Pert again?After calling it quits a few months ago, Ross...

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October 09, 1992

Pert again?

After calling it quits a few months ago, Ross Perot has announced to the media his renewed candidacy for the presidency.

Now, I don't see the point. It's true Perot had a certain magic when he first almost entered the presidential race. The media wouldn't touch him, and he had a groundswell of support.

After he has alienated his campaigners, many voters will now have a shadow of doubt in their minds. The reason for his withdrawal was he would shake up the vote. He felt the country would be better served if he wasn't in the race.

Why enter now when all he could possibly do is shake up the

vote and be a spoiler?

My feelings are that the American public is growing weary of the on-again, off-again Perot.

atthew Smardon

Baltimore

Taxes are not the only way to raise money

We were just given an impressive tax hike supposedly to forestall severe cuts in state personnel and services. Now further taxes and cuts in state services are being sought.

The recently imposed taxes could have been sufficient if the state were not spending our tax dollars recklessly.

It seems that the state has embarked on a propaganda campaign to scare the taxpayers into accepting further taxes. As Josef Goebbels, the propaganda minister for the Third Reich, once said, "The bigger the lie, the more it is believed."

We went from a prosperous state to a pauper state in no time, even though we had approximately a half-billion-dollar surplus not too long ago. The state can easily offset the need for tax raises by selling off some of its vast holdings. Yet it still wishes to accumulate more.

For example, it recently revealed it wants to acquire the existing emissions control stations and even build more. The way the state entered into a contract for the emissions control stations was a very questionable deal. A California company was awarded the contract without competition, despite the fact that several local firms were fully qualified to perform the service.

The taxpayers of Maryland should band together and vote out of office any legislator who does not oppose tax increases. They also should pressure their county executives and the Baltimore City mayor to fight for restoration of funds cut by the state.

If our governor were any good he would explore means of avoiding tax increases and cuts in services by having some of the state's holdings offered for public sale.

If this were done (it is perfectly legal), the taxpayers could coast instead of being burdened with extra taxes and loss of services from state agencies.

We must assert ourselves instead of being hammered unduly with unnecessary taxes or cuts in state aid.

Joseph D'Arrigo

Baltimore

Another Horton

The floundering Bush campaign is desperately trying to find another "Willie Horton" type villain to use against the Democratic candidate.

So far, President Bush has tried to make Congress the villain and Dan Quayle has offered up "Murphy Brown," the television industry and the Hollywood elite. But, their hard sells have just not struck a chord with the electorate.

Alas, however, enter Hillary Clinton. Mrs. Clinton is an attorney who happens to have served on the Board of Directors of the Children's Defense Fund.

By coincidence, the Children's Defense Fund is probably among the 18 organizations that fought the good fight in Florida on behalf of Gregory K.

That young man had the audacity to want to be adopted into a real family rather than remain in "foster care," where he can be relocated at any time, without his permission or input, by the state government or even by his abusive parents.

In his own inimitable and "logical" way, George Bush recently seized upon this court ruling, saying of Hillary Clinton and other "advocates of the liberal agenda" that "they even encourage kids to hire lawyers and haul their parents into court. And I believe kids need mothers and fathers, not 'big brother' bureaucracy."

Never mind that Mr. Bush has ignored totally the facts of the case and the deplorable, negligent and uncaring behavior of the parents and the state, God bless his little heart. He thinks he just might have another "Willie Horton."

rwin H. Desser

Baltimore

Killing words

The policies of commercial TV stations to accommodate programs to viewers who object to foul language is a joke.

The movie "Call Me," for example, depicted a vengeful murder. A man's throat was slit, bleeding graphically. Then, with the helpless victim dying on the ground, the killer pressed a foot against the split windpipe, crushing it. The dead man gurgled a ** groan.

Afterward, while attempting to kill two other people, the murderer uttered a not quite inaudible "s--t."

The criterion seems to be: Kick it out of somebody, bash it out, etc. -- but just don't say it.

D. Reese

Baltimore

Cutting costs

My daughter and I had to leave the hospital within 24 hours of the birth in July because I was told my insurance company was trying to curtail costs.

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