From: Bob Chance
Susquehannock Environmental Center
In the article "BFI Recycling contract offends," Harford County Sun, Feb. 23, the lead gives the appearance that the Susquehannock Environmental Center has deep resentment over the BFI contract.
This is not true. I was called for recycling prices, and mentioned that we, too, would like tobe compensated for our processing of solid waste. Then, when I read the article, the gist of it was that Susquehannock was offended.
This is a time of fundamental negotiations between haulers, governmentand recycling efforts as Harford implements new criteria to cope with the solid waste dilemma. This is not a time to distort or misrepresent sincere efforts as Susquehannock tries to continue to provide an essential alternative to Harford countians.
From: Leland C. Weldon
When are Marylanders going to wake up? In The Baltimore Sun's front-page article Feb. 24, the headline shouts "Raise Taxes."
In it, the pollsters claim that we, the voters, insist on highertaxes so that our precious government programs may be spared.
I'mnot sure who they polled, but it certainly wasn't anyone I know.
And if the cross-section of interviews published in the article is any indication, the poll's results should be regarded as suspect.
Among the people quoted, one is a public school teacher (read government employee), one is a lawyer handling government-subsidized legal aidcases, and two were retired, one on a military pension, and the other no doubt on social security.
Only one interview was included that felt that more cuts needed to be made, rather than increasing our tax burden.
What about those of us who aren't on the public payroll? What about those of us who are sick and tired of working nearly five months out of the year just to pay federal, state and local taxes?
What about those of us who have to balance our household budgets by "cutting programs" like buying a new car or taking a vacation? It would sure be nice if we could just stick our hands into someone else's pockets whenever we get into a jam.
Politicians, hear my words and tremble. We are mad as hell, and we're not going to take it any more.
This being an election year, you had better listen to your voters, and not your liberal mouthpiece on Calvert Street.
LEGALIZE SLOTS IN CLUBS
From: Blair E. Cross
It was with a great deal of interest that I read several times the article, "Repairs to van keep quadriplegic on the road to degree," Harford County Sun, Feb.2.
This article tells of nurse Marion Jackson, of Aberdeen, assisting Lance Sutton in transportation to classes where he is studying to be an accountant.
His van was in bad enough shape that he could no longer drive it, and he could not afford a new one. She finally obtained a grant from the Weinglass Foundation for the repairs and to fix the heat in the van.
We must admire these two people -- first, Jackson for her determination, and Boogie Weinglass for his generosity.
However, there is one point in the article I am also very interested in. It seems that before going to Weinglass' foundation, Jackson approached the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans.
The article states that this approach did not pan out although it does not state why.
Well, I can venture a guess as to why. The organizations in Harford County do not have the money to contribute to all of the charitable groups they would like to help.
The fund-raising capabilities of the clubs/organizations in Harford County are suffering due to the restricted means imposed on them by our past legislators as well as our current state's attorney.
The clubs have beentrying for years to be granted the same privilege as those on the Eastern Shore and to be allowed slot machines. As stated in a previous letter, the facts and figures speak for themselves. A sum of $2.3 million for charity has found its way to projects, some of them similar to the one discussed above.
It is also a matter of record in each Sheriff's Department where the machines are legal that there has beennot one case where organized gangsters have moved in to control them.
It is also a fact that not one club member has lost his paycheckor his family suffering from playing these machines.
I ask Cassilly and others: Can we say the same for Maryland Lottery? Or do we know how many have lost their life savings at the race tracks?
It is time to legalize slots in clubs in Harford County so we can have the money to donate to the numerous requests.
And knowing that if someone wants to gamble, they will. Let's keep the money in Harford County instead of chasing them to the Eastern Shore or, even more so, to Atlantic City.
Let's keep the money here where it can be put to good use, such as assisting someone like Lance Sutton.
IMPEACH KING WILSON
From: Frank W. Soltis
Every week you read about the financial crisis that our country and county are experiencing. Locally, County Executive Eileen Rehrmann has her hands full trying to reduce government costs.