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February 15, 1991

A governor going haywire? ...

What has happened to Governor Schaefer? I remember him very fondly when he was mayor of Baltimore city. The mention of his name brought a feeling of pride and respect for him and the city he ran so efficiently. Even today when I stroll around Harborplace, I marvel at his accomplishments as mayor of this fine city.

Now as governor, his accomplishments are few, his personality and attitude have turned bitter and his public acceptance is diminishing drastically. His caustic remarks to members of the legislature, his insulting letters to Maryland citizens and his spiteful intent to penalize state employees are a few examples of a governor going haywire. His misguided defense of the secretary of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, who fortunately has resigned, is a prime example of his present lack of concern for the welfare of the state of Maryland.

Does being a "lame-duck governor" give him the right to malign his constituency and members of the General Assembly? With a full four-year term ahead of him, Schaefer is going to have to re-evaluate his priorities and, more important, his attitude. Like it or not, he has an obligation to serve all of the citizens of Maryland to the best of his ability.

Walter E. Boyd Jr



Mr. Schaefer, I am one of the Democrats who "betrayed" you in the last election. I did so then because I considered you just plain vindictive. Now, with your threats of punishment and your insulting behavior toward the people of Maryland, I think you've exceeded your authority and possibly the law. What right do you have to use state resources to track down your critics? Maryland is supposed to be "the Free State," not a police state. Your actions remind me of the crimes being committed against the people of the Baltics: abuse of power, obvious disregard for the democratic system. What next, Mr. Schaefer? Will you be arresting your critics? Are you going to send forces to the Eastern Shore to quell the dissent?

To the people of Maryland, I have this to say: The behavior of Mr. Schaefer is totally unacceptable for an elected official. He claims to be in touch with what the people want. His actions speak only of his desire to fulfill his own private agenda, at our expense. In response, I propose a recall election. Then let's see how the voters feel about their governor.

Donald Howard

Baltimore It seems that it has become a daily practice of various reporters to write articles that are critical of Governor Schaefer. Perhaps the governor will have to wait until he is out of public office to be judged objectively. At that time, the record will undoubtedly show the degree to which he has positively impacted the state, in areas ranging from fiscal management to social services to international trade.

Although the governor may seem cantankerous at times, I would suggest that it is a reflection of his passionate desire for excellence for the state. Governor Schaefer has dedicated his life to making Maryland a better place to live. The results are self-evident. Maryland, although not without its problems and challenges, is the envy of elected officials and business people from around the country as well as abroad. It would be refreshing if the press would keep things in perspective and spend as much time and energy on the positive aspects of Schaefer and the state as they do on the negative.

David R. Paulson


Abortion bill

The state Senate's abortion bill is not only extreme; it is anti-woman and anti-family. It legislates against parent-child communication. This bill is an abortionist's dream and a parent's nightmare.

Once the bill should pass by the House in the form it passed the Senate, it will legalize all abortions performed prior to fetal

viability, whether they be for birth control, sex selection or for convenience.

The bill gives doctors the ability to avoid notifying the parents of a pregnant teen. If the physician believes the girl is mature enough or if he believes notifying the parents would not be in her best interest, no notification is required. Contrast that with a June 1990 New York Times/CBS News poll showing that a majority of parents (76 percent), regardless of their personal views on abortion, support parental notification before a teen-ager may have an abortion.

The bill provides no legal protection for physicians and hospitals whose religious or moral beliefs dictate that they not provide abortion services and/or referrals. Attempts to include such protection were rebuffed in the Senate. This is unthinkable in a free society.

The action of our esteemed Senate deserves our outrage. We can only hope that our delegates have the wisdom to recognize folly when they see it.

Nancy Jacobs

The writer is Maryland representative of Concerned Women for America.

Parental consent

Please don't ever have the temerity to call your publication a family newspaper. Anti-family is the perfect description of your editorial stance.

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