Convert MVA into private company
The Motor Vehicle Administration is an example of state government at its worst. Its inexcusable mistakes in documents, incorrect notices, ever higher fees for rudeness and terrible service to the public are well known.
It is obvious that the MVA is hopelessly out of control, incapable of performing the necessary level of public service and beyond repair as a state agency.
I recommend that the MVA be eliminated as a state agency and its function be taken over by private industry. This can be done by putting the entire operation out for bid to major private insurance companies such as Allstate, State Farm, Nationwide Insurance, etc.
An alternative is to break up the agency by functions such as tag renewals, new titles, driver's licenses, etc., and let a different private insurance company administer each function.
Transfer of the MVA functions to a private insurance agency is the only way to eliminate the gross inefficiency that now exists. Within a few years of operation by private industry, the MVA should evolve from the horrible monster it now is to an efficient operation that would no longer disgrace the state of Maryland.
Richard R. Byard
Cut politicians' pay
Cut the budget! Raise the taxes! That's all we hear about. Those who really work for their money are being laid off, losing jobs, being cut back, giving up more and more, their lifestyles are drastically changed, etc., etc.
None of these things are happening to the politicians, who come from the segments of society that are the least productive, and who do not earn the money they receive.
Bear in mind that a majority of those in our legislature are attorneys, real estate agents, insurance agents, business owners, etc. I would like to see the wages of all the politicians in Maryland cut in half and the money put back in the general fund. Also, the politicians should not be allowed to donate their cut to charity for a personal tax break.
Next, eliminate many of the jobs that were created by those in the political office for their buddies.
Those who should be paid unlimited wages are paramedics, ambulance drivers, police, firemen and trash collectors. These are the people who are really working for the welfare and well-being of society. Let's start taking back the unearned money given to politicians.
Alfreda H. Kiessling
Pick it up
Go outside and look at a major road or highway. It is almost impossible not to see trash. Too many people think, "It's not my fault. Why should I care? Oh well, what's the harm if I just drop an aluminum can or two?"
If everyone in Maryland dropped just one aluminum can, there would be more than 6 million cans on the ground. I suggest that we realize how much trash we are creating, and start picking up after ourselves.
The writer is a fifth-grader at Pot Spring Elementary School, whose class submitted several letters addressing environmental problems.
Business as usual?
When queried about Ross Perot's qualifications for the presidency a number of political analysts have responded that they felt he would not have the diplomacy and tact required -- that he is in fact not a politician but a businessman.
Since it would appear that our socalled qualified "politicians" have managed to sink the richest nation into a quagmire of dept, why not try a businessman? Who knows, the county might show a profit for a change.
Here's to twang
Recently, I called a WPOC deejay and requested a song by Loretta Lynn, only to learn that the deejays aren't permitted to play this country music superstar's songs.
I then wrote a letter to Robert Moody, program director, and my last line read, "Is there anything I can say to persuade you to allow your deejays to play Loretta's music?" I received a shocking reply -- an emphatic NO!
It seems this man feels Loretta Lynn is not in style these days. The twangy sound of her day doesn't measure up to today's standards. He goes on to say that her earlier hits "have not stood the test of time very well" and "her music is no longer in great demand."
I disagree. This Country Music Hall of Famer, along with other greats such as Buck Owens, George Jones, Ray Price, Tammy Wynette and Merle Haggard, helped make country music's popularity grow from the 1960s to what it is today.
If "twangy" is out, why does WPOC play songs by John Anderson, Hank Williams, Jr., Patty Loveless and Lacy J. Dalton, all of whom have a similar sound? There is a large segment of listeners who would appreciate hearing Jim Reeves, Lynn Anderson, Kitty Wells, Sonny James, Johnny Cash and Loretta Lynn once in a while.
What was good about having two country music stations in this town, when we used to have WCAO, was the ability to have a choice. Unlike WPOC, WCAO used to play the golden oldies along with the music of the young, contemporary artists.