Editor: I think our state legislators are completely gutless when it comes to raising taxes -- or else they are underestimating their constituents. I would pass the Linowes commission tax proposal in its entirety or else raise the sales tax to six percent, which will accomplish the same end. I believe that people will pay more taxes for value received.
I realize Gov. William Donald Schaefer has his flaws, but there is no doubt in my mind that he has the best interest of this state in mind at all times. There would be no new stadium without Schaefer. The governor is a ''do it now'' spender and can show and has shown considerble dynamism in this area. I have a brass sign on my desk which reads ''Don't Spend Less, Make More!'' The governor is obviously of the same mind.
I am for giving him a free hand and the money he needs, even if it costs me personally another $30,000 a year (which amount would also include any raise in federal taxes).
I want to see the legislature balance the budget, keep Maryland's triple-A bond rating and perhaps make cuts in nonessential spending -- like welfare, for example.
G. Denmead LeViness.
Editor: In his letter appearing in The Sun March 5, Secretary Torrey C. Brown ably defended the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' position regarding the redesign of the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art to accommodate environmental concerns raised by the original museum design, including protection of Robbins' Spikerush, a listed, endangered species.
I find it particularly ironic that the Ward Foundation director, Ralph A. Bufano, would take exception to the environmental constraints imposed by the Department of Natural Resources to protect the Chesapeake Bay when the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art is a tribute to the wildlife of the bay and to the Ward brothers, whose appreciation of the bay is reflected in their artistry.
It is also disconcerting that The Sun editors find the price of protecting Robbin's Spikerush "too high" when you generally are supportive of Chesapeake Bay preservation efforts. It seems to be the conventional wisdom that everyone is an environmentalist so long as it won't cost them too much personally.
Unfortunately, we have grown so accustomed to shortchanging environmental protection in the name of economic development that the cost of cleaning up and preserving what little is left will not come cheap.
Editor: It was unfair for the leaders of our legislature to criticize Gov. William Donald Schaefer for his trip to Kuwait. Since the governor is the only viable Democratic candidate for the presidency, it is vital that he have some foreign-policy experience to his credit.
Think of the embarrassment if our governor was to be nominated by default and he was lacking in this vital area in his campaign against George Bush.
R. Roland Brockmeyer.
Dumb or Open Minded?
Editor: You were right in labeling Sen. Janice Piccinini's comment about the proposed gun law as the "Quote of the Day." It just did not go far enough. It should have read "The Dumbest Quote of the Day."
To call the ownership of assault weapons "property rights" and to say that the state has not made a convincing case indicate that she lives in another world. Hasn't she read of the criminal atrocities being committed by assault weapons?
Does she believe that machine guns are needed to kill rabbits and squirrels? Would she go so far as to fight for the rights to own an atomic bomb?
The state doesn't have to prove anything. The facts are right there in the papers and on television every single day. The senator should be made to prove the necessity of assault weapons in society. I'd like to hear that argument from both her and Sen. Phillip E. Jimeno. If the votes of these two can defeat the legislation, then I would like to know how much money these abusers of society have received in contributions from the National Rifle Association. And I would hope that the issue is put on a ballot so that the people can vote on it. Hats off to Gov. William Donald Schaefer for his stand on this issue!
He is trying to save lives.
Malcolm E. Holt.
Editor: The Sun editorial (March 8) concerning the vote on the semi-automatic ban was so filled with distortions and inaccuracies that a proper rebuttal would fill volumes. However, two of your points are particularly ludicrous.
First is the accusation that the senators caved in to pro-gun interests. The opposite is more correct. The senators deserve praise for reaching the correct decision despite heavy pressure from the governor and the major daily press.
The senators realized that this gun control legislation had nothing to do with crime, but rather was a combination of the governor's desire to punish gun owners for his less than %J impressive re-election victory and the daily press' hatred of all firearms.