QualifiedCarl J. Sardegna resigned as president of Blue...

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December 11, 1992


Carl J. Sardegna resigned as president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland because he was "unable to overcome business problems and his own image for doling out huge executive salaries and lavish corporate perks," according to The Baltimore Sun.

He need not worry about his future. With these qualifications he is a sure candidate for appointment to the staff of Gov. William Donald Schaeffer.

Henry Seim


U.S., Europe must intervene in Bosnia

While European neighbors turn their backs, the fuse in the Balkan powder keg keeps burning.

History is clear about the cost of failing to act in the face of invasion, murder, genocide, concentration camp atrocities and crimes against humanity.

So far, the world's diplomats have responded to the horrors with empty words and ineffective actions. The community of nations must act decisively now or pay a bigger price later.

A half million human beings, particularly the very young and the elderly, are in imminent danger of starving, freezing to death or being murdered in cold blood.

The Serbs understand that if brutality is not on TV it doesn't exist. They have deliberately targeted and killed journalists and U.N peacekeepers. Failure to respond in a decisive way is stupid, cowardly and dangerous encouragement.

The U.N., with European leadership and high-tech U.S. military support, could defuse the situation quickly and without a major deployment of ground troops.

Controlling the airspace over Bosnia, retaliating for attacks on relief efforts, equipping Bosnians to defend themselves and pre-emptive strikes against strategic Serbian military targets are all actions that would dramatically reduce the loss of life.

Only when their objectives can no longer be obtained by aggression and murder will the Serbs seriously explore diplomatic solutions.

Roger C. Kostmayer


Haphazard Pratt

I am writing to express my displeasure at the transfer of Marian Johnson from the Govans Bookmobile to the Canton Library. It was bad enough when the Govans Library closed, half repaired, with no firm date for reopening. Now we have lost Ms. Johnson, who served the community so well.

If James Ulmer or the Pratt Library would take the time to get organized, these changes would not be necessary.

Ms. Johnson knew everyone on her route, and her kindness and proficiency were outstanding. It seems the Pratt Library cannot take one step forward unless it takes two steps back each time a decision is made.

As a taxpayer and city resident for 28 years, I am completely disgusted with the Baltimore City library program.

I refuse to contribute to the Pratt Library when the library seems unable to organize a budget and plan accordingly. It's an embarrassment to a city the size of Baltimore to operate so haphazardly.

I hope the library system is able to get it together soon.

Joan M. Imbach


Share the burden

. . . An increase of the piggyback tax would place the entire burden of the city's needs on the Baltimore resident.

This is patently unfair and discriminatory, not only to the home-owners of Baltimore City but to all taxpayers who choose to live in our city.

A better solution is a type of tax used in Philadelphia. The City of Philadelphia assesses a payroll tax of 4.96 percent on Philadelphia residents wherever working within the state, plus a payroll tax of 4.3125 percent on non-residents working in Philadelphia.

Employees living outside of the city, who work in Baltimore, enjoy a free ride. They share our museums, the protection of our police and fire departments and our hospitals. They contribute to our traffic problems and add to our pollution problems. And then they go home without even a thank you to the Baltimore taxpayers who are footing the bill.

If it has been determined that the city requires a 5 percent additional piggyback tax, possibly a 2.5 percent resident tax and 2 percent non-resident payroll tax would suffice. I believe this would be close to the 5 percent increase, since the tax I am proposing would be a straight tax not subject to deductions.

This of course would need the cooperation of the state legislature. I can see the opposition of those delegates and senators from Anne Arundel and Baltimore Counties. It would require a great deal of forceful and creative lobbying effort on the part of our city elected officials.

Bernard Strumwater


Women had no say in Norplant decision

Teen-age girls having children is a serious American problem. However, the shocking headline above your recent report, "City officials planning to promote Norplant" (Dec. 3) seemed more like a science fiction movie than a woman-oriented solution.

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