Don't impose Calif. regs in Maryland
If there's an award for the most ill-timed, unnecessary and anti-business legislation ever proposed, the winner has to be state Sen. John Pica Jr.'s attempt to impose California's automobile emission standards in Maryland.
Never mind that there is a recession so deep that nobody has money to buy new cars. Now Pica wants to raise the cost of a car by up to $1,000, pricing people who might be able to buy a car out of the market. Granted, taxes on each car would go up by 5 percent of the price increase. But 5 percent of fewer dollars being spent to buy cars means less income for the state.
Pica and the environmental wackos who back him overlook the fact that Maryland does not have the concentration of motor vehicles that plagues California. It also doesn't have the air-polluting idling on the freeways that California has. Moreover, it does not have the atmospheric inversions which plague many parts of California, like the Los Angeles basin. These atmospheric inversions hold pollutants near the ground and cause the smog which brought about California's draconian requirements.
This proposal is one Maryland does not need, does not want and cannot afford.
Charles A. Frainie
In a Nov. 12 letter, R. D. Reese bewails recent Supreme Court decisions that he asserts will diminish "the rights of the innocent."
C'mon, R. D.!
All people in prison are innocent. If they're not innocent of the commission of the crimes they were imprisoned for, then they are guilty of the responsibility for them. I came from a broken home.
Daddy spanked me when I was little. Mommy didn't love me enough. My people were brought here in chains, etc.
I'd like to see a few of these liberal twerps locked away for awhile with these people they have so much compassion for.
Local news features the city school budget crisis and the $3 million Glenn Davis will receive from the Orioles for each of the next two years. This salary would support about 100 teachers for the two-year period.
Sex and work
I noticed that Helen Gurley Brown, editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, has offered her slant on the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace. When asked by a New York newspaper if there was any sexual harassment in her office, Ms. Brown replied with this eyebrow-raiser: "I certainly hope so. But the problem is we don't have enough men ` only five men and 40 women on the edit staff ` to go around for the harassing."
Ms. Brown also indicated that a certain mix of sexual chemistry between men and women in a creative environment, magazine publishing, for example, is desirable ` a good thing, so long as flakes or creeps don't get into the act, of course. A few dollops of sexual awareness between men and women at work sparks creativity, Ms. Brown suggested.
It's the power of positive linking, one might say.
This letter is in response to the Nov. 11 news article, "Parents' panic," about a woman who has four children and an unemployed husband who is upset with Mayor Schmoke for closing the schools for a week.
How about the unemployed husband watching the children the week they will be out of school? How about the husband finding odd jobs to pay for a sitter in case he does find a full-time job by February?
This is supposed to be "The City That Reads," the woman states. Do the children stop reading when the last school bell rings? Whose fault is it if they do ` Mayor Schmoke's?
Mayor Schmoke is doing the best job he can with what he has to work with. Whatever happened to parents' responsibility to their children?
Linda C. Buskey
The superintendent of Spring Grove Hospital Center, Dr. Bruce Regan, has been removed from his job because the state Board of Physician Quality Assurance found that he was prescribing narcotics to patients in his private practice in a manner "clearly outside the accepted standard of care."
And where is he placed by the powers-that-be in the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene? He will now oversee clinical services (which includes the prescribing of medication) for mental hospitals across the state, at a yearly salary which, if divided in half, could easily be used to pay the salaries of two laid-off state employees!
Is there no justice?
Barbara W. Hudson