Dislusioned with GOPin WashingtonAlthough I have been a...

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September 14, 1995

Dislusioned with GOPin Washington

Although I have been a Republican for close to 30 years, I never had much reason to look deeply into the philosophy of the Republican Party.

Raising a family and being a property owner, I felt their views reflected my concerns at the time. I certainly was not in favor of giving away my money for some of the hare-brained ideas the Democrats espoused.

However, now that my party is in control in Washington, even for this short time, I am coming to the sad conclusion that the Republican idea of a future is really no future at all.

It is a return to an America of the 1840s where landowners (white, of course) were the decision-makers. To an America of minimal federal government.

The reality, though, is that America and the world have moved on since that time.

Republicans know that having 50 individual state welfare

programs is going to hurt us all, but especially the poor and near-poor.

They know that having 50 state educational standards is going to ensure the lowering of educational growth in this country and keep us from competing with the rest of the world.

Perhaps Newt Gingrich has forgotten who guaranteed his living -- college students using federally guaranteed loans.

I didn't vote for my party to ''cut people off at the knees.'' I didn't vote for my party to demolish the 60-year improvement in the health and well-being of our elderly by reneging on Social Security and Medicare commitments. I didn't vote for my party to ensure the continuing poverty of children by attacking the single-parent home.

There is simply no forward thinking in the Republican Party. Rather than exhibit leadership, it is merely pandering to our anger as it tries to return us to a period of some 160 years ago. Any period in history looks good from such a distance.

Perhaps the Republican Party's real strength lies in serving the country as the permanent minority party in government.

Thus, it could provide a reality check, fiscal and otherwise, to some of the Democratic Party's hare-brained ideas. As hare-brained as those ideas can sometimes be, however, they do offer us a future.

Although I'll probably continue to be a Republican, it is the Democrats who have forward thinking ideas.

Richard Troy


Crime Rides Rails

When the light rail system came to Linthicum, there was a sharp decline in the quality of life. Crime skyrocketed dramatically to the point that almost 200 angry residents showed up at a Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association meeting in May 1994 to express their frustration with crime.

There was no adequate funding to provide police protection and the honor system for purchasing tickets is not working. These flaws in the light rail system must be addressed in upcoming public hearings. If not, the future light rail extension into the Glen Burnie area will also bring the same rash of crime as experienced by Linthicum, Timonium and other communities along the light rail lines.

Anne Arundel County Councilman Ed DeGrange was absolutely right when he said the light rail system should support the commercial side of the community. This is where the ridership would be best served, not by going through residential areas and dividing our communities and not by creating traffic jams such as those at Maple Road in Linthicum.

Ken Goon, the Mass Transit Administration director of planning, and his office did not support a route through the industrial park along Nursery Road west of Linthicum to BWI Airport, where the ridership would be best served. Instead the Linthicum area received a lot of misery from the criminal element.

Our elected officials in the 1996 General Assembly need to convince their colleagues that the honor system must go and provide adequate funding for police protection before extending the system through Glen Burnie.

Gerald Starr


Guilford traffic

The board of directors of the Waverly Improvement Association would like to voice dismay over the mayor's decision to erect a barrier on Southway and Greenmount Ave.

JTC This was in violation of an agreement worked out by a traffic ''charette'' held in the fall of 1994 involving the surrounding communities.

The Guilford and Oakenshaw communities have fought for years to establish an enclave that isolate themselves from Waverly and other less affluent neighborhoods. The final and successful impetus came when a brutal murder took place within the neighborhood.

The conclusion of the charette was to support a process to look over the whole traffic patterns of the Greenmount corridor. Although it included the possibility and even likelihood of closing off many streets, it had to go through a continuing process that included the surrounding communities.

We had full City Council support in our opposition to such closings.

The mayor's office, on the other hand, apparently thought otherwise. Its decision seemed based on the weighing of political clout between the competing neighborhoods.

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