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April 04, 1994

Goodbye, Shore

Please help the state of Maryland, Sen. Walter M. Baker, and quickly lead them away.Reading the article about his desire to let the Eastern Shore secede only makes me want to spill my guts about the Eastern Shore people's attitude even stronger than ever.

Many times I have followed cars with the bumper sticker "There's no life west of the Chesapeake Bay." There's nothing much over there, either. It's high time those on the western side of the bay should let that bunch know just where they stand.

Would they miss the Maryland National Guard after a hurricane? How quickly they forget about the financial aid after a big blow. Let them bear the burden of self rule. That would certainly cripple them right at the start.

When they need money to save the beach at Ocean City, tell them to dig in their own pockets. Close all those state institutions, colleges, prisons, hospitals and health facilities; destroy them; lay off those employed in them who carry home money.

Those that commute and work on this side of the bay should pay income taxes like Delaware charges now. We can employ people on this side of the creek. Let them foot the unemployment compensation, never ending costs for their many seasonal workers. Make them pay their dues to gather seafood from the bay.

Oh yes, maybe Frank Perdue can sell the chickens elsewhere, along with the other chicken pluckers. Boycott all the tomatoes and corn that are sent this way, along with the watermelons, cucumbers, string beans, squash and cantaloupes that we no-good city people gobble up.

And they must pay their fair share to clean up the bay. Hold those conventions elsewhere than Ocean City.

After all this is put in action, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge could be closed. We the people will spend our dirty money at Virginia, Delaware and New Jersey beaches. Re-route U.S. 301 so as not to cross the bay.

This has been going on long enough, hit them in their pocketbook. it's time to part company with the cry babies, ASAP.

Roy A. Filbert


High noon

It's deadly, make no mistake. There through the gray haze stands a man. Not with a smoking gun but a smoking cigarette. He's not firing a gun he's firing up a Marlboro. He's not blowing you away he's blowing your way.

Why use a gun? Tobacco is a much more effective killer. My parents would tell you this, but tobacco has already snuffed them.

These people are . . . not the drug addicts who hide in the shadows with a gun. No, they'll do their thing just about anywhere. In crowded malls, restaurants and bars. These are the nicotine addicts. They number one in every four of us.

The government tries to protect us from the person with a gun. We now turn to them for protection from a far more insidious and prolific killer.

I just want to give a heartfelt "thank you" to President Clinton, Gov. William Donald Schaefer, Secretary William Fogle and all the others who are taking a stand.

It looks like it's high noon at the O.K. Corral for Joe Camel and the Marlboro Man.

James E. Lorber


State salaries

Let's lay the cards on the table and tell the truth. We state employees know that we've been dealt a bad hand. We know that we're being victimized in a slick game of "three card molly." So, what's new?

First, let us admit that we've been duped by some master card players. Cunning politicians have gotten us tied up competing against each other over an inadequate pot of money for the serious funding of a reasonable pay increase.

We all agree that those at the lower end of the pay scale need to be bolstered to keep from falling even further behind as a result of January's increases in health insurance premiums.

If part-time lawmakers deserve a 3-percent raise in fiscal year 1995 and another 3 percent in fiscal 1996, then why are we, who must carry out their laws, less deserving?

Most of them have other jobs and careers. For those of us who also have other jobs, however,it's a matter of survival, not choice.

Since the majority of state workers work four times longer than most law-makers and at least twice as hard as some, anything short of a 3-percent cost-of-living adjustment with a $1,000 minimum is insulting.

The master players in Annapolis would like us to think otherwise. Certainly, four years of sacrifice during hard budgetary times is justification for funding an adequate pay raise, especially with the crisis over.

I want those card sharks in Annapolis to know that we, as public employees, who are voters and taxpayers, have our own deck of cards to play, in the election game.

Edward J. Bynum


Gun law flaw

It is foolish to enact legislation that does not have adequate enforcement mechanisms, yet that is exactly what has happened with handgun control laws passed by the state and federal governments.

Both laws require waiting periods to allow time for criminal background checks to be performed before dealers can transfer handguns to purchasers.

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