Crime-fighters or tax agents in blue?
Among Maryland's major problems, serious crimes and budget woes are at the forefront. However, it is quite evident that law enforcement concentrates its efforts on revenue enhancements (namely moving traffic violations) more than pursuing the real criminal element.
We need cops to thwart the invasion of felonious activities prevalent in Maryland. While enforcement on our roads is important, it should be for the sake of safety, not money. It is unlikely that coincidence was the case when our traffic court docket rose dramatically after the state went public with major fiscal shortfalls.
At a time when a policeman's credibility is sometimes viewed as doubtful, the public must contest these bogus citations in court. These revenue enhancements are nothing more than another tax in disguise.
As a Republican who is less than enthralled with President Bush, but who will, nonetheless, vote for his re-election, I am amazed and bemused at the Democratic choice of presidential candidates.
Included are Hillary Clinton's husband, who would prove to be a better used-car salesman, and the erstwhile flower child Jerry Brown, who would be better suited staffing a psychic connection "900" number then his political "800" line, and lastly Paul Tsongas, who is credible and bright but not "media" compatible for the long haul.
Republicans need not have to focus completely on winning presidential elections when Democrats quadrennially court disaster with political gadflies. At this juncture it's George Bush's election to lose.
Joseph L. Bishop
Isn't it great for Maryland to be getting all of this national attention regarding our new stadium? Once again our great governor has completed a major undertaking despite significant negative criticism from the nay-sayers.
All people attending Orioles games this year should reflect that if it was not for one man, Gov. William Donald Schaefer, they LTC would not be in that beautiful park.
This herculean effort by the governor and his team significantly increased development opportunity in this once blighted area. New businesses will be attracted to Baltimore City and there will be a new pride all over our state because of this accomplishment. Businesses in the vicinity of Camden Yards and Harborplace will have tremendous economic opportunity.
We should all be extremely proud of Maryland and of the significant contributions by Governor Schaefer. His optimism and enthusiasm will lift our state out of its current economic condition. All of us should give him the positive support he has earned.
J. P. Blase Cooke
We, the people
Perhaps the state legislature should be comprised of 188 randomly selected citizens representing Baltimore City and all the counties in Maryland.
Similar to jury duty, citizens would be asked to serve their state government for 90 days with a stipend for food, transportation and discount lodging. Those who could not serve would be excused within specific guidelines.
Men and women would equally work together to balance the budget for the state. Political opportunism and horse-trading antics would be eliminated. Members of the Budget and Taxation Committee would be comprised of ordinary people with various backgrounds and levels of education working together to form a consensus for the benefit of Maryland's citizens.
This inventive "no nonsense" Assembly would save the Maryland taxpayers several million dollars. It would inspire a new level of commitment and dedication to the process in serving the people of Maryland.
OT for Assembly?
I would like an answer to a very simple question: How is it that there is no money in the budget for police and fire protection, building and maintenance fees for schools or for teacher salaries, but there is additional money available for the legislators to agree on a reasonable budget?
These persons were given 90 days to come to terms on a workable budget. They were unable to do this. Why then should they have been paid "overtime" when teachers, police officers and firemen cannot be paid for the regular hours they work?
Businesses do not get paid when they fail to meet their deadlines. Should we not expect the same from our legislators? Perhaps we should begin running our government more like a business in order to keep our budget under control.
Moratorium may save a Pulaski repeat
When The Baltimore Sun says that the incinerator moratorium I introduced into the City Council limits the city's waste disposal options, the paper is absolutely correct. When it says the moratorium does so unnecessarily, however, the paper is dead wrong. Indeed, by building polluting, expensive and decidedly unnecessary new incinerators, the city will limit its options much more severely than with my five-year moratorium.