CrybabyI was appalled to read Gov. William Donald Schaefer...


July 20, 1992


I was appalled to read Gov. William Donald Schaefer using a gag order to stop state employees from talking to the media.

What happened to our Constitution, freedom of speech, freedom of the press and so on?

Does Governor Schaefer feel he is above the law or our Constitution?

I know he is a crybaby but this seems to be unlawful. What is he doing that he would not want the people to know?

Ann Somer


Talking Aloud

It has been said -- and I believe it -- that big government is never so big as when big conservatives run it. The past 11 1/2

years have provided a strong base for that premise.

We have seen three Republican administrations take the United States treasury hostage with the result that Congress appears to be suffering from the Stockholm syndrome.

You can just hear the buzz in the cloakroom, "Maybe those fellows are right. Gosh, I guess we really can't afford a decent society. I guess we really can't do a thing about the 20 percent of kids who are growing up in poverty, or about 40 million Americans who can't afford medical care. After all, medical care has become an enormous corporate enterprise and corporations need their profits, don't they?

"It isn't our fault edical care takes 12 to 14 percent of the gross national product, much of it by fraud and chicanery. It isn't our fault corporations move their manufacturing plants to Mexico or Asia and set up slave labor camps. And it isn't our fault that Americans who are economically displaced by this disappearance of work are allowed to roam the streets homeless along with the mad and the alcoholic.

"Is it our fault that veterans, even veterans of that highly touted desert war, are abandoned, that cities are tragedies in the making, that bridges, buildings, monuments are decaying?

"And is it our fault Bushwhackers are making inroads on the Constitution? Maybe we really do have too many rights, too much freedom."

Is that how it goes?

And do the members of Congress believe that George Bush's smarmy "thousand points of light" will ever begin to make up for his million points of flight? For the Republican abandonment and neglect of the citizens and the institutions of the Republic? Do you believe it?

Beverly Williams


Pressed Ham

Roger Simon, a delightful writer, was a bit off the mark in his July 6 commentary on last year's Tailhook convention when he described naval aviators "throwing a pressed ham through a window onto the crowd below." But then, anyone might have been misled by some of the jargon those aviators use.

The "pressed ham" that broke the window was not the kind you serve with beaten biscuits. It belonged to several women who, in an age-old rite, were "mooning" the crowd on the patio below by "pressing" their unclad derrieres -- alas, a bit too enthusiastically -- against the window; it broke, and the shattered glass cascaded down.

I must confess that, although I attended the convention, I was not an eyewitness. At the time, you see, I was having dinner in another part of the hotel. That's my story and I'm sticking with it.

Brendan Greeley Jr.


Gas Guzzler Puzzle

Your July 4 editorial, "Guzzling Power, Not Fuel," is perplexing and predicated upon an unproven assumption that you can reduce automobile pollution by increasing miles per gallon.

If the issue is conservation then your conclusion has merit. But to the best of my knowledge, there is no scientific evidence that unequivocally supports a direct casual link between increased mileage and decreased air pollution.

In fact, the sponsors of the legislation offered no substantiated evidence in support of such a correlation when the bill was rejected in committee on its merits. As you know, Prince George's and Montgomery counties are the main beneficiaries of this "gas-guzzler" tax, thus introducing the issue of fairness. Why should motorists from Maryland's other 21 counties pay for Prince George's and Montgomery's obligations to metro transit?

Furthermore, you praise Attorney General J. Joseph Curran for going to the mat with Washington about legislating fuel economy standards. You suggest it's a better idea for states to set their own standards, thus creating the potential spectacle of 49 other scenarios similar to Maryland's in which the "'primary purpose"' of each revenue-hungry state would be to set a separate and probably ever-escalating mileage standard to help meet its revenue needs.

In my judgment, this is a formula for economic chaos without a proven pollution reduction benefit.

Alan Abramson


Which Future?

KAL's rocket cartoon (July 12) cleverly reveals the threat of overpopulation. For those who are complacent about this danger, consider two scenarios for our world: one with double the present population; another with only half of today's people.

In which would you and your children prefer to live?

Charles E. Poyer, Jr.


Fears for Douglass High School

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