Taxes Are Forever
Editor: No one likes to be laid off, yet when money gets tight in the business world lay-offs do happen. Most often they are never publicized and the employees never picket the companies. AAI, Martin Marietta, Bethlehem Steel, Westinghouse, Mack Truck, Western Electric, Bethlehem Shipyard, General Motors, General Electric, Kelly Springfield, Exxon, to name a few, have laid-off thousands of Marylanders.
Maryland state employees for some reason feel their employment has a lifetime guarantee without the possibility of lay-offs. Yet the cause for the state's budget deficit is the same as in the business world: the economy and poor management decisions.
The difference comes when the businessman tries to obtain more funds to make ends meet. He just can't raise taxes and make the taxpayers foot his bills.
As one who has been laid off by three different firms, I know being out of work is a serious matter. I also know that for those seeking employment, being out of work is a temporary condition. But we all know that increased taxes are forever and they effect everyone.
Editor: In your review of the failure of the GATT negotiations you are unreasonably critical of the York County community's refusal to accept U.S. demands concerning agricultural commodities.
The results of European acceptance of the United States demands would be to substitute American farmers for European farmers as the primary source of Europe's food supply. Because cheaper land and advantages of climate there can be little doubt that American farmers can at least in the short term period provide food for Europe at a lower price than can native agriculture. Bringing this about has been the goal of the current secretary of agriculture, Clayton Yeutter.
However, I cannot believe that any country, if given a choice, would want to rely on sources over which it has no control half a world away for its food supply, particularly when that country's population is dramatically increasing and it is doing nothing to insure its long-term agricultural productivity.
Agriculture in New England has already been largely lost to exurban sprawl. Much of agriculture in the Middle Atlantic states has similarly been lost to development and the rest is threatened. In Western regions, productive agriculture is not sustainable in the long term because of the falling water table in the aquifer under the High Plains and the salinization of the irrigated soils in California.
This leaves the Midwest, a very productive region. But should there be a drought in that region, would our politicians allow Americans to go hungry so that we could maintain our exports to Europe? Should we be at war in the Mideast or elsewhere, is it realistic to believe that ships needed to transport supplies to our troops would be diverted to transport food to Europe?
Gilbert G. Malone.
Editor: It is typical of The Sun's high-browed editorial writers to look down on the working and middle class people of our state. Since when are informed citizens, exercising their rights to assemble, anarchists?
The people in Dundalk have the right to appeal their reassessments, and a right to clog the system. Using your twisted logic, I suppose you also believe that those individuals clogging the unemployment and welfare offices are anarchists as well.
As for your subtle put-down of the good people of Dundalk, where do you guys get off implying that these decent people would resort to obscene phone calls and public graffiti to be heard?
This is typical of The Sun's limousine liberal approach to the world: Make excuses for criminals and attack property owners for attending a meeting.
If you wish to attack anarchists, attack the rapists, murderers and muggers roaming the streets of America terrorizing law-abiding citizens.
Yes, there are demagogues in our government. Their names include Mikulski, Sarbanes and the rest of the arrogant and condescending tax-and-spenders who are doing their best to ruin a great country.
In comparison, Don Mason is a breath of fresh air. In an age of citizen apathy and public cynicism, he should be commended for bringing people back into the process.
As usual, The Sun sides with big government at the expense of the average citizen.
Joseph J. Markwordt.
Editor: I wish Greg Novik every success with his bagel venture on Belvedere Ave. (''Ex-ad man gets cooking as bagel mogul,'' Dec. 31). But what passes for a bagel today is a far cry from those we bought at Stone's on Lombard Street and later at the many fine Silber's stores.
Apparently abandoned as too time-consuming, the recipe that produced the unique taste and texture found in bagels years back seems to have been lost forever. What we have now is a multitude of flavors, none of which has anything at all to do with a bagel.