Norplant Options?Do those people making such a fuss about...


March 10, 1993

Norplant Options?

Do those people making such a fuss about making Norplant available in schools have any alternatives to offer?

What is achieved by criticizing and complaining when no constructive attempts at offering or seeking alternatives are made? Making Norplant available in schools represents an effort to address very real problems, particularly in the city.

Often those who are loudest and most vehement in opposition to plans such as this have no, or little, experience with and exposure to the problems. Safe on the sidelines, they feel free to make uninformed and unhelpful criticisms and objections.

Thumbs up to those who have taken steps to address problems that need attention now. It may not be popular action, but it is action and is made with good intention.

Natalie Craig-Vassiliadis


Property Rights

Presently there is a bill in the House of Delegates called the "Private Land Rights Protection Act."

It has already passed through the Maryland Senate this session, as it did last year. Now it is up to the delegates to pass it and send it to Gov. William Donald Schaefer to sign into law.

The Private Land Rights Protection Act is Senate Bill 34. This bill would allow a General Assembly committee chairman to request an analysis of the impact a bill or regulation could have on the private use of real property.

If the analysis concludes that the proposed legislation damages or deprives the use of the property, the Department of Fiscal Services must include a financial projection of the potential costs associated with compensating the land-owner.

The bill would enable legislators to consider the impact legislation or regulations would have on private property and the costs associated with compensation before a bill or regulation is enacted.

This sounds reasonable enough. In fact, last year only 14 of 47 state senators opposed it.

This year the vote was closer, but it still made it through.

Now it is up to the delegates to finish the job. Please ask them to do so. . .

J. Douglas Parran

St. Leonard

Makers and Takers

The man works hard, believing in his heart that some day his years of effort will pay off. The seasons of drought, despair, long days and even longer nights are just part of what he knows it takes to "get ahead" and bring to his family a better life.

He is building a business, and to that business he is the soil, the water, the fertilizer, and the sun.

He gives of his time, his energy and too often his health. He brings in others to help the business grow, feeling the weight of their aspirations, and their mortgages. To fail now means others suffer, too. So he works on.

One year all his preparations, his struggles and his sacrifices bear fruit. He is grateful to his land, and does not begrudge sharing the fruits of his many years of labor with those truly in need.

Yet he also knows from experience that after the harvest, no matter how scant or generous, follows the winter. It is all part of the cycle of life, and his responsibilities do not end. Yet, others see his fortune and exclaim, "He has benefited inequitably! In the interest of fairness, we must take more.`

The man is perplexed. Has he not already given a full half of his bounty to federal, state and local authorities? Has he not already given generously to private charities to help others as well?

And if more is taken, will there be enough left to keep the business alive and his employees and family provided for through the winters and droughts that are yet to come?

No one listens, for he in his moment of reward is now The Rich and no longer the working man who toiled 100-hour weeks to earn what he has received. So they take more, and more and more, for there is no limit to their greed.

The man takes stock of what remains, and knows that he is still fortunate and has much to be grateful for. Nevertheless, he realizes that there is not enough left to regrow the business or keep all his employees if winter is long.

He wonders if there is any hope that those who choose to take rather than make will ever understand.

Richard P. Wilkes


True Colors

Mike Littwin's column on Feb. 17 concerning the senators showing their true colors about John Arnick was what many of us thought, but didn't know how to say.

A. Ray Drolsum


Female Combat

I feel that women should be given the same opportunity to fight in combat that men already have.

Keeping women out of combat positions is causing them to be passed over for promotions to higher ranking jobs, because combat experience is used as a factor in this process. Increased sexual harassment of women might occur.

This is the man's problem, and we shouldn't condone behavior in the armed forces that would be punished in civilian life. As long as the standards for both sexes are equal, men and women will perform at the same level.

Then keeping women out of these jobs would be pure discrimination.

Beth Dorsch


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