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February 19, 1993

Government can't run a business

American business people, take note: Big government Bill Clinton knows better than you how best to run your business.

Should you be faced with the decision of whether to allow an employee "unpaid" leave to cope with a personal misfortune, fear not. The Clinton administration, in its infinite wisdom, will make that decision for you -- if you have already had wisdom enough to build a business with 50 or more employees.

If so your wisdom no longer will be needed to make crucial decisions about your business. Which is a good thing, because you will need all your energies to deal with the new, improved regulations coming your way courtesy of our no longer grid-locked government.

What proponents of regulation refuse to recognize is that the profit motive that directs business owners through the decision-making process requires that they decide in ways that further their company's economic health. What is bad for the employer is ultimately bad for the employee.

An employer of 50 people, one of whom has a personal problem that requires him or her to take a leave of absence, must handle the matter in such a way as to maintain his or her responsibility to the other 49 workers.

No one with a heart enjoys the suffering of another human being. But regardless of how many regulations we create, we cannot guarantee that any of us will not experience some degree of pain in our lives.

In a healthy economy charities thrive. And while charity cannot eliminate suffering, it can and does ease the pain of misfortune. But we must not confuse the role of government with that of charity in our society.

Any government regulation that restricts a business' ability to chart its own future is dangerous. Bureaucrats who are comfortably insulated from the realities of the free market are unqualified to decide the fate of American businesses.

Louis J. Verrecchio

Hampstead

DWI facility

The Northern Maryland chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving would like to thank Baltimore County Executive Roger Hayden for his decision to privatize the services and programs at the new Baltimore County DWI Detention Center.

This decision will mean a quicker opening of the center. We believe this program will give offenders the treatment they need, the punishment they deserve and, most importantly, save innocent lives.

We applaud the county executive for his commitment to this program and to helping MADD fight the serious crime of drunk driving.

Donna Becker

Towson

The writer is the president of the Northern Maryland chapter of MADD.

True professional

When Donald P. Campbell retired as vice president and general manager of WMAR-TV, Channel 2, in 1976, a void was evident in local broadcasting.

He had exhibited honesty and fairness that earned him a deep respect from broadcasting's elite professionals and his faithful employees.

His expertise, then, in managing and competing far outdistanced his programming rivals. Don was the leader to honor and follow.

His passing on Jan. 22 leaves behind an active life fulfilled with

memories that will never be pre-empted or die.

Tony Picha

Baltimore

Health plan

One way to make a comprehensive medical plan work in this country is to lower medical costs. It is too much to expect doctors and lawyers to come up with a plan on their own, since the solution may not be in their best interest.

Doctors are now practicing defensive medicine, which drives medical costs even higher. Insurance companies are raising premiums every day, and lawyers are suing for a large percentage of the winnings in malpractice cases.

If we are going to get the health plan that we want, lawyers' fees must be limited to 10 percent of any award over $500,000, and there should be a $1 million cap on all malpractice suits.

If people cannot live on $1 million, no amount of money will satisfy them.

We must not let the greed of some succeed at the expense of the nation and to the detriment of a truly comprehensive national health care plan.

Thomas C. Rothenhoefer

Catonsville

Honoring Marshall

Robert E. Lee Memorial Park, the woods surrounding Lake Roland, should be renamed in honor of Thurgood Marshall.

This would be a fine tribute to a native Baltimorean who spent his entire life helping our nation live up the ideals of our Constitution.

This particular name change would also symbolize the transition fTC our city and country have undergone through the efforts of Justice Marshall and his colleagues.

It is time that we stop honoring those who fought on the battlefields to defend slavery and begin to pay homage to those who fought in the courtrooms to defend human rights.

Arthur Bakal

Oakland, Calif.

Why black history?

Black history and its philosophical and historical concepts will be celebrated and examined during the month of February.

Still, one may ask why there should be a separate history for black people. Historically, prejudice, injustice and discrimination have been part of the black experience in America for over 200 years.

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