For the Hungry
Editor: I was greatly impressed by the article in The Sun Nov. 14, regarding the Notre Dame Preparatory School for Girls having their banquet to benefit the hungry.
The only change I would have made would have been for those in the First World to show their compassion by sharing with those of the Third World.
Having lived through the Depression of the 1930s, I know first-hand what it meant to share.
It was a little disappointing to hear there were a few who bemoaned the fact that they were chosen to be of the Third World. I only hope and pray that their feelings will change as they grow older.
V. W. Martin.
Editor: I applaud the letter by Edwin Hirschmann of the Towson State faculty. I am a law professor at the University of Baltimore, and we are experiencing the same draconian cutbacks.
I would add to Dr. Hirschmann's letter the fact that the deferral of purchases in the library, the cutback of books and research tools and the reduction in course offerings will seriously jeopardize our accreditation and will ultimately result in a demand from the various accreditation agencies that we restore these items and enhance them. This will result in tremendous outlays to play catch-up. This has happened before, and we never really catch up.
One of the most important services a government provides for its citizens is quality education. It is ridiculous to enforce a hiring freeze when enrollment is up, to cut the library back to where it is lacking in basic materials, to fail to purchase tools for research and teaching. There are more students paying more tuition. They have the right to expect reasonably sized classes, competent library facilities and sufficient varieties of courses.
The initial reaction may be to criticize the governor. That would be wrong. His diligence in dealing swiftly with the budget crisis should be praised. He had no way of foretelling the swift drop in the economy, the cost of fuel or the Persian Gulf war.
What is needed now is swift passage of reasonable taxes to maintain levels of essential services. The citizens of this state and others must realize that they have to pay for the services they demand; there is no free ride. Any increase in government has been a response to the demand of citizens for more service. Now the time has come to pay the piper.
Everyone recognizes that we must learn to do more with less; but there are minimums beyond which the funding should not fall. In the state education system we are percipitously close to those minimums.
William I. Weston.
Editor: The big-spending, high-tax Democrats gained 27 House seats in the Nov. 6 election. This confirms the observation made by H.L. Mencken: ''There's no underestimating the intelligence of the American public.''
William L. Collier.
Bring 'em Back
Editor: I am a broken-hearted mother and grandmother. My grandson enlisted in the United States Air Force to further his education and to protect his country. Not to fight for some Arab countries that don't care about the United States or its people.
I want the troop buildup and threats of war to stop and stop right now.
President Bush didn't ask the people of this country how they felt about a war. He put the cream of the crop of this country in danger.
I want my grandson and all the troops to return immediately, safe and sound. I didn't raise my children to be fodder for cannons.
Rep. Annunzio on RTC Funds
Editor: I was very disappointed and offended by The Sun's characterization (Nov. 5) of my actions on the legislation to give the Resolution Trust Corp. additional, and unneeded, taxpayers' funds. This was not a grandstand play, as you put it. The taxpayers in my district know my record, so there is no reason for me to stoop to theatrics. I strongly objected to the procedure in which more than $28 billion was to be given to the RTC, less than 24 hours after the House passed the largest tax increase in the country's history -- $180 billion in new taxes.
My objection to the legislation was consistent with my voting record during the past two years that Congress has attempted to pull the country out of the savings and loan mess. During hearings on the S&L reform bill, administration officials said the job could be completed with $50 billion. I went along with their proposal, but said ''never again'' would the taxpayers' money be used to straighten out the thrift industry. I repeated the phrase up to and including the wee hours of Oct. 27, when the administration tried to sneak a new $28 billion allocation bill through Congress.
Treasury Secretary Nicholas Brady told the news media that the money was needed but refused to appear before Congress to justify the request for more taxpayers' funds. He said he was too busy to appear, but on one of the days he was asked to testify, he was posing for photographers with professional baseball players.