TIP FOR CANDIDATES: PLASTIC, NOT PAPER
From: Ronald A. Perkins
As a professional involved in development of recycling programs and as a resident of Ellicott City, the article "Campaign signs bloom, then die fast," (by Donna Boller, Nov. 14) really caught my attention (more so than the original signs!).
It is shameful that all of the candidates who unilaterally espouse environmental ethics end up contributing to the problem of solid waste in the election process. This need not be the case.
I happened to be in Portland, Ore., on election day and was pleasantly surprised to learn that candidates there now routinely use plastic instead of paper for their campaign signs. The fact that the plastic signs are recyclable and worth approximately 20 cents apiece ensures that they are collected, rather than remaining an aesthetic blight or contributing to landfill pollution.
Hopefully your article will be the catalyst for political candidates to base their future campaigns on environmentally compatible deeds, not just words. Congratulations to (Donna Boller) for her innovative and informative reporting on a neglected element of the campaign process. Keep up the good work!
Editor's note: The writer is the director of recycling operations for The Council For Solid Waste Solutions in Washington.
DON'T SOAK THE RICH TO HELP THE POOR
From: Charles A. Aston
The citizens of Howard County are about to be raped by our state government. Thank the Linowes Commission and Gov. William Donald Schaefer, our local version of that statesman and financial genius, Michael Dukakis.
The Linowes Commission proposals would "ensure that those with a greater ability to pay are asked to pay more" to help the poorer jurisdictions.
Where did they get the word "asked?" No one is going to ask us to pay higher taxes knowing that we'll derive no benefit from the sacrifice. We are going to be forced to pay more at a time when most of us can least afford to.
The Linowes Commission proposals are said to address the issue of fairness. Well, confiscatory taxation isn't fair. The poorer jurisdictions do have problems. They always will.
Taxing Howard countians and the rest of the state's hard-working and successful citizens into a depression isn't going to benefit the majority of taxpayers.
A long time ago, the idea of a classless society was advanced with the motto, "From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs."
It sounded great, but Karl Marx's ideas haven't proven workable in the real world. All of society's problems can't be cured by increasing taxes and throwing money at them.
Why can't Governor Schaefer and our tax-and-spend government learn to live within their means just as we commoners must? Massachusetts is a perfect example of what a free-spending government can accomplish! Is that what we want to have happen here?
Higher taxes? Just say NO!