Cynical SauerbreyLast month, New Jersey Gov. Christine...

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October 19, 1994

Cynical Sauerbrey

Last month, New Jersey Gov. Christine Whitman was down here to serve as wanna-be Maryland Gov. Ellen Sauerbrey's object lesson: You can slash state taxes and thrive.

A week later, Mrs. Whitman's rush to cut taxes has slowed to a crawl -- because the state's budget can't handle any more grand gestures.

Is anyone out there surprised? More important, are the Maryland voters, whose mouths water at the mention of a tax cut, paying attention?

If not, are they making a list of the public services they are willing to see cut along with their taxes?

I would find Mrs. Sauerbrey's tax cut stunt merely cynical and manipulative if it weren't for the fact that all of us will pay the price for her cynicism.

Eve Scheffenbacker


Public debt

This concerns the U.S. debt.

In 1980, the debt held by the public was $700 billion. Today, it exceeds $3 trillion.

Never, since 1980, has the debt decreased. Only the rate at which we are creating new debt has varied.

If public office is a public trust, we deserve from our elected officials an accounting of their stewardship.

continued growth of the debt good public policy? What plans, if any, do this year's candidates have for actually reducing the debt?

Ray Hamilton


Reading lips

Read Ellen Sauerbrey's lips, "Voodoo economics."

Edw. J. Klotz


Kudos to Lane, KAL

When I read Jack F. Beck's Oct. 8 letter slamming Mike Lane's hilarious Oliver North cartoon of Oct. 1, I was sure Mr. Lane got as much of a laugh out of the letter as I did.

A successful editorial cartoonist, if he is doing his job well, should inspire a reaction like Mr. Beck's. That's his job.

The Baltimore Sun is very lucky to have two very talented artists like Mike Lane and KAL on board. Keep 'em coming, guys!

George Goebel


Jersey thanks

I am writing to express my gratitude for the honesty of a citizen of Baltimore.

He found my change purse, containing over $50 in cash and an identification tag of one of my dogs. On it was my telephone number in New Jersey.

He telephoned me -- long distance -- to verify the address so that he could send me the money, and he did send it. All of this was of course some trouble and expense to him.

There are honest people in the world and this citizen of Baltimore leads their ranks. His honesty and kindness will stay with me always.

Elsa Gibson

Upper Montclair, N.J.

Job perk

Our devoted and loyal Congress has decided that we must wait one more year to have health coverage.

I am willing to go along with Congress' decision if it relinquishes its members' health insurance, for which we are paying, until we have ours.

Fair enough?

ollie E. Rudow


'Fix it or raze it' is bad approach

I am compelled to comment on the "fix it or raze it" fiasco in the works at City Hall. This scheme cooked up by Mayor Kurt Schmoke and Housing Commissioner Daniel Henson shows a lack of imagination and concern for the future.

It is an immediate, knee-jerk reaction to a situation that has long been a problem. Moreover, it smacks of old-style "urban renewal" that left deep, permanent scars here and in other cities as well.

The thought of haphazard demolition without having an approved plan, ready to be implemented immediately, is irresponsible and dangerous to the city of Baltimore.

New construction may appear to be easier than renovation, but realize that demolition and removal is not cheap.

And where do we put the waste? In a landfill? Do we burn it? We can recycle our garbage; can we not recycle our buildings as well?

Whether new construction or renovation, plumbers, electricians, drywall contractors, etc., must be hired, jobs will be created.

There is also the psychic need for visual continuity in our built-up environment. Single buildings are part of a collective whole and should be cared for, not discarded.

The people that live in these neighborhoods should be shown that respect for the past is respect for them.

Yes, I feel that individuals should be made responsible for upkeep of their properties and that issues of public safety should be addressed, but not at the expense of a community's identity.

Our city's architectural heritage is not just in fancy buildings where yesterday's rich and powerful lived, but also in the everyday neighborhoods of the working class.

We must look around and take stock of our history and protect it for the future. Remember, once a building is gone, it's gone.

Joseph Leatherman


Benefits district

I am alarmed that the Baltimore City Board of Estimates has awarded $30,000 to the Greater Homewood Community Corporation to oversee and conduct the election on the Charles Village Community Benefits District.

The fact that $30,000 has been given to GHCC to oversee an election for which they desire a very specific outcome is disturbing.

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