Costly BurdenNow that the adventures in babysitting are...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

February 25, 1993

Costly Burden

Now that the adventures in babysitting are over, and Bill Clinton has made his third choice for attorney general, we are still facing the dilemma of illegal immigrants.

With our current population at 256 million and immigrants pouring into this country at the rate of 800,000 a year, it is remarkable that official estimates say 100,000 of them are illegal.

If we assume that the Immigration and Naturalization Service works on the pervasiveness, it is also time for the public to lend a helping hand because of the astronomical cost to this nation.

Take the case of Judge Kimba Wood of the Federal District Court in New York, who withdrew her name saying that her baby sitter had been an illegal alien for seven years. That is seven years probably of unpaid personal income taxes.

If 100,000 illegals earned $6 an hour for 37 hours a week for seven years, simple arithmetic will tell you that it amounts to $1.5 billion in taxable income.

Ergo, the public should be thinking about this when preparing income tax, because they will be paying for non-taxpaying illegals.

Furthermore, the cost doesn't stop with taxes. The astonishing comment in the media that practically all of the Haitians at Guantanamo were infected with AIDS brings up the specter of health care.

Can we as a nation provide for the care of illegals with our health care in shambles?

We cannot afford the cost of the burden of impropriety. The harboring of illegals, the hiring of illegals or the provision of a safe house is an unlawful act, and this is costly to all of us.

J. Allnutt

Rockville

Fun County

What an exciting, fun-filled week for residents of Baltimore County. Hundreds of county employees laid off, senior centers and libraries closed, and more school budget cuts ahead.

My reaction is one of anger and frustration. It seems that our county is being stripped of the programs and services that brought care and enjoyment to residents of all ages.

"Quality of life" may be an intangible term, but I can feel that "quality of life" slipping away in Baltimore County.

Sherlynn Matesky

Owings Mills

Small Change?

For goodness sake: $12 a month? Is that what all the hysteria is about?

Throw in another $50 or so for fuel taxes and you get a shocking $200 a year in new taxes for the average four-member family.

That's about what you would spend on a couple of nice dinners out. In my smoking days I spent three times that much on cigarettes.

+ Why is everyone so excited?

Michael Kernan

Baltimore

Lynching

The Sun participated actively in the lynching of John Arnick. The local media, including The Sun, failed to cite John's progressive support of women's issues in Annapolis.

In fact, committees which he chaired passed some of the most important women's legislation of the past decade.

PD It's now apparent The Sun is pandering to the "talk show" crowd.

Thomas T. Koch

Baltimore

Re Arnick: Bah

Now that John Arnick has been rejected for a position which requires"advice and consent," guard the back door. He was to be given the position not because he was the best candidate but because of a political payback.

When things quiet down, that payback will be made. He will get an appointment to a government job which does not require a public approval process. Politicians, bah!

Larry Johnston

Hereford

'I've Finally Blown My Top'

I've been wanting to write this letter for some time now. The steam has been building and I've finally blown my top.

My gripe concerns the glut of mail I receive every day for charitable contributions.

I have more greeting cards, mailing labels, pens and calendars than I'll ever use.

Some items I keep, some are recycled and the rest I throw away. This pains me because it is such a waste.

husband and I give to numerous charities. We do as much as we can to help others but we can only afford to give once a year to each one -- and even after we give, we receive more mail from the same charities asking for additional funds.

Even more frustrating is the fact that a lot of these charities are now sending return envelopes with postage stamps on them and coins -- pennies, nickels and dimes.

Why are they sending out thousands of valuable postage stamps and coins through the mail when they could be using them to help the very people for whom they're soliciting funds? It seems so senseless to me.

The straw that broke the camel's back was a letter that arrived with a photo of a starving African child and, glued next to it, a small plastic packet of powdered milk. The sentence underneath said that the milk was enough to make one cup -- and without the milk, the child may die.

Well then, why was I standing there holding it in my hand? Why wasn't it in Africa saving this precious life?

People are being ripped off every day -- not just those of us who give, but more importantly those who need our help the most.

F: Something has to be done about this. Enough is enough.

Susan E. DiVenti

Baltimore

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