress could and should have done better but it is much harder to mobilize 535 people than to secure an agreement between the president, secretary of the treasury, and the budget director. Congress is not free of blame but most of our disgust should be aimed at the executive branch which draws up the budget in the first place.
What we need is an honest and competent executive branch. I'm reasonably sure there are enough responsible senators and representatives to follow such leadership but in the absence of that we will keep getting more of the same.
Women in Combat
Editor: In a recent letter to the editor, Ian Wilson implied that women who demand they be treated as equal to men should also be treated as equals when it comes to defending their country. There are plenty of women in the military defending their country who would go into combat if it were allowed. As recently as the conflict in Panama, women fought in combat although they were not given any combat medals or combat pay. Women have also given their lives for this country in every war that the United States has participated in. Of course, that does not count, because once again they didn't, according to our government, die in combat.