DemonstrateEditor: I would suggest that the peace...


February 12, 1991


Editor: I would suggest that the peace demonstrators going to Washington in the near future demonstrate for peace in front of the Iraqi embassy.

Saddam Hussein is a murderer who boasts of shedding the blood of his own soldiers, as well as using chemical and biological weapons against his own people, as well as attacking the civilian population of Israel. Further, he unleashes terrorist acts in other parts of the world.

During the Vietnam War, those of us in the peace movement condemned the use of chemical and biological agents. Where are those voices today. Let those who want peace demonstrate in front of every Iraqi embassy.

Irma Weinstein.


Unfair Measures

Editor: What would you do if your boss took a 41 percent pay raise for himself and informed you that you would get no cost of living increase and be required to pay more for health benefits? That some of your co-workers would receive no annual salary increments? That your work week still might be increased from ** 35 1/2 to 40 hours per week with no increase in pay or benefits?

If you are a state worker, and your boss is Gov. William Donald Schaefer, you're intimately familiar with this scenario. You've been threatened with layoffs if you don't meekly accept these extreme and unfair cost containment measures.

You've been told that this is an either/or situation, when there are many alternatives available to ease the state's financial plight.

Although the governor is in his last term, many of our state representatives will be running for re-election in the years to come. I would urge other state employees, their friends, and family members to call and/or write your representatives.

Tell them that state workers need some legal protection from current and future lame duck tyranny and pay close attention to their actions.

Contrary to popular belief, many government employees work hard and do our jobs reasonably well. We're more than willing to accept our share of the state's financial burden, but not some of these Draconian measures with their illusory savings and basic unfairness.

Sandra Lee Catherine Covahey.


Understanding Champus

Editor: As an Air Force reservist who was called to active duty during the Korean War, who re-enlisted in the regular Air Force and stayed to retire after 23 yars (1971), I can appreciate the feelings of letter writer Lynda Kundrat.

While I can't address her concerns about loss of family income, I can say that she is either uninformed or ill-informed about the Champus (Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services). Most military people are and the situation is worse with dependents. I raised three children (now 40, 38 and 27) with Champus as our primary medical insurance program. We never used military medical facilities except when we were overseas.

Champus was enacted by Congress in recognition of the fact that even in peacetime military medical facilities do not have the resources to care for family members and retirees. Active duty people get first priority at military medical facilities, dependents of active duty personnel get second and others come after that. I used Champus until July, when I turned 65 and was switched to Medicare.

Champus provides comprehensive coverage for family members with a $50 annual individual and $100 annual family deductible. Once the deductible is met, the government pays the first 80 percent of covered services (75 percent for retirees). The scope of coverage is similar to Medicare, but better, but there is no dental coverage. In most cases, dependents can use their family doctors. If surgery requires a hospital stay, patients must obtain a ''Certificate of Nonavailability'' and then go to a civilian facility.

In my 23 years in the military, I learned that military benefits are only as good as the member's (and his family's) understanding of these benefits.

The military had a very well written and comprehensive booklet on Champus benefits (I presume it still does). I would advise Mrs. Kundrat and others in her situation to get one and read it carefully.

I am sure the Champus adviser at Fort Meade or Aberdeen could help them get one. All it takes is a phone call.

Charles A. Frainie.


Dubel's Budget

Editor: You label Superintendent Robert Y. Dubel's school budget proposal a "wish list." Is a 3 percent salary request for employees and a status quo position on class size, textbooks, instructional supplies and maintenance exorbitant, especially in an era with a 6-percent inflation rate?

How do you expect the Baltimore County public schools to continue to provide excellence in education for 4,000 additional students without adequate financial support? With your level of thinking, the Baltimore County public schools would follow the downhill path of big-city school systems.

Stephen A. Edgar.


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