Old Women Voters
Editor: Poor Tom McMillen. Not only does he lack the experience -- the joys and responsibilities of raising a family -- while representing a ''family-oriented'' county, but now we discover that he is also afflicted with ''foot-in-mouth'' disease.
According to a news story in The Sun, in the discussion regarding congressional redistricting, ''But Mr. McMillen wondered how much longer a woman of Mrs. Bentley's age will remain in Congress. She turns 68 in November.''
Our current representative has now succeeded in offending the majority of his constituents -- the women and the senior citizens. Voter registration shows that there are over 96,000 women voters registered in Anne Arundel, and only 86,000 men; furthermore, 70,000 county voters are over age fifty, and 30,000 of these are over age 64.
Obviously, the congressman has lost touch with his constituency. An astute politician would never disparage either the seniors or the women.
Helen R. Fister.
Editor: Your columnist's criticism (The Sun, Sept. 23) of Paul Farragut's, (D., Howard County Council) decision to refuse a pay raise misses the point. While it is true that the amount involved, more than $7,000, will not by itself solve the serious financial difficulties now facing local government, it shows that he will do his part and bear his share of the cutbacks that are necessary at this time. This is in sharp contrast to other politicians who preach fiscal constraint, but are unwilling to make the sacrifices that they demand of others.
One should compare the personal sacrifice made by Mr. Farragut with the hypocritical actions of the current Howard County executive, who has the gall to demand financial concessions by county employees while engineering payment to himself of both a pension and large salary for public service. Government needs more officials like Paul Farragut, who are truly public servants, rather than seekers of public office for personal gain.
oel M. Bright.
Editor: The article, ''Housing Remedy,'' by Vincent P. Quayle makes a lot of good points.
The point it misses, however, is that in order to make people want to live in Baltimore we need to enforce the current housing code.
Who wants to move to a city and discover, after spending $40,000 to $50,000, that the housing code is not enforced?
Housing must not only be affordable but desirable. Laxity in enforcing the housing code has made many areas of Baltimore undesirable.
Until inspections are made promptly and violations corrected, there is little hope for the city.
Hopefully Mr. Quayle and St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center can (( accomplish what the city administration seems incapable of doing.
Charles D. Connelly.
Editor: Having moved recently to Maryland from New York, I find irony in the Baltimore Republican Party's scheme to divide the city into 18 single-member districts. For over 20 years, the infamous Nassau County GOP machine, with support from the state and national Republican Party, has successfully fought a similar proposal in America's largest township (with more than 800,000 residents), Hempstead, N.Y.
I can draw one conclusion from this inconsistency within the Republican Party: The GOP has no position on the issue of single-member districting. The party promotes such schemes when they suit its political designs and opposes them whenever they do not.
Single-member districts would increase government waste in Baltimore as each of the 18 isolated council members would require his or her own district office and staff, and each would seek to outdo his or her colleagues in bringing home unnecessary bacon. With each council member responsible only the narrow interest of a rump constituency, the single-member scheme would breed parochialism and discourage the citywide vision today's challenges demand.
Republicans don't lose in Baltimore because of triple-member districts; they loose because their national leadership turns its back on the needs of cities while their local candidates complain about problems but fail to offer realistic solutions. When they stop playing games, they will realize that winning city elections requires more than changing the rules.
Editor: Please buy a calculator for the business news department. How many states are served by Hechinger's archcompetitor, Home Depot? The Sun (Sept. 25) has three answers.
The text of ''Nailing Down Customers'' says 14. The accompanying box announces at first that there are 12 states from California to New York. This box then lists 9 eastern states with a footnote adding 4 additional states in the hinterlands. My flashcards tell me that comes to 13.
L Well, at least that is the average of the other two figures.
Robert C. Tompkins.