From: Casey W. Cole
Increasing property taxes on cars and boats is not the answer to the state budget deficit. The problem was created by the state and itis its responsibility to solve the crisis. The overspending on social activities and extravagant remodeling of state properties is something for which the state should be held accountable.
How can Gov. (William Donald) Schaefer entertain the idea of increased taxes when he and his advisers are so carelessly misusing government money? The allowance for government dinners should be reduced. The remodeling could be postponed until the budget deficit has been lowered.
Do the people really need a fountain if the price tag involves jeopardizing the environment as well as the budget? What could be so important in Europe that the Maryland government had to take four trips? This spending is evidence of unwise fiscal planning.
The problem caused by the state should be solved by the state and not the taxpayers. The budget deficit could be reduced by increasing the work week from 35 hours to 40 hours. State workers could give up step increases.
The state itself could recognize its responsibility and reduce its spending on entertainment and travel. The history books are full of governments that put the burden on the people when they enjoyed high-style living.
The history books are also filled with the consequences that they faced. Maybe Gov. Schaefer needs a history lesson.
GIVE TODAY'S KIDS THE BENEFIT OF DOUBT
From: Trista E. Jacobson
I am writing in response to Peter Hermann's article in the Tuesday, Jan. 22, 1991 "Dialogue" section of the (Anne Arundel County Sun).
I for the most part agreed with what you stated about the stupidity of the school board's decision of avoiding a "disruption in the school day." However, for all that I agreed, I was disgusted with the way you described today's children: "I found older kids who were scared for all the people dying. (Yes, even in this video age where war looks like a Nintendo game, they knew people were dying.)"
I was shocked that you thought you had the right to imply that this generation could be so blind to what is going on. You stated that the school in question had seventh-graders in attendance. Children nowadays are more aware of the real world, including death. I am sure they haveparents serving in the gulf, and with the news on 24 hours a day, how could they possibly be ignorant of death?
You also said that this generation had a valuable opinion. True, but (the way you put it) not to be trusted, to be mutilated to sound like a naive view.
I can only suggest that you don't lump all of today's generation into ignorant video freaks. Even if you didn't intend to do so. Thank you.
THE FAMILY THAT READS THE PAPER TOGETHER
From: Donald P. Orso
On behalf of my family, I would like to commend your newspaper for publishing the columns of Mr. Pat O'Malley.
Without question, we enjoy reading his work more than any other.
When the morningnewspaper arrives, we regularly turn to read the sports news that hereports. A particular highlight is his "Prophet" column -- which is always sure to generate discussion and controversy at our breakfast table. In addition, my high school-age son and his friends regularly discuss and argue about the predictions Mr. O'Malley makes.
I thinkit is very important to note that school age students are reading Mr. O'Malley's column. Perhaps that is one of the strongest forms of flattery that can be offered a sports writer. I know that my wife and Ienjoy reading his column, and derive additional pleasure watching our son read it.
Thanks again for publishing the columns written by Mr. O'Malley. We consider his work a special highlight of the (Anne Arundel County Sun).
VANDALS CAUSED ADDITIONAL GRIEF
From: Marcia R. Conrad
Editor's note: The following letter is addressed as "An open letter to the person or persons who vandalized my mother's oil tank, causing 275 gallons of oil to vanish."
As you well know, my mother died prior to Christmas. I was extremely close to my mother. I was the one who found her several minutes after her death.
Any person who has lost a significant other knows my pain and the additional pain such a cruel act causes me.
The heating oil is not very important. It will not be replaced as the house has been winterized. In all probability, the insurance company will pay for the vanished oil. All persons paying home owner's or renter's insurance can now thank you for causing their insurance rates to increase!
In addition, 99.9 percent of the population will deem this the reprehensible act of a true low-life! I hope the police who are investigating catch you. If they do, you will be shunned by decent people in your community.