Overpaid workersSen. Barbara Mikulski and Rep. Steny Hoyer...

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July 01, 1994

Overpaid workers

Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Rep. Steny Hoyer are trying their best to give our civilian federal workers another big pay raise, along with the stupid give-away ''locality pay raise adjustment,'' while more of our military personnel go on food stamps, and there is no livable wage in the private sector.

Which group is more important, our military or civilian federal personnel, who already are the highest paid workers in the world.

In the 25 years I worked for the federal government, I never saw anybody leave for the green grass of private industry because the pay is higher. These people never get laid-off, never get fired unless they kill their boss, and most are overpaid for the amount and quality of work performed.

A simple file clerk (GS-5) starts at $20,000 a year. Try to get anywhere near that in private industry.

Since I retired from federal service four years ago, my old salary position has increased over $7,000. And they are underpaid? This is nonsense and a rip-off of the American taxpayer.

The only people making higher wages than civilian federal workers are the Alaska pipeline oil workers, and most of them have been laid off.

Mikulski/Hoyer are buying future votes using your tax dollars. They should hang their heads in shame. But, then again, you know the Democrats. As long as it's your money, they will find a way to spend it.

Bobby Thompson

Baltimore

Freezing assets

As Mason said to Dixon, ''We have to draw the line somewhere.'' I am referring to the latest in what has become a series of actions by our nation against other nations around the world, such as the freezing of the assets of wealthy Haitians in American banks.

Unfortunately, the wealthy in any nation are the ones who call the political shots in their nation, and Haiti is their nation.

George Washington, our first president, advised us to avoid foreign entanglements, and although it's quite a different world today, it seems to me that we should give his advice serious consideration.

By continuing a policy of impounding assets of the leaders of nations around the world, we set into motion a policy that could one day find us the recipients of such an action. A sense of proportion needs to guide us as we deal with other nations. If such an action were taken against the assets of wealthy Americans by some foreign country's banks, we would at the very least consider it an act of the most blatant provocation.

We sail so close to the wind when we take these kinds of actions. Even a conventional war might escalate to the use of nukes. Americans are the most intelligent and resourceful people in the world. I, for one, have faith that we can come up with some conciliation and negotiation besides the use of force.

Eileen Evans

Baltimore

Thanks to all

Recently Penn-Mar Organization was able to raise in excess of $14,000 through two special fund raising events: the Annual Black Tie Gala at the Milton Inn and the Annual Golf-Tennis Tournament at Heritage Hills Golf Resort.

We would like to thank all who had a part in the wonderful success of these events. You know who you are and the paper would not give us room to recognize each and every one of you.

Our volunteers worked tirelessly to ensure all details were just right. Everyone participated in buying tickets and donating door prizes and silent auction items. Thanks too to the newspaper that generously carried our press releases and announcements.

We are proud of the wonderful community support Penn-Mar receives throughout northern Baltimore and southern York counties. Because of your help we are able to provide a better place to live and work for individuals with disabilities.

Thanks again to everyone for all your support.

Michael F. Shriver

Maryland Line

The writer is chief executive officer of the Penn-Mar Organization, Inc.

Real problems

The Baltimore City Council has scalped the citizens with its bills to prohibit resale of Oriole tickets anywhere around the stadium.

What business is it of council members Joseph DiBlasi, Rikki Spector and the rest of the gang if a ticket holder resells to a willing buyer? What loss have the Orioles suffered? How has anyone been harmed?

It's deplorable that council members waste the people's time and money on frivolous legislation, while Baltimore's very serious and long-standing problems go unabated.

The council's action certainly does nothing to serve the general public. It only placates a few whiners at the cost of making outlaws of good citizens. No wonder Baltimore sports one of the highest crime rates in the country.

The City Council's time would be better spent improving its own ethics (more respect for our legal process and elected judges would be a good start) and waking up to the challenge of Baltimore's real problems.

Jim Ryland

Lutherville

Improving schools

If Nancy Grasmick and her state Department of Education staff eventually decide to intervene in the day-to-day administration of Patterson High School (or any other public school), two things may occur.

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