Let Custer Stand
Editor: Our House of Representatives has set a dangerous precedent with its recent vote to change the name of the Custer Battlefield National Park to Little Big Horn, and, after 115 years, erect a monument to the Indians who died there.
While current ''politically correct'' thinking dictates appeasing every special interest group for its piece of our heritage, revisionist history in the long run will unravel the greatness that we enjoy in this country today.
The men of the 7th Cavalry who died on June 25, 1876, died fighting for the flag of the United States, and, tactics aside, they died attempting to remove an enemy, hostile to our government at that time.
Custer and his 7th deserve their place in history.
The Indians who died that day were in violation of U.S. laws at that time. They were considered outlaws!
If it is now proper to correct any injustice to the red man at Little Big Horn, why not build a monument to the white soldiers killed at Wounded Knee? It makes as much sense.
I fear next we will have the faces of Sitting Bull and, of course, Pancho Villa next to those of the four presidents on Mount Rushmore. Bad move, Congress.
Maryland Tax Hike
Editor: Your June 26 editorial, "Maryland's $1 Billion Deficit," states that the last increase in the Maryland income tax occurred in 1967.
The last personal income tax increase in Maryland occurred only three or four years ago, when the amendments to the federal tax law, with particular reference to the elimination or phasing out of certain deductions, provided a windfall of about $100 million in the first year to the state of Maryland.
The windfall increases annually. Inflation. Growth in total personal income. The graduated phase-out of certain allowable deductions.
You might recall that Gov. William Donald Schaefer tenaciously refused to allow any change in the Maryland tax law that would have relieved Marylanders of their additional burden.
Members of the governor's own party made noises about overriding his will, but that was for display only. The opposition party hasn't nearly enough votes in either chamber of the General Assembly to override him.
Governor Schaefer is an expert at one thing and only one. Spending.
James A. Runser.
Editor: In this day and age when the BG&E is promoting conservation of energy, and our legislators are telling us there is no money to improve vital services, how is it this state can spend almost $650,000 on cheap-looking banners and lights to light up the Key Bridge?
Couldn't that money have been better spent? Perhaps a $1,000 raise to 650 teachers or $500 raises to 1,300 worthy firemen and policemen, or paying the state employees for the 4.5 hours they're being asked to work for free.
But to light up a bridge you have to be on the water to see? Come on.
Editor: I don't mind if Daniel Greenberg wants to ''Let Dogs Be Dogs'' (June 18), but there are very good reasons why dogs are banned in most public places in the U.S.
My son is allergic to dogs, as are many people, and an affectionate greeting from Ben would send him post-haste to the hospital, his face swollen with hives, his breathing labored or impossible.
fTC We're not dog-haters; my son adores them, despite this. But any dog taken in public should be leashed -- I can't emphasize this enough. I don't think dogs are rude and disgusting, but their owners frequently are. Let dogs be dogs, but do not assume your dog has the same rights as my child -- at least, not in my presence.
Anne L. Kirby.
Editor: We spent a recent Saturday morning sorting out several months worth of recyclable items and delivering them to the parking lot of the Milford Mill MTA station. At the MTA station, a grassroots recycling organization collects pre-sorted recyclables every Saturday.
We would like to praise the friendly and very helpful volunteers of this particular recycling effort as well as the many citizens who delivered their magazines, papers, bottles and cans to the site on Saturdays. Yes, you should be saving your magazines and junk mail because they are accepted at the Milford Mill MTA parking lot on Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
However, at this stage pressure needs to be placed on the government to speed up the process of establishing curbside recycling throughout Baltimore City. The demand for curbside recycling is increasing and curbside recycling will encourage even more citizens to become involved.
People are realizing more and more that we cannot continue to be a throwaway society. Providing an easier way to recycle for all citizens would benefit everyone.
Our tax dollars should be spent on efficient recycling programs instead of fees paid to dispose of garbage in landfills and incinerators.
&Caitlin and Noreen Simpson.