Legislative PerksEditor: While reading state Sen. Thomas...


November 11, 1991

Legislative Perks

Editor: While reading state Sen. Thomas L. Bromwell's letter criticizing the Baltimore County school bureaucracy, I found it amusing that he would criticize the ''perks and privileges'' enjoyed by some of the administrators. As a member of the General Assembly, he also enjoys enough perks and privileges to make more and more people refer to legislators as Maryland's privileged class.

I also read with interest his claim that the legislature is now in the process of approving cuts to their budget, salaries and travel. While considering cuts, why not consider the lucrative pension system that the assemblymen have voted for themselves over the years? I am sure that many people would like to receive a generous lifetime pension after working only a few years in a job.

If anything more than token cuts are made, I and probably most Marylanders will be greatly surprised. The most likely outcome for the cuts will be for them to never make it out of committee

before the session ends.

I would like to make a cost-cutting suggestion that will save money forever: Reduce the number of assemblymen by one-third.

William A. Boyle.



Unfair Attacks

Editor: Much to my surprise and dismay, I have been made aware of some attacks that are taking place on Governor Schaefer's ''Maryland You are Beautiful'' program. Specifically,

critics claim that it is costing taxpayers thousands and thousands of dollars.

It is my understanding that its director, Floraine Applefeld, does this work as a volunteer and that the resources used come from the private sector. I know Esskay has contributed continually over the last several years with product and personnel donations, all of these at no charge to the state.

I have great concern when an obviously positive program run by devoted and energetic Marylanders, who creatively pull it off without using tax dollars, are subject to such attacks.

Robin Bissell.


The writer is president of Esskay.

Rembski an Inspiration

Editor: One of the most remarkable men I know was the subject of an Oct. 21 article.

Stanislav Rembski is the finest portrait painter I've ever known, and at 95 his eyesight and control are nothing short of miraculous. He is an inspiration to all ''senior'' citizens.

Thomas F. McNulty.

Lutherville. Editor: An Oct. 10 story reported that residents in Green Spring Valley are upset with the expansion plans of Villa Julie College. Their stated reasons deserve a brief comment.

First, aside from political tensions in Maryland's higher education system, geographic limitations alone prohibit Villa Julie from the chaotic sprawl that has characterized, according to one resident, Towson State University.

Second, regarding traffic, I encourage the residents to study their area's increasing congestion more carefully. The mile-long back-ups at the Falls Road and Green Spring Avenue intersections of Green Spring Valley Road should be attributed to commuters circumventing beltway logjams and suburban developments sprouting throughout the northern sections of the valley. Villa Julie's students have mixed schedules and rarely come to school as a group at a single time. Thus it is hard to conclude that they are responsible for problems that understandably worry the residents.

Finally, unlike other local colleges where, for example, elderly residents were evicted to make room for dormitories or urban woods were decimated for construction, Villa Julie and its neighbors have had a fairly amicable relationship. Like other employees of Villa Julie, I enjoy the drive through the valley. However, given the flimsy protests reported in The Sun. I only hope that residents are not harboring hidden reasons for protesting Villa Julie's plans.

Alexander E. Hooke.



Editor: As parents of a cochlear implant child, we are writing to tell other parents of young deaf children who want their children to learn spoken language, to understand spoken language through their hearing, and to be able to take advantage of all that the hearing world has to offer that the cochlear implant can make all this possible.

Prior to her implant surgery two years ago, our daughter was totally deaf and silent. Now, she is a chatterbox. We can hold short conversations with her and call her from the next room. She enjoys music and singing. Also, she has become an auditory child. That is, she understands spoken language entirely through her hearing and no longer relies on lip-reading. Furthermore, our daughter has never needed sign language and has always been able to communicate orally.

The past two years have entailed much hard work for all of us. However, the results are already more than we could have imagined. All parents of young deaf children should be aware of the hope that the cochlear implant offers. Combined with proper auditory training, it is truly a modern technological miracle.

Melissa and Elliot Chaikof.

Atlanta, Ga.

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