3 easy ways to eliminate national debtI believe there are...

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July 02, 1991

3 easy ways to eliminate national debt

I believe there are three ways to erase the national debt. Aside from speculating about a national lottery (we are a gambling country anyway), the fastest way may be deflation or re-evaluating our currency through the International Monetary Fund, which will make the dollar more valuable, as prices come down to an honest level, and decrease deceptive wealth. This would create a more worthy society with a more profound character which may in turn eliminate corruption, greed and drugs ` and instill idealism, morals, ethics and true values that so far have been shamefully absent.

Another way is inflation ` to make money worth less, so that the debt may become worthless eventually. We have been doing that on and off for so many years that we are more attuned to that. Individual debt must not be included, only the national debt, and all of the nations in the world must agree to this idea.

The third way, and I believe the best, would be for all world nations to simply declare no debt and then we can all start anew. Time and nature is not going to wait generations for us to pay the debt as it encroaches upon us mercilessly.

The American people are impatient and too innovative to wait, and such damage must not be impossible to fix.

Jack Fishbein

Owings Mills

Stephens Hall

It was a pleasure to discover that an Evening Sun reporter wrote of the events that will surround the reopening of Stephens Hall, the original building in Towson of what is now Towson State University.

However, I hope the reporter is not a graduate of its mass communications department or art department. Even a tiny bit of research would have revealed that the building in question is not Victorian in style. It is a fine example of English Jacobean, a style that relates to the founding date of the state of Maryland.

In fact Stephens Hall is an excellent blending of three manor houses still standing in England. Blickling Hall provided the basic plan.

Perhaps the staff writer will take it as homework to discover the vast difference between Victorian and Jacobean, to date the latter style and to uncover the names of the other two buildings from which the tower and front porch were copied.

Stanley M. Pollack


Headline news

The June 17 headline for The Evening Sun was about the weather. The other front-page article dealt with killer bees. On the last page of Section A was the story of South Africa's repeal of the racial classification laws, an incredibly significant event, accomplished through peaceful means, but unfortunately, dull.

I am very distressed these days by The Evening Sun's descent into pumping the sensational news stories into headlines. It warps the public perceptions of what's really important, which in turn distracts the political and legal process from real action.

Higher standards of journalism are required.

Gordon Shelton



Let's call it "Who Am I?" by William Safire (Column, June 21, on John Sununu). This man can really describe a person.

Here's the summation: He's vitally important to the survival of the United States as we know it. He's proof that brillance and stupidity can co-exist. He sustains obtuseness. His judgment stinks politically. It imperils the success of a presidency. He is perceived to be a pompous ass. He repeatedly demonstrates his arrogance. He has shown he has neither the judgment nor loyalty to merit his so-called indispensability and indefatigable perkmanship to the political party he assumes to represent. And the last clue, but not the least: He gives the Hee Haw to the GOP.

William A. Welnosky


Not another Key!

It can't be! Name the stadium Francis Scott Key Stadium (Forum, June 24)? This man is already honored with the Key Highway, the Key Bridge and the Francis Scott Key Hospital.

The stadium should be named for someone who is connected to baseball, football, etc. If it were called, All-Star Stadium, that would encompass all players, past, present and future. Or how about Palmer-Unitas Stadium. One from baseball and one from football.

D. Durate


Every road turns

Regarding her article in the Forum on June 5, I really have only one thing to say to Mary Johnson, a saying I often hear in my work: It is a long road that doesn't have a turn.

bTC Someday somebody you love will need medical and nursing care on a long-term basis. You may even find yourself in this situation. When it happens (and it will!) you will find yourself on the receiving end of care planned by a multidisciplinary team of professionals with more credentials and experience than The Evening Sun has room to print. These professionals are of the belief that while we cannot change the world, we can change and enhance your chances for recovery, or return you to independent living, or provide humane and compassionate care so that you may die with dignity.

I object to Johnson's slanderous bashing not only of my profession, but also of my vocation and commitment to the people I serve in long-term care.

Donna M. Brickley


The writer is director of health services at Roland Park Place.

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