Recall SchaeferAfter the latest political theatrics on the...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

November 13, 1992

Recall Schaefer

After the latest political theatrics on the part of our governor I finally (and belatedly) have reached my saturation point. It is a total embarrassment to have William Donald Schaefer as the governor of my state.

First, Mr. Schaefer was less than candid with the citizens of Maryland during his re-election campaign, since it was revealed shortly thereafter that we faced severe budgetary problems (as Mr. Schaefer denied during the campaign).

Upon becoming governor, I might add, Mr. Schaefer inherited a budgetary surplus ranked as one of the best in the nation.

Secondly, he went on to mismanage and overspend this state into a terrible crisis that has taken its toll on all of us in increased taxes and budget cuts, especially in education.

Meanwhile the governor's attitude and demeanor have been cavalier and pompous -- as if he had nothing at all to do with the financial crisis and it was all our fault.

Finally, his conduct as a leader has been ludicrous, from insulting good citizens of our Eastern Shore to fleeing the state in order to endorse George Bush for re-election.

Is there anybody else out there who feels that two more years of Mr. Schaefer as governor are two years too many?

In the business world, chief executives are held accountable for their actions and performance. Mr. Schaefer has failed the citizens of Maryland miserably on both counts. More importantly, he has broken the public trust we placed in him.

It is time for us to take back our state and hold Mr. Schaefer accountable for his outrageous conduct and unacceptable performance.

I propose starting a movement to recall the governor. I would be willing to organize and lead such a campaign. I welcome the support for such a movement that I know is out there.

Jay McCabe

Cockeysville

Little House Books

The article (Oct. 30) concerning the contribution Rose Wilder Lane made to the classic Little House books of her mother, Laura Ingalls Wilder, no doubt caused shock, disappointment and considerable discussion in homes, libraries, and classrooms where these books have been enjoyed for the past 60 years.

While I would not refute the basic fact of Mrs. Lane's skilled editorial assistance on Mrs. Wilder's manuscripts, I must agree with Wilder authority William Anderson's comment that 80 to 90 is too high a percentage to place on Rose's contribution.

Let me offer a different angle from which to view the Wilder-Lane collaboration.

Do not mourn the fact that a then-famous author-daughter helped her mother record the stories of her childhood and early marriage.

Instead, rejoice that this extremely talented mother-daughter team produced such a superb saga about the American pioneer experience of the late 19th century.

Anne Weller Dahl

Baltimore

Smug Reporting

Every Tuesday I look forward to the "To Your Health" section. However, I was disappointed in the tone of the two articles on the Adult-Child Movement that appeared recently.

The headline on page 4 ("What an idea: take charge of your life") was most revealing of the sarcastic and condescending bent that the articles took.

There must be a way to take issue with therapists who might encourage their clients to stay "victims," or with the commercialization of the "recovery" industry, or even with those "adult-children" who would rather stick with blaming rather than growing, without belittling the courage that it takes to face a painful childhood and move on.

This type of smug "reporting" -- that stresses the self-absorption, without also mentioning the bravery and the strength, of those who examine their pasts -- can be interpreted as the same kind of denial and ridicule that keeps victims of abuse silent and protects their perpetrators.

Sandee Lippman

Baltimore

Going for Broke

The topic of conversation at our dinner table recently was the bankruptcy of a client and friend.

After explaining the term bankruptcy to my 10-year-old daughter, her response was:

"Oh, I guess that means our government is bankrupt."

Can anyone disagree with her assessment?

Francis J. Clark Jr.

Baltimore

AH Mob's Choice

The body politic has spoken. The tumult and shouting dies and the mantle of the presidency of the United States has fallen upon the most popular, but not necessarily the most qualified.

The next four years will determine how well "the mob" has chosen. We have witnessed the quadrennial blood-letting known a presidential campaign, and the strife of principles became a contest of interests.

It was Clarence Darrow who wrote, "When I was a boy I was told anybody could become president; I'm beginning to believe it."

Hail to the chief!

. Bernard Hihn

Baltimore

Slot Machines Can Be Controlled

In your editorial "Maryland: Gamblers' Heaven?" (Nov. 4), you say that the State Police cannot keep track of the money flowing in and out of slots on the Eastern Shore. Yet each slot machine has a counter in it that tells how much was put in and paid out, no matter who has the key to the coin box.

Random checks by auditors can establish patterns. If the figures don't add up it's a matter for the State Police and state's attorney.

We certainly wouldn't want to permit any enterprise involved with criminal elements. But the state needs money, the tax base is eroding, and when you look at gambling with an open mind it is a sure win.

Vigilant monitoring in New Jersey, Europe and even Nevada show that criminal infiltration can be controlled if the will is there.

Some consider gambling improper and even immoral as a way of boosting Maryland's economy. But it's only entertainment. Look at Vegas: 21 million people went there to gamble last year -- not to see an opera or symphony orchestra.

Walter Chervitch

Abingdon

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