Less for LessEditor: Your letter writer Fred C. Waggoner...


September 13, 1991

Less for Less

Editor: Your letter writer Fred C. Waggoner III rightfully points out that in a recession firms typically downsize and find other means to increase efficiency. It is a logical solution to a problem of reduced demand for one's product.

He advocates that the state government mimic the private sector and cut expenditures. However, Mr. Waggoner ignores the fact that the demand for government services actually increases in a recession unlike the demand for goods and services provided by the private sector.

As I sit at a Towson State University faculty meeting listening to forthcoming budget cuts and their impact, I recognize that the damage has begun. People want ''more for less,'' but they will be getting ''less for less.'' One can complain bitterly about higher taxes but I do not hear anyone offering to give up any of the benefits from government services that they currently receive. It is the ''don't raise my taxes, but cut other people's benefits'' syndrome.

Louise Laurence.



Editor: Once again I am compelled to write you concerning another homophobic article which would make Jesse Helms proud.

I am writing in response to the article by Lester Picker, ''Marketing Miss: Public won't buy idea of gay Scout leaders,'' in the Aug. 26 Maryland Business Weekly.

The author suggests that gays shouldn't become Scout leaders, though many are qualified, because it would be a marketing disaster for the Scouts and too much time would be spent defending gays rather than teaching boys the traditional scouting tasks.

It is a disgrace to suggest that the rights, freedoms and opportunities of law-abiding gay citizens are at the mercy of marketing whims. Where would blacks and women by today if they waited patiently for the WASP market to accept them?

Furthermore, the time spent teaching boys about the acceptance of different peoples will serve them far better in the future as the world becomes one market.

Alan G. Stephens.


Rocky $ Gap

Editor: I am stunned to see that the Rocky Gap project is barreling on ahead, taking more than $7 million in state money, almost one week's operating deficit, with it. Some obvious questions must be asked:

* How much of the $46-million project cost will be returned in contract awards to the Operating Engineers of Baltimore and Western Maryland Building Trades Council, in exchange for its last-minute, $2 million support?

* Has anyone bothered to review the progress at Western Maryland's other resort, at Deep Creek Lake?

* Hasn't anyone in Annapolis been reading about the Resolution Trust Corporation, now the largest owner of hotels in the country? Have they missed the numerous auctions of hotels advertised in The Sun?

David S. Roberts.


Public Service

Editor: I am a senior at Oakland Mills High School in Howard County and am writing to tell you that I am in favor of community service programs for students in Maryland.

In the summer of my sophomore year, I became a part of the Maryland Student Service Alliance Summer Corps program. It was an important learning experience for me and an eye-opener that I feel made me a better person and hopefully a better contributor to society.

As part of a group of students from all over Central Maryland, I spent the summer working in a thrift store in a disadvantaged part of Baltimore City. I worked with kids younger and older than I who came from different backgrounds.

The experience of just spending time with so many different types of people in a neighborhood where people are just trying to survive was something I won't forget. I realize how fortunate I am to be able to have all the clothes and food I need.

I think it's important for kids to have this kind of experience and to work together to improve the lives of others. Especially today, when teen-agers feel that everything is so perfect and that they should have more material things. It's a good idea to teach young people to help others and to think about what it means to do things for other people.

I won't forget my summer experience and have continued to become involved in community service projects such as helping the elderly, Christmas wrap, and adopt-a-road projects. I hope to continue my service when I go to college as well.

ecily Strouse.


'Best Deal for Blacks' Is to Confirm Thomas

The growing number of black organizations arraying themselves against the appointment of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court are displaying an alarming lack of political sophistication.

They may well join an affirmative action-abortion coalition and defeat the appointment. But in so doing, blacks will gain nothing, unless punishment of Judge Thomas for his digressions from their liberal political agenda is construed as a gain. His defeat will have no impact on affirmative action developments or the outcome of Roe vs. Wade.

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