Spending cuts are too far in the futureSandy Grady (Other...

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August 18, 1993

Spending cuts are too far in the future

Sandy Grady (Other Voices of Aug. 12, "Where were the good guys?") has grossly misread the prevailing public sentiment. He feels that people are concerned only with "what's-in-it-for-me."

Quite the contrary. My reading of the public is that most Americans would be happy to have their taxes increased if they were convinced that the funds would be used to diminish the public debt and thereby leave our country in the position of providing a better tomorrow for our children -- the old-fashioned American dream.

Unfortunately for the politicians, people are no longer that gullible. An educated public knows that budgets are actually enacted for a single year. Regardless what is promised for future periods, it really is not binding.

The present budget which was jammed down our throats is very legal and binding about taxing us, even going back to the first of the year. It also is very real and legal in new program spending.

On the other hand, what is promised in reduced spending is primarily for a future time, mostly in the fifth year and after the next presidential election.

We know of the annually wasted billions which could immediately be eliminated if they so desired. Promises similar to these were made in 1990.

People are cynical. They don't trust their elected representatives. Can you blame them?

Marion Friedman



In his letter of Aug. 9, Robert Wolfe responds to criticism of his anti-conservative opinions published July 19 in an Other Voices piece.

His letter continued the superior attitude of his original correspondence. He wants what he wants when he wants it, the silencing of all conservative talk show hosts. Could it be that he is a liberal who can dish it out but can't take it? . . .

Mr. Wolfe, while high on his own brand of tortured logic and rigidity of mind, has been unable to reason that people listen to that with which they agree. Rush Limbaugh, as the most-heard radio voice in America, would be lost among the many talk show hosts if he did not make sense, common conservative sense.

I consider myself capable of distinguishing between drivel and logic without editors who would prevent the information reaching my eyes and ears through print or news broadcasts. Americans must be able to hear various opinions and decide for themselves.

I have listened, as often as I can, to both liberal and conservative talk shows in local and national arenas, and have concluded that the opinions of Mr. Wolfe place him, in his own words, impossibly far from the mark.

Rubye Kosko


Whose betterment?

The primary duty of the president of the United States and the Congress is the betterment of the people they serve. To exploit one group, the rich, over the poor, to create a stupendous structure for a personal glorification, is hardly a sign of greatness.

I feel you and the Democrats are retarders of societal reform and are not leaders that humankind should be proud of.

The budget of President Clinton will be back to haunt us over and over in the future. Just another tax-and-spend pork barrel for the Democrats to dip into.

Bill Moore

Hanover, Pa.

Let's hear it for the Rhino fight song

At the age of 62, I have learned that there are few advantages to growing old. One, however, is increased life experiences. As a consequence, I was among the few people in Maryland able not to panic at the dire news that, if Baltimore gets a new professional football team, it will be named the Rhinos.

In honesty, I must admit I was taken aback. A rhino strikes me as essentially an immobile object. And immobility flies in the face of the history of Colt football. (With the exception, of course, of Bud Schwenk, the quarterback of the injured ankles who brought the Miami Seahawk franchise to Baltimore to become the Colts.)

There was no immobility in Billy Hillenbrand or Lamar "Racehorse" Davis, not even in big "Bus" Mentes.

It was additionally troubling to me to know that a rhino is a herbivore, that it stands around all day eating grass like a cow. Hardly a proper image for a football player. They're meat eaters. Consider Marchetti, Donovan, Parker et al.

But hope springs eternal. A sleepless night brought me the thought that the true test of the Rhino name would come in the need for a "fight song." I comforted myself with the thought that it couldn't be done. But, to my chagrin, it can.

(To the tune of "Cheer, Cheer for Old Notre Dame"):

Fight! Fight! You Rhinoceri.

Stomp all the others into mud pie.

Hook them, gore them, throw them down.

Roll over top them on the ground.

Show them how mean you really can be.

Give them the horn, then give them the knee.

As you march relentless on to

Short-sighted victory.

Even so, perhaps we should give some thought to a name like the Baltimore Merlins, giving recognition to the state as well as the city. And they'd be magic!

Alfred H. Funk Jr.


Threat to the Republic

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