Tax cap will hurt education
As educators and presidents of the three Baltimore County community colleges, we are deeply concerned about the negative impact that passage of Question T, the property tax cap, would have on our institutions and on the communities they serve.
We have already been informed by the county that it will significantly reduce the funds it contributes to our community college system if Question T passes. Besides losing county funds, we stand to lose significant state funding as well if the county is unable to continue supporting us at this year's level.
Because we have had good management and good support from the county, tuition rates at our community colleges are among the lowest in the state. But if Question T passes, and we lose county and state funding, we may have no choice but to raise tuitions substantially and cut back on programs and services.
While we are all concerned about rising property taxes, we want voters to understand the dire implications that passage of Question T holds for our community colleges. We urge voters to defeat Question T so that our community colleges can continue to provide quality, affordable, accessible programs and services to all Baltimore County citizens.
Frederick J. Walsh
Martha A. Smith
Donald J. Slowinski
The writers are, respectively, president, Catonsville Community C College, president, Dundalk Community College, and actinng ; president of Essex Community College
Attorney General Curran, like Mayor Schmoke, has now subscribed to the theory, "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em." He wants to join the Colombian cartels in selling and distributing drugs.
He wants to surrender to the violence, graft and bribery that have stood in the path of victory in the war against drugs.
Part of the reason we are losing that war is probation, suspended sentences, parole, community service, plea bargaining and prison furloughs all of which lead to proliferation of crime. We must make the punishment really fit the crime.
Mr. Curran should ponder the tremendous cost of alcohol, a decriminalized drug. We have degenerated into a barroom society with all of its evils of crime, misery, divorce, ill health, road and work-place accidents and death. Doesn't Curran realize that making drugs cheaper and more easily attainable will compound the drug problems?
August A. Conomos
I am responding to your Oct. 23 editorial, "Retain the judges." I take exception to your comment regarding citizen Joe Gargan's campaign to vote against all incumbents as "mindless." What could be more mindless than the re-election of the incumbents we've witnessed for the past 10 years? And what do we have to show for it?
What we have to show for this "mindless" approach to electing our politicians is a government that has tripled the national debt, that can't come close to balancing the budget, that can't prepare this year's budget after wasting the previous 12, that couldn't or wouldn't prevent the S&L crises, that writes IOUs to the Social Security system to offset the yearly deficit a body of elected officials, 65 percent of whom are lawyers by profession, that truly does not represent society.
It's no wonder there is a grass-roots movement to throw the bums out. No one could mismanage the government worse than the current group of incompetent elected officials at the national level who are only concerned with re-election and their own job security. The first step is to replace these professional politicians with citizens who believe in public service as a duty and responsibility, and who return to their homes after serving no more than two terms. Could it be any worse than our present situation?
Dennis E. Schehl
Recently, the newly formed Watershed Alliance issued a statement endorsing Dennis Rasmussen for county executive. The local newspapers have included the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy (GVC) in this alliance. As a member of the GVC, I was not polled on this rather startling endorsement. This approval of Rasmussen by some leaders of the conservancy is both nebulous and misleading. There are many GVC members who support Roger Hayden for county executive.
This is a very volatile election year, and it would be a shame for leaders of the GVC to use the conservancy's name to further their own political candidate. The purpose of the GVC is to preserve land, not politicians!
Against the tax cap
The League of Women Voters of Baltimore County commends The Evening Sun for its editorial stance against Question T, the ballot issue which would limit the amount of revenue Baltimore County could realize from the property tax to a 2 percent increase per year.
The league believes a 2 percent yield cap would be too inflexible to enable the county to maintain vital services when inflation exceeds 2 percent: As of January 1990, the inflation rate for the Baltimore area was 5.4 percent.