Republicans don't behave that way
I write to you in protest and outrage over the Oct. 8 editorial cartoon you chose to print. With all due respect, I believe that this was an insensitive act that should have received careful consideration before printing.
The portrayal of Republican men as biased and discriminatory toward women is a deceptive and misleading view that bears no resemblance to the truth. In the state of Maryland, of the three Republican congressional representatives, two are women. In addition, the chairman of the state Republican Party is a woman, and one-third of our county chairmen are women.
Let the cartoonist draw what he wants; yet when it is so unsubstantiated and baseless, The Evening Sun should display better judgment in choosing what to print.
On behalf of the thousands of Republican citizens and readers, I believe an apology is appropriate. Please have more discretion in the future.
Joyce Lyons Tehres
The writer is chairman of the Maryland Republican party.
No new taxes!
The call for higher taxes is an old one now. And people have resoundingly said no, we don't want, don't need and certainly cannot afford higher taxes. They are tired of being told they can't have more for less when Governor Schaefer desires a lot more of our money, and in return promises a lot less of the governmental services we need.
I am sure there are many ways to cut this state's budget without more taxes or cuts in services. For example, on a recent road trip of around 100 miles, I counted 21 State Highway Administration vehicles. Sixteen were brand new! If this state is in such a budget crunch, how can it buy new vehicles? Wouldn't it have been cheaper and more responsible to maintain the old ones?
Apparently not under Schaefer. His motto is not "Do it now;" it is "Spend it now!" Maryland is not the "Free State" when the needs of the many are sacrificed for the greed of a few. Let's hold this state's elected leaders responsible for the mess they have created.
I noticed that all those protesting and picketing for more taxes from Maryland taxpayers are all those who get all the benefits from our taxes, and never pay any.
The Oct. 7 Evening Sun reports the results of a phone survey which found that two-thirds of the "more than 200 callers" believe a tax increase is the only way to beat the $450 million state budget deficit.
Fair enough. But the story has 12 introductory paragraphs describing a call from an unemployed worker before the majority opinion is even mentioned. Then there are three paragraphs of comments from readers who, along with at least 133 others, favor a tax increase.
Why solicit readers' opinions if the report of the results is going to be slanted toward the editorial policy of The Evening Sun - against the governor and the need for increased revenue?
Mary Ellen Elwell
The other day I saw a bumper sticker that read, "Impeach Governor Schaefer." Then I read an article that quoted the governor asking: "Am I my brother's keeper?"
The poor governor has been working hard - traveling overseas, looking for foreign investors and here at home building a new stadium, spending taxpayers' dollars like there is no tomorrow.
Government spending must be cut immediately, even if it means letting all of the state police go. They, after all, are no different from anyone else who loses a job. As far as the state workers are concerned, would it really make a difference? Visit any state agency and be the judge.
What I really would like to see is a bumper sticker on an Edsel that reads, "Schaefer for president." This would be a perfect failure.
Frank. W. Soltis
The state now has a $450 million deficit; in 1989 Maryland had a surplus of over $400 million. Who in our government squandered this money, and on what?
I challenge any politician in Maryland government to explain what happened to this surplus - down to the last dollar, and also what it was used for, so everyone will know. Let's tell it like it is - now.
Harry B. How Jr.
Governor Schaefer's decision to close schools, libraries and vocational education programs in facilities operated by the Maryland Division of Correction should be challenged by all persons concerned with ending the cycle of crime, victimization, incarceration and recidivism. A viable education is the key that opens the door to successful reintegration into society for criminal offenders. Warehousing is for furniture, not people.
If the governor's ill-conceived policy is allowed to take effect on Nov. 1, Maryland's prison population will lose all opportunity for self-improvement. Criminal offenders will walk out of prison no better equipped to contribute to their communities than when they entered the system.
This short-term solution may appear to solve some budget problems, but its cost, both fiscally and in terms of human suffering, is extremely high. A prison system stripped of hope will fail both society and prisoners. A failed system serves no one.