Partisan AdviceI found it disturbing to receive mail the...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

May 17, 1993

Partisan Advice

I found it disturbing to receive mail the same day from two different investment firms, T. Rowe Price and Legg Mason, which made similar partisan political attacks against President Clinton under the guise of offering investment advice.

The Legg Mason "Investment Letter" from William H. Miller is a blatant political attack.

The T. Rowe Price piece starts off, "Higher taxes are central to President Clinton's new economic package. Higher taxes for all Americans."

These items then go on to indicate how to beat the system with tax-free investments and other approaches that enable the affluent to reduce their share of our nation's costs and leave them to be paid by the less affluent.

The reality is, like it or not, that soaring health costs have to be paid; the massive deficits of the Reagan-Bush years have to be paid and, as defense spending is reduced, people working in these areas need assistance to get through the transition. As plants like Grumman's on the Eastern Shore close, those people need the help of other Americans.

The obsessive quest for the almighty dollar over the past decade has left this nation with a lot of problems which have to be paid for.

Rather than shirking our duty by looking for tax shelters, we should be willingly shouldering our responsibilities for the sake of this great country and our children and grandchildren.

Investment advice of the kind these two firms sent out gives me the impression they really don't give a damn about the United States as long as they can make a fast buck.

David H. Pardoe

Columbia

Colonial Village

We are writing in response to an article April 28, "Mayor tests suburbs in Colonial Village." As residents of Colonial Village, we object strongly to the depiction of our neighborhood as "a repository of civic spirit but a neighborhood under siege."

We found this most offensive in light of the fact that the remainder of the article focused on the mayor and his plans for improving services and had nothing to do with our community.

The graphic description of a local shopping center was exaggerated and in no way reflects the conditions of our neighborhood.

Quite obviously the article's author failed to drive down the streets of Colonial Village to find the carefully tended homes and children playing in yards and sidewalks.

Is our community a reflection of conditions present in all suburban areas? Of course it is. Is the local shopping center a target of crime, as all centers are? Of course, that goes without saying.

However, to describe our community as under siege was a gross misrepresentation of the truth. How unfortunate for your readers.

Beth and David Hecht

Baltimore

American Lives

I feel any interference by United States armed forces in Bosnia would be foolish.

This is a civil war; how can you fight what you cannot identify?

I for one am not willing to sacrifice American lives for something that does not affect the United States.

Why should we prematurely end tens of thousands of American lives for a cause that even the European Community won't get

involved in?

Dan Thorpe

Baltimore

Fight to Win

Our national interest does not require us to put American troops in harm's way in Bosnia.

It is a religious war, and I have never met anyone who changed religion by being bombed.

If we conduct bombing, we must still put ground troops in to maintain a peace -- unless we go in with overwhelming force and destroy the whole country.

Henry Kissinger made a brilliant analysis on television recently in which he detailed many reasons not to inject our young Americans into another Lebanon.

It may take time, but a very strict embargo will get the Serbs' attention.

I was in combat on Iwo Jima. Once you start a war you better be ready to finish it and win it.

Maj. Gen. Edwin Warfield III (Ret.)

Woodbine

To Improve Education, Dignify Teachers

One reason that public school teachers might be "The Not-Quite Profession" (editorial, May 4) is that teachers are not compensated like professionals.

Unlike most other professions, the real teachers in the profession do not receive the highest compensation. It appears that the way for a teacher to obtain an increase in salary is to get out of the classroom. That is why principals, vice-principals and administrators have higher salaries than teachers in the classroom.

The problems with our nation's schools are deep and complex, but I have one simple proposal that might help: The highest paid person in any school building should be a teacher in the classroom.

Francis J. Gorman

Baltimore

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The May 4 editorial in The Sun's series on education, together with Susan Ohanian's article on the Opinion * Commentary page, were a terrific combination.

When we keep "insisting that teachers are valued professionals, teachers start believing it . . . If significant change is to occur in schools, teachers will be the change agents.

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