This refers to your June 4 editorial regarding Mayor Schmoke's proposed lawsuit against the state of Maryland and to Del. Timothy Maloney's letter to the mayor.
In both, there were several references to possible future punitive actions by the legislators against the city in response to such a suit. The issues are, (1) does the charter of the State of Maryland mandate an equal education to all of its resident students, and (2) if so, which governmental body is responsible for guaranteeing funding for all such students?
You agree that Baltimore school children are not being treated fairly by the state. You know that the city repeats its story at every legislative session with varying results.
School funding should not be a political matter; stability and long-range planning are essential. The Linowes commission recommendations were ignored. City taxpayers, with the highest real estate tax rates in the state, are entitled to some relief rather than more taxes as proposed by Delegate Maloney.
My best wishes go to the mayor as he strives to attain a
long-range solution to this matter.
Ralph W. Miller
The European Community nations have essentially volunteered to reduce their greenhouse emissions. The United States reacted to this via a series of veiled threats to three EC nations, according to an article in the June 9 Washington Post.
It is my understanding that an agreement to keep greenhouse gases at the 1990 level by the year 2000 was scrapped in order to secure U.S. attendance at the Rio Earth Summit.
The difference between the U.S. and the EC is really a difference in transportation infrastructure. The EC nations can comply with these agreements because they have superb mass transit. It is my understanding that the United Kingdom has reduced its emissions 20 percent since 1980.
Conversely, the U.S. cannot possibly reduce its emissions because our transportation of choice is petroleum-consuming autos. Even though clean air legislation was enacted in the 1970s, it became superfluous because of the increasing numbers of cars and highways.
Small wonder that President Bush proposed post-Gulf War energy legislation that proposed little more than building more highways and drilling for Alaska oil. Maryland's proposed Department of Transportation expenditures (as revealed in The Sun June 6 ) are mostly for road projects.
The long-term effects of such energy policies will do as much harm economically as ecologically. I can foresee a day when highways and automobiles will be as obsolete as covered wagons.
Paul R. Schlitz, Jr.
Carl Rowan may be a good citizen, but he is also a naive one. In discussing the taxation of Social Security benefits (The Sun, June 15), he says that no one should mind receiving less because "You get a lot more than you put in."
A high-earning person who works all her life may get less than what she put in. This is because of the interest she forgoes during all of the years the money sits in the Social Security Trust, as well as the limits on monthly benefits.
Joel N. Morse
The writer is an associate professor of financial economics at the University of Baltimore.
A recent editorial encourages Baltimore County to increase its financial aid to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
I agree that the BSO is, indeed, a regional institution deserving support, both by attendance and through financial aid throughout the area.
However, in the critical financial times confronting local governments, it would appear much more important to extend funds to protect the employees of Baltimore County, rather than to bring back the music from next door.
Recently, thousands of employees of Baltimore County were notified that their personal and family health insurance coverage costs would be greatly increased. This puts additional burdens on dedicated public employees who have not even received a pay raise or a cost-of-living adjustment for more than two years.
In these chaotic financial times, one would think that your editorials would be encouraging Baltimore County government to assist its employees, at least in the area of their health insurance, rather than calling upon Baltimore County taxpayers to finance the music coming from the city.
News and Opinion
I want The Sun (which is my paper as much as it is yours -- think about it) to be the best newspaper it can be.
In the past, I have never thoughtthat The Sun might actually be intentionally slanting the news. However, as I look at the front page for Sunday, June 7, I see an article whose first paragraph reads: "Beneath all the legends, all the billions and all the Texas twang of Ross Perot is the heart and soul of a master salesman."
You have put this forward as a news article, people. How can you claim to know the heart and soul of Ross Perot, not as a matter of opinion but as a matter of fact?