Too Many People Spoiling The LandPeter Jay is discouraged...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

October 24, 1993

Too Many People Spoiling The Land

Peter Jay is discouraged by the rising tide of growth in Maryland (Perspective, Oct. 3). Mr. Jay rather depressingly recounts all the common economic and social factors effecting the current destruction of (our shared) Harford County. I would suggest that the disintegration of rural America is hardly inevitable. The solution to the problem of housing sprawl is really quite simple: Stabilize, then reduce, the human population.

Can this be accomplished? Of course, with proper incentives. Governments must end all rewards for human reproduction. No tax deductions for children. One-time lump-sum payments to irreversibly sterilized couples (give them, in cash, the amount it would cost to educate one child in public school -- currently about $75,000). The state could limit free education to one child -- all "excess" children must be privately educated. Birth control and abortions should be free, available locally, and officially encouraged.

Besides ending incentives for having children, the federal government should immediately end all immigration, and laws could easily be formulated which would encourage emigration (a lump-sum payment to all who leave and relinquish American citizenship).

At current growth rates, all of Harford County will look like Towson-Timonium-Cockeysville by 2015. Bel Air, once aptly named, approaches gridlock all day, every day.

Peter Jay and I remember a rural Harford County with many more cows than people (a proper ratio). The gut-wrenching, eye-searing journey from Forest Hill (another questionable name) south to the bay is a clear harbinger of the life our kids will be condemned to unless we take immediate action to stabilize and ultimately to decrease, the human population of this incredibly beautiful land.

Kirk S. Nevin

White Hall

Ranger Resolve

Recently, I watched a TV news program regarding Somalia, in particular an interview with a wounded Ranger.

The Ranger sergeant was ramrod straight, started each sentence with "Sir," giving answers in a clipped, military manner, not unlike making a report after a mission or patrol. The newscaster was using the same type of questions asked of combat men in some of America's undeclared wars of recent years. He was attempting to get the Ranger to discuss his views on Aidid, Clinton, politics, if we should pull out, the U.N., Aspin, etc.

The Ranger repeated his unit was the best, and those other Rangers surrounding him in the battles were outstanding. The sergeant said the Rangers never lost control of the situation, and their only concern was the accomplishment of the assigned mission. His only regret was that he was not with his Ranger unit, which is still in combat. There were no tears for the wounds that he had received, just that he wanted to return to duty. Asked if he was sorry he was sent to Somalia, he looked at the newscaster with a blank stare. His reply was that when the old man says go, we saddle up and go, even to hell, with a bag of grenades on our backs.

It did my old heart good to hear a combat man speak as the Ranger. I've become used to hearing boo-hooing and political discussion by these men, often Friday night heroes, who played

Boy Scout as reserve members. . . .

James L. Mullaney

Joppa

Crime Bill

President Clinton's new "crime bill" proposes one policy that may actually be of some use. That is, the ROTC-type of police training to produce trained reinforcements for the law enforcement community.

Nevertheless, the recent inhuman debacles inflicted in Waco by both the FBI and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms should put all citizens on guard lest the Clinton administration resort to a "police state" super-agency. . . . Just such a proposal has been quietly made by the FBI, but withheld pending a better political climate lest the general public should realize the . . . dictatorial consequences of such an act. The balance of the bill proposes more draconian gun prohibitions, controls and waiting periods on top of those we already have in effect.

Only three types of people support this latter gun control approach.

L First, those who are eternally naive, nervous or frightened.

Second, those who have unknowingly accepted the pervasive misinformation spewed out by the media and the politicians demanding more gun laws.

Lastly, but the most sinister, are those clever folk who fully understand the deceitful faults and failure of gun control but are pursuing a dictatorial agenda that they hope to obscure from the people with the sensational emphasis on violence and lawlessness, thereby providing a seemingly neat excuse to hide behind while working for yet more failed gun control proposals and a loss of freedom.

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