Taxpayers won't abide Linowes plan
In response to your "Waiting for Linowes" editorial (Nov. 20), you say that 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 you get the word "asked"? No one is going to ask anyone to pay higher taxes. W are going to be forced to pay more at a time when many cannoafford it.
You say the issue is "fairness." Well, confiscatory taxation isn't fair. The poorer jurisdictions have a problem, but taxing the rest of the state into a depression isn't going to benefit the majority of citizens.
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. Not all of society's problems can be cured simply by throwing money at them and increasing taxes.
Why can't Governor Schaefer and his 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 happen here?
Charles A. Aston
Join the club
The Gibson Island Club is tax exempt? As of now my quarter-acre estate will be known as the "Charlie Johnston Club." We will have year 'round swimming (bathtub), riding (canine, age 2 limit), jogging (around the yard), tree climbing and daily dining.
It will operate as a non-profit, tax exempt establishment. Also, it will be open to all who receive invitations from me, the president and bored of directors.
... Charles Johnston
As a high school junior beginning to look at colleges, I am concerned with the safety of college campuses. Reports of violence at Towson State University and the University of Florida in Gainesville alarm me.
Along with what a college offers academically, socially, culturally and athletically, I will be inquiring about the security of the campus. When I leave for college, I do not want to have to worry about my personal safety. College students have enough to worry about without having to be concerned with bodily harm. Fear is not the proper atmosphere in which to be educated.
The amount of tuition paid each year to colleges should be enough to secure the campus. To ensure a safe environment, the institution should review the financial aspects of its security measures. Proper lighting throughout the campus, better communication among campus security guards, police and students along with escort systems that are large enough for the entire student body should be provided.
When my friends and I leave for college I hope that each of us will have a safe and comfortable environment in which to learn.
Let's try patience
The choices available to the multi-national force in the Middle East are not limited to an all-out ground attack or an indefinite stalemate. And, there's nothing wrong with patience when failure can mean conflagration and instability well into the next century.
There is hard evidence that the embargo and world solidarity are having an effect. If we wish to increase the pressure it should be done incrementally and selectively. For example, Iraq's primary water supply flows through Turkey and this could be reduced in such a way as to cripple industry, agriculture and the military without imposing inhumane suffering on the civilian population. If more extreme pressure is needed the United Nations and the Arab League could give Saddam Hussein an ultimatum by affirming the Kuwaiti government's right to Kuwaiti airspace. Should Iraq refuse to back off, the Kuwaiti air force (with multi-national support) could make Iraqi ground forces vulnerable by taking control of the skies over Kuwait. True, Kuwaiti and even U.S. pilots might have to fight Iraqi pilots but Saddam knows he could not win the military conflict nor a public relations battle that features heroic Kuwaiti pilots fighting to liberate their Arab homeland.
Roger C. Kostmayer
No new taxes
Now that the election is over, the Maryland tax panel has finally released its findings. It suggests tax increases and new taxes that would raise $800 million. The politicians say that the people are willing to pay more taxes if their money is spent on efficient and effective improvement of services.
What they're saying is that if the people want the services they're supposed to be getting, they must pay more. Why is it that the politicians have yet to spend our money properly, to the benefit of the people? And how can they expect us to dish out more for them to waste?
Folks, these are the Intolerable Acts, 1990, and they won't end until we, the people, send a louder message to our elected leaders. They apparently didn't hear us Nov. 6.