Editor: I wish the people who are supporting the war would understand that those of us who do not agree with them are not in any way against the troops who are caught in this mess.
War is messy. It kills and maims soldiers and civilians. It starves and orphans children. It destroys beautiful cities which have been built by man and have stood for centuries. It poisons the earth and the atmosphere. It tears families apart. I know. I was a child in war torn Germany. What we see on television now of war coverage has nothing to do with the realities. It is a foolish, deceptive spectacle, designed to entertain and to purposefully leave out all the essential facts of lethal conflict.
My participation in a peace demonstration means that I believe the U.S. should continue to seek a peaceful solution even now rather than risk more lives on all sides of the issue. It means I want those folks in that hostile desert to come home to America before many more of them will be killed and hurt and imprisoned. Is that being against them? Is that being un-American?
Editor: C. Fraser Smith's Jan. 30 article regarding political action committee donations to state legislators during the last election cycle, 1986-1990, revealed, not surprisingly, that groups opposed to no-fault automobile insurance legislation -- principally lawyers and doctors -- contributed more than $544,000, almost one-sixth of all PAC giving.
There could be no more revealing and dramatic evidence of the uphill battle that no-fault legislation faces in the General Assembly. It explains why Senate President Thomas V. Miller, Jr., an attorney, who received more PAC money than any other state legislator ($100,773), refused to allow a member of the State Senate to participate as a member of the Governor's Commission on Insurance last year.
No one can deny that lawyers are necessary in certain automobile accident injury claims, but they are not a necessity in many of the fender-bender accidents that occur. In these instances, attorney involvement adds significantly and unnecessarily to the cost of insurance claims.
One goal of no-fault is to ensure that a greater percentage of premium dollars is spent on compensating accident victims with a lesser percentage going to attorneys' fees and court costs. Reducing unnecessary attorney involvement is not the only answer to lowering overall insurance costs. But it is a significant part of a solution that is made much more difficult to achieve by the mountain of PAC contributions.
The writer is a former member of the General Assembly.
Art Should Be for All
Editor: The decision by the Baltimore Museum of Art to sell tickets to the Monet exhibition Oct. 13 through Jan. 19, 1992, shocks me.
It seems to me that those who can afford a $6.50 charge and who have engagement calendars a year in advance will do well, but what about the general public? They will lose out.
Who came up with this plan to deal with expected crowds? There is still time to rethink the plan and with imagination and organization hold a major exhibition for all the public.
The National Gallery of Art in Washington does this many times a year and does it well.
Editor: You had it right: "In recessionary times, payroll costs must fall."
Before Gov. William Donald Schaefer forces state employees to work a longer work-week for the same amount of pay, shouldn't he lead by example and rescind his own $35,000 pay raise?
Editor: All applaud the extraordinary restraint of Israel in not responding militarily to Iraq's Scud attacks on residential neighborhoods in Tel Aviv. An article in The Sun on January 24 referred to Israel's request for an additional $13 billion in aid over five years. Of this sum, $3 billion would be compensation for war damages and $10 billion to help resettle Soviet Jews.
The reason Israel has been urged to exercise restraint is because it is felt that an attack on Iraq by Israel might disrupt the anti-Iraq coalition. It would be difficult to imagine any act more apt to anger the Arab nations than to have the United States finance the resettlement of Soviet Jews in Israel.
Charles C. Fenwick.
Editor: I'd like to respond to two of the letters you've printed about the Linowes recommendations. One is from John V. Martin, who objects to the proposed property tax on cars and boats. It's logical for those who use the highways to pay for their upkeep, he says.
Should a person who has to drive an eight-year-old car 30 miles a day to a low-paying job pay more than a person who keeps his Lexus in its kennel, except when he goes out for sushi? When something needs doing badly, surely the logical thing is to tax those who can afford to pay.