Is Pride Gone?
Editor: The upcoming holiday season will be difficult for many families, not just in Maryland but all around the country.
Thousands of people are out of work; state, city, county and local budgets are being slashed; education is serving a sentence for a crime it didn't commit; drugs, murder, violence and corruption of morals have become a way of life for some and a spectator sport for others.
We are a nation of couch potatoes, back seat drivers and armchair quarterbacks. I even saw a bumper sticker, ''Proud To Be Lethargic.'
We live in the greatest country in the world, but we have little regard for the common good. Race vs. race, male vs. female, young vs. old, heterosexual vs. gay, environment vs. industry . . . the list goes on and on. Time is wasted watching politicians hold court over a dog and pony show. We refuse to vote and then feel misrepresented.
The citizens of this great state have to make a difference in their own lives. The federal government isn't going to bail us out, it's broke. We need to generate the drive from within to turn these hard times around.
' Take pride in yourself.
We Must Share
Editor: We who are fortunate enough to be employed -- however uneasy we may be about our own financial futures -- feel the need to help those who are less fortunate. What can we do to help? We can ease our consciences by writing an extra check to the Maryland Food Committee, to our favorite charities, and, for that matter, to Maryland Public Television, or the other agencies which are suffering because of the cutback in funds. The newspaper tells us of the generous people who are feeding the poor. Thank heavens for them. But a more drastic remedy is called for.
Those of us who lived through the great Depression remember our parents' efforts to maintain their dignity while they struggled to feed and clothe us. They contained their anxiety and panic over a period of years so that their children could go on with their lives including their education. This came naturally to them for their parents had done the same for them. And the parents before that. For it was the nature of the pioneer spirit to live frugally so that the children could have a freer better life. And that goal could only be attained by education.
It is time for us olders to stop thinking only of ourselves. To give up our denial of the crisis that is gripping the nation. To realize that we must share what we have to ensure the future of all the children, as did those who came before us.
It seems to me that the only possible realistic solution is to raise income taxes on both the state and federal level. The affluent should no longer be protected. It is only fair that those who have more should contribute more. We may feel the pinch, a tinge of fear for our future, but we are part of a community and we must share with each other.
Editor: I recently received in the mail an expensive three-color newsletter from Rep. Beverly Byron. The cover spoke about some of the recent abuses by Congress and addressed the issue of congressional reform, which Ms. Byron claims to support.
The inside was filled with pro-Byron information about stances she has taken and votes she has made. What particularly galled me was that this piece of campaign literature was printed and mailed at taxpayers' expense.
Under the guise of official business, Ms. Byron has presumably sent a similar newsletter to every constituent in the 6th Congressional District.
It is pure hypocrisy to state in this newsletter, ''I have been on record for a long time opposing the public financing of congressional campaigns, and I remain opposed to it,'' when the public has financed this piece of campaign literature.
Talk to Them
Editor: Many parents are upset about the condom commercials on network television. They feel that their children should not see these commercials.
However, by taking this position, parents are actually saying they do not want to discuss sex with their children. They should realize that teen-agers will find information about sex elsewhere if it is not provided by the parents. Unfortunately, the information they get on the side is usually wrong, so teens get little knowledge of proper birth control and morals. Parents should be happy when their children ask them questions, instead of somebody else who may be wrong.
Anita J. Arendt.
Good for Duke
Editor: For two reasons I am glad, if not exactly thankful, that David Duke is to campaign for the presidency, and I would suggest that all of us should also not be unhappy with or fearful of his candidacy. He may, if we can accept it, actually represent a positive good for us and for the country.