Children not society's most precious assetWhat is our most...

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September 30, 1992

Children not society's most precious asset

What is our most precious asset? Most people would give the textbook answer: "Our children." But don't you believe it.

Do your paramedics have training in pediatric care? Are your childrens' school buses equipped with seat belts? Why are are the most violent shows on TV cartoons?

Summer films feature machine-gunning, car-bombing, human meltdowns, sordid Arnold exposing "family values" by killing policemen and so on. Children must be supporting these films since they are money-makers.

So what is really our most precious asset?

Money -- with "fun" running a close second.

Charles Johnston


Reform OSHA

Secretary of Labor Lynn Martin's visit to Arkansas concerning workplace safety and health should focus attention on the deficiencies of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the need for reform.

OSHA enforcement in Arkansas is the responsibility of the U.S. government under the direction of Secretary Martin. Injury and fatality rates are high in Arkansas -- but the state has suffered through 12 years of Reagan-Bush neglect. Too many workers are dying or maimed while enforcement remains lax.

At current rates, it would take the 13 OSHA inspectors assigned to Arkansas 61 years to visit each workplace just once.

Secretary Martin and OSHA could do the workers of Arkansas and all other states a great service by getting behind the congressional movement for workplace safety and health committees.

If such a committee had been in place in Hamlet, N.C., 25 people would be alive today because workers there never would have allowed the plant doors to remain locked.

Ernest R. Grecco


The writer is president of the Metropolitan Baltimore Council of AFL-CIO Unions.

Democrats' promise of change rings hollow

On numerous occasions Gov. Bill Clinton has admonished George Bush for breaking his promise not to raise taxes, causing the recession. Why does anyone believe that Mr. Clinton's proposal to raise $200 billion more in taxes will lead us out of the recession?

The Democrats would have us believe that Mr. Clinton's draft record is unimportant. Yet in the last election they made Vice President Dan Quayle's National Guard service a major issue.

We are told that Bill Clinton's alleged marital infidelity is his personal business and shouldn't affect our voting decision. At the same time the Democrats and the liberal media blast the president about allegations of wrongdoing in the Iran-contra affair.

Bill Clinton says the president has no plan to bolster the economy. The truth is, his plan has been submitted to Congress, which refuses to act on it.

Bill Clinton says the president has no national health care program. The Bush plan would protect the individual's choice of doctor and hospital and deduct the cost on the tax return.

And speaking of choice, Mr. Clinton is in favor of a woman's right to choose abortion but would refuse the right to choose the doctor who would perform it.

Mr. Clinton would have us believe he is for traditional family values. Yet he would legitimize homosexual marriages.

Mr. Clinton claims the president's policies have ruined the economy. In 1981, when Ronald Reagan took office, interest rates were 21.5 percent.

Today unemployment stands at 7.8 percent and inflation is running 3 percent. The economy is sluggish but is growing at a rate of 1.5 percent annually.

The Democrats say we need change. I agree, but change for the better. Let's elect more Republicans to Congress so the president's programs will be passed.

Let's protect the one voice against more government intrusion in our lives and more expensive government-mandated social programs. Vote the Bush-Quayle ticket and protect our future prosperity as a nation.

Bill Clinton is promising everything to everyone. This should raise suspicion. George Bush is promising to stay the course and reinstitute the policies that Congress repealed, such as the capital gains reduction, deductions for credit-card interest, health care costs, school tuition and closing costs for first-time home buyers.

These are the tools we need to revitalize the economy, not a bunch of expensive, restrictive government programs.

Robert G. Wienholt

Bel Air


Voters should bear in mind this year that a vote for the Democratic ticket is a vote to increase the size and number of government programs, increase the cost of U.S.-made products, devalue the dollar world-wide and increase tariff and trade regulations.

It is also a vote to maintain unlimited terms for legislators, reduce military spending at a time before Russia achieves stability, ignore much-needed tort law reforms in Congress and revert to social-engineering by special favors in the tax laws.

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