Mental IllnessEditor: Your editorial, ''Help for the...


March 01, 1991

Mental Illness

Editor: Your editorial, ''Help for the Uninsured,'' supports a ''basic benefits'' policy being promoted by Blue Cross. A policy that provides no coverage for mental illness!

Try to convince the 20 percent of the population that will suffer the agony and torment of symptoms of mental illness during any six-month period that coverage for effective treatment is not essential.

The insurance industry has historically attempted to minimize or avoid the coverage of nervous and mental conditions. As a result, our legislators passed the mental health mandates to insure accessibility to timely and affordable treatment. The proposed Blue Cross policy is a step backward.

Any ''basic'' health insurance policy that doesn't address the conditions of mental illness is inadequate. It provides only an illusion of protection. It denies the facts that mental illness exists, that these conditions affect a large number of our citizens and that the absence of this insurance coverage deprives many individuals from receiving currently available treatment that can substantially improve their quality of life.

Neil Kirschner.


Liberal Abortion

Editor: Gov. William Donald Schaefer's willingness to sign Maryland's so-called abortion rights bill, which has been dubbed the most liberal in the nation, illustrates the dangerous and shameful state of politics in the United States.

The treacherous dogma of political expediency reigns in the hearts of much of our "representation." Integrity and personal conviction now kneel in shameful obeisance to the wet-finger approach to public life; the result meting destruction to those incapable of wielding the political power of the moment.

Any scrutiny of the bill reveals its cleverly contrived nature. The "safeguards" of this bill clearly provide the abortionist with an arsenal of premises for 1) denying human rights during all stages of fetal development and 2) denying parental rights during a minor's pregnancy. Phrased in nebulous terms of legal impotence, this bill paves wide the currently protected and profit-laden avenues of abortion-on-demand, and leaves parents and women in crisis behind to pick up the pieces.

The governor says he is personally disturbed by abortion. He has now lent his signature to another reason to be so. The governor says that he is personally opposed to abortion. Let the weak and helpless beware.

John and Kristen Leonard.



Rising Costs

Editor: Well here we go again with another 6 1/2 -cent rise in the gas tax plus substantial increases in fees for drivers licenses and vehicle registrations.

God help the poor motorist. Not only does the motorist pay, everyone else pays, too. As everyone knows, when the cost of gas goes up it fuels inflation, and everything goes up. What ever happened to cutting operating costs? I guess it is easier to pass it on to the consumer.

For example, Gov. William Donald Schaefer could cancel some of his pet projects such as the light rail system. With money so tight we really don't need this right now. Last but not least, how about giving back his pay raise? With the state in such terrible financial straits this is no time for a raise in pay.

Raymond S. Burnett.


Blazing News

Editor: The dump fire at the Patapsco Valley Farms has finally brought the plight of the residents of the Granite-Woodstock area to the attention of Baltimore County and other jurisdictions outside our area.

This dumping operation has created a gross nuisance to the area's residents for the past five years. The county apparently has taken the position that there was nothing it could do to control this operation, either from a traffic standpoint or from an environmental standpoint.

Area residents were expected to tolerate this nuisance as long as it was confined to a small geopolitical region. However, the chickens have now come home to roost and the county is faced with a tremendous expense to correct a situation it failed to control.

The Granite-area residents have documentation that an average of 100 large trucks per day were delivering loads of stumps and other clearing debris from construction sites in Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Howard, Prince Georges, Montgomery counties.

The average charge for dumping at the site was $70 per truckload.

This debris was not covered, but simply piled into a monstrous 75-foot pile covering more than five acres of land.

Simple arithmetic should demonstrate to the county that the operator of this dump should have sufficient assets to assist in the cost of abating the nuisance created by his dump fire.

The county is now considering an application for a permit to continue operating a dump at this site. We can only hope that Baltimore County will exercise some control over this operation so that the area residents get some relief from this very profitable nuisance.

John J. Kelley.


The President's Record

Editor: President Bush is riding a wave of popularity.

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