Unfair TaxesIt appears that the Democrat-controlled...


February 19, 1993

Unfair Taxes

It appears that the Democrat-controlled legislature has once again put it to the middle-income taxpayer . . .

What I'm referring to is Instruction 19 in the Maryland income tax booklet. It reads in part:

"Maryland counties and Baltimore City may levy an income tax which is up to 60 percent of the state income tax. However, the law allows only taxable income less than $100,000 ($150,000 for taxpayers filing joint, head of household, or qualifying widow(er) to be taxed at local tax rates higher than 50 percent. All taxable income over those amounts is limited to a 50 percent local tax rate."

Why should people who are barely getting by have to pay the extra 5 to 10 percent while those with incomes of six figures or more, and who can well afford it, do not?

Robert H. Yost


Power Struggle

I read with disgust the article about Baltimore County Executive Roger B. Hayden's attempt to take control of the county detention center from Sheriff Norman M. Pepersack (Jan. 27).

This is yet another attempt to wrest from the citizens one of the last pieces of government (law enforcement) in which they have a say.

The people don't have a say in who the police chief is, but the sheriff answers to the voters every four years. Citizens are better served when they have a greater voice.

Sheriff Pepersack has done a fine job since he has taken office, and citizens should be proud to have such a conscientious public servant struggling to provide professional service to his constituents while under constant assault from a county executive of his own party.

It is apparent that Mr. Hayden wants control of the detention center for the sake of enhancing his own power, not because that is what is best for citizens.

With all due respect to Merreen Kelly, the county administrative officer, I feel the detention center should stay under the control of a professional, not some political appointee.

George H. Egbert


The writer is president of the Baltimore County Retired Fire Fighters and Police Association.

Changing Business

Thanks for your Feb. 13 coverage of Campbell Soup's factory closing that will cause 800 layoffs in Salisbury.

One analyst said it was "a smart move" because competition has made frozen food "an awful business." Sure enough, Campbell's stock rose 62.5 cents after the announcement.

It's a bit of an over-simplification, but there is something wrong with a system that rewards executives, often with multi-million dollar bonuses, for boosting the price of the stock by laying off employees.

As we experience the transformation of our economy, American business owners, stockholders and managers may need to transform as well the way they think about the businesses they are in.

The industrial age has operated on a simple bargain: companies hire workers at the lowest possible wage and fire them when profits decline; workers make the best deal they can, and go elsewhere when they can do better.

Therefore, as most manufacturing processes shift away from people to more efficient machines, millions of bread winners hit the street.

A better bargain for the post-industrial age might be: Hire the best people you can afford and keep them by enabling them to buy into the business.

When times are tough, share equally in salary cuts and other sacrifices. Above all, before resorting to layoffs, involve workers in finding ways to improve customer service, expand sales, increase productivity and cut costs.

Employees can even help create new uses of technology or plant capacity, even to the point of re-thinking the very nature of the business.

Let's not make heroes out of leaders who have the "courage" to fire people for purely economic reasons. Let's applaud them for changing the partnership agreement with employees so they can continually re-invent the corporation. . . together.

Dwight Fee


Norplant Benefits

In regard to Norplant, I feel as strongly as letter writer Dr. Vanessa Cullins (Feb. 13).

Her explanation of this contraceptive should be available to all these men who seem to be outraged. Can they put themselves in the shoes of these young women who are intelligent enough to want to be able to do something else with their lives?

Norplant seems to me just the thing to enable them to get their education and training for a better future.

Mildred Dreier


AIDS Study

On reviewing the Feb. 5 Sun, I felt that a supermarket tabloid had been delivered rather than the usual morning paper. . . "AIDS to have little impact on society." Really?

While the story claims the National Research Council to be "prestigious," I am still wondering exactly from under which rock it may have just crawled.

"Marginal, insignificant"? Perhaps I am not thinking clearly, but what about the previous articles which outline the manner in which this disease have invaded those in the arts world, the sports community, the black community and the heterosexual community, which happens to hold claim to that portion of the population currently most affected by AIDS?

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