Paid LapdogsEditor: My thanks to Sun reporters David Conn...


January 27, 1992

Paid Lapdogs

Editor: My thanks to Sun reporters David Conn and C. Fraser Smith. In their articles of Jan. 19, they taught me a great deal about why we have a state budget crisis.

Mr. Conn's business page article on Maryland's prevailing wage law was a real eye opener. Just because our legislators are the lapdogs of organized labor, we taxpayers pay about $50 million extra each year for state buildings and roads. You could buy a lot of books or pay a lot of teachers with that money.

And Mr. Smith's piece on the ''GOP renegades'' was a discouraging look inside Annapolis politics. I'm sickened to learn that our free-spending legislators are so devoted to pork-barrel politics that they try to punish hard-working delegates who actually (a) read the appropriations bills they're voting on, and (b) vote against the most wasteful boondoggles.

Our legislators obviously love to spend in order to buy the support of key special interest groups. But they need to be reminded that it's our money.

Legislators who can't change are likely to get a layoff notice at the next general election.

Melanie M. Walters.


School Boards

Editor: Re: City Council President Mary Pat Clarke's proposal to elect school board members. I am in complete support of any proposal that would result in the election rather than appointment of school board members. I feel that serving as a member of any school board is an earned privilege.

While parents are being so strongly encouraged to participate in school and "get involved," what is being said when school board members are appointed by the mayor? It says that parent input is only appropriate at certain levels of education and that perhaps parents should be seen and not heard.

If there is to be any refinement in the quality of our children's education, I believe the citizens of Baltimore City should choose the most innovative of their peers to guide the system in a new direction. Furthermore I believe there are a number of parents within the Baltimore City public school system who are worthy enough to vie for a seat on the school board and hopefully will be encouraged to do so.

Amy L. Taylor.


Silicone Implants

Editor: The recent decision by the Federal Drug Administration to put a moratorium on silicone implants raises many interesting issues. The lack of adequate experimentation and information regarding the safety of the implants illustrates how little progress we have made in the area of women's health care issues.

Since 80 percent of these implants are used for strictly cosmetic purposes, it seems that altering a woman's appearance is more important than insuring her health and safety. I am pleased the FDA decided to re-examine the safety of silicone implants, yet we should consider carefully examining the safety of such products before they are marketed.

Perhaps in the future we will be less eager to ''fix'' women's appearance, and we will take more time to insure the safety of a product that is used to merely enhance Peter Kuper - INXwomen's physical appearance.

Or better yet, why don't we work at accepting women's bodies the way they are?J

Stephanie Oyen.


Mo, Curly and Larry in Detroit

Editor: I am writing this letter out of a sense of frustration. Over the course of several days I have read articles and listened to talk shows that refer to the ''Big Three'' auto makers as if they are three separate people named Mo, Curly and Larry. People seem to think that if something happens to these three people it will not affect them and if anything they would be glad to see them ''get theirs.''

People fail to realize that the ''Big Three'' are actually hundreds of thousands of people like themselves. They also fail to realize that if something happened to any or all of these three companies that they themselves could lose their jobs through the trickle-down effect.

It is not just the people who make the vehicles that would be affected, but it would also be the people who make the parts that go into these vehicles including the seats, batteries, lights, glass, paint and carpeting. It would be the people who supply the raw materials to these businesses to make the parts. It would include the thousands of people who make and form the steel and plastic body parts. It would be the trucking and rail industries that deliver the vehicles. It would be the salesmen and mechanics in the car dealerships.

It would include employees of the restaurants and stores that are located in the same towns as these factories.

You would also see a bigger cutback of the firemen, policemen, garbage men, clerks and school teachers whose towns and cities no longer have the tax base to employ them.

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