There is a serious problem in this country with mistrust of our elected officials. Having lost touch with real life, many don't see beyond their next re-election -- and we're eager to get them out of office.
But term limitation is not the answer. This strategy would not only remove good, experienced legislators from public service, it would also eliminate our power to choose. It would be admitting that we, the people, don't have the sense to vote against a candidate we don't like.
Of course, that leaves the question of whom to vote for instead. It's unfortunate that money often wins elections; getting a candidate's name, face and ideas out to the voters is both crucial and expensive.
Since incumbents have the advantages of name recognition, access to voters and party support and funds, our interests would be much better served by limiting the amount of money candidates can spend on elections, not how many terms they can serve.
Setting limits on campaign spending will give challengers more of a chance to bring their message to the public. And with a real choice in the voting booth we all win.
Marion S. Snyderman
Working for Taxes
Front page: "Md. House panel OKs half billion in tax increases." That it happened does not surprise me. It seems that Gov. William Donald Schaefer and his colleagues enjoy nothing more than spending the working people's money, and I am getting sick of it.
A 50 percent piggyback tax is ludicrous, and 60 percent is just ridiculous. But Mr. Schaefer and his cohorts don't care, they are independently wealthy or close to it, and so are most of the tax-loving media who cry so much about the poor and downtrodden.
If they keep this up, everybody will be poor and downtrodden, except for government leaders, lobbyists and the liberal media. Actually, I believe that is what they want, just create a feudal state where they can look down from their perches of power and privilege and marvel at how equally poor the serfs are, then drive off in their limos.
Oh, by the way, do state limos fall under the gas guzzler tax?
Do you ever wonder how this country got along all these years without the tax-expanding, bureaucracy-laden programs? Without them, we were the most upwardly mobile, technologically advanced and richest country in the world. Now we are trillions of dollars in debt, losing thousands of jobs a day and have high school students who cannot add or subtract, much less do trigonometry or calculus.
Hard work, not social programs will get you ahead. We need to wake up or the power hungry and the do-gooders will make sure you can't move upward.
I need to get to work now so I can pay my "fair" share of taxes. I hope this letter will open someone's eyes to what is really happening in this country before it is too late.
Why UMAB Did What It Did
In response to the recent letters in The Sun, I am writing to clarify the decision to close the schools and non-essential services at the University of Maryland at Baltimore on the Orioles opening day, April 6.
First, for anyone needing health care services, the University of Maryland Medical System, the hospital, shock trauma and all essential health and medical services will remain open and will function on April 6.
Our decision to close the non-essential services of UMAB came after months of discussion and planning. To ensure access to the health care services on campus, the president's cabinet consisting of deans and vice presidents decided that UMAB should help decompress the traffic so that vital health care activities can function with minimal disruption.
As for stadium parking, some limited parking will be available on campus on opening day and throughout the season. However, this parking will be made available only after we satisfy the needs of our medical system patients, patient visitors, students, faculty and staff of the university and medical system.
April 6 will be an unprecedented event -- not just the opening of the baseball season, but the christening of a new state landmark. Thousands of people will travel throughout our neighborhood for the first time.
Our responsibility is to assist the city, state, and stadium during this celebration, while ensuring that our health care facilities remain accessible to those who need them. We believe we made the responsible decision.
Errol L. Reese
The writer is president of UMAB.
Girls Can Do Science and Engineering
Most of the evidence we have about women's progress, or lack of, is anecdotal and skewed by the population making the observations. Among my male colleagues, there are many fathers proud of daughters studying science. But almost every female engineer or scientist I know has a story about parents or teachers who didn't believe that a woman's place is in the lab.