From: Jason Z. Wade
A recent article on energy conservation spoke of the new MarylandEnergy Administration, energy summit, assemblies, commissions, experts, reports, findings and consolidation of findings.
It is this reader's opinion that energy conservation, and most other issues in thestate of Maryland, must be implemented rather than merely investigated and discussed. The state government spends more time, money and energy compiling data than solving known problems. In fact, every issuethat is brought up seems to be studied to the fullest extent possible, with few actual results.
It is time to use creative approaches for fact-finding and solutions in lieu of the past and present bureaucratic methods that result in the generally unread, little understoodvolumes of information now produced.
A more feasible, less expensive method of harvesting the necessary information for formulating plans of action would be to use an already subsidized state facility --the Maryland university system.
By inviting the faculties, students, and even alumni affiliated with these institutions to participatein fact-finding and solution-formulating missions, the state could save additional money now spent on the formation of new commissions, encourage the young people to take an active part in government, and utilize an already established plant of information.
Many issues being studied for action by the state are currently under mock-investigation at the university level. Why not allow these investigations to be actual guidelines presented to our legislature for action? This would put the allocated dollars for education touse for the state and give a productive return on the investment of education in addition tothe saving of new dollars for new study groups.
By allowing university students to present solutions to state problems, such as energyconservation, with all of the details explored, evaluated and summarized, those who will be most affected will have had a part in the formulation of plans for the the future of the state. The present condition of apathy and indifference shown by so many students today could well be transformed into eager involvement in important current issues.
All Marylanders will benefit from a new, innovative approach tofact finding. There will be less waste of taxpayers' money, more involvement by the youth of the state, and solutions based on solid, independent research rather than political affiliation.
TIME FOR SACRIFICES
From: Mike Rash
I was quoted in an October 23 article ("Neall goes on tragical misery tour seeking pay cuts," Anne Arundel County Sun) on the employee reaction to possible pay cuts to county employees saying that I would gladly tear up my union card and support a pay cut in order to prevent possible layoffs. I would like toelaborate.
My union (Local 582) has been a vocal opponent of any concessions during this trying time in the county's history. Yes, they reluctantly agreed to no wage increases last year when the current fiscal year started, but that was after a protracted battle.
I remember when Mr. Lighthizer first came into office, and the same coursewas offered. We marched on the Arundel Center, and I was there then.The remaining years brought forth a series ofcontracts favorable to all unions. It seems we have come full circle from then until now.
I was with my union then, but I cannot support them now. I am willing to listen to and agree with Mr. Neall that we must pull together ascounty workers to see our way through this budget morass.
The union figures that there is some fat somewhere in the budget that can betrimmed in order to save pay and jobs. I am not convinced that this is so. Hence, my statement that I would tear up my union card and stand by my county executive and see our way through this situation.
REBELS DEMAND JUSTICE
From: Sue Wehner
What happened to democracy? What happened to the right to defend yourself? It seems tome that we were judged and condemned before we even knew we were on trial.
The Rebels Cheerleaders were invited and paid for the rightto compete in the Lake Waterford Cheerleading Competition. Our girlsperformed beautifully and professionally. However, we were allowed to walk that field thinking we failed to place in the competition. Only after the crowd dispersed was our director told that two of our squads were disqualified due to one girl cheering on two of our squads. (Earlier, we were asked to repeat our performance, which we did gladly, to clarify a "situation" for the judges. The judges watched the second performance and verified that there was no problem. Unfortunately, the decision had already been made to disqualify our girls and that was the end of it.)