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January 02, 1992

Ignoring the dire need in America

Bea Gaddy is doing for Baltimore's homeless and unemployed what the federal government should be doing ` giving substance and hope. A thousand points of light are good, and she is one of them. But the federal government could be many thousand times a thousand points of light if it directed its energy and time toward helping its own.

We're in a depression, not a recession. And charity begins at home. Why give assistance and constant aid to foreign countries when our own people are desperately seeking a safety net from their own government? Aren't the statistics alarming enough for the most coldhearted political big-wig to sit back and look at the truly staggering rise of joblessness, homelessness and open desperation of our people?

Yes, Emma Lazarus, our masses need to be set free ` from poverty, from hopelessness and a deep-seated feeling that government has deserted them.

The people of the United States are in dire despair. Aren't they as important as dispossessed foreigners? Aren't their cries as gut-wrenching?

Don't wrestle with the rhetorical questions of what causes poverty and what causes homelessness. Just give unflinching, unquestioning aid and please do it now!

Marcia Blumson

Baltimore

Church revolt

Richard McBrien's article of Dec. 10 is a neat piece of revisionist history which turns reality on its head ` a problem with ideologues. Had he analogized the October Revolution with the coup which occurred in the Catholic Church immediately after the last Vatican Council, he would have hit the mark.

Like their Bolshevik counterparts, a small well-organized group of radical Catholics was able to transform a legitimate attempt at renewal into a revolution. Disregarding its orthodox pronouncements, they betrayed the council and substituted their own agenda. This was implemented by liturgical commissions and other diocesan bureaucracies created and manned by apparatchiks of the true believer stripe.

Just as the policies of the Reds have brought the former Soviet Union to economic ruin, so those of the revolutionary party have despoiled the church of its material and spiritual patrimony. Like the Russian revolt, theirs was a top-down revolution doomed to be short-lived.

Brought to prominence, power and arrogance by the post-council coup, McBrien and those like him are part of a pampered and unchallenged elite, more analogous to the privileged party members now losing their perks than to the liberators.

Oppressed Catholics are in need of courageous leaders willing to acknowledge the ruinous consequences of defining Catholicism a la McBrien over the last 25 years.

McBrien's obvious discomfort gives comfort, and his article gives hope. I pray that his anxiety is well-founded.

Livio R. Broccolino

Lutherville

Low speed limits

This letter is in response to the article titled "Maryland's 'autobahn' " (Evening Sun, Dec. 20).

One wonders why a road designed for safe travel at 70 miles per hour carries a speed limit so low. The problem was nearly rectified recently when Del. Dana Dembrow introduced a bill, with Governor Schaefer's blessing, to raise speed limits on a few sections of limited-access highway in Maryland.

Why are we still stuck with 55? His Highness apparently caved in to pressure from the insurance lobby and threatened to veto the bill.

Why would our chief bureaucrat bow to the insurance industry? Insurance companies are heavy contributors to political campaigns, and everyone knows that contributions have nothing to do with altruism. Why does the insurance industry want to keep limits low? How about that fat surcharge companies inflict on policyholders who have points on their licenses? What a great profit enhancer that is!

Another reason His Highness has for retaining ridiculously low limits is that speeding fines are an excellent source of revenue. The fact that the royal limo has been seen exceeding posted limits so often proves that His Highness knows very well how ridiculous the current limits are. He can ignore the law with impunity. His suffering subjects are not so lucky. Thank goodness the "spend it now" reign is coming to an end!

Charles A. Aston

Ellicott City

The gravy train

In the early 1930s the gravy train was made up, and as the years went by more cars were added to it. Now there are so many sections that the engine can't pull them all.

Under the Roosevelt administration so many social programs were started that some people to this day know no other way of life. Why work when the government supplies all your needs?

During World War II, business as well as the common man raped the government. After the war more social programs were enacted by both federal and local governments. The Korean and Vietnam wars further thrust the president and Congress toward more socialism. Never again would the country go back to the carefree 1920s.

All great nations of the past, after a period of time, became so corrupt that they disintegrated from within. Will it happen here also?

The gravy train now is so large that it has stalled on the tracks. The ride was good for some while it lasted, but now they will have to get off and push, for the engine has run out of steam.

C.R. Griffith

Baltimore

Falling behind

Japanese children attend school 60 days longer than American children. How will we ever be able to compete with them if our students are forced to attend school even fewer ... days?

Why don't legislators in the city, the counties and the state accept a salary cut and use the savings for schools? Our children, after all, are our future.

Agnes McAvinue

Baltimore

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