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June 01, 1994

$4 windfall

Your editorial "Baltimore County's $4 Windfall" (May 23) criticizes the Baltimore County Council for its 1-cent cut of County Executive Roger Hayden's budget because it would hurt county services in years to come and diminish the county's ability to withstand a downturn in the economy or further state budget cuts.

However, since the County Council by law cannot increase the budget, the only possible conclusion is that it should have adopted the budget originally submitted by Mr. Hayden.

In retrospect, it must be said your editorial never suggested this. Nor did The Evening Sun endorse Mr. Hayden's budget when it was first submitted to the council.

Hello? Anybody in there?

John A. Micklos


The writer is a member of the Baltimore County Planning Board.

Staff races

A May 20 story revealed to me that Rep. Helen Delich Bentley, R-Md., has no black or Hispanic aides. A great disappointment.

Another revelation was that Maryland Democrats Rep. Kweisi Mfume's and Rep. Albert R. Wynn's staffs are nearly devoid of whites.

Could prejudice be rearing its ugly head? This kind of double standard should not exist.

Someone should form a committee . . .

John E. Mullikin


Disneyed to death

It was a pleasure to read Frank Rich's piece on "Disney America" (Other Voices, May 25).

What Disney has proposed for Virginia is apparently happening across the nation, including the Little Big Horn National Monument, where actual people are buried.

The National Park Service, supported by the secretary of the interior, is in the process of turning that hallowed ground into a money maker for the government and private enterprise.

Let's skip the Lincoln Memorial and Mount Vernon and leap immediately into Arlington National Cemetery. After all, upkeep is relatively inexpensive and the attractions turn over every year.

Larry Sklenar


Parole offenders

Regarding Attorney General Janet Reno's recent comments paying tribute to police officers who have died in the line of duty, she stated that police "too often are out-gunned and out-manned by criminals. We cannot tolerate that any longer."

There is one more "out" she declined to speak of -- out of prison, on parole, which is where most offenders wind up. That is also something we cannot tolerate any longer.

Gerard Mueller


Separate and unequal was always unjust

The primary point made by Gregory P. Kane's column "Maybe segregation wasn't so damaging" (May 17) is that his black teachers in segregated schools did more for him than did his teachers in integrated schools.

I have often heard my black friends tell similar stories.

The problem was that, because of the oppressively limited employment opportunities imposed on blacks under segregation, teaching was one of the few jobs open to highly educated, talented and motivated blacks. Black children, consequently, were educated by the very best the race had produced.

It is logical to assume that they were, on average, far superior to white teachers. Highly educated whites had far greater opportunities to make a lot more money in other professions, from which blacks were largely excluded.

If our society were to put the proper value on educating our children, teachers would command among the highest incomes and respect of any vocation.

Then, both white and black students would enjoy the same high quality teaching that many blacks enjoyed during segregation.

On the other hand, I am sure that Gregory P. Kane would not want to go back to a system where racial segregation effectively made most decent jobs unavailable to blacks or where school boards could even more effectively shortchange black schools.

Segregation in Baltimore also meant that blacks could not eat at most restaurants, lunch counters or pubs, stay at most hotels or motels or attend most movie houses, swim at most pools or beaches, play at most tennis courts, golf courts, skating rinks or amusement parks or try on clothes at most department stores.

Life has gotten worse for a growing number of blacks and whites not because of integration but because the economy has been steadily declining for the past two decades -- while the rich keep getting richer.

There has been a massive attack on our standard of living. Yet the American people are not even mobilized to defend themselves -- much less counterattack.

For blacks and whites to unite against the common enemy is far less difficult today than it would be if segregation were keeping the races even further apart -- as was its only purpose.

A. Robert Kaufman


Health care crisis

There are still millions of people who have a family doctor, internist, pediatrician or surgeon.

Anyone who has ever had a family doctor knows that this is a special relationship. Their doctor is available to them day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year.

The health care system in this country is not broken. It does not need to be fixed. It does, however, need to be altered enough to bring the uninsured under the health care net.

It is time for these millions of people to make their voices heard. If we sit back, do nothing and allow Congress to pass a government controlled health care system, it will be too late and the damage will be done.

R. M. McLaughlin, M.D.


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