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November 05, 1991

Harassment at work is hard to escape

I respond to two letters which appeared in the Oct. 23 Evening Sun. It is clear to me that Messrs. Heyck and Benton, and probably others, have not yet grasped the nub of the problem. Simply stated, the office is not a social situation.

If I am in a restaurant, bar, bowling alley, etc., and a man makes a pass, joke or other offensive action, leaving is one of my options. But in an office this choice does not exist. I am forced into his proximity, day after day, until one of us quits.

Moreover, I feel these men do not understand how unnerving it is to have to deal continually with a man who simply will not quit. How unsettling it is when a man who is representing himself as ddTC friend not only displays a deep and abiding disregard for your wishes and peace of mind, but apparently has no control over himself at all. One wonders, "Just what will make him stop? Where does he draw the line? Does he have any brakes at all?"

A further note: Jokes may be made on the television. A woman may even find them funny. But the TV can be turned off. And the man making the joke is not likely to step through the screen and confront one. It's a different proposition altogether. After all, just because you watch murder movies doesn't mean you want to be killed.

Karen M. Davis

Maryland City

Tax plan

According to Kim Robinson's letter (Forum Oct. 22), "The [Linowes] plan classifies a family of four with a combined income of $30,000 to $32,000 as being rich." It is not clear what the source of this information is.

According to the Linowes plan, an average family of four with an adjusted gross income of $25,000 should pay $75 more in sales tax and $80 more in personal property tax each year. The family's income tax would be reduced by about $240, and it would pay $47 less in property tax. In all, its net tax liability should be reduced by $132.

An average family of four with two working spouses and earning $50,000 would pay about $131 more in sales tax and $120 in personal property tax. It should receive a property tax break on the family home of $90 and pay $186 less in income tax, so the overall tax liability would be reduced by about $25.

M. R. Brown


Stressed taxpayers

In the Metro section of The Evening Sun on Oct. 24, there wa a quote by state Comptroller Louis Goldstein which really points up the true feelings of our state officials.

I'm referring to the dismal financial mess our elected watchdogs have gotten us into by squandering our hard-earned tax dollars. The comptroller said, "So many of them think it's a fairy tale." When referring to "them," I'm certain the comptroller was alluding to the burdened taxpayer. May I remind Mr. Goldstein where his outrageous pay increase is coming from: those taxpayers you and all other overpaid officials take for granted.

If the alleged leaders of this state worked for a living in the private sector and performed as miserably as they do in government, they would surely find themselves unemployed. I'm living on a retirement from Bethlehem Steel, and I can assure Mr. Goldstein that trying to exist in this state is anything but living in a fairy tale.

Kenneth W. DeVaughn

Middle River


For quite a while now I have been reading letters which have registered various opinions about Eric Tirado's trial and sentence. I do not have an opinion of my own that I wish to make public. My concern lies in the extreme over-coverage of the events, from State Police Cpl. Theodore Wolf's murder to Tirado's sentence as represented in The Evening Sun, other newspapers and in all forms of the media.

It is unfortunate when anyone is gunned down in such a terrible way, be the victim a police officer or a homeless man on the street. But why is one given so much more press exposure than the other? I wonder if Wolf's murder and his killer's trial and sentencing would have been covered so completely if Wolf had been a convenience store clerk killed in a robbery?

Rachael Riffee


Don't blame Bush

Let's be honest: George Bush is not responsible for present economic conditions. A major cause is the end of the Cold War and subsequent reductions in defense contracts. Layoffs and personnel cutbacks resulted. The new automobile or previously planned vacation was placed on the back burner.

It is extremely doubtful if we had a Democratic president the current recession or downturn would not have occurred.

Bill Arwady


Landow's success

I fail to understand the hullabaloo being raised about Nathan Landow as chairman of the Maryland Democratic Party.

It is my understanding that Mr. Landow was selected to rejuvenate a lethargic behemoth, and in my opinion he has done just that. He has been successful in raising funds and thereby affording the party the facilities, the professional staff and the expertise to provide real assistance to Democratic candidates for office on all levels.

Prior to the 1989 election the state party did not have the capability to provide candidates the kind of computer facilities, graphics assistance, literature design and strategies that are now within the reach of any Democrat seeking office.

In short, Mr. Landow has done what he was commissioned to do. Rather than nit-picking, we should be grateful for what he has accomplished and encourage him to take the state Democratic Party to even greater heights.

Joan B. Pitkin

The writer is a delegate from the 23rd District.

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