From: John J. Miara
I wish to comment on your picture going back 20 years to 1971 andsome shop at 119 Crain Highway.
I do not see anyone on the sidewalks lassoing prospective customers and dragging them into their establishment. I once wrote (that) this vice can end for free simply by not patronizing the establishment.
Instead, we have spent, as I understand it, close to $25 million on Glen Burnie renewal. Just when will this project end -- or once started, will it go on forever?
Kindly take your shades off and publish a few more pictures of the private shops boarded up and dilapidated despite the fact that we were repeatedly told there would be a spillover of fix-up activities in the private sector.
What is needed in the "Super Block" is housing with a walkway and perhaps a fountain in the central area -- not more commercial nonsense.
Kindly get the Glen Burnie Improvement Association to take down that billboard in the middle of a $100,000 postage (stamp)-sized park with two benches and three lights at Crain Highway and Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard.
IT'S THE LAW OF THE LAND
From: Bea Poulin
Marylanders for the Right to Choose
It is with some surprise that recent letters printed on your editorial page have called the abortion bill passed by the Maryland General Assembly the most liberal in the land. I would like to clarify this statement, and remind your readers that Maryland simply put into state law language that (which) was ruled constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court 18 years ago, a ruling that Marylanders have lived under all these years. The only exception and addition to this ruling is the parental notification language, which requires a parent to be notified of his or her minor's request for an abortion.
To quote the law directly:
Article-Health-General, Section 20"(a) A physician maynot perform an abortion on an unmarried minor unless the physician first gives notice to a parent or guardian of the minor. (b) The physician may perform the abortion without notice to a parent or guardian if:
(1) The minor does not live with a parent or guardian; and
(2) A reasonable effort to give notice to a parent or guardian is unsuccessful.
(c)(1) The physician may perform the abortion, without notice to a parent or guardian of a minor if, in the professional judgment of the physician:
(I) Notice to the parent or guardian may lead to physical or emotional abuse of the minor;
(II) The minor ismature and capable of giving informed consent to an abortion: or
(III) Notification would not be in the best interest of the minor."
Passing SB162 protects Maryland women from any future Supreme Courtaction that might weaken or destroy Roe vs. Wade, the national ruling. Low-income women on Medicaid in Maryland are not protected by thisnew law, and still suffer discriminatory restrictions that lead to many second- and third-trimester hospital-based abortions because of life-threatening complications.
CURB THE GOVERNMENT
From: Timothy J. Bernadzikowski
Representative Tom McMillen recently stated: "This nation needs a comprehensive energy policy." What his energy policy is remains a mystery. If the history of Democratic energy policies is any indication, however, the results will not be too pleasing for consumers or taxpayers.
Jimmy Carter, the last Democratic president, imposed draconian regulations on the energy industry, wasting billions of dollars on "alternative fuel" research (while halting the nuclear power industry), and berated citizens who set their thermostats too high. Carter's energy policy was one of centralized government control over the consumer.
I personally think we should develop alternative energy sources to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and to protect the environment. However, I think that the free enterprise system can and will pursue them without spending a penny of taxpayer revenue. Big government bureaucracy is never the answer.
When Ronald Reagan became president, he revoked Carter's regulations and quit squandering our money. Though many critics predicted that Reagan's energy policy would lead our nation to ruin, the price of gasoline is lower now than it was 10 years ago, even with inflation. What Reagan showed was that the best energy policy is one that allows the marketplace to regulate itself.
The United States has enough oil to last into the foreseeable future. If the oil ever does startto run out, then entrepreneurs will step in with economically viablealternative fuels such as nuclear, solar and biomass. All the government has to do is stay out of the way.
When Tom McMillen says thatPresident Bush's energy proposals are "sadly lacking the necessary incentives for conservation and the use of alternative fuel sources," I shudder. His rhetoric sounds like a repeat of Carter's failed policies. Let us hope that, as usual, what he says is not what he means.