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November 29, 1991

Blame it on the military, tax structure

Teachers and firefighters have protested loudly over the economic hardships visited upon them. They are right to do so.

What they've got wrong is whom to blame. They haven't listened to Mayor Schmoke and the Baltimore Development Commission asking them to help attack shortages at the source. The root causes identified are two: (1) military and other unproductive federal spending, and (2) unfair tax structures with generous subsidies for the well-to-do. Thanks to such largess, the 1980s saw billions of tax dollars lost and unavailable for public works. The money fueled military profits and rocketed the number of millionaires in America to over 1.5 million. The rich got much richer all around, at the expense of the middle class and poor.

The mayor has called on citizens,especially city employees, to join him in the struggle for fair distribution of money in this country. This would mean a return of money to cities ravaged by the Cold War and welfare for the rich. Save Our Cities is the name of this citizen/government movement, and it gives us all a choice. We can fight over the scraps left to us, or we can fight for our rights to a decent share of our own wealth.

Save Our Cities is going national, supported by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Save Our Cities is all of us acting together for our common good, instead of tearing each other apart for individual survival of the fittest.

Baltimore led the way with a march on Washington and a rally there last month. In that march, a few churches, unions and other civic groups set the example for us. Now it is time for all to join in. As Pogo's Walt Kelly parodied, "Now is the time for all good men to come to."

Arthur Milholland

The writer is past president of Baltimore Physicians for SocialResponsibility and a board member of Baltimore Jobs With Peace.

GOP convert

After 33 years of walking in the polluted environment of the Democratic Party in Maryland, I decided last November to join the Republican Party.

On Wednesday, Nov. 20, I went to the American Legion Hall in Towson to hear Alan Keyes announce his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Sen. Barbara Mikulski. Keyes is a gifted orator, and it is always a pleasure to hear him speak. As I looked at the faces of the Republicans (many of whom were college students) who stood on the stage with Dr. Keyes, my eyes constantly strayed to the huge American flag displayed behind them.

When the youthful Del. Jim Ports led the several hundred people in the Pledge of Allegiance, I felt a rush of patriotism I haven't experienced since college days. Yes ` I continue swimming in the soothing revival of the Republican Party, and the advice I offer to the electorate of this state is: "Come on in - the water feels pure and refreshing!"

Phyllis Waidner

Perry Hall

Credit the reformers

The chief credit for the conquest of destructive epidemics ought to have been given to the social reformers who campaigned for purer water, better sewage disposal and

improving living standards.

It was their efforts, rather than the achievements of the medical researchers, that were chiefly responsible for the reduction in mortality from infectious diseases. It was this way in the past, and it will hold true in the future.


T. Ferral


It's a depression

George Bush is right. We have no recession. What we have instead is a full-blown depression!

I remain a conservative, but I cannot understand the Republicans' blind stonewalling of the economic disaster in this country. Must people appear on street corners selling apples before the truth is in sight?

On the other side, there lurk the liberals who ran in the last election on a plank of higher taxes. Now, these same revenue-grabbing Democrats want to cut taxes. The middle class needs greasing. Election year - 1992!

Can't these opposing iconoclasts understand that the only people with job security today are politicians and bankruptcy lawyers?

Ronald L. Dowling


The naked truth

In the pictorial accessory with the latest recording by a rock group called U-2 is a photograph of a man standing in the nude.

Of the countries in which this has been distributed, there has been objection only in the United States, where a certain organization has pointed out that children may see it.

Hey, it did not even mention the classical recordings where - Gadzooks - there could be a picture of Cellin's Perseus or Michelangelo's David.

R.D. Reese


Ship survived

Recently, one of the local TV channels presented a program showing the Japanese air attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. It was mentioned that my old ship, the U.S.S. Shaw DD373, was destroyed. This was a surprise, because I was on this ship when it was put out of service in October 1945. It was very badly damaged at Pearl Harbor; the bow and bridge were blown apart.

When I reported for duty in 1942, however, it was fully repaired. Shipyard workers had worked day and night to get it back in action. And from 1936 to 1945, it received 11 battle stars.

Since 1980, the ship's crew and officers have had five enjoyable reunions; one is pending in 1992 in New Orleans.

If the television program is shown again, I suggest people watch it. It is a good one -despite the one mistake. Let's all remember Pearl Harbor on its 50th anniversary next month.




At the YWCA Shelter on Franklin Street on Nov. 21 those in attendance saw a caring and compassionate governor as we announced our allocation grants to shelter providers.

As someone who has worked very closely with this project for the past several months, I am proud that I had the opportunity to see firsthand how wonderfully caring and compassionate Governor Schaefer is on behalf of all those who are in need.

Cathy Lyness

The writer is director of House With a Heart.

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