Myopic ValuesEverett Grant Jarvis' Jan. 9 letter defending...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

January 22, 1993

Myopic Values

Everett Grant Jarvis' Jan. 9 letter defending "deadbeat dads" is ironic considering that it appeared in the same issue as a story about a man who fatally shot his own wife and child.

Mr. Jarvis' claim that 88 percent of divorces are frivolous acts of "desertion" by a "fault-finding and ungrateful wife" is patently absurd, whatever his own experiences may be. What about the roles played by domestic violence, substance abuse and psychological abuse?

Women have been conditioned by society to stay in their marriages at all cost, often to their and their children's peril. The rosy scenario he described of a woman crawling back to her husband after he withholds support smacks of misogyny.

While Mr. Jarvis does make some good points about the `D adversarial and often destructive role of the government and legal system in these cases, it is ignorant and outrageous to claim (and apparently to believe) that seven out of eight divorces are solely frivolous, solely the fault of the woman and entirely avoidable.

Does Mr. Jarvis really think the American family conforms to his myopic value system?

Julie and Peter Garver

Baltimore

Stop State Waste

In your editorial, "They Just Don't Get It," Jan. 12, you chide Baltimore County's legislative delegation for having made itself conspicuous during recent General Assembly sessions by vocally opposing budget-balancing measures that might peeve angry voters back home.

I must say that after several years of ongoing budget crises at the state level and ever-expanding federal budget deficits, your editorial staff is the group that just doesn't get it.

We voters of Baltimore County sent our current delegation to Annapolis with one overriding mission, stop the excessive wasteful state spending and limit tax increases in our state, which is currently one of the most heavily taxed in the nation.

You argue that simply because our delegation has fought against needless tax increases, and has paid the political price with lost state funding and the loss of other political plums, they should just roll over and accede to a policy of being team players.

The course which you seem to recommend of business as usual, with unfettered government spending and its resultant confiscatory tax burdens, has put this state and nation into our current dismal fiscal condition.

This state and nation do not need legislators who do business as usual. What we need are legislators who are willing to make the tough decisions and take the political heat necessary to get us back on the right track with sound, responsible fiscal policy.

In the editorial you equate the actions of our delegation to theatrics designed to accumulate votes come election time.

This is simply not an accurate assessment of the actions of a group of dedicated legislators who are attempting to right the wrongs and excesses of our tax-and-spend policies in the past.

I can only hope that other voters and their elected representatives come to their collective senses and realize that business as usual is no longer possible in a time of dwind- ling resources and increased global competition.

Joseph W. Lonsdale

White Hall

Not Again

Let's not make the same mistake we did two years ago in Iraq. The American news services kowtowed to the American military censors. We now know, months and years later, that our engagement in the last war was not as glorious as the military wanted us to believe.

Also, the level of civilian destruction was all but ignored. The credibility of the American military information service is no HTC different than that of Iraq's or any nation at war. Before we praise Bush for kicking Saddam, let's learn the whole story.

Myles B. Hoenig

Baltimore

Life is a Stage

We were saddened to read of the board of regents' decision to terminate the UMBC theater major.

While we realize that UMBC is quite a different school from what it was when we first set foot on campus the day the school opened in the fall of 1966, we were under the impression that the school's mission had not dramatically changed.

Exposing new high school graduates to the beauty and mystery of the great ideas and thinkers throughout history was a noble endeavor. One has to wonder when young people in our high-tech society will have such exposure, if not in undergraduate school.

Is there any less need for young people to be exposed to Sophocles, Aristophanes, Shakespeare, Moliere, O'Neill, Hellman or Ionesco now than in 1966 when we were majoring in theater? We think not.

Quite the contrary, a strong argument can be made that there never was a time of greater need for exposure to the humanity of the great playwrights.

If the only thing UMBC theater majors were trained for was a career in the professional theater, the regents' decision might be understandable. The reality is that UMBC theater majors go on to successful and productive careers in diverse fields that enrich the life of this state.

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