The costs and law of care for elderlyNow let's get this...


November 22, 1995

The costs and law of care for elderly

Now let's get this straight. The Democrats say they want a 10 percent increase in the growth rate of Medicaid to take care of a projected 6.5 percent increase in the rate of growth of Medicaid primarily due to increased nursing home care expenses of the elderly.

On the other hand, the Republicans want to reduce the growth rate costs of Medicaid from 10 percent to 4 percent by reducing government ''red tape'' and then transferring certain Medicaid responsibilities to states, thereby taking advantage of the reduction of administration costs from a rate of something over 20 percent to a rate of something less than 10 percent.

In the meantime, there is an army of lawyers practicing a whole new field of law -- ''elder care.'' They teach senior citizens how to retitle their property, give their savings away and spend their money so that they qualify to have their nursing home care paid by Medicaid.

See how simple it all is?

Jim Watson


City losing a lot by dismissing Strong

As a long-time neighborhood activist, I have had numerous occasions to work with Ken Strong, former head of the city's Bureau of Solid Waste. When he was the recycling coordinator, he really cared about making recycling work in our neighborhoods. As a result, the recycling program expanded and became more successful.

When Mr. Strong became acting head of the Bureau of Solid Waste, he arranged meetings with community leaders and elicited opinions on how trash collection could be more effective. Many neighborhoods became cleaner.

Mr. Strong was always accessible to the community and recep

tive to community input on solid waste issues. With the firing of Ken Strong, Baltimore neighborhoods lost one of the Bureau of Solid Waste's most competent employees and an ally in the war against grime. Public Works Director George Balog should take a page from Mr. Strong's book.

Barbara Ruland


Towson complex opposition explained

Your Nov. 13 editorial, "Baltimore County's business chill," gives readers the impression that those of us opposed to the Towson Marketplace redevelopment plan "don't want new business."

Those protesting the plan overwhelmingly supported, and continue to support, redevelopment of the ailing shopping center. We did not, however, relish the thought of having the largest movie complex in the mid-eastern U.S., replete with late-night movies, situated in the center of our neighborhood.

I find it especially unsettling that you direct your criticism solely at Baltimore County government and area NIMBYs. For this particular plan and this particular developer the decision rendered was fair.

Don Vovakes


Panhandlers need respect

In response to your Nov. 15 editorial, "Panhandling in Annapolis," we as students are outraged at the tone of the commentary.

The editorial portrayed panhandlers as less than human. If one chooses not to give them money, one can give them a smile, as everyone deserves respect.

The only difference between editorial writers and panhandlers is money.

Is that such a great difference to cause us to disregard the fact that they are our brothers and sisters?

After all we are all in this world together.

Jessica Moore

Mary Mann


Sad state of Baltimore City

Illegal drug use and the related crime problem threaten to kill the city.

The school system cannot educate its students. The city needs continual increases in state and federal aid to pay its bills.

Now the mayor and City Council have given themselves a raise for their poor performance.

Is rewarding failure any way to run a business?

Lawrence Schaffer


One team's name is as sacred as another's

John Eisenberg's Nov. 16 column states that the ''Browns'' name should remain in Cleveland because of the heritage built. What about the ''Baltimore Colts'' heritage?

Will Bob Irsay be willing to part with his beloved name? When Jim Speros attempted to use a variation of ''Colts,'' look how he got shot down.

One of the complaints used against him was that Baltimore should begin a new legacy. Well, maybe Cleveland should as well.

Will the Houston team change its name when it moves to Nashville? Did the Cardinals or Rams change their names? Why was not such a fuss made over their moves?

If Art Modell is pressured to give up ''Browns,'' then Mr. Irsay should likewise be pressured to give up ''Colts.''

Tony Hall


NOI Security was not an economy

All the arguments being used to justify the NOI Security contract for public housing by the Schmoke administration fell short: $1.1 million short.

Stephen Taylor


What does George Will fear?

In his Nov. 9 column, George Will again blows his horn for "defunding the left."

He advances on the propaganda line of the right that the public's taxes should not support legal services, public television and the arts and humanities endowments.

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