Government should reduce managersIn my experience, most...

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March 09, 1993

Government should reduce managers

In my experience, most organizations (private and government) have too much management.

In over 50 years of employment, I have worked from the bottom (grocery clerk) to upper management (vice president). I have a bachelor's degree in business, two years of military service, two years of federal government employment, plus I have been in many seminars and graduate courses in management. I recently retired after 35 years with one company, wherein I did business with many government agencies and private businesses.

I have seen managers absent for extended periods and the organizations run themselves quite well. Government and big business must reduce their bureaucracies in order for the United States to be more competitive and for all levels of government to provide better services more efficiently.

As we know, big business is well on the way to such reductions. Now is the time for federal, state and local governments to do the same.

Most important is the reduction of many layers of management. The rank and file employees need to see that they are not taking the major cuts.

Our leaders, private and government, need to set the example and reduce their staffs and the myriad layers of management between them and everyday people.

It is essential that Congress take the lead in this reduction, which will not only lower the cost of government but will help overcome the perception that "they just don't get it."

Louis M. Hause Jr.

Glen Arm

Ineffectual aid

The Serbs invaded a sovereign nation and committed atrocities comparable to the worst of the Hitler and Stalin regimes. The Serbs and their allies then blocked efforts by the West to relieve the suffering of innocent civilians and shot down at least one U.N. relief plane, killing the crew.

The reaction to these horrors, only 50 years after Hitler's attempts at ethnic cleansing, is not anything historians will view with pride. The Europeans, ostrich-like, never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity to save their neighbor.

Cyrus Vance, in another eerie echo from the past, is engaged in appeasement and attempts to legitimize what was obtained by naked military aggression.

The U.S., feeling morally compelled but politically constrained, proposes the woefully inept humanitarian gesture of sending a few relief planes to drop food, medicine and blankets to both Muslim victims and Serbian aggressors. This is a little like having the American Red Cross give supplies to both the Allies and the Nazis so they wouldn't be attacked or accused of favoritism.

The new world order still requires the will to use force, for only then can military aggression be repulsed. The use of force can often be avoided but only if the threat is credible.

The U.N. must say what it will do and then do what it said. By contrast, the U.N. announced a no-fly zone, but did not enforce it. The U.N. imposed an embargo on Serbia, but has not enforced it.

The U.N. has had soldiers killed, humanitarian workers murdered and relief supplies hijacked with impunity, all by Serbian forces. Meanwhile, evidence of mass murder, rape and genocide continues to accumulate.

Only the threat or use of force against aggressors will stop the killing. The U.N. and NATO, with high-tech support from the U.S., are equipped to handle the task quickly and without use of a massive ground force.

Parachuting blankets to civilians while they are being systematically slaughtered is not the solution.

Roger C. Kostmayer

Baltimore

Change of songs

It seems that in light of President Clinton's plan to increase taxes on middle class families -- a direct contradiction to his hearts-and-flowers campaign promises -- the proper Fleetwood Mac theme song should have been "Tell Me Sweet Little Lies."

Gee, it took less than 30 days.

We have much to look forward to. Hold onto your wallets.

Kim Selenski

Dundalk

Keno is here to stay

I wish the senators down in Annapolis would leave keno alone. Let the people decide if they want to play keno or not.

There are far more important things for the senators to think about. Gambling has always been with us and always will be, so why not let the state profit from it?

W Blontz

Baltimore

Arnick's irony

The confirmation process concerning John Arnick was full oirony. We had a woman whose job it was to assist and defend the abused women at the House of Ruth, but she could not even defend her own position against the comments made by Mr. Arnick.

If she could not defend herself, should she be allowed to defend others? Maybe her qualifications should be re-evaluated. Or are we looking at a double standard?

I am very sorry for Mr. Arnick, who seems to have lost so much. But Mr. Arnick's plight stemmed from the position he was seeking -- a judgeship.

Had he been running for president of the United States he could have lied, cheated on his family, smoked marijuana (without inhaling), protested the Vietnam war in a foreign country and still maintained the backing of our fine local media.

Mary A. Doyle

White Hall

Poor judgment in training photo

Your Feb. 24 article dealing with the training of technicians in the construction trades showed poor judgment with the photo of the apprentice standing on the top platform of the ladder. This is a very bad practice and, if done on a commercial job, could lead to an OSHA citation.

This should be brought to the attention of the trainers as well as of the students. Construction happens to be the work area where the most injuries occur.

John F. Woods

Cockeysville

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