Rezoning opposedRegarding the Oct. 19 article, "Shopping...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

October 28, 1992

Rezoning opposed

Regarding the Oct. 19 article, "Shopping center's neighbors are finally getting out," a majority of the homeowners in the Wayside community are outraged.

Contrary to the statement concerning the two homeowners on Deneison Street declining to join the rezoning effort, they are in fact opposed to the change and personally met Councilman Douglas B. Riley during the on-site inspection.

The majority of the homeowners on Main Boulevard remain opposed to the rezoning and are very unhappy that the domino effect is continuing.

Carl Lambert let it be known that he was confident that the zoning change would go through after helping Councilman Riley in his election.

Our once quiet, tranquil neighborhood is over-commercialized, and we feel more of the same is unjust.

It looks like the majority no longer rules.

Beth Murdock

Timonium

Adoption

I am writing to respond to Frances Trimble's interview (Q&A, Oct. 13), especially her comments regarding adoption.

While an adoption plan may not be the solution for every woman facing an unplanned pregnancy, it is a decision that can be a positive experience for her and can help eliminate the need for abortion in our society.

The woman who lovingly and courageously makes an adoption plan for her child through open adoption can have the security of knowing her child is loved and cared for by adoptive parents she has met and chosen, and need not "wonder all her life what has happened to her child."

Mrs. Trimble's assertion that adoptive children don't always develop into adequate human beings is demeaning to anyone who is adopted or has adopted.

In February, my wife and I adopted a child through an open adoption. We know first hand the joys of caring for our daughter and meeting her birth mother.

We know, too, that there will be a day when our daughter will wonder why she was adopted, and we and her birth mother hope to have answers for her.

Birth mothers do not "abandon" their children as Mrs. Trimble suggests; they decide after much soul-searching to place their child for adoption as a way to offer that child a home that they can not provide.

Far from abandoning a child, it is an act of love that we believe our daughter will come to understand and appreciate.

Jeff Trice

Easton

Olesker, Too

Gov. Bill Clinton and President Bush have finally caused something noteworthy to happen in the course of this presidential campaign.

They have duped Michael Olesker, a cornerstone commentator for The Sun, into confessing that his own judgmental ability is weak and that his character is also suspect.

As he tells us in his Oct. 11 column, he was "there" in London's Grosvenor Square with Bill Clinton demonstrating against the United States' involvement in the Vietnam war. Shame, shame on Michael Olesker and Bill Clinton.

Admittedly, this was a time of confusion for many Americans young and old. But most, who had the sound character and trustworthy traits that this country was built upon, did not stray to some foreign land to avoid the draft or participate in demonstrations that could only serve to discredit our country.

No, most Americans were here. They stayed and did what they had pledged to do, they showed their allegiance to the United States of America by being here, not "there."

They supported our country and spurned those who would cower and leave our shores. They made themselves available to go into service if called upon, and if they did not agree with government policies, they supported congressmen who would make the changes they wanted.

Michael Olesker and Bill Clinton should both know that this is the American way, and that we need to have commentators and leaders we can trust, whom we can count on being here, not "there," when we need them the most.

Jerry Stockdale

Cockeysville

Crisis of a Nation and People in Debt

The debates are over, and an issue which has not been addressed is the family and personal debt of our nation, which now amounts to $1 trillion. Of this debt, $250 billion is credit card debt and the remaining $750 billion consists of mortgages, auto loans and personal loans.

As long as people are deep in debt, they cannot buy. If there is no demand, then there will be no jobs. Jobs are based on demand, and Bill Clinton's claim of producing 8 million jobs is a myth unless he is going to plunge the nation into a deeper deficit.

Too many young couples are over their heads in debt -- home mortgages, car loans and credit card debt. Every dollar that comes in goes out in payments for all these loans, and sometimes there is not enough for food and other essentials.

Parents in the past generation have given too much to their children -- personal TV, stereo, private phone, aquarium, car at 16. Then when the young people get married, they expect to live on the high standard of living they have become accustomed to.

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