City politicians reward themselvesWas anyone else as...


November 27, 1995

City politicians reward themselves

Was anyone else as outraged as I was to read that the day after they had all been elected, Baltimore's elected officials fell all over themselves passing a bill to drastically raise their salaries?

Mayor Kurt Schmoke is to get a 58 percent salary increase, from $60,000 to $95,000 a year. How many Baltimore taxpayers, who will be paying for this whopping increase, have received pay raises at all recently?

I always believed that you give salary increases to reward exemplary performance.

But in Baltimore, where the school dropout rate is over 60 percent, where there were over 92,000 crimes last year making one out of every seven Baltimoreans a crime victim, where over 65,000 jobs have been lost during the mayor's years in City Hall, where sweetheart and no-bid contracts are handed out to the mayor's political supporters, does anyone think that Mayor Schmoke's performance has been the least bit exemplary?

In light of Baltimore's terrible problems, shouldn't we expect that city elected officials would spend taxpayers' money to alleviate the suffering rather than to pad the politicians' pockets?

Joyce Lyons Terhes


The writer is chairman of the Maryland Republican Party.

Cleveland should keep Browns name

The Baltimore Browns? No. It's all wrong.

Of course we welcome an NFL franchise here in Baltimore.

But the name "Browns" -- an integral part of the Cleveland tradition for so many years -- should stay in that city for any future franchise which might relocate there.

In addition, the name "Browns" isn't all that appealing and is meaningless to Baltimoreans.

Louis P. Boeri


Let the dog's abuser get the same treatment

I read of the dog that incurred injuries to its paws while being walked by his owner driving along in a car.

Although I do not have room for this animal (many have offered to adopt him), I am offering my time to walk the owner on a leash, barefoot beside my truck, for as long as a judge orders.

Wayne Croft


Nothing upsets me more than hearing about the abuse of a child or animal.

The latest is the man who decided his dog needed the exercise but he was too tired, so he tied a leash on the dog and got into the car and let the dog run as he drove.

The only just way to handle this is do the same to the abuser and let him see what it is like. Tie a rope around the man's neck and let him run alongside the car.

Whatever these people do to babies, children or animals, let it be done to them.

Marge Griffith


Deli was more than place to eat

I lament the closing of the Homewood Deli, just as I mourned the closing of the deli at Cross Keys a year ago.

The Homewood Deli represented a place where an anonymous face in the neighborhood could turn into a neighbor, where students, workers and retirees could rub shoulders in the grub line and share in the unique energies of the place.

Today, too many interactions occur only in cyberspace. Too many people sit in living rooms watching rented videos. We need more face-to-face contact, not less. Places like the Deli offer remedy for starving stomachs, starving souls.

orian Borsella


GOP health plans don't offer answers

Many people have short memories.

In the first months of the Clinton administration, the Democrats launched a valiant effort to implement health care reform to try to control the spiraling costs of Medicaid and Medicare.

In the current conflict over the budget, Republicans have provided their solutions to this problem: lower coverage, increase co-pay and higher Medicare premiums. The Republicans only answer the questions of who is going to pay for the spiraling cost and how profit margins are to be maintained.

These are not solutions to the underlying problems.

Dan Bridgewater


Catholic schools and public funds

In his column of Nov. 12, Michael Olesker tells of Catholics moving to the suburbs from Baltimore City, leaving what he describes as ''magnificent schools'' there, and wanting state funding for the construction of their own suburban area elementary and high schools.

He asks ''Why not?" I'll gladly provide my reasons why not.

The primary reason for the existence of Catholic (and other religious) schools is to indoctrinate children in their particular brand of religion.

Although the operators and users of some schools may want public funds, they almost surely do not want the kind of public regulation that ought to be inseparable from such funds. They surely do not want to be required, like our public schools, to abstain from promoting their religious beliefs or to accept all applicants for enrollment.

The church-state separation principle exists in our Constitution for a reason. We thus avoid or at least minimize the kind of rancor between religious groups that is all too evident in such places as Northern Ireland and the Middle East.

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