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July 10, 1992

City, county shouldn't fight each other

Two industries in this area -- General Motors in Baltimore City and Bethlehem Steel in Baltimore County -- are locked in a trade war with overseas companies that are allegedly dumping government-subsidized products in America.

Newspaper accounts indicate that a feeding frenzy is occurring in Washington, where law firms and lobbyists are scrambling to represent 21 foreign governments and 47 foreign steel producers in a case filed July 1 with the Department of Commerce.

General Motors recently lost its case before the International Trade Commission when the commission ruled that the American car maker was not harmed by the dumping of subsidized Japanese mini-vans in the United States. (General Motors builds vans here in Baltimore at its Broening Highway facility).

All this goes on while Baltimore City and Baltimore County wage war against one another for the relocation of the Health Care Financing Administration, which is currently located in Woodlawn.

Why are two neighboring jurisdictions, whose employees all are local residents and contribute to the same state tax coffers, spending tax money to fight over a federal facility while foreign governments spend money to fight American industry?

I think it is about time that local businesses, whose order books may be affected dramatically by the loss of industries the size of General Motors or Bethlehem Steel, lodge a protest with the mayor and county executive, pointing out that pirating a sister jurisdiction's employers is counter-productive.

If money is to be spent to encourage economic growth, we better begin by defending our manufacturing base in metropolitan Baltimore.

Patricia A. Winter

Dundalk

The writer is executive director of Eastern Baltimore Area Chamber of Commerce.

Anti-stalking laws

The Associated Press article entitled "Anti-stalking laws among hundreds taking effect around the nation," which appeared in your paper on June 29, touts California as the pioneering state in legislation of this type. Citing 1990 as the year of origin, the news agency is deficient by several years.

In the early 1980s, I was involved in a case in the Hampden area of Baltimore City involving a person who was harassing numerous residents in the community.

He was careful not to cross the limits of existing criminal law, thus avoiding successful prosecution for his actions. It was clear that no legal means existed to protect the persons whom he harassed.

To address this deficiency, I worked together with Del. James W. Campbell and the result was a proposal to amend Article 27, Section 121, of the Maryland Code to include "harassment."

The first two attempts to pass the bill failed. The third attempt bTC featured amendments to the bill which included "following a person in and about a public place." Del. Campbell and I researched, amended and developed the strategy for presentation. It passed and was signed into law on May 27, 1986.

The state of Maryland, city of Baltimore and its police department can take great pride in being on the pioneering edge of protection of individual rights to peaceful existence without disruption. The Associated Press article is just a few years late.

Michael H. Waudby

Baltimore

The writer is a lieutenant with the Baltimore City Police Department.

Conservative court

The decision handed down by the Supreme Court in Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Robert Casey is simply a continuation of the 1989 Webster decision. The court will stay this course of narrowing the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision while stating, as did Chief Justice William Rehnquist in Webster, that "we leave it [Roe] undisturbed." Those who have read Roe know that this assertion rings hollow.

As undecided voters consider the choice they must make in November, I hope that they will remember that perhaps the most significant and long-lasting legacies left to the next generation of Americans by the Reagan and Bush administrations is a Supreme Court far more conservative than mainstream America.

We cannot afford another conservative Republican appointee on the Supreme Court.

Heather J. Kelly

Towson

Changing Congress

Many Americans are unhappy with Washington bureaucrats and desire change. A solution is improving voter turnout. It will make a difference.

The priority is replacing incumbent congressional Democrats with Republicans. A bipartisan Congress will result in a team effort and cooperation with the Bush administration approving important legislation in the best interests of our people.

Bill Arwady

Baltimore

Abortion law

Wiley Hall's June 30 column failed to persuade that "Abortion limits demean women."

The 27-year-old woman he cites as an example would not be prevented from having an abortion under the new Pennsylvania law, which requires an explanation of the medical procedure and a 24-hour waiting period.

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