Taxpayers have paid enough
I agree with both Kay and Hale Harrison that the dunes in Ocean City did a lot to save damage to O.C. property owners (Forum, Jan. 14). The cooperative effort was made by the taxpayers of all 50 states.
Mr. Harrison stated that the dunes in many places were destroyed. Do he and other business people in O.C. expect the taxpayers of all 50 states to rebuild their beaches and property every year, or even every other year?
They should never have built there if they can't take care of their property themselves. The taxpayers have done enough.
Ed. Note: See also the article by Judith C. Johnson below.
No new taxes
First the tax-and-spend Democrats in Washington eliminated
our ability to deduct the taxes that we have paid from our income taxes, and now we have to pay double taxes ` taxes on the money we have already paid in taxes. Now they want to start a national health insurance plan so that we will have to pay even more taxes. To these tax-and-spend Democrats I say: I do not want to pay more taxes, not one cent!
The tax-and-spend Democrats in Annapolis want to raise our state taxes by over $700,000. They want to raise the sales tax, the income tax, the cigarette tax, the beer and alcohol tax, the gasoline tax, and then they want to tax services like hair cuts, lawyers fees and automobile repairs. To these tax-and-spend Democrats I say, I do not want to pay more taxes, not one red cent.
Now the tax-and-spend Democrats in Baltimore County want to raise our taxes by adding two members to the county council. We do not need more council members in order to have better government; we need less government. To these tax-and-spend Democrats I say I do not want to pay more taxes, not one cent.
A new covenant
It is no accident that Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton is the front-runner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. The people of Maryland should take a hard look at the "New Covenant" that Governor Clinton is advocating for rebuilding America.
The New Covenant for America rejects the mentality of the Reagan-Bush era: check-kiting members of Congress, golden-parachuting corporate executives, deadbeat fathers who fail to pay child support, and ` rare for a Democrat ` chronic welfare recipients. Clinton's message is "if you can work, you've got to work, because you can no longer stay on welfare forever." But Governor Clinton knows that we must get the economy moving to create jobs for people to get off welfare.
He also is challenging the middle class to better educate itself in order to compete in the global economy. He wants to put forth a national service plan that would pay for people to go to college and require individuals to give something back to the country. Governor Clinton can beat George Bush because the change he talking about isn't liberal or conservative. It's both, and it's different.
Unfair to business
A recent "Donahue" show had about 300 people in the audience, all unemployed. They were mostly 30 to 60 years old; )) many were from the airline, manufacturing and automobile industries. Many had worked for those firms 20 to 35 years. Their opinion was that the failures and bankruptcies were due to a slow economy, bad management and union demands for high wages, health insurance and pension funds.
No mention was made, however,of the severance pay and the pensions given to those who lose their jobs - which, I am told, are almost equal to what people earned annually while they were working.
We should realize that most companies which failed have treated their employees very fairly ` not only in good times but BTC also when they went into bankruptcy. I believe that speaks well for American industry.
Why is it that we always get presidents who are afraid to tell foreign countries about the balance of trade? It has been like this for 40 years. George Bush's recent trip to Japan is an example. Japan will not live up to the agreement. Japan bought 15,000 U.S.-made cars in 1991. Yet it sells hundreds of thousands here. Some balance of trade!
This applies not only to cars but to other commodities as well - televisions, radios, VCRs, iron, steel ... They either buy billions from us, or no deals.
Out of touch
In his Jan. 7 letter, "Quit whining," Nick Kaplanis seems to be saying that attitude and perception drive the economy, and that media reports of layoffs, plant closings and bankruptcies are largely responsible for this country's current fiscal problems.
Before I can evaluate his comments, I would like to know something about Mr. Kaplanis' financial situation. I assume he has a good job that pays well. I feel certain he is not working at a job that pays minimum wage or slightly better. And I'm also sure he is not concerned with losing his job to this current depression.
If he were working at such a job,he might then find that his attitude and perception would be closer to that of the media.
Joseph A. Sweeney