Outlawing PACsEditor: All lobbying and political action...


March 08, 1991

Outlawing PACs

Editor: All lobbying and political action committees should be outlawed whether there is a perception of illegality or actual wrongdoing.

Maryland's elected officials should be responsible to the voters, not wealthy special-interest groups. The proposed bills are steps in the right direction. Also, the voters must be more educated, concerned and vocal about the issues of our state.

PAC's and lobbies wouldn't be as strong if we went to the polls in greater numbers.

C. D. Wilmer.


Governor Humpty

Editor: Gov. William Donald Schaefer's outbursts do not surprise me. He reminds me of a "Humpty Dumpty" who sat on a wall. He has been losing ground through no fault but his own. His recent temper tantrums, using words not suited for a government executive, are not befitting his station.

Reviewing our governors of the past, I cannot remember one who would have gotten down to that level of speech. Statesmanship requires dignity and respect for others.

Harry M. Kirson.


Harford Leaders

Editor: Your recent editorial said: ''New Harford County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann has gotten off to a disappointing start.''

In the two months she has been in office she has blamed the previous administration for all of the fiscal problems. Politicians blame everyone else; a good leader takes lemon and turns it into lemonade.

Unfortunately, Mrs. Rehrmann is a student of spend-it-now William Donald Schaefer. She is going to move Harford County into the same fiscal position as Howard County. She wants to borrow money to preserve the bond rating and estimates that we need $3.9 million. Council President Jeffrey Wilson is willing to support a bond issue up to $10 million.

It is my opinion that neither Mrs. Rehrmann nor Jeffrey Wilson iqualified to provide the leadership that Harford County needs.

Frank W. Soltis.


Pride in America

Editor: ''You have brought a sense of pride back to America,'' Gen. Colin L. Powell told United States airmen in a story that ran in the Feb. 11 edition of The Sun.

What a sad state of affairs when it takes killing and destruction in a foreign country to restore our pride. Why not restore it by a real war on drugs, hunger, homelessness, illiteracy and unemployment here at home?

%Mary Nicholas Sommerfeldt.


Speed and Oil

Editor: It is mandatory that the nation, which has the power to make war and peace, restore the speed limit to 55 mph. Not the states -- the nation.

This mandate will lose nothing. It will save lives along with oil. The opportunity to accomplish this goal is now.

Mary-Paulding Martin.


Remembering Terry Plunk

Editor: The people of Baltimore do not know Terry Plunk, but certainly they would like to remember him. He and I wrestled for rival high schools, and then we became good friends in college at the Virginia Military Institute. He was at the top of his engineering class, and at graduation he received VMI's highest award for service. He was commissioned in the U.S. Army and soon completed the army's prestigious Ranger school. On Feb. 26, Terry was killed in combat in Operation Desert Storm. He was leading his engineering platoon as it attempted to breach a mine field for the troops that would follow.

Terry was an exceptional young man, but he was also representative of the quality of our fighting men and women. His fate should remind us of the price they were all willing to pay. As we rejoice in our victory and the blessing of remarkably low casualties, we should heed President Bush's call to ''never forget those who gave their life.'' We would do well to remember Terry and those like him. He put all of his knowledge, training, skill and moral courage into accomplishing his mission, and in the end he gave his life clearing a path to freedom.

Neal J. Naff.


Governor's Mansion: Elitism?

Editor: The comments of Stiles T. Colwill about residents of Eastern Avenue in The Sun article, ''Snoops and the seedy look,'' were a rude insult to all of the citizens of Baltimore City.

This social elitist would lead all us to believe that one rear-door painted screen, visible only to the prying eyes from the third-floor windows of the Senate Office Building, would degrade the Governor's Mansion to a dilapidated row house on Eastern Avenue. How uncouth to display the peasants' art form on our grandiose Georgian manor!

Thomas S. Lipka.


Editor: Stiles Colwill's demeaning remarks about Eastern Avenue are offensive and elitist in the extreme. The fact is that people of taste are not limited to Mr. Colwill's circle of cronies.

I had the opportunity to tour the mansion shortly after Governor Schaefer was elected and I was appalled at its condition. Hilda Mae Snoops has done a superb job of decorating the Governor's Mansion and has given many thousands of Marylanders an opportunity to enjoy it.

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