Leading ContenderIn discussing the recent California...


June 20, 1994

Leading Contender

In discussing the recent California primary election, your June 11 editorial ''1996, Here We Come,'' concludes that if Pete Wilson if re-elected governor of California, ''he becomes . . . perhaps the leading contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 1996.''

If history is a guide, Mr. Wilson is almost guaranteed the nomination. In the last seven presidentials elections (1968 through 1992) every Democratic and Republican presidential nominee has been a current or former president, vice-president or governor except one (George McGovern).

Thus, the Republican presidential nominee field is narrowed to Pete Wilson, Dan Quayle and George Bush. Senators and congressmen need not apply.

Leon Reinstein


No Weirdos

As I watched the introduction to the Belmont Stakes I could not help but compare it to the Preakness in Baltimore.

The Belmont, from the viewpoint of the TV viewing audience, is really a class act. Missing is the clutter in the infield, the tents, the trash, the dregs of society. How refreshing to see that the Belmont has not been reduced to a showcase for the weirdos that constitute about 90 percent of the infield of the Preakness.

We don't see this in the Kentucky Derby or the Belmont so why should we continue to disgrace Baltimore by opening the infield to all of the misfits of the human race. I can remember when it wasn't like this.

If we want to use the Preakness as a showcase for Baltimore, why not follow the example of the Belmont and keep the garbage out of the infield.

E.M. Fritz

Ocean City

Who Needs Docs?

President Clinton, in his tinkering with welfare as we know it speech, claimed that the best way to change welfare was to listen to people on it.

Welfare recipients apparently have unique and valuable insights that the Clinton administration needs to fashion effective re-regulation of an epic government dole.

Universal health care for every living soul in America, on the other hand, is a much simpler issue. Which is why the president hasn't felt the need to discuss his bold initiatives with practicing physicians. What use is their insight?

To ruin a medical delivery system that works well for so many millions, to undermine a profession that exemplifies dedication, intelligence and compassion, who needs doctors? Lawyers can do it all by themselves.

Rob Ringle


Inept Prosecution

Having spent a recent week serving as juror on a criminal case, I must express my frustration.

Regardless of whether I considered the suspect guilty or not, we (the jury) were unable to do other than pronounce "not guilty," as the evidence provided by the state's attorneys was wholly inadequate to prove the case.

For example, no handwriting experts were provided to confirm the authorship of seized written materials, nor were fingerprints taken from confiscated artifacts. To me, the entire process was lengthy, expensive and inept.

The state should think long and hard and prepare well before bringing charges that involve tremendous cost and manpower to resolve. There certainly is not a shortage of criminals to prosecute.

Lesley Pierce


Nursing's Contribution Rebuffed

Your editorials praising the governor's veto of state Sen. Paula Hollinger's proposal, to establish a fund to encourage innovative programs in Maryland nursing schools to address unmet needs resulting from health reform, are ill-informed and downright wrong.

The source of the $400,000 annually was not the general fund, but rather a hidden singular 20 percent tax masquerading as licensure fees on Maryland's nurses. All that nurses wanted was for their money to be used for nursing and not diverted to others' pet projects.

After years of subsidizing other regulatory entities in the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the need for this subsidy evaporated two years ago when those boards and commissions became self-sustaining.

Rather than simply seeking a 20 percent fee rebate, or turning the funds over to the Board of Nursing, the Maryland Nurses Association (not the legislature) proposed the Snoops Fund to benefit its profession significantly, ending funding only at a time when an increase in fees would otherwise be required.

Nursing sought to name this fund to recognize Hilda Mae Snoops' career as a registered nurse and role as the only registered nurse to serve as Maryland's official hostess.

Had you taken the time to inquire, you would have found that the state is lacking in nursing education resources, that the fund received national recognition and that the Board of Nursing is anything but ''flush with surplus cash.''

Board licensure fees are calculated on a 5-year basis and front-loaded to keep them level in the face of rising costs. Any ''surplus'' (your word, parroting the governor) will be gone at the end through anticipated expenses.

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