The Pam Davis Case: A System Of InjusticeI am a...


July 04, 1993

The Pam Davis Case: A System Of Injustice

I am a 15-year-old freshman at Westminster High School. Maybe I'm young, arrogant and stupid, but something seems bitterly wrong in our judicial system right now.

Pamela S. Davis did commit a crime and did deserve some type of penalty for that. I can admit that much with a clear conscience. And maybe I could even accept the excessive punishment heaped upon Ms. Davis if this kind of unfairness was consistent.

But it makes me want to cry when I hear that a convicted rapist doesn't even go to jail when he's taken so much from society and all Ms. Davis did in her advocacy for the legalization of marijuana was to encourage free thinking and education.

I'd like to thank Judge Raymond Beck from the bottom of my sarcastic heart for giving me and my generation a quality leader, who demonstrates fairness and concern, to look up to.

Carisa Hall


Tax And Spend

An open letter to President Clinton:

I am writing to you as a concerned citizen. I am a single mother who works full-time and goes to school at night while raising two school-aged children. I assure you I cannot afford to pay any more taxes. Remember during your campaign you promised the middle class a tax cut.

I am very disappointed that your "deficit reduction" plan passed the House. All I saw were whopping tax increases with minimal spending cuts and deficit reduction. Four years from now, if your plan goes into effect, I predict only more and bigger government and a larger deficit.

I know the Democrats are counting on an improved economy to compensate for these tax increases. But at no time in history have tax increases led to economic prosperity.

Americans don't have short memories: We recently suffered through two large tax increases with Congress promising to use the extra revenue to reduce the deficit and it didn't happen.

If you want to help the economy, empower people to achieve and to invest by reducing the capital gains tax. Take away government demands and taxes inflicted on businesses; this will create new jobs. Cap federal spending at current levels. Junk the energy tax and replace it with cuts in Social Security and Medicare. Lower taxes to increase revenues as people have more of their own money to spend. Why is it a foregone conclusion that there must be a tax increase at all?

Your talk of a BTU tax, value-added tax and expensive health care reform gives people a sense of pessimism about their purchasing power and their job security.

As my representative, Roscoe Bartlett, put it: "It sends the worst possible message to the American people: Don't bother saving, don't bother being provident, because the government's just going to take away your money and your peace of mind." Why do you think consumer confidence is so low? Why is your approval rating dropping?

Your campaign talk seemed so fresh and new. But your tax and spend efforts seem so old and stale. Don't try to fool us with talk of deficit reduction.

Every time Congress raises our taxes, it does not use the money to lower the deficit. It just spends it. This is not the way to get re-elected.

Suzanne Hill


Carroll General

In the article, "Orthopedic Surgeons Get a New Chief" (June 8), the reporter misinterpreted my comments regarding my practice, as well as the superb facilities available at Carroll County General Hospital for orthopedic patients.

The article suggests that the hospital is not fully equipped because of the expense of orthopedic equipment and that this situation makes it "more practical for Carroll County General Hospital to transfer many of these [orthopedic] patients" to other hospitals. This is not what I said.

I would like to emphasize that Carroll County General is an excellent community hospital capable of treating all but the most serious trauma cases. It is only these types of cases that are routinely transferred and these patients are sent to trauma centers such as those at the University of Maryland or Hopkins.

The operating room at CCGH is equipped with the technology and staff to handle the vast majority of orthopedic procedures.

Donald I. Saltzman, M.D.


The writer is president of the Maryland Orthopedic Society.

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