No Cheers Here
Editor: We take exception to your comment in the Jan. 29 editorial that everyone should at least approve of the $500 deduction per child that President Bush presented in his speech the previous day.
Our president is apparently now a true believer in the voodoo economics practiced by President Reagan: If you give the rich enough money, some will trickle down, although it has never happened.
The $500 deduction per child will save a family with one child $75 in the 15-percent bracket, $140 in the 28-percent bracket and $155 in the 31-percent bracket per year. As usual, the rich get richer and the poor and middle-income people get less. This will help any family or stimulate the economy?
The president's ''pay less weekly'' proposal will save $154 for those in the 15-percent bracket, $289 for the 28-percent bracket and $287 for the 31-percent bracket. I hope people realize that they still have to pay their taxes April of '93 and perhaps even a penality.
The $5,000 deduction for first-time home buyers will save $750 for those in the 15-percent bracket, $1,400 for the 28-percent bracket and $1,550 for the 31-percent bracket.
We wonder how many young average-income people have $10,000 IRAs and are buying their first homes.
We also hope the people without health insurance can afford to buy it and that their tax credit will not be based on a percentage of those earnings.
This kind of thinking by the Republicans has been going on for 12 years and has put the poor and the middle class in the straits they are in today.
We hope all people, instead of just the rich, will vote self-interest issues instead of nonsense issues next November and put this
country on a stable economic track.
Joan and Bill Roemer.
Editor: We love children, but are discouraged by the example set by your coverage of Maryland's first baby of 1992.
This baby was born to a 25-year-old, divorced, unemployed mother of four. Knowing no more than what was presented in the article, we wonder what kind of life this baby will have, born into a home of such unstable conditions.
Babies need stability, planning and personal resources. With the increasing state deficit and increasing rates of child abuse and neglect, the state could greatly benefit from far better access to, and promotion of, family planning.
Deirdre M. Smith.
Douglas G. Carroll.
Life and Football
Editor: I am not a football fan. So call me un-American. It really shows where this country's priorities are, though, when one compares the hoopla surrounding the Super Bowl with the apathy when Election Day rolls around.
I'd like to see businesses close early during Election Day to give their ''associates'' time to vote. The outcome of football games doesn't affect our lives one bit. We can see what happens to our country when we participate (or do not) in the election of leaders and representatives.
Imagine how politics -- and therefore our lives -- would change if the media created the same kind of excitement over elections that football PR does.
editor: In response to the letter from the biker who says helmets cannot withstand impacts over 15 mph:
I have been racing cars for eight years. In that time, I never once considered driving without a helmet.
Only an idiot would risk taking a rock in the mouth at 60 mph. Even a flying insect could put out an eye at highway speed. the point of wearing a helmet is to protect your head, not your ego.
This biker should watch some footage of Indy car crashes.
Maybe he would like to tell Pancho Carter that his helmet did not save his life when his car flipped over and slid for several hundred feet with his head wedged between the car and the ground.
The 200-mph slide ground most of the way through the top of the helmet, but the driver survived.
Editor: It never ceases to amaze me how certain candidates and their ideas are effectively ignored in the mainstream news media, while other candidates, issues and topics are chosen for in-depth coverage.
Case in point, the media, though not a vote has been cast, have declared the candidacies of Jerry Brown, Larry Agran and Sen. Tom Harkin irrelevant. In the meantime Bill Clinton was all but nominated by the press as the Democratic candidate and then trashed because of allegations about his private life by a supermarket tabloid.
The point is that Brown, Agran, Harkin all legitimate candidates -- should have their ideas aired and discussed by a wide spectrum of political analysts, and this should be done through public funding.
The issues are urgent. People are without jobs, without homes, without health care and George Bush offers warmed-over Reaganomics as a solution.