Enough TaxesMy wife and I regard ourselves as members of...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

March 17, 1993

Enough Taxes

My wife and I regard ourselves as members of "middle class" America. For every $100 my wife and I make this month, $28 will be withheld for federal income taxes.

Another $8 will be withheld for state income taxes. Also $8 will be withheld for Social Security and Medicare taxes. So we never get $44 out of the $100.

Out of what is left, we pay our property taxes of over $2,000 and, of course, we pay a 5 percent sales tax on almost everything we buy in Maryland. We also pay gasoline taxes (about 38 cents a gallon) and even some taxes on our utilities.

In addition to this, the cost of all of the goods and services we buy is higher as the companies and corporations pass along to consumers the various taxes that they have to pay to federal and local governments.

It is hard to compute that out of our total income well over 50 percent and probably closer to 60 percent goes to taxes of one sort or another. And now the politicians in Washington are calling for big tax increases.

I have one question for these politicians. How much is enough?

Iver Mindel

Cockeysville

Fascinating

Susan Baer's slanted front-page story March 3 on Ross Perot's appearance before the Joint Committee on Congress downplayed the substance of his testimony while highlighting rebuttals by a few on the committee. Even the pull-quote implied that Perot is a shallow grandstander. As he himself might say, I find that fascinating.

Those who saw the full hearing on C-Span know that most of the committee seemed to agree with the thrust of Mr. Perot's remarks, particularly when he addressed issues of governmental bloat.

Contrary to the railing "prince of deficit darkness" portrayed by The Sun, this was the real Perot, quietly detailing problems and proposing workable solutions.

Most committee members also seemed to concur with Mr. Perot's concern about congressional ethics. The exception was Rep. Lee H. Hamilton, whom your reporter quoted without saying that he was the only one to react defensively to Perot's point that ethics must come first.

I find that, too, fascinating.

Mignon A.B. Cameron

Bel Air

Child Care Loss

I can understand County Executive Roger B. Hayden's dilemma in having to cut government workers because of Baltimore County's budget.

However, when you're supposed to be so concerned about the quality in today's day care and you lay off someone like Catherine Drayton, who has contributed so much in her professional field of day care, it's unexcusable.

Kay was not only a day care licensing official with 15 years' experience, but she also taught 90-hour training courses necessary in day care.

In addition, she helped organize the "Week of the Child," continuing adult education class, and a teacher's resource center which enabled senior citizens to go in centers and family day care homes and work with special needs.

Her work was dedicated to helping child care providers, parents and, most of all, the children, and it has always been a relief to know Kay was only a phone call away when we needed an answer to a question or a solution to a problem.

I cannot honestly believe that the budget had to be cut so badly that it had to affect the area that needs it the most, the children. Surely he can find another area to save money.

Ms. Drayton's job was an asset to child care providers and children. The loss will be experienced by all.

Patricia A. Snyder

Baltimore

The writer is director of Cheery Day Child Care Center.

Trust Abused

Roger Simon just doesn't get it.

The fiercest protector of the First Amendment is the media -- and rightly so. The public relies heavily on the media to report facts in a truthful, unbiased manner, and in turn gives the media free license to investigate both private enterprise and government domain. This trust must never be abused.

NBC has admitted to an abuse of this trust in the gas tank crash trials on General Motors trucks. And yet Roger Simon in his March 1 column apologizes for NBC and says, "Well, they didn't kill anybody."

Nor did NBC kill anybody when a few days later it admitted to falsehoods in an environmental film about mismanagement of public forests. In this case the company showed "dead" fish in a stream, except it was a stream in another forest and the fish were deliberately stunned for a monitored experiment.

Roger Simon is right, no one was killed. But he doesn't seem to understand about trust and credibility.

Neil Clarke

Owings Mills

No Tinkering

The educational crisis in Maryland is so serious that it persuades a grandmother to speak out.

We retirees, professional and volunteer, have seen a lot and know a lot. We know that constitutionally the state has the primary responsibility for funding education, that the system is patently unfair and that so far we in Maryland have given with one hand (with increases for the state's Action Plan for Educational Excellence) and have taken away with the other (cuts in transportation, funds to local jurisdictions which would normally go to education, etc.).

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