Season's blessingsAs we fill the bag of plenty with food...

the Forum

November 20, 1992

Season's blessings

As we fill the bag of plenty with food for the hungry for the winter, give an extra treat for the children. A chocolate bar or cookies -- they would love them.

Also remember a can of pet food. Poor families have pets they love and would appreciate small treats and pet food they can not afford.

A blessed season to all of you who care.

R. German

Baltimore

Clinton can try long-term plan to end deficit

We now have a $4 trillion public debt increasing at the rate of over $300 billion a year. Progress toward solving this problem will go a long way toward returning our nation to economic prosperity.

There is a very practical reason why no dent has been made in the public debt problem of the last half century. A problem so enormous cannot be solved in the short term, but requires a long-term solution.

The American political system, however, is structured so that political and economic problems can be addressed only over the short term. Let me explain.

Members of the House and one-third of the Senate stand for election every two years. The president has a four-year term.

Obviously, members of Congress and the president can see and plan only for two or four years, respectively. Their number one priority is solving short-term problems so they can be re-elected.

Now, however, our nation is blessed with a new president and vice president of extraordinary youth and vigor who are members of the same political party that now has a firm grip on control of the legislative branch.

Icing on the cake is that in just a few years this combination of power will have appointed a large number of the federal judges who must interpret the laws passed to attack the public debt problem.

If progress is made in the short term, we can expect President Clinton and Vice President Gore to be granted a total period of 16 years to attack the public debt and budget deficit. This is an unprecedented opportunity.

The very first step is to appoint a blue ribbon committee to make recommendations for consideration of the president and the Congress.

The president, vice president, speaker of the House and majority leader of the Senate should each appoint five members. The president should appoint the chairman, who would vote in cases of ties.

The recommendations would lend legitimacy to the tough actions that the national leadership must take. This is assuming that the right recommendations are made, and that will happen only if the commission is composed of an overwhelming majority of moderate to conservative leaders.

The four appointing authorities must attend to that. It should be recognized that the liberal welfare staters will do everything possible to obstruct this effort.

An early opportunity for the president to demonstrate that he means business is when the big city mayors, including those for Baltimore and Washington, kneel before him with their agenda for "saving the cities." The president's response should be a firm "no." A credible start at solving our problem is to make it clear that the welfare state is over.

If our leaders are unwilling to do this, the third party in 1996 will get 30 percent of the vote, rather than the 19 percent received in the recent election. This will constitute the beginning of the end for our capitalistic democracy as we know it and as developed over the past 204 years.

Bill D. Burlison

Crofton

Support your kid

I am writing to The Evening Sun because I don't know where else to turn in order to plead with parents not to give up on their kids when they reach high-school age.

I have been attending concerts, athletic events, plays and awards ceremonies for three years at Overlea High School, and I have never seen our auditorium or gym filled to capacity. The children get dropped off or they have to walk to the events and search for rides home.

Why won't parents give up a little bit of time for their children? At a time in their lives when kids need the moral support of their parents, there isn't any.

Everyone is quick to blame teachers for the behavior of unruly kids. But discipline, love and respect for others are taught at home at a very young age. Children need to be nurtured and praised for the good things they do, as well as corrected for the bad things that happen.

A teenager is walking an emotional tightrope due to peer pressure, career and college choices and so on. Even though they don't act like it sometimes, they really need the support of their parents.

Next time your child is involved in activity after school, give up an hour or two and enjoy watching your kid shine.

pTC Cindy Will

Overlea

State needs law protecting victims' rights

Thirteen states have now passed victims' rights amendments. Maryland is not yet one of them.

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