Those who complain and whine the mostMichael Benuska...


November 13, 1995

Those who complain and whine the most

Michael Benuska thinks the ''elderly should be thankful'' for not starving and being homeless while they ''milk the system for all they can'' after paying ''piddling taxes for most of their lives and are now reaping huge benefits.'' As one of those elderly he speaks of, I resent statements like that.

My generation withstood the privations of the Great Depression, fought in World War II and Korea, scrimped and scraped to provide for our families. There was no low-cost health insurance. We went without the phones, daily papers, cars, weekly movies and restaurant meals that many of Mr. Benuska's generation take for granted.

Yes, I have Medicare! At one time I belonged to an HMO but changed to direct care by my personal physician because the care is better and more convenient as well as being at a lower cost -- in spite of what the HMOs and politicians tell us.

My generation was raised to work for what we get. I never collected unemployment, workmen's comp or welfare, and both my husband and I worked full time while raising four honest children. We are now helping our grandchildren. Our hard work and taxes helped ease the way for Mr. Benuska and his generation.

It has been my experience that it is usually those who have had the most given to them that complain and whine the most when they are asked to begin contributing to the general welfare.

Barbara Frank


Taylor, Miller listen to smoking interests

I must be naive, but I really thought that our elected state officials were supposed to uphold the law and listen to concerns of the people. House Speaker Casper Taylor and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller are trying to weaken the workplace smoking ban because they have selective hearing.

These two legislators are discounting the complaints of constituents who have cited violations of the ban, and are instead listening to businesses that say that Maryland Occupational Safety and Health inspectors have gone too far with enforcement. It all goes back to ''who should you listen to, those who are making money damaging the health of others or those who can't breathe?''

Jeanne Ruddock


Browns vs. Colts in a classic

Given the NFL's penchant for creating instant ''traditions,'' I would like to propose they establish the annual ''Schizophrenia Classic'' here in Baltimore. It would involve having the Baltimore Browns' first home game each year be against the Indianapolis Colts.

For added dramatic effect, the Baltimore Colts Marching Band should be called upon to play the National Anthem.

Owners Art Modell and Bob Irsay would preside over the ceremonial coin toss. Then, at halftime, Jim Brown and John Unitas would lead teams of former Browns and Colts greats in a game of flag football.

Commissioner Paul Tagliabue would surely come. By doing so, he would get to observe personally (and presumably take delight in) the Baltimore fans going through the torment of deciding who they really wanted to cheer for.

Raymond J. Herman


Support services assure jobs

The Jewish Vocational Service applauds your Nov. 8 article, "Program promotes work over welfare."

While we do not support federal welfare cutbacks, we agree that individuals who enter the workforce need a full array of community support services if they are to be successful in finding and keeping a job. It is not surprising that 76 individuals provided vocational counseling services by Anne Arundel County's Job Centers were successful in finding employment.

We know that coordinated delivery of vocational services increases the success of a job search and helps insure long-term job retention.

It is not realistic to assume low-income individuals faced with unemployment and family pressures can find or keep jobs without good support services.

Frances E. Kanterman


I= The writer is president of the Jewish Vocational Service.

A column fitting for Halloween

I am writing regarding Susan Reimer's review (Oct. 31) of an abstinence-based video entitled ''Sex, Lies, and . . . the Truth.''

I found Ms. Reimer's recent attack on a program which makes a logical argument for sexual abstinence outside of marriage to be fittingly published on Halloween. On the day that many children dress as monsters and goblins to create an ungrounded aura of terror, she places an equally hideous mask on a program which shares a coherent message badly missing from television today.

Joel P. Landskroener


Justice is not blind but looks out for few

Reading all the recent articles about Sen. Barbara Mikulski's mugging and injury has reinforced the need to aggressively pursue and prosecute those who stalk innocent people to support their substance abuse.

While I truly empathize with Senator Mikulski, I am angered at the prompt attention that she is able to appropriate due to her government status.

Approximately five years ago I was also assaulted and robbed by a young male with a criminal record similar to that of Robert E. Perlie, the senator's alleged assailant.

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