A SolutionEditor: If we could just get the members of...


October 24, 1991

A Solution

Editor: If we could just get the members of Congress to spend the entire day in the House or Senate dining room, eating and drinking at taxpayer expense and with no time left for official business, then I believe we would be well on our way to solving this nation's problems.

Douglas G. Hicks.


Your Own Fault

Editor: When will the good people of this state stop their never-ending complaining about the government officials that they elected into office and accept responsibility for the plight they now find themselves in? They have absolutely no one to blame but themselves.

These officials didn't just walk in off the street and take a seat at the State House. They were sent there and duly elected by the good people of the state of Maryland. If they are not doing a good job for those people then the people should get up each morning and lambast themselves in the mirror. The rooms in their houses should be adorned with protest signs against themselves. The neighborhood should begin a program so that at specific times they can schedule marches on each others' houses in protest.

If you put too much food in your dog's plate and he eats it all, is it the dog's fault or that of the one who feeds him?

Sure, they are unresponsive to the needs of their constituents. Sure, they failed to plan ahead for economic times like these. Sure, they have given themselves and the governor huge raises and taken the food off your tables. Sure, they are currently making Maryland a dangerous and undesirable place to live. Sure, some of them aren't competent enough to run water, let alone a state. But it is not their fault.

The good people of Maryland gave them the job and the tools to be able to not govern well or fairly. And the most amazing thing is that the good people of Maryland will probably send them all back to the State House again next term. They have this wonderful attitude that it wasn't their guy who created and perpetuated the problem. It was the other guy. So let's give my guy another chance to not do very well.

Now, we surely can't blame everyone in the entire state. There are those who will proudly tell you that they didn't vote the good gentlemen into office. They will probably tell you they didn't vote for any of them. Well, good for you.

Know thee and thy plight by those thee have elected to govern thee. And quit complaining.

Chuck Baker.


The Sun's 'Sniggering Sarcasm'

Editor: One couldn't help noticing a certain reluctance on the part of The Sun to recognize Baltimore County Executive Roger Hayden's accomplishments in a recent editorial, ''Towson: Hayden's Call for Help.''

I was offended that such terms as ''vague'' and ''invisible'' were used to describe a man who, in spite of limited resources, ran a highly successful campaign against a well-heeled, well-connected incumbent, a man who managed despite a devastating revenue shortfall to end fiscal 1991 with a $27.3 million surplus and a minimum of county worker layoffs.

Mr. Hayden suggested in his state of the county message that the well-meaning but costly programs mandated by the state be delayed until better times. What's so absurd about that? In light of the present devastating financial climate and the state legislature's inability to come up with practical cost-saving measures, The Sun's sniggering sarcasm is out of line.

Why was it necessary for The Sun to use only demeaning quotations such as ''little-known convert to Republicanism'' and ''ultimate bean counter'' when describing Mr. Hayden? And what, pray tell, does Mr. Hayden's past marital difficulties have to do with his management abilities?

If I didn't know better, I'd think The Sun was rooting for the Baltimore County executive to fall flat on his face. Continuously portraying Roger Hayden in negative terms and belittling his accomplishments is not going to erode the public's confidence in this man.

The Sun's politically expedient editorials are causing the people of Baltimore to wonder why the only daily paper in town doesn't take more seriously its obligation to be fair and objective.

atricia Rybak.

Glen Arm.

Libraries in Need

Editor: If ever there was a time for Baltimore volunteers to get involved in the "Thousand Points of Light," the time is now.

Of the many services which have suffered the budget cuts, the library system is one segment that can be rescued by volunteers. The benefits to be achieved are:

* The opportunity to maintain the library services at their present level with no additional cost.

* The opportunity for parents who volunteer to be at the library at the same time their children are, and thereby be able to help with their children's homework.

L * To help insure that their children are off of the streets.

It is time for concerned parents to initiate a "Parents Volunteer for Libraries" program.

Lawrence H. Kolman.


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