Penny SaverEditor: I find it almost impossible to believe...


February 18, 1991

Penny Saver

Editor: I find it almost impossible to believe that there are people complaining that the postage hike went only to 29 cents instead of the ''easier'' 30 cents.

Whatever happened to the adage, ''A penny saved is a penny earned''?

Carol Chesney Meyers.


Runaway Growth

Editor: We're fortunate that Gov. William Donald Schaefer, in his 2020 Report and implementing legislation, has taken up the mantle of leadership in addressing protection of the Chesapeake Bay and runaway growth by:

* Channeling growth where the infrastructure exists;

* Protecting forested areas critical to ground water recharge, clean air and temperature moderation;

* Conserving our resources;

* Seeking to provide the kinds of policies and tools critical to restoring the bay;

* Recognizing that urban centers are what gives life-blood to the region.

We certainly don't have such legislation and zoning either pending or in place in Howard County that would accomplish any of these objectives. Yet our county and others wail that the state would usurp their powers. Since Howard County has failed to exercise leadership in effectively managing growth, there is no cause for complaint.

Instead, our government is seeking to undo the few controls we had achieved. It has started by lifting the growth cap, arguing that as long as real-estate development is in a down mode, there's no need to worry about protecting the land and water.

What a strange way to make public policy -- seek any excuse to undo those mechanisms which control runaway sprawl and make Howard County a better place to live, in the naive hope that it will stimulate economic growth. We should be viewing this lull as the best opportunity we will have to move forward with an aggressive growth-management policy and to demonstrate the ability to effectively manage our own land-use affairs.

No, the bill isn't perfect, but it is responding to a critical need we are not addressing here in Howard County -- managing growth.

Joyce M. Kelly.

Ellicott City.

The writer is president of the Howard County Citizen's Association.

Short Week

Editor: I would like to comment on Peter Jensen's Feb. 7 front page article, ''Md. Workers Get Reprieve, Short Week.''

Caring, committed state workers give public service to various branches of our needy society in a full-time capacity. A good many work beyond the required time, receiving neither comp time nor overtime pay.

Would the proposed denial of pay raises and terminated jobs (let's be honest about ''layoffs'') solve the state deficit? Would it be emotionally satisfying or financially solvent for state workers to join the ranks of the unemployed and others whom they serve?

The 35.5 hour week is in lieu of pay. In other words, state workers enter state service willingly taking less pay than their counterparts in other states or in private industry in the state of TTC Maryland. State holidays were granted by previous administrations for the same reason. The pay scale for Maryland state workers ranks 40th in the nation. (Our governor's salary is the second highest in the nation.)

Many state workers supported the governor prior to the election and voted for him. The changes that occurred within days of his re-election have cause utter confusion and outrage.

Mary Cox.


A World That Works for All

Editor: It is not hard to join the reporters and the military experts in their elation, and even pride, over both the technological sophistication and precision of the weaponry being used in the gulf war, and the high degree of cooperation of the allies in this action.

It is, however, hard for me to consider humans to be civilized when we can muster all this technology and cooperation only for purposes of killing each other.

Think what the same level of funding, use of technology and international cooperation could produce if used in the pursuit of a better life for all peoples -- of a world that works for everyone.

Joan K. Parr.


Music Costs

Editor: My great interest in classical music causes me to take a serious interest in everything that I see in the media about the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and other close-by orchestras.

My wife and I attend performances of the BSO and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. A few weeks ago, we all read that insufficient funding support had caused the BSO to cancel its next big tour.

Then I read an interview with BSO's concertmaster, Herbert Greenberg, in which he bemoaned that tour cancellation and, in various ways, said that the orchestra should do more touring, not less.

Now, I've just read that the BSO has fallen 20 percent short of its 1991 phone-a-thon goal and that this year's goal was the same as had been raised last year. So, even though the goal was not increased, it was not met.

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