NRA PurposeEditor: Raymond Tabak Jr. claims that "The Sun...


October 14, 1991

NRA Purpose

Editor: Raymond Tabak Jr. claims that "The Sun is on a disinformation campaign against the National Rifle Association.'' He says that everything the legislation in Montgomery County calls for in gun safety has been carried on by the NRA for years.

Mr. Tabak is correct that gun safety used to be a major purpose of the NRA, but that purpose has been subverted by the present NRA leadership. All the evidence shows that the NRA leadership's main purpose is to make guns more readily available and more easily accessible to anyone. Its lobbying in Congress, involving large amounts of money, is earmarked to stop any attempt at sensible gun control legislation.

An excellent example of the NRA's current purpose occurred recently in Maryland, where it spent $6 million to unsuccessfully stop a modest piece of gun control legislation. Calling that legislation a ''gun ban'' was an excellent example of the NRAs disinformation campaign.

With these facts in mind, it is no wonder that legislators assisted by groups such as Handgun Control Inc. and Marylanders Against Handgun Abuse take the leadership in gun safety for the citizenry.

Fred Davis.


Bad Schools

Editor: I have to laugh at all the editorials on the decline of cities and the loss of federal funds.

Is there an editorial writer who knows that the decline is caused by bad schools?

Better schools would greatly diminish the problems of the cities.

This would require draconian measures, but it can be done. More money for the schools is not the problem. How education money is spent is the problem.

I would put money in the classroom, let the principals run their schools and let the teachers teach.

Saul Schulhoff Jr


Remote Control

Editor: I agree that the remote control that is attached to the T.V. is indeed a great invention. Even if it only allows a person to mute the stupid commercials that are an insult to a person's intelligence. Without the remote control I think I would stop watching T.V. My thanks to those that thought of it.

George M. Phillips.


Cookie Jar Raids

Editor: Repeatedly, American tax-payers have been revolted, angered and disillusioned by the conduct of the political leaders to whose guidance we entrusted our nation's government. Each new scandal or ethics violation seems to be more contemptible than the last. Now the check-bouncing and restaurant-tab welshing disclosures make us wonder what sort of tawdry con artists we have elected to our hallowed halls of Congress.

There will have to be some changes made.

First and most important, we must have legislation limiting the terms which can be served by members of Congress. There is no other way to control them. (Our choice would be two terms for senators and three for representatives.)

Happily, this limitation will entail a much-needed reduction in the size of the grossly-swollen staffs of the members of Congress since they would no longer be running non-stop for re-election as they do now.

With incredible arrogance, members of Congress exempted themselves from the laws they pass for the rest of us. This delusion of grandeur must be revoked immediately.

While we're on the subject, Americans will want to know just how and when the whole treasure trove of perquisites came to be for Congress.

Was voter approval ever sought or given?

Or, as voters suspect, were the perks awarded to Congress by Congress in the wee small hours when no one was looking, using the same strategy recently employed when salary increases were, er-ah, authorized?

We must have legislation which will protect the national cookie jar from raids by Congress, which has allowed itself to become an irresponsible, untrustworthy, sneaky band of immature would-be statesmen.

Louis and Helen Rizzo.



Editor: In a recent letter to The Sun, Gov. William Donald Schaefer attempted to justify his action concerning two state employees who spoke out against the increase in their work hours without additional pay.

The governor stated that the employees complained because he sent them a letter at work. Sending a letter to the employees was not the problem. In fact, they would have welcomed a letter from the governor sent to their home address.

What the governor fails to mention is that these individuals were deliberately and callously harassed on the job. They were called in to a high ranking supervisor's office and interrogated about why they made statements to the press about the additional work hours. They were told that their comments had a bad effect on state employees' morale.

There was definitely a strong inference that they should not make any such statements in the future. This was a deliberate violation of the employee's right to free speech under the First Amendment of the Constitution.

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